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Nicholas Butowski, M.D.


Dr. Nicholas Butowski is a neuro-oncologist who specializes in brain tumors, neuro-imaging, cognitive and rehabilitative neurology and complementary therapy. He is director of clinical services in Neuro-oncology and a researcher in the Brain Tumor Research Center.

In his research, he focuses on the development of treatments for primary brain tumors as well as methods to ensure good quality of life for patients and methods to assist them in recovering from or coping with brain injury. Butowski earned a medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at UCSF. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Neuro-oncology and Society for Neuro-oncology. He is an associate professor of neurological surgery at UCSF.


Neuro-Oncology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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University of Illinois College of Medicine 1999


UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 2003


UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-oncology 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Racine CA, Li J, Molinaro AM, Butowski N, Berger MS. Neurocognitive Function in Newly Diagnosed Low-grade Glioma Patients Undergoing Surgical Resection With Awake Mapping Techniques. Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep; 77(3):371-9.
  2. Han SJ, Rutledge WC, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. The Effect of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 77(2):248-53.
  3. Han SJ, Englot DJ, Birk H, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. Impact of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma: A Critical Review of Current Evidence. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:160-5.
  4. Butowski NA. Epidemiology and diagnosis of brain tumors. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2015 Apr; 21(2 Neuro-oncology):301-13.
  5. Nabors LB, Portnow J, Ammirati M, Brem H, Brown P, Butowski N, Chamberlain MC, DeAngelis LM, Fenstermaker RA, Friedman A, Gilbert MR, Hattangadi-Gluth J, Hesser D, Holdhoff M, Junck L, Lawson R, Loeffler JS, Moots PL, Mrugala MM, Newton HB, Raizer JJ, Recht L, Shonka N, Shrieve DC, Sills AK, Swinnen LJ, Tran D, Tran N, Vrionis FD, Wen PY, McMillian NR, Ho M. Central nervous system cancers, version 2.2014. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Nov; 12(11):1517-23.
  6. Yoshida Y, Ozawa T, Yao TW, Shen W, Brown D, Parsa AT, Raizer JJ, Cheng SY, Stegh AH, Mazar AP, Giles FJ, Sarkaria JN, Butowski N, Nicolaides T, James CD. NT113, a Pan-ERBB Inhibitor with High Brain Penetrance, Inhibits the Growth of Glioblastoma Xenografts with EGFR Amplification. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 Dec; 13(12):2919-29.
  7. Mrugala MM, Engelhard HH, Dinh Tran D, Kew Y, Cavaliere R, Villano JL, Annenelie Bota D, Rudnick J, Love Sumrall A, Zhu JJ, Butowski N. Clinical Practice Experience With NovoTTF-100A System for Glioblastoma: The Patient Registry Dataset (PRiDe). Semin Oncol. 2014 Oct; 41 Suppl 6:S4-S13.
  8. Osorio JA, Hervey-Jumper SL, Walsh KM, Clarke JL, Butowski NA, Prados MD, Berger MS. Familial gliomas: cases in two pairs of brothers. J Neurooncol. 2015 Jan; 121(1):135-40.
  9. Clarke JL, Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ, Butowski NA, Chang SM, Perry A, Costello JF, DeSilva AA, Rabbitt JE, Prados MD. A single-institution phase II trial of radiation, temozolomide, erlotinib, and bevacizumab for initial treatment of glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Jul; 16(7):984-90.
  10. Han SJ, Rolston JD, Molinaro AM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Chang SM, Berger MS, DeSilva A, Butowski NA. Phase II trial of 7 days on/7 days off temozolmide for recurrent high-grade glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Sep; 16(9):1255-62.
  11. Lacouture ME, Davis ME, Elzinga G, Butowski N, Tran D, Villano JL, DiMeglio L, Davies AM, Wong ET. Characterization and management of dermatologic adverse events with the NovoTTF-100A System, a novel anti-mitotic electric field device for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma. Semin Oncol. 2014 Jun; 41 Suppl 4:S1-14.
  12. Bloch O, Crane CA, Fuks Y, Kaur R, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Butowski NA, Chang SM, Clarke JL, McDermott MW, Prados MD, Sloan AE, Bruce JN, Parsa AT. Heat-shock protein peptide complex-96 vaccination for recurrent glioblastoma: a phase II, single-arm trial. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Jan; 16(2):274-9.
  13. Butowski N, Wong ET, Mehta MP, Wilson LK. A roundtable discussion on the clinical challenges and options for the treatment of glioblastoma: introducing a novel modality, TTFields. Semin Oncol. 2013 Dec; 40(6):S2-4.
  14. Nabors LB, Ammirati M, Bierman PJ, Brem H, Butowski N, Chamberlain MC, DeAngelis LM, Fenstermaker RA, Friedman A, Gilbert MR, Hesser D, Holdhoff M, Junck L, Lawson R, Loeffler JS, Maor MH, Moots PL, Morrison T, Mrugala MM, Newton HB, Portnow J, Raizer JJ, Recht L, Shrieve DC, Sills AK, Tran D, Tran N, Vrionis FD, Wen PY, McMillian N, Ho M. Central nervous system cancers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Sep 1; 11(9):1114-51.
  15. Bloch O, Safaee M, Sun MZ, Butowski NA, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Aghi MK, Parsa AT. Disseminated progression of glioblastoma after treatment with bevacizumab. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Sep; 115(9):1795-801.
  16. Lupo JM, Essock-Burns E, Molinaro AM, Cha S, Chang SM, Butowski N, Nelson SJ. Using susceptibility-weighted imaging to determine response to combined anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and radiation therapy in patients with glioblastoma multiforme. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Apr; 15(4):480-9.
  17. Chen PY, Ozawa T, Drummond DC, Kalra A, Fitzgerald JB, Kirpotin DB, Wei KC, Butowski N, Prados MD, Berger MS, Forsayeth JR, Bankiewicz K, James CD. Comparing routes of delivery for nanoliposomal irinotecan shows superior anti-tumor activity of local administration in treating intracranial glioblastoma xenografts. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Feb; 15(2):189-97.
  18. Butowski N, Chang SM. Endpoints for clinical trials and revised assessment in neuro-oncology. Curr Opin Neurol. 2012 Dec; 25(6):780-5.
  19. Crane CA, Han SJ, Ahn B, Oehlke J, Kivett V, Fedoroff A, Butowski N, Chang SM, Clarke J, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Prados MD, Parsa AT. Individual patient-specific immunity against high-grade glioma after vaccination with autologous tumor derived peptides bound to the 96 KD chaperone protein. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jan 1; 19(1):205-14.
  20. Krop I, Demuth T, Guthrie T, Wen PY, Mason WP, Chinnaiyan P, Butowski N, Groves MD, Kesari S, Freedman SJ, Blackman S, Watters J, Loboda A, Podtelezhnikov A, Lunceford J, Chen C, Giannotti M, Hing J, Beckman R, Lorusso P. Phase I pharmacologic and pharmacodynamic study of the gamma secretase (Notch) inhibitor MK-0752 in adult patients with advanced solid tumors. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Jul 1; 30(19):2307-13.

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