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Susan Chang, M.D.

Neuro-oncologist

Dr. Susan Chang, director of Neuro-Oncology, specializes in the treatment of adults with brain tumors. She also performs studies of experimental brain tumor treatments and evaluates the use of imaging techniques as treatment tools. She was the co-recipient of a SPORE grant for evaluating the role of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in diagnosing tumors and evaluating therapeutic interventions. SPORE, which stands for Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, is a program of the National Cancer Institute.

Chang received a medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed a residency in internal medicine at Plains Health Centre in Canada and at Toronto General Hospital. She completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto as well as a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the UCSF, where she later joined the faculty.

Clinics

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

More about Susan Chang

Education

University of British Columbia School of Medicine 1985

Residencies

Plains Health Centre/Toronto General Hospital, Internal Medicine 1990

Fellowships

University of Toronto Medical Center, Medical Oncology 1991
UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-Oncology 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Walsh KM, Codd V, Smirnov IV, Rice T, Decker PA, Hansen HM, Kollmeyer T, Kosel ML, Molinaro AM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Cabriga BS, Pekmezci M, Zheng S, Wiemels JL, Pico AR, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Lachance DH, O'Neill BP, Sicotte H, Eckel-Passow JE. Variants near TERT and TERC influencing telomere length are associated with high-grade glioma risk. Nat Genet. 2014 Jun 8.
  2. Gertler P, Heckman J, Pinto R, Zanolini A, Vermeersch C, Walker S, Chang SM, Grantham-McGregor S. Labor market returns to an early childhood stimulation intervention in Jamaica. Science. 2014 May 30; 344(6187):998-1001.
  3. 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.
  4. Elkhaled A, Jalbert L, Constantin A, Yoshihara HA, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Characterization of metabolites in infiltrating gliomas using ex vivo (1) H high-resolution magic angle spinning spectroscopy. NMR Biomed. 2014 May; 27(5):578-93.
  5. Wen PY, Chang SM, Lamborn KR, Kuhn JG, Norden AD, Cloughesy TF, Robins HI, Lieberman FS, Gilbert MR, Mehta MP, Drappatz J, Groves MD, Santagata S, Ligon AH, Yung WK, Wright JJ, Dancey J, Aldape KD, Prados MD, Ligon KL. Phase I/II study of erlotinib and temsirolimus for patients with recurrent malignant gliomas: North American Brain Tumor Consortium trial 04-02. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Apr; 16(4):567-78.
  6. Johnson BE, Mazor T, Hong C, Barnes M, Aihara K, McLean CY, Fouse SD, Yamamoto S, Ueda H, Tatsuno K, Asthana S, Jalbert LE, Nelson SJ, Bollen AW, Gustafson WC, Charron E, Weiss WA, Smirnov IV, Song JS, Olshen AB, Cha S, Zhao Y, Moore RA, Mungall AJ, Jones SJ, Hirst M, Marra MA, Saito N, Aburatani H, Mukasa A, Berger MS, Chang SM, Taylor BS, Costello JF. Mutational analysis reveals the origin and therapy-driven evolution of recurrent glioma. Science. 2014 Jan 10; 343(6167):189-93.
  7. 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.
  8. Huse JT, Wallace M, Aldape KD, Berger MS, Bettegowda C, Brat DJ, Cahill DP, Cloughesy T, Haas-Kogan DA, Marra M, Miller CR, Nelson SJ, Salama SR, Soffietti R, Wen PY, Yip S, Yen K, Costello JF, Chang S. Where are we now? And where are we going? A report from the Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) Low-grade Glioma Research Workshop. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Jan; 16(2):173-8.
  9. Hakeem A, Bhatti S, Chang SM. Does hybrid imaging have a role in cardiac risk evaluation of the pre-renal transplant patient? J Nucl Cardiol. 2013 Dec; 20(6):963-5.
  10. Bian W, Hess CP, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Lupo JM. Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging of radiation therapy-induced cerebral microbleeds in patients with glioma: a comparison between 3T and 7T. Neuroradiology. 2014 Feb; 56(2):91-6.
  11. Lin NU, Lee EQ, Aoyama H, Barani IJ, Baumert BG, Brown PD, Camidge DR, Chang SM, Dancey J, Gaspar LE, Harris GJ, Hodi FS, Kalkanis SN, Lamborn KR, Linskey ME, Macdonald DR, Margolin K, Mehta MP, Schiff D, Soffietti R, Suh JH, van den Bent MJ, Vogelbaum MA, Wefel JS, Wen PY. Challenges relating to solid tumour brain metastases in clinical trials, part 1: patient population, response, and progression. A report from the RANO group. Lancet Oncol. 2013 Sep; 14(10):e396-406.
  12. Lin NU, Wefel JS, Lee EQ, Schiff D, van den Bent MJ, Soffietti R, Suh JH, Vogelbaum MA, Mehta MP, Dancey J, Linskey ME, Camidge DR, Aoyama H, Brown PD, Chang SM, Kalkanis SN, Barani IJ, Baumert BG, Gaspar LE, Hodi FS, Macdonald DR, Wen PY. Challenges relating to solid tumour brain metastases in clinical trials, part 2: neurocognitive, neurological, and quality-of-life outcomes. A report from the RANO group. Lancet Oncol. 2013 Sep; 14(10):e407-16.
  13. Walsh KM, Rice T, Decker PA, Kosel ML, Kollmeyer T, Hansen HM, Zheng S, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Anderson E, Hsuang G, Wiemels JL, Pico AR, Smirnov I, Molinaro AM, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Lachance DH, Sicotte H, Eckel-Passow JE, Wiencke JK, Jenkins RB, Wrensch MR. Genetic variants in telomerase-related genes are associated with an older age at diagnosis in glioma patients: evidence for distinct pathways of gliomagenesis. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Aug; 15(8):1041-7.
  14. Bian W, Hess CP, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Lupo JM. Computer-aided detection of radiation-induced cerebral microbleeds on susceptibility-weighted MR images. Neuroimage Clin. 2013; 2:282-90.
  15. 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.
  16. Li Y, Lupo JM, Parvataneni R, Lamborn KR, Cha S, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Survival analysis in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma using pre- and postradiotherapy MR spectroscopic imaging. Neuro Oncol. 2013 May; 15(5):607-17.
  17. Rice T, Zheng S, Decker PA, Walsh KM, Bracci P, Xiao Y, McCoy LS, Smirnov I, Patoka JS, Hansen HM, Hsuang G, Wiemels JL, Tihan T, Pico AR, Prados MD, Chang SM, Berger MS, Caron A, Fink S, Kollmeyer T, Rynearson A, Voss J, Kosel ML, Fridley BL, Lachance DH, Eckel-Passow JE, Sicotte H, O'Neill BP, Giannini C, Wiencke JK, Jenkins RB, Wrensch MR. Inherited variant on chromosome 11q23 increases susceptibility to IDH-mutated but not IDH-normal gliomas regardless of grade or histology. Neuro Oncol. 2013 May; 15(5):535-41.
  18. Huang T, Mueller S, Rutkowski MJ, Han SJ, Bloch O, Barani IJ, Parsa AT, Chang SM. Multidisciplinary care of patients with brain tumors. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2013 Apr; 22(2):161-78.
  19. Essock-Burns E, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Lupo JM, Cha S, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Comparison of DSC-MRI post-processing techniques in predicting microvascular histopathology in patients newly diagnosed with GBM. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Aug; 38(2):388-400.
  20. Butowski N, Chang SM. Endpoints for clinical trials and revised assessment in neuro-oncology. Curr Opin Neurol. 2012 Dec; 25(6):780-5.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.