Alan Venook, MD

Gastrointestinal oncologist

Dr. Alan Venook is a nationally renowned expert in colorectal and liver cancers at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center where he leads the Gastrointestinal Oncology program. In his research, he focuses on treating liver tumors with directed approaches, including infusional chemotherapy and biological agents.

Venook earned a medical degree at UCSF in 1980. He spent two years in the Public Health Service following an internship in internal medicine at UCSF. He completed a residence in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF. Venook, who has been on the medical staff at UCSF since 1988, is a professor of medicine in hematology and oncology.


Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-9888
Fax: (415) 353-9931

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

Conditions & Treatments

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UCSF School of Medicine 1980


UC Davis Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1985


UCSF Medical Center, Medical Oncology 1987
UCSF Medical Center, Hematology 1988

Selected Research and Publications

  1. McCleary NJ, Hubbard J, Mahoney MR, Meyerhardt JA, Sargent D, Venook A, Grothey A. Challenges of conducting a prospective clinical trial for older patients: Lessons learned from NCCTG N0949 (alliance). J Geriatr Oncol. 2017 Sep 13.
  2. Basch E, Dueck AC, Rogak LJ, Minasian LM, Kelly WK, O'Mara AM, Denicoff AM, Seisler D, Atherton PJ, Paskett E, Carey L, Dickler M, Heist RS, Himelstein A, Rugo HS, Sikov WM, Socinski MA, Venook AP, Weckstein DJ, Lake DE, Biggs DD, Freedman RA, Kuzma C, Kirshner JJ, Schrag D. Feasibility Assessment of Patient Reporting of Symptomatic Adverse Events in Multicenter Cancer Clinical Trials. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Aug 01; 3(8):1043-1050.
  3. Arnold D, Lueza B, Douillard JY, Peeters M, Lenz HJ, Venook A, Heinemann V, Van Cutsem E, Pignon JP, Tabernero J, Cervantes A, Ciardiello F. Prognostic and predictive value of primary tumour side in patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer treated with chemotherapy and EGFR directed antibodies in six randomized trials. Ann Oncol. 2017 Aug 01; 28(8):1713-1729.
  4. Venook AP, Niedzwiecki D, Lenz HJ, Innocenti F, Fruth B, Meyerhardt JA, Schrag D, Greene C, O'Neil BH, Atkins JN, Berry S, Polite BN, O'Reilly EM, Goldberg RM, Hochster HS, Schilsky RL, Bertagnolli MM, El-Khoueiry AB, Watson P, Benson AB, Mulkerin DL, Mayer RJ, Blanke C. Effect of First-Line Chemotherapy Combined With Cetuximab or Bevacizumab on Overall Survival in Patients With KRAS Wild-Type Advanced or Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2017 06 20; 317(23):2392-2401.
  5. Fuchs MA, Yuan C, Sato K, Niedzwiecki D, Ye X, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Innocenti F, Warren RS, Bertagnolli MM, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Horvath E, Meyerhardt JA, Ng K. Predicted vitamin D status and colon cancer recurrence and mortality in CALGB 89803 (Alliance). Ann Oncol. 2017 Jun 01; 28(6):1359-1367.
  6. Benson AB, D'Angelica MI, Abbott DE, Abrams TA, Alberts SR, Saenz DA, Are C, Brown DB, Chang DT, Covey AM, Hawkins W, Iyer R, Jacob R, Karachristos A, Kelley RK, Kim R, Palta M, Park JO, Sahai V, Schefter T, Schmidt C, Sicklick JK, Singh G, Sohal D, Stein S, Tian GG, Vauthey JN, Venook AP, Zhu AX, Hoffmann KG, Darlow S. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Hepatobiliary Cancers, Version 1.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 May; 15(5):563-573.
  7. Benson AB, Venook AP, Cederquist L, Chan E, Chen YJ, Cooper HS, Deming D, Engstrom PF, Enzinger PC, Fichera A, Grem JL, Grothey A, Hochster HS, Hoffe S, Hunt S, Kamel A, Kirilcuk N, Krishnamurthi S, Messersmith WA, Mulcahy MF, Murphy JD, Nurkin S, Saltz L, Sharma S, Shibata D, Skibber JM, Sofocleous CT, Stoffel EM, Stotsky-Himelfarb E, Willett CG, Wu CS, Gregory KM, Freedman-Cass D. Colon Cancer, Version 1.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Mar; 15(3):370-398.
  8. Tantoy IY, Dhruva A, Cataldo J, Venook A, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Levine JD, Conley YP, Cartwright F, Lee K, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Differences in symptom occurrence, severity, and distress ratings between patients with gastrointestinal cancers who received chemotherapy alone or chemotherapy with targeted therapy. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2017 Feb; 8(1):109-126.
  9. Niedzwiecki D, Frankel WL, Venook AP, Ye X, Friedman PN, Goldberg RM, Mayer RJ, Colacchio TA, Mulligan JM, Davison TS, O'Brien E, Kerr P, Johnston PG, Kennedy RD, Harkin DP, Schilsky RL, Bertagnolli MM, Warren RS, Innocenti F. Reply to L. Casadaban et al. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Apr 20; 35(12):1373-1374.
  10. Parikh A, Atreya C, Korn WM, Venook AP. Prolonged Response to HER2-Directed Therapy in a Patient With HER2-Amplified, Rapidly Progressive Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jan; 15(1):3-8.
  11. Venook AP. Right-sided vs left-sided colorectal cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2017 Jan; 15(1):22-24.
  12. Atreya CE, Venook AP. Role of Biologics in Colon Cancer: Still Not Clear. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Dec; 12(12):1229-1230.
  13. Atreya CE, Greene C, McWhirter RM, Ikram NS, Allen IE, Van Loon K, Venook AP, Yeh BM, Behr SC. Differential Radiographic Appearance of BRAF V600E-Mutant Metastatic Colorectal Cancer in Patients Matched by Primary Tumor Location. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Dec; 14(12):1536-1543.
  14. Fidelman N, Kerlan RK, Hawkins RA, Pampaloni M, Taylor AG, Kohi MP, Kolli KP, Atreya CE, Bergsland EK, Kelley RK, Ko AH, Korn WM, Van Loon K, McWhirter RM, Luan J, Johanson C, Venook AP. Radioembolization with 90Y glass microspheres for the treatment of unresectable metastatic liver disease from chemotherapy-refractory gastrointestinal cancers: final report of a prospective pilot study. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):860-874.
  15. Abou-Alfa GK, Andersen JB, Chapman W, Choti M, Forbes SJ, Gores GJ, Hong TS, Harding JJ, Vander Heiden MG, Javle M, Kelley RK, Kwong LN, Lowery M, Merrell A, Miyabe K, Rhim A, Saha S, Sia D, Tanasanvimon S, Venook A, Valle JW, Walesky C, Whetstine J, Willenbring H, Zhu AX, Mayer D, Stanger BZ. Advances in cholangiocarcinoma research: report from the third Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):819-827.
  16. Kunz PL, Balise RR, Fehrenbacher L, Pan M, Venook AP, Fisher GA, Tempero MA, Ko AH, Korn WM, Hwang J, Bergsland EK. Oxaliplatin-Fluoropyrimidine Chemotherapy Plus Bevacizumab in Advanced Neuroendocrine Tumors: An Analysis of 2 Phase II Trials. Pancreas. 2016 Nov; 45(10):1394-1400.
  17. Katz MH, Shi Q, Ahmad SA, Herman JM, Marsh Rde W, Collisson E, Schwartz L, Frankel W, Martin R, Conway W, Truty M, Kindler H, Lowy AM, Bekaii-Saab T, Philip P, Talamonti M, Cardin D, LoConte N, Shen P, Hoffman JP, Venook AP. Preoperative Modified FOLFIRINOX Treatment Followed by Capecitabine-Based Chemoradiation for Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Trial A021101. JAMA Surg. 2016 Aug 17; 151(8):e161137.
  18. Hatch AJ, Sibley AB, Starr MD, Brady JC, Jiang C, Jia J, Bowers DL, Pang H, Owzar K, Niedzwiecki D, Innocenti F, Venook AP, Hurwitz HI, Nixon AB. Blood-based markers of efficacy and resistance to cetuximab treatment in metastatic colorectal cancer: results from CALGB 80203 (Alliance). Cancer Med. 2016 Sep; 5(9):2249-60.
  19. Marrero JA, Kudo M, Venook AP, Ye SL, Bronowicki JP, Chen XP, Dagher L, Furuse J, Geschwind JH, de Guevara LL, Papandreou C, Takayama T, Sanyal AJ, Yoon SK, Nakajima K, Lehr R, Heldner S, Lencioni R. Observational registry of sorafenib use in clinical practice across Child-Pugh subgroups: The GIDEON study. J Hepatol. 2016 Dec; 65(6):1140-1147.
  20. Niedzwiecki D, Frankel WL, Venook AP, Ye X, Friedman PN, Goldberg RM, Mayer RJ, Colacchio TA, Mulligan JM, Davison TS, O'Brien E, Kerr P, Johnston PG, Kennedy RD, Harkin DP, Schilsky RL, Bertagnolli MM, Warren RS, Innocenti F. Association Between Results of a Gene Expression Signature Assay and Recurrence-Free Interval in Patients With Stage II Colon Cancer in Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9581 (Alliance). J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 01; 34(25):3047-53.

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