Eric Nakakura, MD, PhD

Gastrointestinal cancer surgeon

Dr. Eric Nakakura is a cancer surgeon who specializes in tumors of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts and gastrointestinal tract. He also treats soft tissue sarcomas, including tumors of the retroperitoneum, trunk and extremities. At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, he participates in the management of complex gastrointestinal tract cancers, soft tissue sarcomas and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors, including carcinoid and islet cell tumors.

Nakakura earned a medical degree at Stanford University Medical School and a doctorate in cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and was a specialist registrar in surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. He completed a fellowship in surgical oncology with an emphasis on pancreatic, billiary and gastrointestinal surgery at Johns Hopkins. Nakakura, a professor of clinical surgery at UCSF, studies endocrine differentiation in gut and gastrointestinal tumors.

Clinics

Gastrointestinal Surgery at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0388
Phone: (415) 353-2161
Fax: (415) 353-2505

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 502-5577
Fax: (415) 502-2236

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

Pancreas Center
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Patient Information and Appointments: (415) 353-9888
Administrative Inquiries: (415) 476-3270
Fax: (415) 353-9931

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Professor

More about Eric Nakakura

Education

Stanford School of Medicine 1995

Residencies

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Surgery 2003

Fellowships

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Surgical Oncology 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Nakakura EK. Progress in the March to Precision Cancer Medicine: Left, Right, Left. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 153(1):67-68.
  2. Nakakura EK. Challenges Staging Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Pancreas, Jejunum and Ileum, and Appendix. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Mar; 25(3):591-593.
  3. Tempero MA, Malafa MP, Al-Hawary M, Asbun H, Bain A, Behrman SW, Benson AB, Binder E, Cardin DB, Cha C, Chiorean EG, Chung V, Czito B, Dillhoff M, Dotan E, Ferrone CR, Hardacre J, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Ko AH, Komanduri S, Koong A, LoConte N, Lowy AM, Moravek C, Nakakura EK, O'Reilly EM, Obando J, Reddy S, Scaife C, Thayer S, Weekes CD, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Burns J, Darlow S. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, Version 2.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Aug; 15(8):1028-1061.
  4. Greene C, Nakakura EK, Ko AH. Gastrocutaneous Fistula in a Patient with Locally Recurrent MSI-High Colorectal Cancer: Local Complications Arising from Therapeutic Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Anticancer Res. 2017 07; 37(7):3679-3684.
  5. Howe JR, Cardona K, Fraker DL, Kebebew E, Untch BR, Wang YZ, Law CH, Liu EH, Kim MK, Menda Y, Morse BG, Bergsland EK, Strosberg JR, Nakakura EK, Pommier RF. The Surgical Management of Small Bowel Neuroendocrine Tumors: Consensus Guidelines of the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society. Pancreas. 2017 Jul; 46(6):715-731.
  6. Mulvey CK, Van Loon K, Bergsland EK, Masharani U, Nakakura EK. Complicated Case Presentation: Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors in Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1. Pancreas. 2017 03; 46(3):416-426.
  7. Kim SS, Nakakura EK, Wang ZJ, Kim GE, Corvera CU, Harris HW, Kirkwood KS, Hirose R, Tempero MA, Ko AH. Preoperative FOLFIRINOX for borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: Is radiation necessary in the modern era of chemotherapy? J Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct; 114(5):587-596.
  8. Nakakura EK. Finding the Common Thread in Rare Diseases. JAMA Surg. 2016 Apr; 151(4):355.
  9. Hope TA, Verdin EF, Bergsland EK, Ohliger MA, Corvera CU, Nakakura EK. Correcting for respiratory motion in liver PET/MRI: preliminary evaluation of the utility of bellows and navigated hepatobiliary phase imaging. EJNMMI Phys. 2015 Dec; 2(1):21.
  10. Yee AM, Kelly BG, Gonzalez-Velez JM, Nakakura EK. Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas head in a pregnant woman: safe pancreaticoduodenectomy postpartum. J Surg Case Rep. 2015 Aug 20; 2015(8).
  11. Hope TA, Pampaloni MH, Nakakura E, VanBrocklin H, Slater J, Jivan S, Aparici CM, Yee J, Bergsland E. Simultaneous (68)Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/MRI with gadoxetate disodium in patients with neuroendocrine tumor. Abdom Imaging. 2015 Aug; 40(6):1432-40.
  12. Walker EJ, Simko JP, Nakakura EK, Ko AH. A patient with cholangiocarcinoma demonstrating pathologic complete response to chemotherapy: exploring the role of neoadjuvant therapy in biliary tract cancer. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2014 Dec; 5(6):E88-95.
  13. Van Loon K, Zhang L, Keiser J, Carrasco C, Glass K, Ramirez MT, Bobiak S, Nakakura EK, Venook AP, Shah MH, Bergsland EK. Bone metastases and skeletal-related events from neuroendocrine tumors. Endocr Connect. 2015 Mar; 4(1):9-17.
  14. Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK. Neuroendocrine tumors of unknown primary: is the primary site really not known? JAMA Surg. 2014 Sep; 149(9):889-90.
  15. Tempero MA, Malafa MP, Behrman SW, Benson AB, Casper ES, Chiorean EG, Chung V, Cohen SJ, Czito B, Engebretson A, Feng M, Hawkins WG, Herman J, Hoffman JP, Ko A, Komanduri S, Koong A, Lowy AM, Ma WW, Merchant NB, Mulvihill SJ, Muscarella P, Nakakura EK, Obando J, Pitman MB, Reddy S, Sasson AR, Thayer SP, Weekes CD, Wolff RA, Wolpin BM, Burns JL, Freedman-Cass DA. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, version 2.2014: featured updates to the NCCN guidelines. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Aug; 12(8):1083-93.
  16. Nakakura EK. Time to put another surgical dogma to sleep? JAMA Surg. 2014 May; 149(5):466.
  17. Nakakura EK. Home, sweet home, after surgery. JAMA Surg. 2014 Mar; 149(3):251.
  18. Ducker GS, Atreya CE, Simko JP, Hom YK, Matli MR, Benes CH, Hann B, Nakakura EK, Bergsland EK, Donner DB, Settleman J, Shokat KM, Warren RS. Incomplete inhibition of phosphorylation of 4E-BP1 as a mechanism of primary resistance to ATP-competitive mTOR inhibitors. Oncogene. 2014 Mar 20; 33(12):1590-600.
  19. Wang SC, Fidelman N, Nakakura EK. Management of well-differentiated gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors metastatic to the liver. Semin Oncol. 2013 Feb; 40(1):69-74.
  20. Nakakura EK. Reply to P.H. Sugarbaker. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jan 20; 31(3):397-8.

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