Eric Small, MD

Co-director of the Urologic Cancer Service

Dr. Eric J. Small is co-director of the Urologic Cancer Service and director of Urologic Oncology Research. His patient care and research focus is prostate cancer, immunotherapy and the mechanisms of resistance to standard therapies. He is a member of several professional medical societies including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association. He is a member of the Therapy Consortium of CaP CURE, the largest private source of prostate cancer research funding, and on the board of directors of the American Prostate Cancer Foundation. He chairs the Prostate Cancer Correlative Sciences Working Group of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B Cooperative Oncology Group.

Small earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University and a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. While in medical school, he completed a fellowship in pathology. He completed post-graduate residency training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the UCSF Cancer Research Institute. He is a professor of medicine and urology at UCSF.


Genitourinary Medical Oncology
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-4616
Fax: (415) 353-7107

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

Prostate Cancer Center
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Medical Oncology Phone: (415) 476-4616
Surgical Oncology Phone: (415) 353-7171
Medical Oncology Fax: (415) 353-7107
Surgical Oncology Fax: (415) 514-6195

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Case Western Reserve 1985


Beth Israel Hospital Boston, Internal Medicine 1988


UCSF, Hematology 1991
UCSF, Oncology 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lake ST, Greene KL, Westphalen AC, Behr SC, Zagoria R, Small EJ, Carroll PR, Hope TA. Optimal MRI sequences for 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/MRI in evaluation of biochemically recurrent prostate cancer. EJNMMI Res. 2017 Sep 19; 7(1):77.
  2. Small EJ. Redefining Hormonal Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer: Results from the LATITUDE and STAMPEDE Studies. Cancer Cell. 2017 Sep 11; 32(3):392.
  3. Small EJ. Redefining Hormonal Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer: Results from the LATITUDE and CHAARTED Studies. Cancer Cell. 2017 Jul 10; 32(1):6-8.
  4. Aggarwal RR, Feng FY, Small EJ. Emerging Categories of Disease in Advanced Prostate Cancer and Their Therapeutic Implications. Oncology (Williston Park). 2017 06 15; 31(6):467-74.
  5. Aggarwal R, Behr SC, Paris PL, Truillet C, Parker MFL, Huynh LT, Wei J, Hann B, Youngren J, Huang J, Premasekharan G, Ranatunga N, Chang E, Gao KT, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Evans MJ. Real-Time Transferrin-Based PET Detects MYC-Positive Prostate Cancer. Mol Cancer Res. 2017 Sep; 15(9):1221-1229.
  6. Friedlander TW, Graff JN, Zejnullahu K, Anantharaman A, Zhang L, Paz R, Premasekharan G, Russell C, Huang Y, Kim W, Aggarwal RR, Lin AM, Fong L, Alumkal JJ, Beer TM, Sharifi N, Alyamani M, Dittamore R, Small EJ, Paris PL, Ryan CJ. High-Dose Abiraterone Acetate in Men With Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Jun 03.
  7. Anantharaman A, Small EJ. Tackling non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: special considerations in treatment. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2017 Jul; 17(7):625-633.
  8. Holmes MG, Foss E, Joseph G, Foye A, Beckett B, Motamedi D, Youngren J, Thomas GV, Huang J, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Beer TM, Small EJ, Link TM. CT-Guided Bone Biopsies in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: Factors Predictive of Maximum Tumor Yield. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2017 Aug; 28(8):1073-1081.e1.
  9. Hope TA, Aggarwal R, Chee B, Tao D, Greene KL, Cooperberg M, Feng F, Chang A, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Carroll PR. Impact of Ga-68 PSMA-11 PET on Management in Patients with Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2017 May 18.
  10. Quigley D, Alumkal JJ, Wyatt AW, Kothari V, Foye A, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Kim W, Lu E, Schwartzman J, Beja K, Annala M, Das R, Diolaiti M, Pritchard C, Thomas G, Tomlins S, Knudsen K, Lord CJ, Ryan C, Youngren J, Beer TM, Ashworth A, Small EJ, Feng FY. Analysis of Circulating Cell-Free DNA Identifies Multiclonal Heterogeneity of BRCA2 Reversion Mutations Associated with Resistance to PARP Inhibitors. Cancer Discov. 2017 Sep; 7(9):999-1005.
  11. Parsons JK, Pierce JP, Mohler J, Paskett E, Jung SH, Morris MJ, Small E, Hahn O, Humphrey P, Taylor J, Marshall J. Men's Eating and Living (MEAL) study (CALGB 70807 [Alliance]): recruitment feasibility and baseline demographics of a randomized trial of diet in men on active surveillance for prostate cancer. BJU Int. 2017 Apr 24.
  12. Smith MR, Saad F, Rathkopf DE, Mulders PFA, de Bono JS, Small EJ, Shore ND, Fizazi K, Kheoh T, Li J, De Porre P, Todd MB, Yu MK, Ryan CJ. Clinical Outcomes from Androgen Signaling-directed Therapy after Treatment with Abiraterone Acetate and Prednisone in Patients with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer: Post Hoc Analysis of COU-AA-302. Eur Urol. 2017 Jul; 72(1):10-13.
  13. Annala M, Struss WJ, Warner EW, Beja K, Vandekerkhove G, Wong A, Khalaf D, Seppälä IL, So A, Lo G, Aggarwal R, Small EJ, Nykter M, Gleave ME, Chi KN, Wyatt AW. Treatment Outcomes and Tumor Loss of Heterozygosity in Germline DNA Repair-deficient Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2017 Jul; 72(1):34-42.
  14. Aggarwal R, Bryce A, Ryan CJ, Harzstark A, Derleth C, Kim W, Friedlander T, Lin AM, Rodvelt-Bagchi T, Dhawan M, Zhang L, Lee M, Siebeneck E, Hough J, Small EJ. A multicenter phase I study of cabazitaxel, mitoxantrone, and prednisone for chemotherapy-naïve patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: A department of defense prostate cancer clinical trials consortium study. Urol Oncol. 2017 Apr; 35(4):149.e7-149.e13.
  15. Behr SC, Aggarwal R, Seo Y, Aparici CM, Chang E, Gao KT, Tao DH, Small EJ, Evans MJ. A Feasibility Study Showing [68Ga]Citrate PET Detects Prostate Cancer. Mol Imaging Biol. 2016 Dec; 18(6):946-951.
  16. Choueiri TK, Halabi S, Sanford BL, Hahn O, Michaelson MD, Walsh MK, Feldman DR, Olencki T, Picus J, Small EJ, Dakhil S, George DJ, Morris MJ. Cabozantinib Versus Sunitinib As Initial Targeted Therapy for Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma of Poor or Intermediate Risk: The Alliance A031203 CABOSUN Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Feb 20; 35(6):591-597.
  17. Wei XX, Chan S, Kwek S, Lewis J, Dao V, Zhang L, Cooperberg MR, Ryan CJ, Lin AM, Friedlander TW, Rini B, Kane C, Simko JP, Carroll PR, Small EJ, Fong L. Systemic GM-CSF Recruits Effector T Cells into the Tumor Microenvironment in Localized Prostate Cancer. Cancer Immunol Res. 2016 Nov; 4(11):948-958.
  18. Hope TA, Truillet C, Ehman EC, Afshar-Oromieh A, Aggarwal R, Ryan CJ, Carroll PR, Small EJ, Evans MJ. 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET Imaging of Response to Androgen Receptor Inhibition: First Human Experience. J Nucl Med. 2017 Jan; 58(1):81-84.
  19. de Bono JS, Smith MR, Saad F, Rathkopf DE, Mulders PFA, Small EJ, Shore ND, Fizazi K, De Porre P, Kheoh T, Li J, Todd MB, Ryan CJ, Flaig TW. Subsequent Chemotherapy and Treatment Patterns After Abiraterone Acetate in Patients with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer: Post Hoc Analysis of COU-AA-302. Eur Urol. 2017 Apr; 71(4):656-664.
  20. Premasekharan G, Gilbert E, Okimoto RA, Hamirani A, Lindquist KJ, Ngo VT, Roy R, Hough J, Edwards M, Paz R, Foye A, Sood R, Copren KA, Gubens M, Small EJ, Bivona TG, Collisson EA, Friedlander TW, Paris PL. An improved CTC isolation scheme for pairing with downstream genomics: Demonstrating clinical utility in metastatic prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. Cancer Lett. 2016 Sep 28; 380(1):144-52.

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