Jean Nakamura, MD

Radiation oncologist

Dr. Jean Nakamura is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors using techniques such as intensity modulated radiotherapy, Gamma Knife and Cyberknife radiosurgery in children and adults. In addition to caring for patients, she researches radiosurgery techniques and their use in treating complex diseases involving the brain and spinal cord. She's particularly interested in tumors located at the base of the skull, which are challenging to treat because they're close to structures critical to nervous system function.

Nakamura has received many awards including the Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Award for Resident Research and the Basic Research Fellowship Award from the American Brain Tumor Association. She is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Society for Neuro-Oncology and American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She then came to UCSF for a residency in radiation oncology, followed by a fellowship in neuro-oncology research. She is an associate professor at UCSF.


Brain Tumor Center
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.

Radiation Oncology at Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero St., Basement Level
San Francisco, CA 94143-1708
Main Phone: (415) 353-7175
New Patient Appointments: (415) 353-9807
Fax: (415) 353-9884

Hours: Monday to Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Radiation Oncology at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave, Room L-75
San Francisco, CA 94143-0226
Main Phone: (415) 353-7175
New Patient Appointments: (415) 353-8335
Fax: (415) 353-7281

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

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Associate Professor

More about Jean Nakamura


University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 1998


UCSF Medical Center, Radiation Oncology 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ojha J, Dyagil I, Finch SC, Reiss RF, de Smith AJ, Gonseth S, Zhou M, Hansen HM, Sherborne AL, Nakamura J, Bracci PM, Gudzenko N, Hatch M, Babkina N, Little MP, Chumak VV, Walsh KM, Bazyka D, Wiemels JL, Zablotska LB. Genomic characterization of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in radiation-exposed Chornobyl cleanup workers. Environ Health. 2018 May 02; 17(1):43.
  2. Thibodeau BJ, Lavergne V, Dekhne N, Benitez P, Amin M, Ahmed S, Nakamura JL, Davidson PR, Nakamura AO, Grills IS, Chen PY, Wobb J, Wilson GD. Mutational landscape of radiation-associated angiosarcoma of the breast. Oncotarget. 2018 Feb 09; 9(11):10042-10053.
  3. Davidson PR, Sherborne AL, Taylor B, Nakamura AO, Nakamura JL. A pooled mutational analysis identifies ionizing radiation-associated mutational signatures conserved between mouse and human malignancies. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 09; 7(1):7645.

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