Joanna Phillips, MD


Dr. Joanna Phillips is a neuropathologist at UCSF Medical Center who helps diagnose neurologic disease through the examination of central nervous system tissue. As an academic neuropathologist, her goal is to improve the treatment of brain tumors through research and patient care. Her research focuses on understanding how invading tumor cells interact with the components of the brain tumor microenvironment, and how these key interactions influence glioma development and response to therapy.

Phillips earned a medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in neuropathology at UCSF. Phillips is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Association of Neuropathologists, American Association for Cancer Research and Glycobiology Research and Training Program. She is an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Pathology in the Division of Neuropathology.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2002


University of Washington Medical Center 2004


UCSF Medical Center 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Luks TL, McKnight TR, Jalbert LE, Williams A, Neill E, Lobo KA, Persson AI, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Relationship of In Vivo MR Parameters to Histopathological and Molecular Characteristics of Newly Diagnosed, Nonenhancing Lower-Grade Gliomas. Transl Oncol. 2018 Jun 05; 11(4):941-949.
  2. Griveau A, Seano G, Shelton SJ, Kupp R, Jahangiri A, Obernier K, Krishnan S, Lindberg OR, Yuen TJ, Tien AC, Sabo JK, Wang N, Chen I, Kloepper J, Larrouquere L, Ghosh M, Tirosh I, Huillard E, Alvarez-Buylla A, Oldham MC, Persson AI, Weiss WA, Batchelor TT, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Suvā ML, Phillips JJ, Aghi MK, Mehta S, Jain RK, Rowitch DH. A Glial Signature and Wnt7 Signaling Regulate Glioma-Vascular Interactions and Tumor Microenvironment. Cancer Cell. 2018 May 14; 33(5):874-889.e7.
  3. Hayes J, Yu Y, Jalbert LE, Mazor T, Jones LE, Wood MD, Walsh KM, Bengtsson H, Hong C, Oberndorfer S, Roetzer T, Smirnov IV, Clarke JL, Aghi MK, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Woehrer A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF. Genomic analysis of the origins and evolution of multicentric diffuse lower-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2018 Apr 09; 20(5):632-641.

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