Michael Prados, MD


Dr. Michael D. Prados is an expert with over 25 years in treating adults and children with brain tumors and supervising their care. He also is director of the UCSF Translational Research in Neuro-Oncology. The National Cancer Institute's North American Brain Tumor Consortium, which sponsors studies of brain tumor treatments, is based at UCSF under his leadership.

Prados earned a medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). He completed an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and residency training at LSU. Later, he accepted a fellowship in neuro-oncology at UCSF and joined the faculty in neurological surgery. He is board certified in internal medicine with a specialty in medical oncology. He also is principal investigator or researcher of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium for clinical trials at UCSF. Prados, a professor of neurological surgery, is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Children's Oncology Group.


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.

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Louisiana State University School of Medicine 1974


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine 1977


UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-Oncology 1987

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ulasov IV, Foster H, Butters M, Yoon JG, Ozawa T, Nicolaides T, Figueroa X, Hothi P, Prados M, Butters J, Cobbs C. Precision knockdown of EGFR gene expression using radio frequency electromagnetic energy. J Neurooncol. 2017 Jun; 133(2):257-264.
  2. Clarke JL, Molinaro AM, Cabrera JR, DeSilva AA, Rabbitt JE, Prey J, Drummond DC, Kim J, Noble C, Fitzgerald JB, Chang SM, Butowski NA, Taylor JW, Park JW, Prados MD. A phase 1 trial of intravenous liposomal irinotecan in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2017 Mar; 79(3):603-610.
  3. Wahl M, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Lin Y, Perry A, Haas-Kogan DA, Costello JF, Dayal M, Butowski N, Clarke JL, Prados M, Nelson S, Berger MS, Chang SM. Chemotherapy for adult low-grade gliomas: clinical outcomes by molecular subtype in a phase II study of adjuvant temozolomide. Neuro Oncol. 2017 02 01; 19(2):242-251.
  4. Nayak L, de Groot J, Wefel JS, Cloughesy TF, Lieberman F, Chang SM, Omuro A, Drappatz J, Batchelor TT, DeAngelis LM, Gilbert MR, Aldape KD, Yung AW, Fisher J, Ye X, Chen A, Grossman S, Prados M, Wen PY. Phase I trial of aflibercept (VEGF trap) with radiation therapy and concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide in patients with high-grade gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2017 Mar; 132(1):181-188.
  5. Zhang J, Yao TW, Hashizume R, Hariono S, Barkovich KJ, Fan QW, Prados M, James CD, Weiss WA, Nicolaides T. Combined BRAFV600E and MEK blockade for BRAFV600E-mutant gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2017 Feb; 131(3):495-505.
  6. Nelson SJ, Li Y, Lupo JM, Olson M, Crane JC, Molinaro A, Roy R, Clarke J, Butowski N, Prados M, Cha S, Chang SM. Serial analysis of 3D H-1 MRSI for patients with newly diagnosed GBM treated with combination therapy that includes bevacizumab. J Neurooncol. 2016 Oct; 130(1):171-179.
  7. Hashizume R, Zhang A, Mueller S, Prados MD, Lulla RR, Goldman S, Saratsis AM, Mazar AP, Stegh AH, Cheng SY, Horbinski C, Haas-Kogan DA, Sarkaria JN, Waldman T, James CD. Inhibition of DNA damage repair by the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib delays irradiated intracranial atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor and glioblastoma xenograft regrowth. Neuro Oncol. 2016 Nov; 18(11):1519-1528.
  8. Kieran MW, Goumnerova LC, Prados M, Gupta N. Biopsy for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: a reappraisal. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Sep; 18(3):390-1.
  9. Dasgupta T, Olow AK, Yang X, Hashizume R, Nicolaides TP, Tom M, Aoki Y, Berger MS, Weiss WA, Stalpers LJ, Prados M, James CD, Mueller S, Haas-Kogan DA. Erratum to: Survival advantage combining a BRAF inhibitor and radiation in BRAF V600E-mutant glioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Feb; 126(3):395.
  10. Imber BS, Braunstein SE, Wu FY, Nabavizadeh N, Boehling N, Weinberg VK, Tihan T, Barnes M, Mueller S, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Chang SM, McDermott MM, Prados MD, Berger MS, Haas-Kogan DA. Clinical outcome and prognostic factors for central neurocytoma: twenty year institutional experience. J Neurooncol. 2016 Jan; 126(1):193-200.
  11. Walsh KM, Codd V, Rice T, Nelson CP, Smirnov IV, McCoy LS, Hansen HM, Elhauge E, Ojha J, Francis SS, Madsen NR, Bracci PM, Pico AR, Molinaro AM, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Jenkins RB, Wiemels JL, Samani NJ, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR. Longer genotypically-estimated leukocyte telomere length is associated with increased adult glioma risk. Oncotarget. 2015 Dec 15; 6(40):42468-77.
  12. Wen Q, Jalilian L, Lupo JM, Li Y, Roy R, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Prados M, Butowski N, Clarke J, Nelson SJ. Association of Diffusion and Anatomic Imaging Parameters with Survival for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Participating in Two Different Clinical Trials. Transl Oncol. 2015 Dec; 8(6):446-55.
  13. Butowski N, Colman H, De Groot JF, Omuro AM, Nayak L, Wen PY, Cloughesy TF, Marimuthu A, Haidar S, Perry A, Huse J, Phillips J, West BL, Nolop KB, Hsu HH, Ligon KL, Molinaro AM, Prados M. Orally administered colony stimulating factor 1 receptor inhibitor PLX3397 in recurrent glioblastoma: an Ivy Foundation Early Phase Clinical Trials Consortium phase II study. Neuro Oncol. 2016 Apr; 18(4):557-64.
  14. Yao TW, Zhang J, Prados M, Weiss WA, James CD, Nicolaides T. EGFR blockade prevents glioma escape from BRAFV600E targeted therapy. Oncotarget. 2015 Sep 08; 6(26):21993-2005.
  15. Gounder MM, Nayak L, Sahebjam S, Muzikansky A, Sanchez AJ, Desideri S, Ye X, Ivy SP, Nabors LB, Prados M, Grossman S, DeAngelis LM, Wen PY. Evaluation of the Safety and Benefit of Phase I Oncology Trials for Patients With Primary CNS Tumors. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Oct 01; 33(28):3186-92.
  16. Han SJ, Rutledge WC, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. The Effect of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 77(2):248-53; discussion 253.
  17. Han SJ, Englot DJ, Birk H, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Clarke JL, Prados MD, Taylor JW, Berger MS, Butowski NA. Impact of Timing of Concurrent Chemoradiation for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma: A Critical Review of Current Evidence. Neurosurgery. 2015 Aug; 62 Suppl 1:160-5.
  18. Robinson GW, Orr BA, Wu G, Gururangan S, Lin T, Qaddoumi I, Packer RJ, Goldman S, Prados MD, Desjardins A, Chintagumpala M, Takebe N, Kaste SC, Rusch M, Allen SJ, Onar-Thomas A, Stewart CF, Fouladi M, Boyett JM, Gilbertson RJ, Curran T, Ellison DW, Gajjar A. Vismodegib Exerts Targeted Efficacy Against Recurrent Sonic Hedgehog-Subgroup Medulloblastoma: Results From Phase II Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium Studies PBTC-025B and PBTC-032. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 20; 33(24):2646-54.
  19. Eckel-Passow JE, Lachance DH, Molinaro AM, Walsh KM, Decker PA, Sicotte H, Pekmezci M, Rice T, Kosel ML, Smirnov IV, Sarkar G, Caron AA, Kollmeyer TM, Praska CE, Chada AR, Halder C, Hansen HM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Marshall R, Zheng S, Reis GF, Pico AR, O'Neill BP, Buckner JC, Giannini C, Huse JT, Perry A, Tihan T, Berger MS, Chang SM, Prados MD, Wiemels J, Wiencke JK, Wrensch MR, Jenkins RB. Glioma Groups Based on 1p/19q, IDH, and TERT Promoter Mutations in Tumors. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 25; 372(26):2499-508.
  20. Prados MD, Byron SA, Tran NL, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Ligon KL, Wen PY, Kuhn JG, Mellinghoff IK, de Groot JF, Colman H, Cloughesy TF, Chang SM, Ryken TC, Tembe WD, Kiefer JA, Berens ME, Craig DW, Carpten JD, Trent JM. Toward precision medicine in glioblastoma: the promise and the challenges. Neuro Oncol. 2015 Aug; 17(8):1051-63.

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