Nicholas Butowski, MD


Dr. Nicholas Butowski is a neuro-oncologist who specializes in brain tumors, neuro-imaging, cognitive and rehabilitative neurology and complementary therapy. He is director of clinical services in Neuro-oncology and a researcher in the Brain Tumor Research Center.

In his research, he focuses on the development of treatments for primary brain tumors as well as methods to ensure good quality of life for patients and methods to assist them in recovering from or coping with brain injury. Butowski earned a medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at UCSF. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Neuro-oncology and Society for Neuro-oncology. He is a professor of neurological surgery 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.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title


More about Nicholas Butowski


University of Illinois College of Medicine 1999


UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 2003


UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-oncology 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Goode B, Mondal G, Hyun M, Ruiz DG, Lin YH, Van Ziffle J, Joseph NM, Onodera C, Talevich E, Grenert JP, Hewedi IH, Snuderl M, Brat DJ, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Rodriguez FJ, Louis DN, Yong WH, Lopes MB, Rosenblum MK, Butowski N, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Phillips JJ, Wiita AP, Yeh I, Jacobson MP, Bastian BC, Perry A, Solomon DA. A recurrent kinase domain mutation in PRKCA defines chordoid glioma of the third ventricle. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 23; 9(1):810.
  2. Chan AK, Han SJ, Choy W, Beleford D, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Shieh JT, Bollen AW, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Butowski N, Solomon DA. Familial melanoma-astrocytoma syndrome: synchronous diffuse astrocytoma and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma in a patient with germline CDKN2A/B deletion and a significant family history. Clin Neuropathol. 2017 Sep/Oct; 36(5):213-221.
  3. Weller M, Butowski N, Tran DD, Recht LD, Lim M, Hirte H, Ashby L, Mechtler L, Goldlust SA, Iwamoto F, Drappatz J, O'Rourke DM, Wong M, Hamilton MG, Finocchiaro G, Perry J, Wick W, Green J, He Y, Turner CD, Yellin MJ, Keler T, Davis TA, Stupp R, Sampson JH. Rindopepimut with temozolomide for patients with newly diagnosed, EGFRvIII-expressing glioblastoma (ACT IV): a randomised, double-blind, international phase 3 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2017 Aug 22.
  4. Villanueva-Meyer JE, Han SJ, Cha S, Butowski NA. Early tumor growth between initial resection and radiotherapy of glioblastoma: incidence and impact on clinical outcomes. J Neurooncol. 2017 Aug; 134(1):213-219.
  5. Kline CN, Joseph NM, Grenert JP, van Ziffle J, Talevich E, Onodera C, Aboian M, Cha S, Raleigh DR, Braunstein S, Torkildson J, Samuel D, Bloomer M, Campomanes AGA, Banerjee A, Butowski N, Raffel C, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Phillips JJ, Korn WM, Yeh I, Bastian BC, Gupta N, Mueller S, Perry A, Nicolaides T, Solomon DA. Targeted next-generation sequencing of pediatric neuro-oncology patients improves diagnosis, identifies pathogenic germline mutations, and directs targeted therapy. Neuro Oncol. 2017 05 01; 19(5):699-709.
  6. Bush NA, Butowski N. The Effect of Molecular Diagnostics on the Treatment of Glioma. Curr Oncol Rep. 2017 Apr; 19(4):26.
  7. Erwood AA, Velazquez-Vega JE, Neill S, Solomon DA, Butowski N, Nowlan A, Dunbar E, Brat DJ. Chordoid glioma of the third ventricle: report of a rapidly progressive case. J Neurooncol. 2017 May; 132(3):487-495.
  8. Nelson SJ, Kadambi AK, Park I, Li Y, Crane J, Olson M, Molinaro A, Roy R, Butowski N, Cha S, Chang S. Association of early changes in 1H MRSI parameters with survival for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma receiving a multimodality treatment regimen. Neuro Oncol. 2017 03 01; 19(3):430-439.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Birk HS, Han SJ, Butowski NA. Treatment options for recurrent high-grade gliomas. CNS Oncol. 2017 01; 6(1):61-70.
  12. Pan E, Supko JG, Kaley TJ, Butowski NA, Cloughesy T, Jung J, Desideri S, Grossman S, Ye X, Park DM. Phase I study of RO4929097 with bevacizumab in patients with recurrent malignant glioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Dec; 130(3):571-579.
  13. Han SJ, Reis G, Kohanbash G, Shrivastav S, Magill ST, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Theodosopoulos PV, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Butowski NA, Barani I, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Okada H. Expression and prognostic impact of immune modulatory molecule PD-L1 in meningioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Dec; 130(3):543-552.
  14. 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.
  15. Barajas RF, Butowski NA, Phillips JJ, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Chang SM, Cha S. The Development of Reduced Diffusion Following Bevacizumab Therapy Identifies Regions of Recurrent Disease in Patients with High-grade Glioma. Acad Radiol. 2016 Sep; 23(9):1073-82.
  16. Han SJ, Bankiewicz K, Butowski NA, Larson PS, Aghi MK. Interventional MRI-guided catheter placement and real time drug delivery to the central nervous system. Expert Rev Neurother. 2016 Jun; 16(6):635-9.
  17. Han SJ, Butowski NA. In Reply: Survival With Glioblastoma Multiforme and the Timing of Chemoradiation. Neurosurgery. 2016 Feb; 78(2):E315.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.