Dr. Alan P. Venook is a nationally renowned expert in colon and liver cancers. He leads the gastrointestinal oncology program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also chairs an institutional review board (a committee that examines the ethics of study proposals) at UCSF and represents UCSF on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's board of directors.
Venook's focus in both patient care and research is on understanding and managing colon and liver cancers. As the lead investigator of a foundational study on advanced colon cancer, he was the first to observe differences between cancers of the right and left side of the large intestine.
Venook earned his medical degree at UCSF. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF. After his internal medicine internship at UCSF, he served in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service for two years. He has been a UCSF faculty member since 1988.