Sue Yom, MD, PhD

Radiation oncologist

Dr. Sue Yom is an expert in the radiation treatment and management of head, neck and lung cancers. In her research, she studies chemoradiation for these cancers as well as image-guided radiation therapy and ways to reduce toxicities using focused radiation techniques, emerging biological agents and radiation protectants.

Yom earned a medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She has received numerous awards recognizing her commitment to patient care and patient-oriented research.


Melanoma Center
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802

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

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

More about Sue Yom


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2002


University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology 2007

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Yuan JT, Tello TL, Hultman C, Barker CA, Arron ST, Yom SS. Medical marijuana for the treatment of vismodegib-related muscle spasm. JAAD Case Rep. 2017 Sep; 3(5):438-440.
  2. Zietman AL, Yom SS. The Red Journal's Outstanding Reviewer Awards for 2016. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Sep 01; 99(1):1-2.
  3. Koyfman SA, Yom SS. Clinical Research Ethics: Considerations for the Radiation Oncologist. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Oct 01; 99(2):259-264.
  4. Adelstein D, Gillison ML, Pfister DG, Spencer S, Adkins D, Brizel DM, Burtness B, Busse PM, Caudell JJ, Cmelak AJ, Colevas AD, Eisele DW, Fenton M, Foote RL, Gilbert J, Haddad RI, Hicks WL, Hitchcock YJ, Jimeno A, Leizman D, Lydiatt WM, Maghami E, Mell LK, Mittal BB, Pinto HA, Ridge JA, Rocco J, Rodriguez CP, Shah JP, Weber RS, Witek M, Worden F, Yom SS, Zhen W, Burns JL, Darlow SD. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Head and Neck Cancers, Version 2.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jun; 15(6):761-770.
  5. Yom SS, Mallen-St Clair J, Ha PK. Controversies in Postoperative Irradiation of Oropharyngeal Cancer After Transoral Surgery. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2017 Jul; 26(3):357-370.
  6. Kim KY, Le QT, Yom SS, Pinsky BA, Bratman SV, Ng RH, El Mubarak HS, Chan KC, Sander M, Conley BA. Current State of PCR-Based Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Testing for Nasopharyngeal Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 04 01; 109(4).
  7. Ghosh P, Lazar AA, Ryan WR, Yom SS. A feasibility and efficacy trial of a hand-held humidification device in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Aug; 25(8):2611-2618.
  8. Kim KY, Le QT, Yom SS, Ng RHW, Chan KCA, Bratman SV, Welch JJ, Divi RL, Petryshyn RA, Conley BA. Clinical Utility of Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Testing in the Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Aug 01; 98(5):996-1001.
  9. Yom SS. A Larynx Best Preserved, but by Radiation or Formalin? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Apr 01; 97(5):889-890.
  10. Chapman CH, Parvathaneni U, Yom SS. Revisiting induction chemotherapy before radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, part II: nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Future Oncol. 2017 Mar; 13(7):581-584.
  11. Chapman CH, Parvathaneni U, Yom SS. Revisiting induction chemotherapy before radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, part I: carcinoma of non-nasopharyngeal sites. Future Oncol. 2017 Mar; 13(6):469-475.
  12. Boreta L, Yom SS. Is there a benefit to locally consolidative therapy for oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer? Ann Transl Med. 2017 Mar; 5(5):108.
  13. Manyam BV, Garsa AA, Chin RI, Reddy CA, Gastman B, Thorstad W, Yom SS, Nussenbaum B, Wang SJ, Vidimos AT, Koyfman SA. A multi-institutional comparison of outcomes of immunosuppressed and immunocompetent patients treated with surgery and radiation therapy for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cancer. 2017 Jun 01; 123(11):2054-2060.
  14. Paulsson AK, Yom SS, Anwar M, Pinnaduwage D, Sudhyadhom A, Gottschalk AR, Chang AJ, Descovich M. Respiration-Induced Intraorgan Deformation of the Liver. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034616687193.
  15. Kim H, Chen J, Phillips J, Pukala J, Yom SS, Kirby N. Validating Dose Uncertainty Estimates Produced by AUTODIRECT: An Automated Program to Evaluate Deformable Image Registration Accuracy. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034617708076.
  16. Palma DA, Yom SS, Bennett KE, Corry J, Zietman AL. Introducing: The Red Journal Gray Zone. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Jan 01; 97(1):1.
  17. Yom SS. The Tonsillar Fossa Battleground. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Jan 01; 97(1):1-2.
  18. Siddiqui F, Smith RV, Yom SS, Beitler JJ, Busse PM, Cooper JS, Hanna EY, Jones CU, Koyfman SA, Quon H, Ridge JA, Saba NF, Worden F, Yao M, Salama JK. ACR appropriateness criteriaŽ nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers. Head Neck. 2017 Mar; 39(3):407-418.
  19. Yom SS. Is Induction Chemotherapy Needed to Select Patients for Deintensified Treatment of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer? J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec 28; JCO2016710681.
  20. Pugh SL, Wyatt G, Wong RK, Sagar SM, Yueh B, Singh AK, Yao M, Nguyen-Tan PF, Yom SS, Cardinale FS, Sultanem K, Hodson DI, Krempl GA, Chavez A, Yeh AM, Bruner DW. Exploratory Factor Analysis of NRG Oncology's University of Washington Quality of Life Questionnaire-RTOG Modification. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jan; 53(1):139-145.e2.

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