Susan Chang, MD


Dr. Susan Chang, director of Neuro-Oncology, specializes in the treatment of adults with brain tumors. She also performs studies of experimental brain tumor treatments and evaluates the use of imaging techniques as treatment tools. She was the co-recipient of a SPORE grant for evaluating the role of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in diagnosing tumors and evaluating therapeutic interventions. SPORE, which stands for Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, is a program of the National Cancer Institute. She is the co-principal investigator of an NIH-funded Program Project Grant that focuses on optimizing the management of patients with glioblastoma. In addition, she is the medical director of the Gordon Murray Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program, which was developed to address the needs of caregivers of patients with brain tumors.

Chang received a medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed a residency in internal medicine at Plains Health Centre in Canada and at Toronto General Hospital. She completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto as well as a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the UCSF, where she later joined the faculty.


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

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University of British Columbia School of Medicine 1985


Plains Health Centre/Toronto General Hospital, Internal Medicine 1990


University of Toronto Medical Center, Medical Oncology 1991
UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-Oncology 1995

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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. 2017 Oct 25.
  2. Mazor T, Chesnelong C, Pankov A, Jalbert LE, Hong C, Hayes J, Smirnov IV, Marshall R, Souza CF, Shen Y, Viswanath P, Noushmehr H, Ronen SM, Jones SJM, Marra MA, Cairncross JG, Perry A, Nelson SJ, Chang SM, Bollen AW, Molinaro AM, Bengtsson H, Olshen AB, Weiss S, Phillips JJ, Luchman HA, Costello JF. Clonal expansion and epigenetic reprogramming following deletion or amplification of mutant IDH1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Sep 15.
  3. Nagueh SF, Chang SM, Nabi F, Shah DJ, Estep JD. Cardiac Imaging in Patients With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Sep; 10(9).
  4. Alexander BM, Ba S, Berger MS, Berry DA, Cavenee WK, Chang SM, Cloughesy TF, Jiang T, Khasraw M, Li W, Mittman R, Poste GH, Wen PY, Yung WKA, Barker AD. Adaptive Global Innovative Learning Environment for Glioblastoma: GBM AGILE. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 16.
  5. Wahl M, Anwar M, Hess CP, Chang SM, Lupo JM. Relationship between radiation dose and microbleed formation in patients with malignant glioma. Radiat Oncol. 2017 Aug 10; 12(1):126.
  6. Anwar M, Molinaro AM, Morin O, Chang SM, Haas-Kogan DA, Nelson SJ, Lupo JM. Identifying Voxels at Risk for Progression in Glioblastoma Based on Dosimetry, Physiologic and Metabolic MRI. Radiat Res. 2017 Sep; 188(3):303-313.
  7. van den Bent MJ, Smits M, Kros JM, Chang SM. Diffuse Infiltrating Oligodendroglioma and Astrocytoma. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jul 20; 35(21):2394-2401.
  8. Wen PY, Chang SM, Van den Bent MJ, Vogelbaum MA, Macdonald DR, Lee EQ. Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology Clinical Trials. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jul 20; 35(21):2439-2449.
  9. Chang SM, Chakavarti A, Bell EH. Reply to letter on results of NRG Oncology RTOG 9813. Neuro Oncol. 2017 05 01; 19(5):739.
  10. Jalbert LE, Elkhaled A, Phillips JJ, Neill E, Williams A, Crane JC, Olson MP, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Kurhanewicz J, Ronen SM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Metabolic Profiling of IDH Mutation and Malignant Progression in Infiltrating Glioma. Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 22; 7:44792.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Neill E, Luks T, Dayal M, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Jalbert LE, Cha S, Molinaro A, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Quantitative multi-modal MR imaging as a non-invasive prognostic tool for patients with recurrent low-grade glioma. J Neurooncol. 2017 Mar; 132(1):171-179.
  14. 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.
  15. Sulman EP, Ismaila N, Chang SM. Radiation Therapy for Glioblastoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Endorsement of the American Society for Radiation Oncology Guideline. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Nov 29; JOP2016018937.
  16. Sulman EP, Ismaila N, Armstrong TS, Tsien C, Batchelor TT, Cloughesy T, Galanis E, Gilbert M, Gondi V, Lovely M, Mehta M, Mumber MP, Sloan A, Chang SM. Radiation Therapy for Glioblastoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Endorsement of the American Society for Radiation Oncology Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jan 20; 35(3):361-369.
  17. Abudiab MM, McKay J, Deavers M, Zoghbi WA, Chang SM. Pannus of Mitral Valve Prosthesis Causing Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction. Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2016 Sep; 12(3):183.
  18. 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.
  19. Han SJ, Chang SM, Berger MS. Laser Ablation vs Open Resection for Deep-Seated Tumors: The Case for Open Resection. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug; 63 Suppl 1:10-4.
  20. 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.

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