Scientific Program

Distinguished Lecturers

Professor Susan M. Chang Professor, Vice Chair in the Dept of Neurological Surgery,
Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology, School of Medicine, UCSF, U.S.A.


1979 - 1980 Capilano College, British Columbia,Canada Biochemistry
1980 - 1981 University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada Biochemistry
1981 - 1985 University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada M.D.
1985 - 1986 Pasqua Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Intern Rotating
1986 - 1989 Plains Health Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Resident Medicine
1987 - 1989 Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Resident Medicine
1989 - 1991 Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fellow Medical Oncology
1992 - 1993 University of California, San Francisco Fellow Neuro-Oncology


1992 - 1994 University of California, San Francisco Clinical Instructor Neurosurgery
1994 - 1996 University of California, San Francisco Assistant Clinical Professor Neurosurgery
1996 - 1998 University of California, San Francisco Assistant Professor in Residence Neurosurgery
1998 - 2004 University of California, San Francisco Associate Professor in Residence Neurosurgery
2004 - present University of California, San Francisco Professor in Residence Neurosurgery

HONORS AND AWARDS (selected 2011 to present)

Michael S. Voynick Award in Neuro-Oncology, Yale Medical Center; 2011, Diane D. Ralston Clinical and Basic NeuroScience Teaching Award, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, John J. Mealey Jr. Neuro-Oncology Lectureship, Indiana University School of Medicine; Award for Adult Clinical Research, Society for Neuro Oncology; 2015, Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award, Voices Against Brain Cancer; 2015 UCSF Voice of the Patient Pinnacle Award x 8 years, Press Ganey award for excellence in patient care per division, Hall of Fame; UCSF Medical Center


Memberships: 1985 – present Canadian Medical Association, 1991-1999, Member of the College o Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 1991-present, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1994-present, America Society of Clinical Oncology, 1996-present, Society for Neuro Oncology, 1996-present, International Society for Neuro Oncology, 2000-2008, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, 2002 – present, Joint Section of Tumors (American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Service to Organization, selected positions : 2011, French National Cancer Institute, Grant Reviewer; 2011, WFNO- Neuro-Oncology Committee, Member; 2011, Brain Tumor Funders Collaborative, Grant Reviewer; 2011 to present, RTOG Specialized Program of Research Excellence External Advisory Board, Scientific Advisor; 2011 to present, Sontag Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board, Advisor; 2011 to present, Society of Neuro Oncology, WFNO liason; 2012 Society of Neuro Oncology, Foundation Board member; 2011 to present National Brain Tumor Society Advisory Board, Advisor; 2012 – present, Johns Hopkins T32 training grant- Research Training in Neuro Oncology, External Advisory Board; 2013, John Hopkins T32 training grant-Research Training in Neuro Oncology, External Advisory Board; 2013, ASCO Educational Book Expert Panel member; 2013, WFNO, Meeting organizer and scientific co chair for 2013 meeting; 2014 – present American Joint Committee on Cancer, Member of CNS Expert Panel; 2014-present, ABTC, Member of Coordinating Committee, 2015; Asian Society of Neuro-Oncology, Co-director of Education Day for annual meeting in Manila, Philippines; 2015, Society of Neuro-Oncology Member of the nominating committee;

Service to Professional Publications Ad hoc reviewer for Neurosurgery (10 papers in past 5 years), J Neurosurgery (5 papers in past 5 years), Cancer (3 papers in past year), Therapy, Critical Reviews in Hematology/Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology (3 papers in past year), Lancet Oncology, Annals of Neurology, Journal of Palliative Care, New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, Editor in Chief- Neuro-Oncology Practice

Invited Presentations and Contributions: Since 1989, invited speaker at over 255 International and National seminars and meetings, and 165 regional and government services

University and Public Service: 1995 to present, over 230 appointments in interdisciplinary academic programs at UCSF and public service

Mentoring Mentored 125 courses, 210 total hours of teaching and preparation, formal class 10 hours, informal class, 150 hours, mentoring 75 hours per year. Since 1997, supervised or mentored 37 pre-doctoral students, 149 post-doctoral fellows and residents, mentored 55 faculty


Funding: Major funding obtained throughout the years

Publications: 247 peer reviewed publications, 40 non peer reviewed publications

Research Program: Over the years, my research interests have diversified. I have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with expert researchers both in the clinical and basic science fields. My research goals have expanded to include the evaluation of novel imaging techniques that may influence our treatment selection for patients and I have obtained support in evaluating the role of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in diagnosing tumors and evaluating therapeutic interventions. Successful funding as a Co- Principal Investigator of a project in the Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) was a major achievement in furthering the research efforts in this area. In addition, I coordinated the efforts of a Program Project Grant directed by Dr. Mitchel Berger entitled "Imaging and Tissue Biomarkers in the treatment of brain tumors" and now serve as the overall PI for the renewed grant entitled “ Imaging and Tissue Correlates to optimize management of glioblastoma”. I am also the clinical co-Investigator to several NIH grants led by members of the Brain Tumor Research Center that span genomics and novel imaging e.g. hyperpolarized C-13 MR metabolic imaging. My role in many of these efforts is to assess the clinical relevance of the scientific projects and to assist with the translation to the clinic