Surasak Phuphanich, MD, FAAN

Director, Neuro-Oncology Program
Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neurology

Surasak Phuphanich, MD, FAAN holds a dual appointment as Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program in the Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai. A diplomate of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, he is board certified in neurology with sub-specialty training in neuro-oncology and has more than 25 years of experience in this field for translational clinical research. 

Dr. Phuphanich's clinical and research interests are drug discovery and delivery with a focus on promising new targeted therapeutic agents, blood brain barrier modifier and nanoparticles. Using monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy and vaccine immunotherapy for different specific cancer stem-cell targets, he seeks to use various cancers' proteinomic and genomic profiles to develop patient-specific treatments for brain cancer,  His active involvement in research has become recognized as a major advancement for clinical trails in brain tumors with National Cancer Institute (NCI), pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated trials.  He is often noted as a top accruing principal investigator.

Dr. Phuphanich has written articles for more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and has presented talks at more than 200 national and international meetings. He served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Oncology, the Open Cancer Oncology Journal, Current Cancer Drug Targets,and Current Cancer Therapy Reviews.  He has been an ad hoc reviewer for such prestigious journals as the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Journal of Neuroimaging, Cancer, Cancer Investigation, Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, and the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Since 2006, he has been named one of America's Top Doctors for Cancer (Castle Connelly Medical Ltd). In 2006 and 2009, he earned the American Physicians Award from the Consumer Research Council.   In 2009, he was awarded the Patient's Choice Award.

Before coming to Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Phuphanich was a professor of Hematology-Oncology, Clinical Program Leader/Neuro-Oncology, co-Principle Investigator at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He was a founding physician and program leader at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute-NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Phuphanich completed his neurology residency at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago and his clinical research fellowship in neuro-oncology at the Brain Tumor Research Center, Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco.

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