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Ross Okimoto, M.D.

Ross Okimoto, M.D.

Clinical Instructor

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  • Creighton University School of Medicine 2009
  • Tufts Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2012
  • UCSF Medical Center, Medical Oncology 2014
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Dr. Ross Okimoto is a medical oncologist specializing in the care of adult patients with soft tissue and bone sarcomas. He works with a team of surgeons, radiation oncologists and pathologists to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Okimoto attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and his medical oncology fellowship at UCSF.

  • A.P. Giannini Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015
  • Molecular Pathology NIH T32, 2014

A physician-scientist, Okimoto conducts research in addition to providing clinical care. The overall goal of his laboratory-based investigations is to help improve outcomes for cancer patients. His current research work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that promote tumor cell metastasis.

Most recent publications from a total of 23
  1. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. Metastasis: From head to tail. Cell Cycle. 2017 Mar 19; 16(6):487-488. View in PubMed
  2. Okimoto RA, Breitenbuecher F, Olivas VR, Wu W, Gini B, Hofree M, Asthana S, Hrustanovic G, Flanagan J, Tulpule A, Blakely CM, Haringsma HJ, Simmons AD, Gowen K, Suh J, Miller VA, Ali S, Schuler M, Bivona TG. Inactivation of Capicua drives cancer metastasis. Nat Genet. 2017 Jan; 49(1):87-96. View in PubMed
  3. Okimoto RA, Lin L, Olivas V, Chan E, Markegard E, Rymar A, Neel D, Chen X, Hemmati G, Bollag G, Bivona TG. Preclinical efficacy of a RAF inhibitor that evades paradoxical MAPK pathway activation in protein kinase BRAF-mutant lung cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Nov 22; 113(47):13456-13461. View in PubMed
  4. Premasekharan G, Gilbert E, Okimoto RA, Hamirani A, Lindquist KJ, Ngo VT, Roy R, Hough J, Edwards M, Paz R, Foye A, Sood R, Copren KA, Gubens M, Small EJ, Bivona TG, Collisson EA, Friedlander TW, Paris PL. An improved CTC isolation scheme for pairing with downstream genomics: Demonstrating clinical utility in metastatic prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. Cancer Lett. 2016 Sep 28; 380(1):144-52. View in PubMed
  5. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. Tracking Down Response and Resistance to TRK Inhibitors. Cancer Discov. 2016 Jan; 6(1):14-6. View in PubMed
  6. Hrustanovic G, Olivas V, Pazarentzos E, Tulpule A, Asthana S, Blakely CM, Okimoto RA, Lin L, Neel DS, Sabnis A, Flanagan J, Chan E, Varella-Garcia M, Aisner DL, Vaishnavi A, Ou SH, Collisson EA, Ichihara E, Mack PC, Lovly CM, Karachaliou N, Rosell R, Riess JW, Doebele RC, Bivona TG. RAS-MAPK dependence underlies a rational polytherapy strategy in EML4-ALK-positive lung cancer. Nat Med. 2015 Sep; 21(9):1038-47. View in PubMed
  7. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. AXL receptor tyrosine kinase as a therapeutic target in NSCLC. Lung Cancer (Auckl). 2015; 6:27-34. View in PubMed
  8. Okimoto RA, Perry A, Rubenstein JL. 77-year-old woman with a dural-based mass. Marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (MZBCL). Brain Pathol. 2015 Jan; 25(1):111-2. View in PubMed
  9. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. Recent advances in personalized lung cancer medicine. Per Med. 2014; 11(3):309-321. View in PubMed
  10. Okimoto RA, Van Etten RA. Navigating the road toward optimal initial therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia. Curr Opin Hematol. 2011 Mar; 18(2):89-97. View in PubMed
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