Sorbarikor Piawah, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #6604
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Yale University, New Haven, CTBS05/2009Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAMD05/2014Medicine
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH05/2014Quantitative Methods
    Brigham and Women's Hospital,Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA06/2017Residency in Internal Medicine
    UCSF, San Francisco, CA07/2019Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology

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    Dr. Sorbarikor Piawah is a gastrointestinal oncologist with a particular interest in colorectal cancer. She also treats patients with sarcoma, a group of rare cancers that affect the bones and connective tissues.

    Piawah has a background in public health research, particularly in health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income patients with cancer. Her current research is focused on understanding the roles that the gut microbiome (the population of microorganisms living in the intestinal tract), diet and lifestyle play in disparities among those with colorectal cancer and on designing therapies that target these factors.

    Piawah earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and a master of public health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of Harvard's teaching hospitals. She completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at UCSF.

    Piawah belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has received awards for her research from the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

    In her free time, Piawah enjoys painting and learning to garden.

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    1. Associations between the Gut Microbiota, Race, and Ethnicity of Patients with Colorectal Cancer: A Pilot and Feasibility Study. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Sep 13; 15(18). Piawah S, Kyaw TS, Trepka K, Stewart AL, Mora RV, Stanfield D, Levine K, Van Blarigan EL, Venook A, Turnbaugh PJ, Nguyen T, Atreya CE. PMID: 37760515; PMCID: PMC10526839.
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    2. Variety of Fruit and Vegetables and Alcohol Intake are Associated with Gut Microbial Species and Gene Abundance in Colorectal Cancer Survivors. Am J Clin Nutr. 2023 09; 118(3):518-529. Kyaw TS, Upadhyay V, Tolstykh I, Van Loon K, Laffan A, Stanfield D, Gempis D, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Piawah S, Atreya CE, Ng K, Venook A, Kidder W, Turnbaugh PJ, Van Blarigan EL. PMID: 37474105; PMCID: PMC10550847.
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    3. Evaluation of Culture Conducive to Academic Success by Gender at a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Oncologist. 2023 Jul 13. Keenan BP, Sibley A, Zhang L, Westring AF, Velazquez AI, Bank EM, Bergsland EK, Boreta L, Conroy P, Daras M, Hermiston M, Hsu G, Paris PL, Piawah S, Sinha S, Sosa JA, Tsang M, Venook AP, Wong M, Yom SS, Van Loon K. PMID: 37440206.
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    4. Abstract B133: Understanding the barriers to and attitudes toward integrative oncology for African Americans with cancer. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2023 Jan 1; 32(1_Supplement):b133-b133. Williams WC, Piawah PS, Atreya AC, Stanfield SD, Levine LK, Yang YA. .
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    5. Optimizing intervention tools to improve nutrition and physical activity for colorectal cancer survivors (Tools To Be Fit): Study protocol of a randomized factorial experiment. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 12; 123:107009. Kenfield SA, Philip EJ, Phillips SM, Meyerhardt JA, Chan JM, Atreya CE, Kim MO, Harris Q, Steiding P, Macaire G, McCullough ML, Piawah S, Johnson WY, Kurttila FA, Lewis WL, Pesmen C, Watson Y, Van Blarigan EL. PMID: 36396066; PMCID: PMC10561599.
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    6. Association between adherence to the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines and stool frequency among colon cancer survivors: a cohort study. J Cancer Surviv. 2023 06; 17(3):836-847. Greenberg AL, Tolstykh IV, Van Loon K, Laffan A, Stanfield D, Steiding P, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Atreya CE, Piawah S, Kidder W, Venook AP, Van Blarigan EL, Varma MG. PMID: 36335220; PMCID: PMC10209241.
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    7. Phase II study of pembrolizumab plus capecitabine and bevacizumab in microsatellite stable (MSS) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2022 Jun 1; 40(16_suppl):3565-3565. Bocobo BA, Wang WR, Behr BS, Carnevale CJ, Cinar CP, Collisson CE, Fong FL, Keenan KB, Kidder KW, Ko KA, Kolli KK, Kennedy KM, Laffan LA, Piawah PS, Pollak PM, Schwartz SG, Whitman WJ, Zhang ZL, Van Loon VK, Atreya AC. .
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    8. The Gut Microbiome in Colorectal Cancer. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2022 06; 36(3):491-506. Piawah S, Walker EJ, Van Blarigan EL, Atreya CE. PMID: 35577712.
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    9. Survival in Young-Onset Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Findings From Cancer and Leukemia Group B (Alliance)/SWOG 80405. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 03 08; 114(3):427-435. Lipsyc-Sharf M, Zhang S, Ou FS, Ma C, McCleary NJ, Niedzwiecki D, Chang IW, Lenz HJ, Blanke CD, Piawah S, Van Loon K, Bainter TM, Venook AP, Mayer RJ, Fuchs CS, Innocenti F, Nixon AB, Goldberg R, O'Reilly EM, Meyerhardt JA, Ng K. PMID: 34636852; PMCID: PMC8902338.
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    10. Optimizing pancreatic cancer management with next generation imaging and liquid biopsy (CHANGE-PDAC). Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2022 Feb 1; 40(4_suppl):tps640-tps640. Tsang TE, Collisson CE, Wang WZ, Piawah PS, Sanchez ST, Tempero TM, Ko KA. .
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    11. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Physical Activity Tracker and Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity During Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (Smart Pace II). JMIR Cancer. 2022 Jan 11; 8(1):e31576. Van Blarigan EL, Dhruva A, Atreya CE, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Milloy A, Kim I, Steiding P, Laffan A, Zhang L, Piawah S, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Hecht FM, Kim MO, Venook AP, Van Loon K. PMID: 35014958; PMCID: PMC8790683.
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    12. Resident-Reported Impact of a Novel Oncology Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents. J Cancer Educ. 2022 Dec; 37(6):1879-1885. Tsai FD, Guercio B, Stuver S, Stern R, Peluso MJ, Winkler M, Piawah S, Vallurupalli M, Luskin MR, Braun D, Parent A, Glotzbecker B, Kilbridge KL. PMID: 34480712; PMCID: PMC8417651.
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    13. Investigating tumor molecular profiling as a possible contributor to racial/ethnic disparities in pancreatic cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2021 May 20; 39(15_suppl):6522-6522. Walker WE, Piawah PS, Griffin GA, Carnevale CJ, Cinar CP, Collisson CE, Tempero TM, Ko KA. .
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    14. Primary osteosarcoma of the parietal bone. Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Aug; 50(8):1729-1733. Ramezanpour S, Horvai AE, Piawah S, Link TM. PMID: 33604706.
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    15. Guidelines for Evaluating the Feasibility of Recruitment in Pilot Studies of Diverse Populations: An Overlooked but Important Component. Ethn Dis. 2020; 30(Suppl 2):745-754. Stewart AL, Nápoles AM, Piawah S, Santoyo-Olsson J, Teresi JA. PMID: 33250621; PMCID: PMC7683033.
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    16. Cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. Br J Cancer. 2021 01; 124(2):315-332. Zavala VA, Bracci PM, Carethers JM, Carvajal-Carmona L, Coggins NB, Cruz-Correa MR, Davis M, de Smith AJ, Dutil J, Figueiredo JC, Fox R, Graves KD, Gomez SL, Llera A, Neuhausen SL, Newman L, Nguyen T, Palmer JR, Palmer NR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Piawah S, Rodriquez EJ, Sanabria-Salas MC, Schmit SL, Serrano-Gomez SJ, Stern MC, Weitzel J, Yang JJ, Zabaleta J, Ziv E, Fejerman L. PMID: 32901135; PMCID: PMC7852513.
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    17. Rural and urban disparities based on zip code of residence: Analyses of 834 and 2,159 patients in NCCTG N9741 and CALGB 80405 (Alliance) trials respectively. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2020 May 20; 38(15_suppl):e16076-e16076. Malla MM, Huebner HL, Piawah PS, Lenz LH, Blanke BC, Meyerhardt MJ, O'Reilly OE, Shi SQ, Venook VA, Goldberg GR. .
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    18. Targeted therapy for colorectal cancer metastases: A review of current methods of molecularly targeted therapy and the use of tumor biomarkers in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Cancer. 2019 Dec 01; 125(23):4139-4147. Piawah S, Venook AP. PMID: 31433498.
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    19. A case report of vanishing bile duct syndrome after exposure to pexidartinib (PLX3397) and paclitaxel. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019; 5:17. Piawah S, Hyland C, Umetsu SE, Esserman LJ, Rugo HS, Chien AJ. PMID: 31240240; PMCID: PMC6570645.
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    20. What is the Role of the Arts in Medical Education and Patient Care? A Survey-based Qualitative Study. J Med Humanit. 2018 Dec; 39(4):431-445. Pories SE, Piawah S, Abel GA, Mullangi S, Doyle J, Katz JT. PMID: 30076508.
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    21. Tu1699 Obesity Increases the Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Men. Gastroenterology. 2017 Apr 1; 152(5):s945. Strate SL, Joshi JA, Singh SP, Piawah PS, Boylan BM, Chan CA. .
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    22. A Prospective Study of Alcohol Consumption and Smoking and the Risk of Major Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Men. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0165278. Strate LL, Singh P, Boylan MR, Piawah S, Cao Y, Chan AT. PMID: 27824864; PMCID: PMC5100927.
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    23. 783 Menopausal Hormone Therapy Is Associated With Increased Risk of Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Gastroenterology. 2015 Apr 1; 148(4):s-154. Boylan BM, Singh SP, Khalili KH, Piawah PS, Stewart SK, Strate SL, Chan CA. .
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    24. 786 Alcohol Consumption Increases the Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Men. Gastroenterology. 2015 Apr 1; 148(4):s-155. Singh SP, Coughlan-Gifford CE, Boylan BM, Piawah PS, Stewart SK, Strate SL, Chan CA. .
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    25. Patient navigation to improve follow-up of abnormal mammograms among disadvantaged women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Feb; 24(2):138-43. Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, McCarthy AM, Piawah S, Atlas SJ. PMID: 25522246; PMCID: PMC4326264.
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    26. CASK deletion in intestinal epithelia causes mislocalization of LIN7C and the DLG1/Scrib polarity complex without affecting cell polarity. Mol Biol Cell. 2009 Nov; 20(21):4489-99. Lozovatsky L, Abayasekara N, Piawah S, Walther Z. PMID: 19726564; PMCID: PMC2770937.
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