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Lisa Singer, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology

Enjoys cooking, being outside, travel

Meet Dr. Singer

I am inspired by the advancing technologies and trainees that propel our field forward, and grateful for our multidisciplinary team that allows us to provide care to all of our patients.

Dr. Singer is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology with clinical interests in breast cancer, lung cancer, and women’s health.  She also serves as Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Director in Radiation Oncology and is board-certified in both radiation oncology and MRI safety.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF, she worked as an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School for three years where she served as MR Medical Director and Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Singer has worked on advancing the use of MRI for the care of patients with cancer for over 10 years and continues to develop this technology for the care of patients with breast cancer, lung cancer as well as other cancers. Her research focuses on the use of imaging to improve our ability to predict tumor response to treatment and to improve image-guidance for radiotherapy. She has developed and led multiple prospective clinical trials in this space. She is also interested in developing novel methods to improve safety and education surrounding biomedical imaging and image-guided radiotherapy. Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety, participates in a national MR-linac breast cancer consortium, and co-developed #NextGenBrachy, as well as national simulation-based educational workshops in radiation oncology.  Together with her colleagues in medical oncology and surgery, she strives to provide exceptional, multidisciplinary care for all her patients.



2004 Stanford University BS Biological Sciences
2010 University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco PhD Bioengineering
2012 University of California, San Francisco MD Medicine
2012-2013 Lenox Hill Hospital, Northshore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center Intern Preliminary Internal Medicine
2013-2017 University of California, San Francisco Residency Radiation Oncology
2017-2018 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Fellowship Gyn Radiation Oncology
Professional Experience

Professional Experience

2021-present University of California, San Francisco Assistant Professor Radiation Oncology
2020-2021 Harvard Medical School, Boston Assistant Professor Radiation Oncology
2018-2020 Harvard Medical School, Boston Instructor Radiation Oncology
2018-2021 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Physician Radiation Oncology
2018-2021 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Physician Radiation Oncology

Awards & Honors

2004 Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University
2004 Cap and Gown, Stanford University
2004 Excellence in Teaching Award. Stanford University
2004 Honors and Distinction, Stanford University
2006 Award for travel to Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions, Scaife
2015 Mt. Zion Health Fund Travel Award, Mt. Zion Hospital
2015 Mini-Certificate in Simulation Teaching, UCSF
2016 Completion of Pathways to Discovery, Clinical and Translational Research, UCSF
2017 Completion of Pathways to Discovery, Health Professions Education, UCSF
2018 Clinical Quality Improvement Certificate, Quality College, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2018 DFCI Women’s Faculty Scholarship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2018 2019 Women Accelerators Mentoring Program, Women Accelerators
2019-2022 AMA Physician Recognition Award with Commendation, American Medical Assocation
2019 GOG Young Investigator Travel Award, Gynecologic Oncology Group
2019 NIH Early Career Reviewer Program, Selected, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review
2020 Partners in Excellence Award, Advancing Innovation & Progress, Partners in Excellence
2020 Advances in Radiation Oncology Top Reviewers 2019, Advances in Radiation Oncology
2021 Women’s Leadership Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2021 Advances in Radiation Oncology Top Reviewers 2020, Advances in Radiation Oncology


NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/lisa.singer.1/bibliography/public/

Significant Research Highlights:

Woolen SA, Shankar PR, Gagnier JJ, MacEachern MP, Singer L, Davenport MS. Risk of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis in Patients With Stage 4 or 5 Chronic Kidney Disease Receiving a Group II Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. December 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.5284. PMID: 31816007

Talcott WJ, Miccio JA, Park HS, White AA, Kozono DE, Singer L, Sands JM, Sholl LM, Detterbeck FC, Mak RH, Decker RH, Kann BH.  Rates of invasive disease and outcomes in NSCLC patients with biopsy suggestive of carcinoma in situ. Lung Cancer. 2021 07; 157:17-20. PMID: 34052704.

Alban G, Cheng T, Adleman J, Buzurovic I, Pretz J, Singer L, King M, Lee L. Definitive radiotherapy for vaginal recurrence of early-stage endometrial cancer: survival outcomes and effect of mismatch repair status. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2021 Jul; 31(7):1007-1013. PMID: 33858956.

Singer L, Rosenberg SA. The Impact of MRI on Radiation Oncology Graduate Medical Education. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019;16(6):859-863. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2018.11.030. PMID: 30737161

Bitterman DS, Cagney DN, Singer L, Nguyen PL, Catalano PJ, Mak RH. Master protocol trial design for efficient and rational evaluation of novel therapeutic oncology devices. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019;5(1):40. doi:10.1093/jnci/djz167. PMID: 31504680

A.J. Sim, E. Kaza, L. Singer*, S.A. Rosenberg*, (co-last authors). A Review of the Role of MRI in Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Stage Lung Cancer, Clinical & Translational Radiation Oncology (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctro.2020.06.002 PMID: 32596518

Singer C, Hessling A, Kelly E, Singer L, Jones R. Clinical Characteristics Associated with Stuttering Persistence: A Meta-Analysis. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Sep 15;63(9):2995-3018.doi: 10.1044/2020_JSLHR-20-00096. Epub 2020 Aug 10.  PMID: 32772868

Singer L, Marques A, Cagney D, Kaza E. MRI in Radiation Oncology After the COVID-19 Pandemic. IJROBP. 2020 Oct 1;108(2):397-399.. doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.06.043. PMID: 32890519

Damast S, Felder S, Fields E, Singer L. Feasibility of deploying a U.S. simulation-based gynecological brachytherapy educational workshop to an international setting. Brachytherapy. Nov-Dec 2020;19(6):777-782.doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.09.015. Epub 2020 Nov 19. PMID: 33221261

Singer L, McLaughlin P, Alban G, Joyner M, King M, Lee L. Simulation-Based Graduate Medical Education in MR-Guided Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer. Brachytherapy. 2020 Nov 9;S1538-4721(20)30215-4. PMID: 33183971

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