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Susan Tsai MD

Susan Tsai MD

Assistant Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Surgery
Division: Surgical Oncology

Member of the Cancer Center


  • Pancreatic Cancer Cell Migration and Metastasis Is Regulated by Chemokine-Biased Agonism and Bioenergetic Signaling. (Roy I, McAllister DM, Gorse E, Dixon K, Piper CT, Zimmerman NP, Getschman AE, Tsai S, Engle DD, Evans DB, Volkman BF, Kalyanaraman B, Dwinell MB) Cancer Res 2015 Sep 1;75(17):3529-42 PMID: 26330165 PMCID: PMC4560104 09/04/2015
  • Neoadjuvant therapy for localized pancreatic cancer: guiding principles. (Fathi A, Christians KK, George B, Ritch PS, Erickson BA, Tolat P, Johnston FM, Evans DB, Tsai S) J Gastrointest Oncol 2015 Aug;6(4):418-29 PMID: 26261728 PMCID: PMC4502155 08/12/2015
  • Pre-treatment carbohydrate antigen 19-9 does not predict the response to neoadjuvant therapy in patients with localized pancreatic cancer. (Aldakkak M, Christians KK, Krepline AN, George B, Ritch PS, Erickson BA, Johnston FM, Evans DB, Tsai S) HPB (Oxford) 2015 Oct;17(10):942-52 PMID: 26255895 PMCID: PMC4571763 08/11/2015
  • Use of neoadjuvant therapy in patients 75 years of age and older with pancreatic cancer. (Miura JT, Krepline AN, George B, Ritch PS, Erickson BA, Johnston FM, Oshima K, Christians KK, Evans DB, Tsai S) Surgery 2015 Dec;158(6):1545-55 PMID: 26243342 08/06/2015
  • Genomic variations in plasma cell free DNA differentiate early stage lung cancers from normal controls. (Xia S, Huang CC, Le M, Dittmar R, Du M, Yuan T, Guo Y, Wang Y, Wang X, Tsai S, Suster S, Mackinnon AC, Wang L) Lung Cancer 2015 Oct;90(1):78-84 PMID: 26233568 08/04/2015
  • Surgical resection versus ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma ≤ 3 cm: a population-based analysis. (Miura JT, Johnston FM, Tsai S, Eastwood D, Banerjee A, Christians KK, Turaga KK, Gamblin TC) HPB (Oxford) 2015 Oct;17(10):896-901 PMID: 26228076 PMCID: PMC4571757 08/01/2015
  • Non-metastatic Pancreatic Cancer: Resectable, Borderline Resectable, and Locally Advanced-Definitions of Increasing Importance for the Optimal Delivery of Multimodality Therapy. (Evans DB, George B, Tsai S) Ann Surg Oncol 2015 Oct;22(11):3409-13 PMID: 26122369 07/01/2015
  • Pharmacological Ascorbate Radiosensitizes Pancreatic Cancer. (Du J, Cieslak JA 3rd, Welsh JL, Sibenaller ZA, Allen BG, Wagner BA, Kalen AL, Doskey CM, Strother RK, Button AM, Mott SL, Smith B, Tsai S, Mezhir J, Goswami PC, Spitz DR, Buettner GR, Cullen JJ) Cancer Res 2015 Aug 15;75(16):3314-26 PMID: 26081808 PMCID: PMC4537815 06/18/2015
  • p38γ MAPK is required for inflammation-associated colon tumorigenesis. (Yin N, Qi X, Tsai S, Lu Y, Basir Z, Oshima K, Thomas JP, Myers CR, Stoner G, Chen G) Oncogene 2015 May 11: PMID: 25961922 05/12/2015
  • Xanthohumol-Mediated Suppression of Notch1 Signaling Is Associated with Antitumor Activity in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells. (Kunnimalaiyaan S, Trevino J, Tsai S, Gamblin TC, Kunnimalaiyaan M) Mol Cancer Ther 2015 Jun;14(6):1395-403 PMID: 25887885 PMCID: PMC4554525 04/19/2015
  • Chemotherapy for Surgically Resected Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. (Miura JT, Johnston FM, Tsai S, George B, Thomas J, Eastwood D, Banerjee A, Christians KK, Turaga KK, Pawlik TM, Clark Gamblin T) Ann Surg Oncol 2015 Oct;22(11):3716-23 PMID: 25777092 03/18/2015
  • Neoadjuvant chemoradiation with IMRT in resectable and borderline resectable pancreatic cancer. (Kharofa J, Tsai S, Kelly T, Wood C, George B, Ritch P, Wiebe L, Christians K, Evans DB, Erickson B) Radiother Oncol 2014 Oct;113(1):41-6 PMID: 25443499 PMCID: PMC4530020 12/03/2014
  • Is local resection adequate for T1 stage ampullary cancer? (Amini A, Miura JT, Jayakrishnan TT, Johnston FM, Tsai S, Christians KK, Gamblin TC, Turaga KK) HPB (Oxford) 2015 Jan;17(1):66-71 PMID: 25395092 PMCID: PMC4266442 11/15/2014
  • Palliative care training in surgical oncology and hepatobiliary fellowships: a national survey of the fellows. (Amini A, Miura JT, Larrieux G, Tsai S, Turaga KK, Christians KK, Brasel KJ, Clark Gamblin T, Weissman DE, Nattinger AB, Johnston FM) Ann Surg Oncol 2015 Jun;22(6):1761-7 PMID: 25380685 11/09/2014
  • Volume-outcome in cancer surgery: why has the data not affected policy change? (Evans DB, Tsai S) Ann Surg Oncol 2014 Dec;21(13):4056-8 PMID: 25239003 09/23/2014
  • Patency rates of portal vein/superior mesenteric vein reconstruction after pancreatectomy for pancreatic cancer. (Krepline AN, Christians KK, Duelge K, Mahmoud A, Ritch P, George B, Erickson BA, Foley WD, Quebbeman EJ, Turaga KK, Johnston FM, Gamblin TC, Evans DB, Tsai S) J Gastrointest Surg 2014 Nov;18(11):2016-25 PMID: 25227638 09/18/2014
  • Defining the role of adjuvant external beam radiotherapy on resected adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of vater. (Miura JT, Jayakrishnan TT, Amini A, Johnston FM, Tsai S, Erickson B, Quebbeman EJ, Christians KK, Evans DB, Gamblin TC, Turaga KK) J Gastrointest Surg 2014 Nov;18(11):2003-8 PMID: 25159502 08/28/2014
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy should be performed before definitive resection for pancreatic cancer: a financial argument. (Jayakrishnan TT, Nadeem H, Groeschl RT, George B, Thomas JP, Ritch PS, Christians KK, Tsai S, Evans DB, Pappas SG, Gamblin TC, Turaga KK) HPB (Oxford) 2015 Feb;17(2):131-9 PMID: 25123702 PMCID: PMC4299387 08/16/2014
  • Identification of a ternary protein-complex as a therapeutic target for K-Ras-dependent colon cancer. (Qi X, Xie C, Hou S, Li G, Yin N, Dong L, Lepp A, Chesnik MA, Mirza SP, Szabo A, Tsai S, Basir Z, Wu S, Chen G) Oncotarget 2014 Jun 30;5(12):4269-82 PMID: 24962213 PMCID: PMC4147322 06/26/2014
  • Surgical management of hepatic hemangiomas: a multi-institutional experience. (Miura JT, Amini A, Schmocker R, Nichols S, Sukato D, Winslow ER, Spolverato G, Ejaz A, Squires MH, Kooby DA, Maithel SK, Li A, Wu MC, Sarmiento JM, Bloomston M, Christians KK, Johnston FM, Tsai S, Turaga KK, Tsung A, Pawlik TM, Gamblin TC) HPB (Oxford) 2014 Oct;16(10):924-8 PMID: 24946109 PMCID: PMC4238859 06/20/2014
  • Profiling and targeting of cellular bioenergetics: inhibition of pancreatic cancer cell proliferation. (Cheng G, Zielonka J, McAllister D, Tsai S, Dwinell MB, Kalyanaraman B) Br J Cancer 2014 Jul 8;111(1):85-93 PMID: 24867695 PMCID: PMC4090735 05/29/2014
  • Molecular profiling in gastric cancer: examining potential targets for chemotherapy. (Miura JT, Johnston FM, Thomas J, George B, Eastwood D, Tsai S, Christians KK, Turaga KK, Gamblin TC) J Surg Oncol 2014 Sep;110(3):302-6 PMID: 24844210 05/23/2014
  • Arterial resection at the time of pancreatectomy for cancer. (Christians KK, Pilgrim CH, Tsai S, Ritch P, George B, Erickson B, Tolat P, Evans DB) Surgery 2014 May;155(5):919-26 PMID: 24787115 05/03/2014
  • CXCL12 chemokine expression suppresses human pancreatic cancer growth and metastasis. (Roy I, Zimmerman NP, Mackinnon AC, Tsai S, Evans DB, Dwinell MB) PLoS One 2014;9(3):e90400 PMID: 24594697 PMCID: PMC3942415 03/07/2014
  • Neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX for borderline resectable pancreas cancer: a new treatment paradigm? (Christians KK, Tsai S, Mahmoud A, Ritch P, Thomas JP, Wiebe L, Kelly T, Erickson B, Wang H, Evans DB, George B) Oncologist 2014 Mar;19(3):266-74 PMID: 24569947 PMCID: PMC3958454 02/27/2014
  • Circulating giant macrophages as a potential biomarker of solid tumors. (Adams DL, Martin SS, Alpaugh RK, Charpentier M, Tsai S, Bergan RC, Ogden IM, Catalona W, Chumsri S, Tang CM, Cristofanilli M) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2014 Mar 4;111(9):3514-9 PMID: 24550495 PMCID: PMC3948254 02/20/2014
  • Optimal management of the splenic vein at the time of venous resection for pancreatic cancer: importance of the inferior mesenteric vein. (Pilgrim CH, Tsai S, Tolat P, Patel P, Rilling W, Evans DB, Christians KK) J Gastrointest Surg 2014 May;18(5):917-21 PMID: 24347313 12/19/2013
  • Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio as a predictor of outcomes for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: a Western perspective. (Sullivan KM, Groeschl RT, Turaga KK, Tsai S, Christians KK, White SB, Rilling WS, Pilgrim CH, Gamblin TC) J Surg Oncol 2014 Feb;109(2):95-7 PMID: 24122764 10/15/2013
  • Microwave ablation for hepatic malignancies: a multiinstitutional analysis. (Groeschl RT, Pilgrim CH, Hanna EM, Simo KA, Swan RZ, Sindram D, Martinie JB, Iannitti DA, Bloomston M, Schmidt C, Khabiri H, Shirley LA, Martin RC, Tsai S, Turaga KK, Christians KK, Rilling WS, Gamblin TC) Ann Surg 2014 Jun;259(6):1195-200 PMID: 24096760 10/08/2013
  • The Frey procedure for chronic pancreatitis secondary to pancreas divisum. (Pappas SG, Pilgrim CH, Keim R, Harris R, Wilson S, Turaga K, Tsai S, Dua K, Khan A, Oh Y, Gamblin TC, Christians K) JAMA Surg 2013 Nov;148(11):1057-62 PMID: 24005579 09/06/2013
  • Duplicate pancreas meets gastric duplication cyst: A tale of two anomalies. (Christians KK, Pappas S, Pilgrim C, Tsai S, Quebbeman E) Int J Surg Case Rep 2013;4(8):735-9 PMID: 23827696 PMCID: PMC3710888 07/06/2013
  • Mesocaval shunting: a novel technique to facilitate venous resection and reconstruction and enhance exposure of the superior mesenteric and celiac arteries during pancreaticoduodenectomy. (Pilgrim CH, Tsai S, Evans DB, Christians KK) J Am Coll Surg 2013 Sep;217(3):e17-20 PMID: 23816382 07/03/2013
  • Viral status at the time of liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma: a modern predictor of longterm survival. (Groeschl RT, Hong JC, Christians KK, Turaga KK, Tsai S, Pilgrim CH, Gamblin TC) HPB (Oxford) 2013 Oct;15(10):794-802 PMID: 23782341 PMCID: PMC3791119 06/21/2013
  • Staging chest computed tomography and positron emission tomography in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma: utility or futility? (Pappas SG, Christians KK, Tolat PP, Mautz AP, Lal A, McElroy L, Gamblin TC, Turaga KK, Tsai S, Erickson B, Ritch P, Evans DB) HPB (Oxford) 2014 Jan;16(1):70-4 PMID: 23496023 PMCID: PMC3892317 03/19/2013
  • Recurrence after microwave ablation of liver malignancies: a single institution experience. (Groeschl RT, Wong RK, Quebbeman EJ, Tsai S, Turaga KK, Pappas SG, Christians KK, Hohenwalter EJ, Tutton SM, Rilling WS, Gamblin TC) HPB (Oxford) 2013 May;15(5):365-71 PMID: 23458599 PMCID: PMC3633038 03/06/2013
  • Distal splenorenal and temporary mesocaval shunting at the time of pancreatectomy for cancer: initial experience from the Medical College of Wisconsin. (Christians KK, Riggle K, Keim R, Pappas S, Tsai S, Ritch P, Erickson B, Evans DB) Surgery 2013 Jul;154(1):123-31 PMID: 23305596 01/12/2013
  • Current staging systems for pancreatic cancer. (Appel BL, Tolat P, Evans DB, Tsai S) Cancer J 2012 Nov-Dec;18(6):539-49 PMID: 23187840 11/29/2012
  • Novel multimodality treatment sequencing for extrahepatic (mid and distal) cholangiocarcinoma. (Turaga KK, Tsai S, Wiebe LA, Evans DB, Gamblin TC) Ann Surg Oncol 2013 Apr;20(4):1230-9 PMID: 23064778 10/16/2012
  • Importance of lean body mass in the oncologic patient. (Tsai S) Nutr Clin Pract 2012 Oct;27(5):593-8 PMID: 22898746 08/18/2012
  • Critical steps for pancreaticoduodenectomy in the setting of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. (Christians KK, Tsai S, Tolat PP, Evans DB) J Surg Oncol 2013 Jan;107(1):33-8 PMID: 22711619 06/20/2012
  • Sarcopenia negatively impacts short-term outcomes in patients undergoing hepatic resection for colorectal liver metastasis. (Peng PD, van Vledder MG, Tsai S, de Jong MC, Makary M, Ng J, Edil BH, Wolfgang CL, Schulick RD, Choti MA, Kamel I, Pawlik TM) HPB (Oxford) 2011 Jul;13(7):439-46 PMID: 21689226 PMCID: PMC3133709 06/22/2011
  • Primary liver cancer: intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma emerges from the shadows. (Tsai S, Nathan H, Pawlik TM) Updates Surg 2010 Aug;62(1):5-9 PMID: 20845095 09/17/2010
  • Safety and efficacy of curative intent surgery for peri-ampullary liver metastasis. (de Jong MC, Tsai S, Cameron JL, Wolfgang CL, Hirose K, van Vledder MG, Eckhauser F, Herman JM, Edil BH, Choti MA, Schulick RD, Pawlik TM) J Surg Oncol 2010 Sep 1;102(3):256-63 PMID: 20740584 08/27/2010
  • Two-stage strategy for patients with extensive bilateral colorectal liver metastases. (Tsai S, Marques HP, de Jong MC, Mira P, Ribeiro V, Choti MA, Schulick RD, Barroso E, Pawlik TM) HPB (Oxford) 2010 May;12(4):262-9 PMID: 20590896 PMCID: PMC2873649 07/02/2010
  • How pathologic staging informs the surgical management of primary cutaneous melanoma. (Tsai S, Balch CM) G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2010 Apr;145(2):187-93 PMID: 20467392 05/15/2010
  • Impact of obesity on perioperative outcomes and survival following pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic cancer: a large single-institution study. (Tsai S, Choti MA, Assumpcao L, Cameron JL, Gleisner AL, Herman JM, Eckhauser F, Edil BH, Schulick RD, Wolfgang CL, Pawlik TM) J Gastrointest Surg 2010 Jul;14(7):1143-50 PMID: 20431978 05/01/2010
  • Epidemiology and treatment of melanoma in elderly patients. (Tsai S, Balch C, Lange J) Nat Rev Clin Oncol 2010 Mar;7(3):148-52 PMID: 20142815 02/10/2010
  • Management of large hepatocellular carcinoma in adult patients with Alagille syndrome: a case report and review of literature. (Tsai S, Gurakar A, Anders R, Lam-Himlin D, Boitnott J, Pawlik TM) Dig Dis Sci 2010 Nov;55(11):3052-8 PMID: 20108035 01/29/2010
  • Last update: 05/29/2015