Santosh Kesari 

Santosh Kesari,MD, PhD 



Contact Information

UC San Diego
Moores Cancer Center, Rm 3015

Phone: 858-822-7524
Fax: 858-822-3033

Mailing Address:
3855 Health Sciences Drive, Suite 3015
La Jolla, CA 92093-0819

For the estimated 18,500 Americans who developed a brain or neurologic tumor in 2005, and the ever-growing number of patients with metastatic brain tumors, the need for better treatments and management strategies is acute. Dr. Santosh Kesari, recognizes that in order to cure patients, there is a clear urgency to gain a better molecular and biological understanding of the disease. 

Additionally, Dr. Kesari has a long-standing interest in cancer stem cells and is focusing studies on their role in the formation of brain tumors and resistance to treatment. His ultimate goal is to take scientific discoveries in the lab and create improved treatment therapies that can be used for patients with malignant gliomas and other brain tumors. 

By combining his experiences in the lab and the clinic, and by harnessing the relative strengths of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted drug treatments, Dr. Kesari stands at the brink of a new stage in the battle against brain tumors, which have a devastating impact on the lives of so many patients.

Visit the Kesari Lab website.

Late temporal lobe necrosis after conventional radiotherapy for carcinoma of maxillary sinus.
Kanakamedala MR,Mahta A,Liu J,Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2012 Jan 15
PMID: 22246565

Paraganglioma with intracranial metastasis: a case report and review of the literature.
Cai P, Mahta A, Kim RY, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Dec 21
PMID: 22187335

Cerebral syphilitic gumma: a case report and review of the literature.
Li JC,Mahta A,Kim RY,Saria M,Kesari S.
Publish Date :2011 Dec 14
PMID :22167653

Tcf7l2 is Tightly Controlled During Myelin Formation.
Fu H,Kesari S,Cai J.
Publish Date :2011 Dec 13
PMID :22160878

Understanding glioblastoma tumor biology: the potential to improve current diagnosis and treatments.
Kesari S.
Publish Date :2011 Dec
PMID :22078644

Patterns of imaging failures in glioblastoma patients treated with chemoradiation: a retrospective study.
Pan H, Alksne J, Mundt AJ, Murphy KT, Cornell M, Kesari S, Lawson JD.
Publish Date :2011 Nov 23
PMID :22108847

Levetiracetam-induced interstitial nephritis in a patient with glioma.
Mahta A, Kim RY, Kesari S.
Publish Date :2012 Jan
PMID :22071460

Radiation induced myelopathy in a patient with tongue cancer: A case report.
Mahta A, Borys E, Kanakamedala MR, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov 7
PMID: 22060135

The greens of lead.
Mahta A, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov 3
PMID: 22052958

The blues of minocycline.
Mahta A, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov 3
PMID: 22052957

Using the Heat-Shock Response To Discover Anticancer Compounds that Target Protein Homeostasis.
Santagata S, Xu YM, Wijeratne EM, Kontnik R, Rooney C, Perley CC, Kwon H, Clardy J, Kesari S, Whitesell L, Lindquist S, Gunatilaka AA.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov 30
PMID: 22050377

DNA damage response and repair: insights into strategies for radiation sensitization of gliomas.
Kesari S, Advani SJ, Lawson JD, Kahle KT, Ng K, Carter B, Chen CC.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov
PMID: 22044206

Genomic profiling of glioblastoma: convergence of fundamental biologic tenets and novel insights.
Ng K, Kim R, Kesari S, Carter B, Chen CC.
Publish Date: 2011 Oct 16
PMID: 22002595

Glioblastoma-Derived Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Carboxyl-Terminal Deletion Mutants Are Transforming and Are Sensitive to EGFR-Directed Therapies.
Cho J, Pastorino S, Zeng Q, Xu X,Johnson W, Vandenberg S, Verhaak R,Cherniack AD, Watanabe H, Dutt A, Kwon J, Chao YS, Onofrio RC, Chiang D, Yuza Y, Kesari S, Meyerson M.
Publish Date: 2011 Dec 15
PMID: 22001862

71-year-old female with right eye proptosis.
Qu Y, Davis JE, Chi J,Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Nov
PMID: 21995963

Cerebellar glioneuronal tumor: a case report and review of the literature.
Mahta A, Borys E, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Oct 13
PMID: 21993631

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy with wallerian degeneration.
Mahta A, Kim RY, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011
PMID: 21967919

Relapsing Tumefactive Lesion in an Adult with Medulloblastoma Previously Treated with Chemoradiotherapy and Stem Cell Transplant.
Mahta A, Qu Y, Nastic D, Sundstrom M, Kim RY, Saria M, Santagata S, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Sep 28
PMID: 21953324

Refractory seizures due to a dural-based cavernoma masquerading as a meningioma.
Zeng X, Mahta A, Kim RY, Saad AG, Kesari S.
Publish Date: 2011 Sep 15
PMID: 21918878

A comparative evaluation of end-emic and non-endemic region of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala-azar) in India with ground survey and space technology.
Kesari S, Bhunia GS, Kumar V, Jeyaram A, Ranjan A, Das P.
Publish Date: 2011 Aug
PMID: 21894370