Sana Karam, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (0001)
Graduate Schools :
  • MS, University of Maryland Baltimore (0001)
  • PhD, University of Washington (0001)
Internship:
  • Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center Program (0001)
Residency:
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology (0001)
Languages: English
Department: Radiation Oncology

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
  • Assistant Professor

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2013)
    School of Medicine, Radiation Oncology
    Head and Neck Cancer, Cancer Biology, Immunology

Publications

  • Stokes WA, Karam SD. In Reply to Overgaard et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Mar 1;100(3):805-807. PubMed PMID: 29413295
  • Hernandez AL, Wang Y, Somerset HL, Keysar SB, Aisner DL, Marshall C, Bowles DW, Karam SD, Raben D, Jimeno A, Varella-Garcia M, Wang XJ. Inter- and intra-tumor heterogeneity of SMAD4 loss in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Mol Carcinog. 2018 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30575147
  • Ding D, Stokes W, Eguchi M, Hararah M, Sumner W, Amini A, Goddard J, Somerset H, Bradley C, McDermott J, Raben D, Karam SD. Association Between Lymph Node Ratio and Recurrence and Survival Outcomes in Patients With Oral Cavity Cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30452499
  • McDermott JD, Eguchi M, Stokes WA, Amini A, Hararah M, Ding D, Valentine A, Bradley CJ, Karam SD. Short- and Long-term Opioid Use in Patients with Oral and Oropharynx Cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov 6;:194599818808513. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30396321
  • Amini A, Eguchi M, Jones BL, Stokes WA, Gupta A, McDermott JD, Massarelli E, Bradley CJ, Karam SD. Comparing outcomes of concurrent chemotherapy regimens in patients 65 years old or older with locally advanced oropharyngeal carcinoma. Cancer. 2018 Nov 15;124(22):4322-4331. PubMed PMID: 30291789
  • Stokes WA, Eguchi M, Amini A, Hararah MK, Ding D, McDermott JD, Bradley CJ, Karam SD. Survival impact and toxicity of metformin in head and neck cancer: An analysis of the SEER-Medicare dataset. Oral Oncol. 2018 Sep;84:12-19. PubMed PMID: 30115470
  • Hararah MK, Stokes WA, Jones BL, Oweida A, Ding D, McDermott J, Goddard J, Karam SD. Nomogram for preoperative prediction of nodal extracapsular extension or positive surgical margins in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Oral Oncol. 2018 Aug;83:73-80. PubMed PMID: 30098782
  • Karam SD, Reddy K, Blatchford PJ, Waxweiler T, DeLouize AM, Oweida A, Somerset H, Marshall C, Young C, Davies KD, Kane M, Tan AC, Wang XJ, Jimeno A, Aisner DL, Bowles DW, Raben D. Final Report of a Phase I Trial of Olaparib with Cetuximab and Radiation for Heavy Smoker Patients with Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Oct 15;24(20):4949-4959. PubMed PMID: 30084837
  • Oweida A, Hararah MK, Phan A, Binder D, Bhatia S, Lennon S, Bukkapatnam S, Van Court B, Uyanga N, Darragh L, Kim HM, Raben D, Tan AC, Heasley L, Clambey E, Nemenoff R, Karam SD. Resistance to Radiotherapy and PD-L1 Blockade Is Mediated by TIM-3 Upregulation and Regulatory T-Cell Infiltration. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Nov 1;24(21):5368-5380. PubMed PMID: 30042205
  • Bhatia S, Griego A, Lennon S, Oweida A, Sharma J, Rohmer C, Uyanga N, Bukkapatnam S, Van Court B, Raben D, Young C, Heasley L, Karam SD. Role of EphB3 Receptor in Mediating Head and Neck Tumor Growth, Cell Migration, and Response to PI3K Inhibitor. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Sep;17(9):2049-2059. PubMed PMID: 29970482
  • Robin TP, Breeze RE, Smith DE, Rusthoven CG, Lewis KD, Gonzalez R, Brill A, Saiki R, Stuhr K, Gaspar LE, Karam SD, Raben D, Kavanagh BD, Nath SK, Liu AK. Immune checkpoint inhibitors and radiosurgery for newly diagnosed melanoma brain metastases. J Neurooncol. 2018 Oct;140(1):55-62. PubMed PMID: 29909499
  • Bhatia S, Sharma J, Bukkapatnam S, Oweida A, Lennon S, Phan A, Milner D, Uyanga N, Jimeno A, Raben D, Somerset H, Heasley L, Karam SD. Inhibition of EphB4-Ephrin-B2 Signaling Enhances Response to Cetuximab-Radiation Therapy in Head and Neck Cancers. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Sep 15;24(18):4539-4550. PubMed PMID: 29848571
  • Oweida A, Phan A, Vancourt B, Robin T, Hararah MK, Bhatia S, Milner D, Lennon S, Pike L, Raben D, Haugen B, Pozdeyev N, Schweppe R, Karam SD. Hypofractionated Radiotherapy Is Superior to Conventional Fractionation in an Orthotopic Model of Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2018 Jun;28(6):739-747. PubMed PMID: 29774792
  • Stokes WA, Karam SD. In Reply to Overgaard et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Mar 1;100(3):805-807. PubMed PMID: 29413295
  • Amini A, Yeh N, Jones BL, Bedrick E, Vinogradskiy Y, Rusthoven CG, Amini A, Purcell WT, Karam SD, Kavanagh BD, Guntupalli SR, Fisher CM. Perioperative Mortality in Nonelderly Adult Patients With Cancer: A Population-based Study Evaluating Health Care Disparities in the United States According to Insurance Status. Am J Clin Oncol. 2018 May;41(5):476-484. PubMed PMID: 27281264
  • Stokes WA, Binder DC, Jones BL, Oweida AJ, Liu AK, Rusthoven CG, Karam SD. Impact of immunotherapy among patients with melanoma brain metastases managed with radiotherapy. J Neuroimmunol. 2017 Dec 15;313:118-122. PubMed PMID: 29153603
  • Oweida A, Lennon S, Calame D, Korpela S, Bhatia S, Sharma J, Graham C, Binder D, Serkova N, Raben D, Heasley L, Clambey E, Nemenoff R, Karam SD. Ionizing radiation sensitizes tumors to PD-L1 immune checkpoint blockade in orthotopic murine head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Oncoimmunology. 2017;6(10):e1356153. PubMed PMID: 29123967
  • Sumner WA, Amini A, Hankinson TC, Foreman NK, Gaspar LE, Kavanagh BD, Karam SD, Rusthoven CG, Liu AK. Survival benefit of postoperative radiation in papillary meningioma: Analysis of the National Cancer Data Base. Rep Pract Oncol Radiother. 2017 Nov-Dec;22(6):495-501. PubMed PMID: 29123457
  • Stokes WA, Sumner WA, Breggren KL, Rathbun JT, Raben D, McDermott JD, Gan G, Karam SD. A comparison of concurrent cisplatin versus cetuximab with radiotherapy in locally-advanced head and neck cancer: A bi-institutional analysis. Rep Pract Oncol Radiother. 2017 Sep-Oct;22(5):389-395. PubMed PMID: 28808428
  • Stokes WA, Stumpf PK, Jones BL, Blatchford PJ, Karam SD, Lanning RM, Raben D. Patterns of fractionation for patients with T2N0M0 glottic larynx cancer undergoing definitive radiotherapy in the United States. Oral Oncol. 2017 Sep;72:110-116. PubMed PMID: 28797446
  • Sumner WA, Stokes WA, Oweida A, Berggren KL, McDermott JD, Raben D, Abbott D, Jones B, Gan G, Karam SD. Survival impact of pre-treatment neutrophils on oropharyngeal and laryngeal cancer patients undergoing definitive radiotherapy. J Transl Med. 2017 Aug 2;15(1):168. PubMed PMID: 28764811
  • Stokes WA, Abbott D, Phan A, Raben D, Lanning RM, Karam SD. Patterns of Care for Patients With Early-Stage Glottic Cancer Undergoing Definitive Radiation Therapy: A National Cancer Database Analysis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 Aug 1;98(5):1014-1021. PubMed PMID: 28721883
  • Wie SM, Wellberg E, Karam SD, Reyland ME. Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Protect the Salivary Gland from Radiation Damage by Inhibiting Activation of Protein Kinase C-d. Mol Cancer Ther. 2017 Sep;16(9):1989-1998. PubMed PMID: 28637715
  • Rusthoven CG, Lanning RM, Jones BL, Amini A, Koshy M, Sher DJ, Bowles DW, McDermott JD, Jimeno A, Karam SD. Metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma: Patterns of care and survival for patients receiving chemotherapy with and without local radiotherapy. Radiother Oncol. 2017 Jul;124(1):139-146. PubMed PMID: 28433411
  • Robin TP, Jones BL, Gordon OM, Phan A, Abbott D, McDermott JD, Goddard JA, Raben D, Lanning RM, Karam SD. A comprehensive comparative analysis of treatment modalities for sinonasal malignancies. Cancer. 2017 Aug 15;123(16):3040-3049. PubMed PMID: 28369832
  • Bhatia S, Hirsch K, Bukkapatnam S, Baig NA, Oweida A, Griego A, Calame D, Sharma J, Donson A, Foreman N, Albanese C, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Karam SD. Combined EphB2 receptor knockdown with radiation decreases cell viability and invasion in medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell Int. 2017;17:41. PubMed PMID: 28360821
  • Wang K, McDermott JD, Schrock AB, Elvin JA, Gay L, Karam SD, Raben D, Somerset H, Ali SM, Ross JS, Bowles DW. Comprehensive genomic profiling of salivary mucoepidermoid carcinomas reveals frequent BAP1, PIK3CA, and other actionable genomic alterations. Ann Oncol. 2017 Apr 1;28(4):748-753. PubMed PMID: 28327999
  • Stokes WA, Amini A, Jones BL, McDermott JD, Raben D, Ghosh D, Goddard JA, Bowles DW, Karam SD. Survival impact of induction chemotherapy in advanced head and neck cancer: A National Cancer Database analysis. Head Neck. 2017 Jun;39(6):1113-1121. PubMed PMID: 28301079
  • Stokes WA, Amini A, Jones BL, McDermott JD, Raben D, Ghosh D, Goddard JA, Bowles DW, Karam SD. Survival impact of induction chemotherapy in advanced head and neck cancer: A National Cancer Database analysis. Head Neck. 2017 Jun;39(6):1113-1121. PubMed PMID: 28301079
  • Oweida A, Bhatia S, Hirsch K, Calame D, Griego A, Keysar S, Pitts T, Sharma J, Eckhardt G, Jimeno A, Wang XJ, Parkash G, Califano J, Karam SD. Ephrin-B2 overexpression predicts for poor prognosis and response to therapy in solid tumors. Mol Carcinog. 2017 Mar;56(3):1189-1196. PubMed PMID: 27649287
  • Stokes WA, Jones BL, Bhatia S, Oweida AJ, Bowles DW, Raben D, Goddard JA, McDermott JD, Karam SD. A comparison of overall survival for patients with T4 larynx cancer treated with surgical versus organ-preservation approaches: A National Cancer Data Base analysis. Cancer. 2017 Feb 15;123(4):600-608. PubMed PMID: 27727461
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Practice Locations

UCH - Cancer Center
1665 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0300

Radiation Oncology - Anschutz
1665 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0100

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Radiation Oncology, Board Certification
Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the best care for my patients. I believe in treating the person as a whole, taking every aspect of a patient’s body and health into consideration during diagnosis and treatment.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (0001)
Graduate Schools:
  • MS, University of Maryland Baltimore (0001)
  • PhD, University of Washington (0001)
Internships:
  • Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center Program (0001)
Residency Programs:
  • Georgetown University Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology (0001)
Languages: English
Department: Radiation Oncology
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