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Jana Portnow, M.D.

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics
  • Associate Director, Brain Tumor Program
  • Medical Oncologist

Jana Portnow, M.D.

Clinical Specialties
  • Medical Oncology
Areas of Expertise
  • Neuro-oncology
Research Focus
  • Neurologic Oncology

“I want to help people battling brain cancer as much as I can."

A key member of the City of Hope team since 2002, Jana Portnow, M.D., feels a special affinity for patients with brain cancer, even though she often seems to be giving them bad news. "They are grateful for what I do for them and surprisingly not resentful that their prognosis is not good," she says.

Dr. Portnow is heavily involved in research to improve treatment of the most aggressive and difficult brain cancers. She is investigating the use of microdialysis to monitor a drug's effectiveness as well as the application of neural stem cells to deliver chemotherapy directly into inoperable tumors. Also, Dr. Portnow is examining immunotherapy options including a clinical trial using specially modified T-cells.

Dr. Portnow received her medical degree from the University of Rochester, and completed residencies and fellowships at Temple University and Johns Hopkins University.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Portnow calls City of Hope “a wonderful place to work. The atmosphere is collegial and supportive, which is not always the case in research institutions."

  • 2002 - present, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research
  • 2002 - present, Assistant Director, Brain Tumor Program, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2010 - present, Member, City of Hope Physician Well-Being Committee
  • 2004 - present, Member, City of Hope Patient Rights and Organiaztional Ethics Committee
  • 2010 - 2012 - Chair, City of Hope Data and Safety Monitoring Board
  • 2010 - 2012, Member, Clinical Research Governance Board
  • 2008 - 2010 Associate Chair, City of Hope Data & Safety Monitoring Committee

Locations

2000 - Present Member, Society for Neuro-Oncology; 1999 - Present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology; 1991 - 1992 President, Women in Medicine Taskforce, University of Rochester, American Medical Student Association

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Degrees

  • 1994 - M.D.,University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
  • 1989 - B.A., Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Fellowship

  • 1999 -2002, Medical Oncology Fellow, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • 1998 -1999, Neuro-Oncology Fellow, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Residency

  • 1997 -1998, Chief Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994 -1997, Resident, Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012, 2001 Medical Oncology
  • 2002, State of California
  • 1997, Internal Medicine

Information listed here is obtained from Pubmed, a public database; City of Hope is not responsible for its accuracy.

Brown CE, Badie B, Barish ME, Weng L, Ostberg JR, Chang WC, Naranjo A, Starr R, Wagner J, Wright C, Zhai Y, Bading JR, Ressler JA, Portnow J, D'Apuzzo M, Forman SJ, Jensen MC.
Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Sep 15;21(18):4062-72. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-0428. Epub 2015 Jun 9.
PMID: 26059190
 
Nabors LB, Portnow J, Ammirati M, Baehring J, Brem H, Brown P, Butowski N, Chamberlain MC, Fenstermaker RA, Friedman A, Gilbert MR, Hattangadi-Gluth J, Holdhoff M, Junck L, Kaley T, Lawson R, Loeffler JS, Lovely MP, Moots PL, Mrugala MM, Newton HB, Parney I, Raizer JJ, Recht L, Shonka N, Shrieve DC, Sills AK Jr, Swinnen LJ, Tran D, Tran N, Vrionis FD, Weiss S, Wen PY, McMillian N, Engh AM.
J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Oct;13(10):1191-202.
PMID: 26483059
 
Muñoz C, Juarez G, Muñoz ML, Portnow J, Fineman I, Badie B, Mamelak A, Ferrell B.
Soc Work Health Care. 2008;47(4):455-78. doi: 10.1080/00981380802232396.
PMID: 4.19042496
 
Nabors LB, Portnow J, Ammirati M, Brem H, Brown P, Butowski N, Chamberlain MC, DeAngelis LM, Fenstermaker RA, Friedman A, Gilbert MR, Hattangadi-Gluth J, Hesser D, Holdhoff M, Junck L, Lawson R, Loeffler JS, Moots PL, Mrugala MM, Newton HB, Raizer JJ, Recht L, Shonka N, Shrieve DC, Sills AK Jr, Swinnen LJ, Tran D, Tran N, Vrionis FD, Wen PY, McMillian NR, Ho M.
J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2014 Nov;12(11):1517-23.
PMID: 25361798
 
Nabors LB, Ammirati M, Bierman PJ, Brem H, Butowski N, Chamberlain MC, DeAngelis LM, Fenstermaker RA, Friedman A, Gilbert MR, Hesser D, Holdhoff M, Junck L, Lawson R, Loeffler JS, Maor MH, Moots PL, Morrison T, Mrugala MM, Newton HB, Portnow J, Raizer JJ, Recht L, Shrieve DC, Sills AK Jr, Tran D, Tran N, Vrionis FD, Wen PY, McMillian N, Ho M; National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Sep 1;11(9):1114-51.
PMID: 24029126
 
Brown CE, Alizadeh D, Starr R, Weng L, Wagner JR, Naranjo A, Ostberg JR, Blanchard MS, Kilpatrick J, Simpson J, Kurien A, Priceman SJ, Wang X, Harshbarger TL, D'Apuzzo M, Ressler JA, Jensen MC, Barish ME, Chen M, Portnow J, Forman SJ, Badie B.
N Engl J Med. 2016 Dec 29;375(26):2561-9. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1610497.
PMID: 28029927
 
Portnow J, Suleman S, Grossman SA, Eller S, Carson K.
Neuro Oncol. 2002 Jan;4(1):22-5.
PMID: 11772429
 
Blakeley J, Portnow J.
Expert Opin Drug Metab Toxicol. 2010 Dec;6(12):1477-91. doi: 10.1517/17425255.2010.523420. Epub 2010 Oct 23. Review.
PMID: 20969450
 
  • 2000 - Present Member, Society for Neuro-Oncology
  • 1999 - Present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 1991 - 1992 President, Women in Medicine Taskforce, University of Rochester, American Medical Student Association
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