Syma Iqbal, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressNOR 3440 NTT
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9173
Phone+1 323 865 3907
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    Born in London and raised in California, Dr. Iqbal graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 1995 and completed a Hematology and Oncology Fellowship in 2001. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Oncology and Assistant Program Director the Oncology Department’s Fellowship Program. Additional clinical administrative appointments include the Division of Oncology’s Educational Officer and Co-Director of the Liver Cancer Program at USC.

    Dr. Iqbal also serves as an assistant editor for Women’s Oncology Review and sits on the Clinical Investigations Committee and the Pharmacy Review Committee at the Keck School of Medicine. She has several research activities in progress and has received grants for fifteen studies. In addition to her numerous authored articles, book chapters and abstracts, that have published in medical journals and texts, she has been an invited lecturer at conferences across California, as well as cities including Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas and Maui.

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    1. A phase II study of guadecitabine combined with irinotecan vs regorafenib or TAS-102 in irinotecan-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer patients. Int J Cancer. 2024 Feb 05. Lee V, Parkinson R, Zahurak M, Cope L, Cercek A, Verheul H, Gootjes E, Lenz HJ, Iqbal S, Jones P, Baylin S, Rami V, Ahuja N, El Khoueiry A, Azad NS. PMID: 38312102.
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    2. Role of PD-1 Inhibitors in the Treatment of Esophagogastric Adenocarcinoma: Patient Selection and Reported Outcomes. Cancer Manag Res. 2023; 15:265-275. Epistola R, Sperandio R, Wainberg Z, Iqbal S, Chao J. PMID: 36969544; PMCID: PMC10032141.
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    3. Comprehensive Genomic Profiling of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms (GEP-NENs). Clin Cancer Res. 2020 11 15; 26(22):5943-5951. Puccini A, Poorman K, Salem ME, Soldato D, Seeber A, Goldberg RM, Shields AF, Xiu J, Battaglin F, Berger MD, Tokunaga R, Naseem M, Barzi A, Iqbal S, Zhang W, Soni S, Hwang JJ, Philip PA, Sciallero S, Korn WM, Marshall JL, Lenz HJ. PMID: 32883742; PMCID: PMC8970533.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Phase II Trial of Neoadjuvant Bevacizumab with Modified FOLFOX7 in Patients with Stage II and III Rectal Cancer. Oncologist. 2020 12; 25(12):e1879-e1885. Barzi A, Choi A, Tsao-Wei D, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Agafitei DR, Cologne KG, Lenz HJ. PMID: 32649004; PMCID: PMC8186403.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    5. Randomized, Phase II Study Prospectively Evaluating Treatment of Metastatic Esophageal, Gastric, or Gastroesophageal Cancer by Gene Expression of ERCC1: SWOG S1201. J Clin Oncol. 2020 02 10; 38(5):472-479. Iqbal S, McDonough S, Lenz HJ, Ilson D, Burtness B, Nangia CS, Barzi A, Schneider CJ, Liu JJ, Dotan E, Guthrie KA, Hochster HS. PMID: 31815582; PMCID: PMC7007287.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    6. Nivolumab for previously treated unresectable metastatic anal cancer (NCI9673): a multicentre, single-arm, phase 2 study. Lancet Oncol. 2017 04; 18(4):446-453. Morris VK, Salem ME, Nimeiri H, Iqbal S, Singh P, Ciombor K, Polite B, Deming D, Chan E, Wade JL, Xiao L, Bekaii-Saab T, Vence L, Blando J, Mahvash A, Foo WC, Ohaji C, Pasia M, Bland G, Ohinata A, Rogers J, Mehdizadeh A, Banks K, Lanman R, Wolff RA, Streicher H, Allison J, Sharma P, Eng C. PMID: 28223062; PMCID: PMC5809128.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 154     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    7. Phase 2 study of MK-2206, an allosteric inhibitor of AKT, as second-line therapy for advanced gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer: A SWOG cooperative group trial (S1005). Cancer. 2015 Jul 01; 121(13):2193-7. Ramanathan RK, McDonough SL, Kennecke HF, Iqbal S, Baranda JC, Seery TE, Lim HJ, Hezel AF, Vaccaro GM, Blanke CD. PMID: 25827820; PMCID: PMC4589423.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 51     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    8. Prognostic impact of the c-MET polymorphism on the clinical outcome in locoregional gastric cancer patients. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2014 Dec; 24(12):588-96. Sunakawa Y, Wakatsuki T, Yang D, Zhang W, Ning Y, Stintzing S, Stremitzer S, Yamauchi S, Sebio A, El-khoueiry R, Iqbal S, Barzi A, Gerger A, Stotz M, Azuma M, Watanabe M, Koizumi W, Lenz HJ. PMID: 25203738; PMCID: PMC4218879.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Dual blockade of epidermal growth factor receptor and insulin-like growth factor receptor-1 signaling in metastatic pancreatic cancer: phase Ib and randomized phase II trial of gemcitabine, erlotinib, and cixutumumab versus gemcitabine plus erlotinib (SWOG S0727). Cancer. 2014 Oct 01; 120(19):2980-5. Philip PA, Goldman B, Ramanathan RK, Lenz HJ, Lowy AM, Whitehead RP, Wakatsuki T, Iqbal S, Gaur R, Benedetti JK, Blanke CD. PMID: 25041791; PMCID: PMC4284963.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 48     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
    10. New directions in perioperative management of locally advanced esophagogastric cancer. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2014; e172-8. Burtness B, Ilson D, Iqbal S. PMID: 24857100.
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    11. A phase I trial of oxaliplatin in combination with docetaxel in patients with advanced solid tumors. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2013 Jul; 72(1):85-91. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ, Gandara DR, Shibata SI, Groshen S, Synold TW, Newman EM. PMID: 23712328; PMCID: PMC3779138.
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    12. Multi-drug inhibition of the HER pathway in metastatic colorectal cancer: results of a phase I study of pertuzumab plus cetuximab in cetuximab-refractory patients. Invest New Drugs. 2014 Feb; 32(1):113-22. Rubinson DA, Hochster HS, Ryan DP, Wolpin BM, McCleary NJ, Abrams TA, Chan JA, Iqbal S, Lenz HJ, Lim D, Rose J, Bekaii-Saab T, Chen HX, Fuchs CS, Ng K. PMID: 23568716; PMCID: PMC3775976.
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    13. S0356: a phase II clinical and prospective molecular trial with oxaliplatin, fluorouracil, and external-beam radiation therapy before surgery for patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Dec 01; 29(34):4555-60. Leichman LP, Goldman BH, Bohanes PO, Lenz HJ, Thomas CR, Billingsley KG, Corless CL, Iqbal S, Gold PJ, Benedetti JK, Danenberg KD, Blanke CD. PMID: 22025151; PMCID: PMC3236655.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    14. Postoperative intraperitoneal 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine added to chemoradiation in patients curatively resected (R0) for locally advanced gastric and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Feb; 19(2):478-85. Cohen DJ, Newman E, Iqbal S, Chang RY, Potmesil M, Ryan T, Donahue B, Chandra A, Liu M, Utate M, Hiotis S, Pachter LH, Hochster H, Muggia F. PMID: 21769462.
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    15. A phase II trial of gemcitabine and capecitabine in patients with unresectable or metastatic gallbladder cancer or cholangiocarcinoma: Southwest Oncology Group study S0202. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2011 Dec; 68(6):1595-602. Iqbal S, Rankin C, Lenz HJ, Gold PJ, Ahmad SA, El-Khoueiry AB, Messino MJ, Holcombe RF, Blanke CD. PMID: 21556747; PMCID: PMC3519425.
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    16. Phase I clinical trial of pegylated liposomal Doxorubicin and docetaxel in patients with advanced solid tumors. Am J Clin Oncol. 2011 Feb; 34(1):27-31. Iqbal S, Tsao-Wei DD, Quinn DI, Gitlitz BJ, Groshen S, Aparicio A, Lenz HJ, El-Khoueiry A, Pinski J, Garcia AA. PMID: 20142723.
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    17. Gender-specific genomic profiling in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin. Pharmacogenomics. 2011 Jan; 12(1):27-39. Gordon MA, Zhang W, Yang D, Iqbal S, El-Khouiery A, Nagashima F, Lurje G, Labonte M, Wilson P, Sherrod A, Ladner RD, Lenz HJ. PMID: 21174620; PMCID: PMC3836679.
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    18. Cetuximab as second-line therapy in patients with metastatic esophageal adenocarcinoma: a phase II Southwest Oncology Group Study (S0415). J Thorac Oncol. 2010 Sep; 5(9):1472-6. Gold PJ, Goldman B, Iqbal S, Leichman LP, Zhang W, Lenz HJ, Blanke CD. PMID: 20631636; PMCID: PMC2928397.
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    19. A phase I/II trial of vorinostat in combination with 5-fluorouracil in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who previously failed 5-FU-based chemotherapy. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2010 Apr; 65(5):979-88. Wilson PM, El-Khoueiry A, Iqbal S, Fazzone W, LaBonte MJ, Groshen S, Yang D, Danenberg KD, Cole S, Kornacki M, Ladner RD, Lenz HJ. PMID: 20062993.
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    20. A phase II study of lapatinib in patients with advanced biliary tree and hepatocellular cancer. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2009 Sep; 64(4):777-83. Ramanathan RK, Belani CP, Singh DA, Tanaka M, Lenz HJ, Yen Y, Kindler HL, Iqbal S, Longmate J, Mack PC, Lurje G, Gandour-Edwards R, Dancey J, Gandara DR. PMID: 19169683.
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    21. Gender-related survival differences associated with EGFR polymorphisms in metastatic colon cancer. Cancer Res. 2008 Apr 15; 68(8):3037-42. Press OA, Zhang W, Gordon MA, Yang D, Lurje G, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Lenz HJ. PMID: 18413774.
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    22. Thymidylate synthase haplotype is associated with tumor recurrence in stage II and stage III colon cancer. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2008 Feb; 18(2):161-8. Lurje G, Zhang W, Yang D, Groshen S, Hendifar AE, Husain H, Nagashima F, Chang HM, Fazzone W, Ladner RD, Pohl A, Ning Y, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Lenz HJ. PMID: 18192902.
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    23. Serum lactate dehydrogenase levels and glycolysis significantly correlate with tumor VEGFA and VEGFR expression in metastatic CRC patients. Pharmacogenomics. 2007 Dec; 8(12):1705-13. Azuma M, Shi M, Danenberg KD, Gardner H, Barrett C, Jacques CJ, Sherod A, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Yang D, Zhang W, Danenberg PV, Lenz HJ. PMID: 18086000.
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    24. FCGR2A and FCGR3A polymorphisms associated with clinical outcome of epidermal growth factor receptor expressing metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with single-agent cetuximab. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Aug 20; 25(24):3712-8. Zhang W, Gordon M, Schultheis AM, Yang DY, Nagashima F, Azuma M, Chang HM, Borucka E, Lurje G, Sherrod AE, Iqbal S, Groshen S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 17704420.
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    25. Association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms and sex-specific survival in patients with metastatic colon cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Aug 20; 25(24):3726-31. Zhang W, Press OA, Haiman CA, Yang DY, Gordon MA, Fazzone W, El-Khoueiry A, Iqbal S, Sherrod AE, Lurje G, Lenz HJ. PMID: 17704422.
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    26. ABCB1, SLCO1B1 and UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms are associated with toxicity in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with first-line irinotecan. Drug Metab Lett. 2007 Jan; 1(1):23-30. Rhodes KE, Zhang W, Yang D, Press OA, Gordon M, Vallböhmer D, Schultheis AM, Lurje G, Ladner RD, Fazzone W, Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 19356014.
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    27. Molecular determinants of irinotecan efficacy. Int J Cancer. 2006 Nov 15; 119(10):2435-42. Vallböhmer D, Iqbal S, Yang DY, Rhodes KE, Zhang W, Gordon M, Fazzone W, Schultheis AM, Sherrod AE, Danenberg KD, Lenz HJ. PMID: 16894565.
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    28. Gene expression levels of epidermal growth factor receptor, survivin, and vascular endothelial growth factor as molecular markers of lymph node involvement in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2006 Nov; 6(4):305-11. Yang D, Schneider S, Azuma M, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Groshen S, Agafitei D, Danenberg KD, Danenberg PV, Ladner RD, Lenz HJ. PMID: 17241515.
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    29. Epidermal growth factor receptor and epidermal growth factor receptor variant III gene expression in metastatic colorectal cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2006 Sep; 6(3):214-8. Azuma M, Danenberg KD, Iqbal S, El-Khoueiry A, Zhang W, Yang D, Koizumi W, Saigenji K, Danenberg PV, Lenz HJ. PMID: 17026791.
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    30. Gene expression in tumor-adjacent normal tissue is associated with recurrence in patients with rectal cancer treated with adjuvant chemoradiation. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2006 Aug; 16(8):555-63. Schneider S, Park DJ, Yang D, El-Khoueiry A, Sherrod A, Groshen S, Streeter O, Iqbal S, Danenberg KD, Lenz HJ. PMID: 16847424.
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    31. Cyclin D1 and epidermal growth factor polymorphisms associated with survival in patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated with Cetuximab. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2006 Jul; 16(7):475-83. Zhang W, Gordon M, Press OA, Rhodes K, Vallböhmer D, Yang DY, Park D, Fazzone W, Schultheis A, Sherrod AE, Iqbal S, Groshen S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 16788380.
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    32. Phase I clinical trial of weekly docetaxel and exisulind, a novel inducer of apoptosis. Invest New Drugs. 2006 Jan; 24(1):79-83. Garcia AA, Iqbal S, Quinn D, Edwards S, Lenz HJ, Weber J. PMID: 16379039.
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    33. Genomic profiling associated with recurrence in patients with rectal cancer treated with chemoradiation. Pharmacogenomics. 2006 Jan; 7(1):67-88. Gordon MA, Gil J, Lu B, Zhang W, Yang D, Yun J, Schneider S, Groshen S, Iqbal S, Press OA, Rhodes K, Lenz HJ. PMID: 16354126.
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    34. A phase II study of farnesyl transferase inhibitor R115777 in pancreatic cancer: a Southwest oncology group (SWOG 9924) study. Invest New Drugs. 2005 Oct; 23(5):485-7. Macdonald JS, McCoy S, Whitehead RP, Iqbal S, Wade JL, Giguere JK, Abbruzzese JL. PMID: 16133800.
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    35. Molecular determinants of cetuximab efficacy. J Clin Oncol. 2005 May 20; 23(15):3536-44. Vallböhmer D, Zhang W, Gordon M, Yang DY, Yun J, Press OA, Rhodes KE, Sherrod AE, Iqbal S, Danenberg KD, Groshen S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 15908664.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 68     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Phase I clinical and pharmacokinetic trial of docetaxel and irinotecan administered on a weekly schedule. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2005 Jul; 56(1):75-82. Garcia AA, Pujari M, Jeffers S, Iqbal S, Lenz HJ, Beringer P, Louie S. PMID: 15809878.
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    37. Angiogenesis inhibitors in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Semin Oncol. 2004 Dec; 31(6 Suppl 17):10-6. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 15696025.
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    38. Capecitabine: the new generation of fluoropyrimidines in colorectal cancer. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2004 Dec; 4(6):947-55. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 15606325.
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    39. Integration of novel agents in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2004 Sep; 54 Suppl 1:S32-9. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 15309512.
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    40. A 6 bp polymorphism in the thymidylate synthase gene causes message instability and is associated with decreased intratumoral TS mRNA levels. Pharmacogenetics. 2004 May; 14(5):319-27. Mandola MV, Stoehlmacher J, Zhang W, Groshen S, Yu MC, Iqbal S, Lenz HJ, Ladner RD. PMID: 15115918.
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    41. Tailored chemotherapy for colorectal cancer: a new approach to therapy. Cancer Invest. 2004; 22(5):762-73. Iqbal S, Stoehlmacher J, Lenz HJ. PMID: 15581057.
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    42. Molecular predictors of treatment and outcome in colorectal cancer. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2003 Oct; 5(5):399-405. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 12959721.
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    43. Targeted therapy and pharmacogenomic programs. Cancer. 2003 Apr 15; 97(8 Suppl):2076-82. Iqbal S, Lenz HJ. PMID: 12673699.
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