John Chung-Kai Chan, M.D. , Scientist; Gynecologic Oncologist at CPMC

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

New advances in the treatment of gynecologic cancers

Research Overview

  • Dr. Chan specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of ovarian and other pelvic cancers at CPMC. He is board certified in gynecologic oncology, and obstetrics and gynecology.
  • He is investigating new treatments for gynecologic cancers, including targeted biologic therapies, and exploring the role of tumor-initiating cells in ovarian cancer.
  • A clinician and surgeon, Dr. Chan is a principal investigator of studies assessing the treatment and health outcomes of ovarian and uterine cancer patients.
  • Dr. Chan is the Gynecologic Oncology Lead for the Sutter Cancer Research Consortium.
  • He is a Physician Lead in CPMCRI’s Cancer Avatar Project.

Listen to Dr. Chan's perspectives on gynecologic cancer care at Sutter Health.


Dr. Chan obtained his M.D. from Los Angeles School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. While at the University of California at Irvine, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology.


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Chan JK, Chow S, Bhowmik S, Mann A, Kapp DS, Coleman RL, Metastatic gynecologic malignancies: advances in treatment and management. Clin Exp Metastasis

Chan JK, Brady W, Monk BJ, Brown J, Shahin MS, Rose PG, Kim JH, Secord AA, Walker JL, Gershenson DM, A phase II evaluation of sunitinib in the treatment of persistent or recurrent clear cell ovarian carcinoma: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group Study (GOG-254). Gynecol Oncol

Liao CI, Chow S, Chen LM, Kapp DS, Mann A, Chan JK, Trends in the incidence of serous fallopian tube, ovarian, and peritoneal cancer in the US. Gynecol Oncol

Islamoglu H, Cao R, Teskey G, Gyurjian K, Lucar S, Fraix MP, Sathananthan A, Chan JK, Venketaraman V, Effects of ReadiSorb L-GSH in Altering Granulomatous Responses against Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection. J Clin Med

Tarney CM, Tian C, Craig ER, Crothers BA, Chan JK, Gist GD, Bateman NW, Conrads TP, Hamilton CA, Larry Maxwell G, Darcy KM, Relative Effects of Age, Race, and Stage on Mortality in Gestational Choriocarcinoma. Int J Gynecol Cancer

John Chung-Kai Chan, M.D. , Scientist; Gynecologic Oncologist at CPMC
Primary Research Interests
  • Diagnosis and treatment of ovarian and pelvic cancers
  • Prognostic factors for high-risk, early stage epithelial ovarian cancer