Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush MD, PhD

Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush MD, PhDAssistant Professor of Neurological Surgery











Dr. Oberheim Bush is a neuro-oncologist involved in clinical care, clinical research, and teaching. She has a PhD neuroscience as well as training in clinical trial development, implementation and analysis. As a member of the Division of Neuro-Oncology at UCSF, she has been involved in investigator-initiated, sponsored and multi-institutional consortium studies. Her specific research interests are in the development of phase I clinical trials testing novel treatment strategies for brain tumor patients. She is currently developing a surgically based phase I clinical trial of an inducible adenoviral vector engineered to express hIL-12 in the presence of the activator ligand Veledimex in patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas. She has also been involved in the development of an antagomir of mircoRNA-138 as a novel therapeutic for recurrent glioblastoma through the design of pre-clinical laboratory experiments in collaboration with several basic science laboratories at UCSF as well as with the Agency of Science, Technology and Research in Singapore.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

2001: BA, Dartmouth College
2005: MAS, Neuroscience, University of Rochester
2008: PhD, Neuroscience, University of Rochester
2011: MD, University of Rochester
2011-2015: Residency, Department of Neurology, UCSF
2015-2016: Neuro-Oncology Fellow, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2016: Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Academy of Neurology
Society for Neuro-Oncology
American College of Physicians
Society for Neuroscience

Selected Recent Publications

Scott BJ, Oberheim-Bush NA, Kesari S. Leptomeningeal metastasis in breast cancer - a systematic review. Oncotarget. 2016 Jan 26;7(4):3740-7. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.5911. Review. PubMed PMID: 26543235; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4826166.

Takano T, He W, Han X, Wang F, Xu Q, Wang X, Oberheim Bush NA, Cruz N, Dienel GA, Nedergaard M. Rapid manifestation of reactive astrogliosis in acute hippocampal brain slices. Glia. 2014 Jan;62(1):78-95. doi: 10.1002/glia.22588. Epub 2013 Nov 6. PubMed PMID: 24272704; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4097059.

Han X, Chen M, Wang F, Windrem M, Wang S, Shanz S, Xu Q, Oberheim NA, Bekar L, Betstadt S, Silva AJ, Takano T, Goldman SA, Nedergaard M. Forebrain engraftment by human glial progenitor cells enhances synaptic plasticity and learning in adult mice. Cell Stem Cell. 2013 Mar 7;12(3):342-53. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.12.015. PubMed PMID: 23472873; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3700554.

Oberheim NA, Goldman SA, Nedergaard M. Heterogeneity of astrocytic form and function. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;814:23-45. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-452-0_3. Review. PubMed PMID: 22144298; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3506190.

Oberheim NA, Kim A, Farkas RL, Ruan DT, Schoeniger LO, Schiffhauer LM, Moalem J. Giant pancreatic tumor with clinical characteristics of insulinoma but without common pathologic features. Endocr Pract. 2011 Mar-Apr;17(2):e12-6. doi: 10.4158/EP10243.CR. PubMed PMID: 21324828.

Oberheim NA, Takano T, Han X, He W, Lin JH, Wang F, Xu Q, Wyatt JD, Pilcher W, Ojemann JG, Ransom BR, Goldman SA, Nedergaard M. Uniquely hominid features of adult human astrocytes. J Neurosci. 2009 Mar 11;29(10):3276-87. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4707-08.2009. PubMed PMID: 19279265; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2819812.

Oberheim NA, Tian GF, Han X, Peng W, Takano T, Ransom B, Nedergaard M. Loss of astrocytic domain organization in the epileptic brain. J Neurosci. 2008 Mar 26;28(13):3264-76. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4980-07.2008. PubMed PMID: 18367594.

Oberheim NA, Wang X, Goldman S, Nedergaard M. Astrocytic complexity distinguishes the human brain. Trends Neurosci. 2006 Oct;29(10):547-53. Epub 2006 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 16938356.

Tian GF, Azmi H, Takano T, Xu Q, Peng W, Lin J, Oberheim N, Lou N, Wang X, Zielke HR, Kang J, Nedergaard M. An astrocytic basis of epilepsy. Nat Med. 2005 Sep;11(9):973-81. Epub 2005 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 16116433; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1850946.

Ye ZC, Oberheim N, Kettenmann H, Ransom BR. Pharmacological "cross-inhibition" of connexin hemichannels and swelling activated anion channels. Glia. 2009 Feb;57(3):258-69. doi: 10.1002/glia.20754. PubMed PMID: 18837047; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2676787.

Takano T, Oberheim N, Cotrina ML, Nedergaard M. Astrocytes and ischemic injury. Stroke. 2009 Mar;40(3 Suppl):S8-12. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.533166. Epub 2008 Dec 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 19064795; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2653262.

Bush NA, Chang SM, Berger MS. Current and future strategies for treatment of glioma. Neurosurg Rev. 2016 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 27085859.