Alan M. Kramer, M.D., Medical Oncologist

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

Developing new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of solid tumors and sarcoma

Research Overview

  • Dr. Alan Kramer is a board-certified internal medicine specialist and medical oncologist. Since 1992, Dr. Kramer has been in private practice in San Francisco and as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
  • Dr. Kramer advances the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and solid tumors through his clinical research studies of new treatments including immunotherapies and other targeted therapies. He sits on research subcommittees for the RTOG, SWOG, and Sutter Health.
  • His other clinical interests are in cancers of the head and neck, breast and sarcoma. He collaborates with experts at Stanford Medical Center, UCSF, and MD Anderson.
  • Dr. Kramer is a documentary film-maker and has created the Living with Cancer series that includes three award-winning documentaries: "Living with Breast Cancer: The Children's Story" (2002), "Living with Lung Cancer: The Wells Whitney Story" (2004), and "Living with Breast Cancer: The Spouse's Story" (2015). To view these documentaries, visit
  • Dr. Kramer presents nationally on new approaches to the treatment of head and neck cancers, and has contributed expert perspectives for documentaries about the management of breast cancer.

Find additional information on oncology research and clinical trials at California Pacific Medical Center.


Dr. Kramer graduated from the University of Maryland. He received his M.D. with honors in 1979 from the University of Siena Medical School, Italy. He completed his residency at the City Hospital at Elmhurst and his hematology fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital, both in New York City. He then completed a medical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, followed by three years on staff in the Department of Head, Neck and Thoracic Oncology.  

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McCulloch M, See C, Shu XJ, Broffman M, Kramer A, Fan WY, Gao J, Lieb W, Shieh K, Colford JM Jr, Astragalus-based Chinese herbs and platinum-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: meta-analysis of randomized trials. J Clin Oncol

Alan M. Kramer, M.D., Medical Oncologist
Primary Research Interests
  • Lung cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Oncology research and clinical trials