William H. Yong, M.D.


Director, Brain Tissue Translational Resource | BTTR

Professor, Surgical Pathology

Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine



Member, Brain Research Institute

JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 206-8290
Office Phone Number: (310) 825-7230
Work Phone Number: (310) 825-8269

Office Address:

CHS 18-161

Work Address:

CHS 18-161
CAMPUS - 173216


Dr. Yong obtained a bachelors degree in molecular biology at UC Berkeley and a masters degree in biology (cellular and molecular) at San Francisco State University. For the masters degree, he studied the AIDS retrovirus while in the laboratory of Professor Jay Levy at UCSF. He attended medical school at UCLA where he completed his Honors thesis research with Professor Harry Vinters and graduated as a Deans Scholar. He trained in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he worked in the molecular neuro-oncology laboratory of Dr. David Louis. For his work there, Dr. Yong was awarded the American Association of Neuropathologists Lucien J. Rubinstein Award in Neuro-oncology. He completed his neuropathology fellowship at UCLA. Subsequently, he was the Director of Neuropathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for eight years before returning to the UCLA Medical Center. He is currently Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Translational Resource and of the UCLA Neuropathology Fellowship Program. Along with Drs. R. Mehta, H. Vinters and others, he is a recent co-awardeee of the Moore Award from the American Association of Neuropathologists.

Dr. Yong is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuro-oncology and the Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine. He teaches UCLA medical and dental students as well as residents and fellows in pathology, neuropathology, neurosurgery, and neurology. As an attending neuropathologist at the UCLA Medical Center, his clinical expertise includes brain and pituitary tumors as well as neuromuscular pathology. He works closely with UCLA Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology physicians in determining diagnoses and molecular testing of brain tumor samples. He also consults in neuropathology for the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital, Northridge Hospital, Kaiser-Permanente Southern California, and the National Neurologic AIDS Bank. He runs the Brain Tumor Translational Resource (BTTR)- a brain tumor biorepository dedicated to a cure for brain cancers. The focus of this resource is to develop the tools and logistics to power a broad range of brain tumor research labs in the UCLA Neuro-oncology program. He has an interest in biospecimen research to improve the usability of tissue specimens for biomarker assays and individualized molecular profiling for patients. The lab also focuses on ways to speed the delivery of specimen derivatives to researchers. His laboratory has an interest in pathology informatics including software and RFID technology. It also evaluates and develops approaches for storing biospecimens at room temperature. He is a co-investigator and neuropathologist in research programs on brain tumors, AIDS, stroke, and dementia.


Buchbinder David, Danielpour Moise, Yong William H, Salamon Noriko, Lasky Joseph   Treatment of atypical central neurocytoma in a child with high dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell rescue Journal of neuro-oncology, 2010; 97(3): 429-37.
Mehta Rupal I, Mehta Rashi I, Solis Orestes E, Jahan Reza, Salamon Noriko, Tobis Jonathan M, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Fishbein Michael C   Hydrophilic polymer emboli: an under-recognized iatrogenic cause of ischemia and infarct Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc, 2010; 97(3): .
Butte Pramod V, Fang Qiyin, Jo Javier A, Yong William H, Pikul Brian K, Black Keith L, Marcu Laura   Intraoperative delineation of primary brain tumors using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy Journal of biomedical optics, 2010; 15(2): 027008.
Mehta Rupal I, Mehta Rashi I, Fishbein Michael C, Solis Orestes E, Jahan Reza, Salamon Noriko, Vinters Harry V, Yong William H   Intravascular polymer material after coil embolization of a giant cerebral aneurysm Human pathology, 2009; 40(12): 1803-7.
Mehta Rupal I, Cutler Aaron R, Lasky Joseph L, Yong William H, Lerner Jason T, Hirota Brandon K, Salamon Noriko, Mathern Gary W, Vinters Harry V   "Primary" leptomeningeal medulloblastoma Human pathology, 2009; 40(11): 1661-5.
Solis Orestes E, Mehta Rupal I, Kalanithi Suman, Bordelon Yvette, Salamon Noriko, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V   Primary angiitis of the CNS (PACNS) with predominant cranial neuropathy and spinal cord involvement Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology, 2009; 40(11): .
Khanlou NĂ©gar, Mathern Gary W, Mitchell Wendy G, Salamon Noriko, Pope Whitney B, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V   Cortical dysplasia with prominent Rosenthal fiber formation in a case of intractable pediatric epilepsy Human pathology, 2009; 40(8): 1200-4.
Lerner Jason T, Salamon Noriko, Hauptman Jason S, Velasco Tonicarlo R, Hemb Marta, Wu Joyce Y, Sankar Raman, Donald Shields W, Engel Jerome, Fried Itzhak, Cepeda Carlos, Andre Veronique M, Levine Michael S, Miyata Hajime, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Mathern Gary W   Assessment and surgical outcomes for mild type I and severe type II cortical dysplasia: a critical review and the UCLA experience Epilepsia, 2009; 50(6): 1310-35.
Sarkar Rajashree, Yong William H, Lazareff Jorge A   A case report of intraventricular gliofibroma Pediatric neurosurgery, 2009; 45(3): 210-3.
Guo Deliang, Prins Robert M, Dang Julie, Kuga Daisuke, Iwanami Akio, Soto Horacio, Lin Kelly Y, Huang Tiffany T, Akhavan David, Hock M Benjamin, Zhu Shaojun, Kofman Ava A, Bensinger Steve J, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Horvath Steve, Watson Andrew D, Kuhn John G, Robins H Ian, Mehta Minesh P, Wen Patrick Y, DeAngelis Lisa M, Prados Michael D, Mellinghoff Ingo K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Mischel Paul S   EGFR signaling through an Akt-SREBP-1-dependent, rapamycin-resistant pathway sensitizes glioblastomas to antilipogenic therapy Science signaling, 2009; 2(101): ra82.
Laks Dan R, Masterman-Smith Michael, Visnyei Koppany, Angenieux Brigitte, Orozco Nicholas M, Foran Ian, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Liau Linda M, Lazareff Jorge A, Mischel Paul S, Cloughesy Timothy F, Horvath Steve, Kornblum Harley I   Neurosphere formation is an independent predictor of clinical outcome in malignant glioma Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio), 2009; 27(4): 980-7.
Brown Paul D, Krishnan Sunil, Sarkaria Jann N, Wu Wenting, Jaeckle Kurt A, Uhm Joon H, Geoffroy Francois J, Arusell Robert, Kitange Gaspar, Jenkins Robert B, Kugler John W, Morton Roscoe F, Rowland Kendrith M, Mischel Paul, Yong William H, Scheithauer Bernd W, Schiff David, Giannini Caterina, Buckner Jan C, Buckner Jan C   Phase I/II trial of erlotinib and temozolomide with radiation therapy in the treatment of newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme: North Central Cancer Treatment Group Study N0177 Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2008; 26(34): 5603-9.
Lai Albert, Filka Emese, McGibbon Bruce, Nghiemphu Phioanh Leia, Graham Carrie, Yong William H, Mischel Paul, Liau Linda M, Bergsneider Marvin, Pope Whitney, Selch Michael, Cloughesy Tim   Phase II pilot study of bevacizumab in combination with temozolomide and regional radiation therapy for up-front treatment of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme: interim analysis of safety and tolerability International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics, 2008; 71(5): 1372-80.
Jahan Reza, Stewart Daphne, Vinters Harry V, Yong William, Vinuela Fernando, Vandeberg Pete, Marder Victor J   Middle cerebral artery occlusion in the rabbit using selective angiography: application for assessment of thrombolysis Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation, 2008; 39(5): 1613-5.
Lasky Joseph L, Choi Eun Jun, Johnston Samantha, Yong William H, Lazareff Jorge, Moore Theodore   Congenital brain tumors: case series and review of the literature Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology : official journal of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2008; 30(4): 326-31.
Yoshimoto Koji, Dang Julie, Zhu Shaojun, Nathanson David, Huang Tiffany, Dumont Rebecca, Seligson David B, Yong William H, Xiong Zhenggang, Rao Nagesh, Winther Henrik, Chakravarti Arnab, Bigner Darell D, Mellinghoff Ingo K, Horvath Steve, Cavenee Webster K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Mischel Paul S   Development of a real-time RT-PCR assay for detecting EGFRvIII in glioblastoma samples Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2008; 14(2): 488-93.
Lelievre Vincent, Seksenyan Akop, Nobuta Hiroko, Yong William H, Chhith Seririthanar, Niewiadomski Pawel, Cohen Joseph R, Dong Hongmei, Flores Avegail, Liau Linda M, Kornblum Harley I, Scott Matthew P, Waschek James A   Disruption of the PACAP gene promotes medulloblastoma in ptc1 mutant mice Developmental biology, 2008; 313(1): 359-70.
Wang Jingjing, Yong William H, Sun Yinghua, Vernier P Thomas, Koeffler H Phillip, Gundersen Martin A, Marcu Laura   Receptor-targeted quantum dots: fluorescent probes for brain tumor diagnosis Journal of biomedical optics, 2008; 12(4): 044021.
Lim Stephen, Shahinian Hrayr, Maya Menahem M, Yong William, Heaney Anthony P   Temozolomide: a novel treatment for pituitary carcinoma The lancet oncology, 2006; 7(6): 518-20.
Butte Pramod V, Pikul Brian K, Hever Aviv, Yong William H, Black Keith L, Marcu Laura   Diagnosis of meningioma by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy Journal of biomedical optics, 2006; 10(6): 064026.
Scoles Daniel R, Yong William H, Qin Yun, Wawrowsky Kolja, Pulst Stefan Matthias   Schwannomin inhibits tumorigenesis through direct interaction with the eukaryotic initiation factor subunit c (eIF3c) Human molecular genetics, 2006; 15(7): 1059-70.
Yong William H, Butte Pramod V, Pikul Brian K, Jo Javier A, Fang Qiyin, Papaioannou Thanassis, Black Keith, Marcu Laura   Distinction of brain tissue, low grade and high grade glioma with time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy Frontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library, 2006; 11(1): 1255-63.
Marcu Laura, Jo Javier A, Butte Pramod V, Yong William H, Pikul Brian K, Black Keith L, Thompson Reid C   Fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy of glioblastoma multiforme Photochemistry and photobiology, 2004; 80(14): 98-103.
Yu John S, Liu Gentao, Ying Han, Yong William H, Black Keith L, Wheeler Christopher J   Vaccination with tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells elicits antigen-specific, cytotoxic T-cells in patients with malignant glioma Cancer research, 2004; 64(14): 4973-9.
Ehtesham Moneeb, Kabos Peter, Yong William H, Schievink Wouter I, Black Keith L, Yu John S   Development of an intracranial ependymoma at the site of a pre-existing cavernous malformation Surgical neurology, 2003; 60(1): 80-2; discussion 83.
Schievink Wouter I, Thompson Reid C, Yong William H   A syndrome of spontaneous cerebral and cervical artery dissections with angiolipomatosis. Report of two cases Journal of neurosurgery, 2003; 98(5): 1124-7.
Ben-Shlomo Anat, Miklovsky Irina, Ren Song-Guang, Yong William H, Heaney Anthony P, Culler Michael D, Melmed Shlomo   Leukemia inhibitory factor regulates prolactin secretion in prolactinoma and lactotroph cells The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 2003; 88(2): 858-63.
Heaney Anthony P, Fernando Manory, Yong William H, Melmed Shlomo   Functional PPAR-gamma receptor is a novel therapeutic target for ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas Nature medicine, 2002; 8(11): 1281-7.