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Jason H. Pomerantz, M.D.

Jason H. Pomerantz, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Co-chair, Department of Surgery Research Committee
Surgical Director, Craniofacial Center
Director, Pomerantz Lab

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UCSF Medical Center
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
(415) 353-4389 phone
(415) 353-4330 fax
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  • 1990-1994 University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Biology
  • 1994-2000 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D.
  • 2000-2001 University of California-San Francisco, Intern General Surgery
  • 2001-2003 University of California-San Francisco, Residency General Surgery
  • 2006-2008 University of California-San Francisco, Residency Plastic Surgery
  • 1996-1998 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Researh Training Fellowship
  • 2008-2009 University of Washington, Seattle, Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
  • 2003-2006 Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 2010
  • Cleft lip and Palate
  • Congential Deformities
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Traumatic facial injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cellular Growth Control
  • Muscle Regeneration
  • Nuclear Reprogramming
  • Stem Cell Biology

Jason Pomerantz, M.D. is an associate professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery surgical director of the UCSF Craniofacial Center, and Director of the Pomerantz Lab. Dr. Pomerantz treats congenital and acquired deformities of the head and face, in both adults and children, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, and traumatic facial injuries. Dr. Pomerantz's NIH-funded research program focuses on the investigation of basic and translational aspects of tissue regeneration relevant to regeneration medicine. 

Dr. Pomerantz earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed a residency at UCSF, a postdoctoral research fellowship in regeneration biology at Stanford University, and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Washington.

With foundations in muscle, stem cell and cancer biology, his laboratory aims to develop novel approaches that will impact the treatment of structural disorders and deformities. Dr. Pomerantz is a researcher at the UCSF Program in Craniofacial  Biology (PCB), and has affiliations with the UCSF Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF.

Ultimately, Dr. Pomerantz hopes to identify the genes responsible for regeneration, genes that have evolved differently between species. This has implications for the reconstruction of damaged or missing tissue resulting from congenital abnormalities and those acquired as a result of trauma.

The research program of our lab is closely intertwined with regenerative medicine. With foundations in muscle and cancer biology, we are investigating regenerative mechanisms including stem cell development and de-differentiation. By employing model organisms such as zebrafish and mouse and extending discoveries to human cells and tissues, we hope to gain fundamental insight that can be translated into clinical advances, most notably solving the structural and reconstructive problems of the limbs, face, and head, whether congenital or acquired.

Most recent publications from a total of 31
  1. Balkin DM, Poranki M, Forester CM, Dorsey MJ, Slavotinek A, Pomerantz JH. TASP1 mutation in a female with craniofacial anomalies, anterior segment dysgenesis, congenital immunodeficiency and macrocytic anemia. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2019 Jul 27; e818. View in PubMed
  2. Ko J, Pomerantz JH, Perry H, Shieh JT, Slavotinek AM, Oberoi S, Klein OD. Case Report of Floating-Harbor Syndrome With Bilateral Cleft Lip. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019 Jun 27; 1055665619858257. View in PubMed
  3. Wong A, Pomerantz JH. The Role of Muscle Stem Cells in Regeneration and Recovery after Denervation: A Review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 03; 143(3):779-788. View in PubMed
  4. Davies MR, Garcia S, Tamaki S, Liu X, Lee S, Jose A, Pomerantz JH, Feeley BT. Muscle stem cell activation in a mouse model of rotator cuff injury. J Orthop Res. 2018 May; 36(5):1370-1376. View in PubMed
  5. Garcia SM, Tamaki S, Lee S, Wong A, Jose A, Dreux J, Kouklis G, Sbitany H, Seth R, Knott PD, Heaton C, Ryan WR, Kim EA, Hansen SL, Hoffman WY, Pomerantz JH. High-Yield Purification, Preservation, and Serial Transplantation of Human Satellite Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2018 03 13; 10(3):1160-1174. View in PubMed
  6. Cho GJ, Wang F, Garcia SM, Viner J, Hoffman WY, McDermott MW, Pomerantz JH. Recalcitrant Invasive Skin Cancer of the Scalp: Combined Extirpation and Microsurgical Reconstruction Without Cranioplasty. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Mar; 28(2):325-330. View in PubMed
  7. Niethamer TK, Larson AR, O'Neill AK, Bershteyn M, Hsiao EC, Klein OD, Pomerantz JH, Bush JO. EPHRIN-B1 Mosaicism Drives Cell Segregation in Craniofrontonasal Syndrome hiPSC-Derived Neuroepithelial Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2017 03 14; 8(3):529-537. View in PubMed
  8. Garcia SM, Tamaki S, Xu X, Pomerantz JH. Human Satellite Cell Isolation and Xenotransplantation. Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1668:105-123. View in PubMed
  9. Hesse RG, Kouklis GK, Ahituv N, Pomerantz JH. The human ARF tumor suppressor senses blastema activity and suppresses epimorphic tissue regeneration. Elife. 2015 Nov 17; 4. View in PubMed
  10. Xu X, Wilschut KJ, Kouklis G, Tian H, Hesse R, Garland C, Sbitany H, Hansen S, Seth R, Knott PD, Hoffman WY, Pomerantz JH. Human Satellite Cell Transplantation and Regeneration from Diverse Skeletal Muscles. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Sep 08; 5(3):419-34. View in PubMed
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