Department of Radiation Oncology

Neha Vapiwala

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Neha Vapiwala, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Radiation Oncology

Contact information
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Department of Radiation Oncology
4th Floor, West Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-2337
Fax: 215-349-8975
BA (Biology and Hispanic Studies)
Johns Hopkins University, 1996.
MD (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

breast cancer, prostate cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, biologic agents, radiosensitizers

Description of Clinical Expertise

prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, integrative medicine

Description of Other Expertise

I am an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania. I specialize in the management of patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers, and have served as the department's Chief of GU Oncology, working collaboratively with members of the Departments of Urology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine to further our mission of providing high-quality multidisciplinary patient care and performing cutting-edge clinical research. My work focuses on biological and technological improvements in the delivery of photon- and proton-based radiation, and I currently serve as the Principal Investigator of multiple therapeutic trials for prostate cancer patients. I have been a Project Leader on a Department of Defense program project grant investigating proton therapy, and have extramural funding to develop prognostic and predictive biomarkers for novel radiosensitizers and radiotracers in conjunction with radiotherapy, as well as to explore the effect of integrative medicine as a therapeutic intervention for disease- and treatment-related symptoms in prostate cancer patients. I am a member of several national and international scientific committees dedicated to GU cancer research and education, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Scientific Program Committee, ASCO Maintenance of Certification Working Group, and the American College of Radiology’s Appropriateness Criteria Panel for Prostate Cancer, to name a few. In terms of my education-related roles, I was appointed as an Advisory Dean in the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, and promoted to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in 2017. I am also the President of the national Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs and Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee.
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