Department of Radiation Oncology

John Plastaras

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John Plastaras, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Contact information
Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-3714
Fax: 215-349-8975
M.S. (Chemistry)
Emory University, 1994.
B.S. (Chemistry)
Emory University, 1994.
B.A. (Biology)
Emory University, 1994.
Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
Vanderbilt University, 2000.
Vanderbilt University, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

1. Reirradiation with Proton Therapy: He is the Principal Investigator for the ongoing multicenter clinical study "Proton Radiotherapy for Recurrent Tumors" ( Identifier: NCT01126476). He is interested in factors that increase the risk of toxicity from reirradiation as well as factors that predict for radioresistance in these recurrent tumors.

2. Decreasing Toxicity of Lymphoma Radiotherapy: Interests include developing proton radiotherapy techniques for patients with lymphoma, developing models for predicting radiation-related toxicity, and using highly conformal techniques.

3. Using Moleclar Imaging to Estimate Radiation Dose during Radioimmunotherapy.

4. Proton therapy for gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies: He is the Principal Investigator for the clinical study "Proton therapy for upper GI cancers" ( Identifier: NCT01449864)

Description of Clinical Expertise

radiation therapy, lymphoma, gastroinstestinal cancer, proton radiotherapy, total body irradiation

Selected Publications

Men, Kuo; Boimel, Pamela; Janopaul-Naylor, James; Zhong, Haoyu; Huang, Mi; Geng, Huaizhi; Cheng, Chingyun; Fan, Yong; P. Plastaras, John; Ben-Josef, Edgar; Xiao, Ying: Cascaded atrous convolution and spatial pyramid pooling for more accurate tumor target segmentation for rectal cancer radiotherapy. Physics in Medicine and Biology August 2018.

H. Ahmed, A. Pantel, J. Metz, J.P. Plastaras, and M. Farwell: FDG-Avid Focal Liver Reaction from Proton Therapy in a Patient with Primary Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. Journal Clinical Nuclear Medicine 43(5): e139-e141, May 2018.

Baumann Brian C, Wei Jenny, Plastaras John P, Lukens John N, Damjanov Nevena, Hoteit Maarouf, Hsu Christine, Levine Matthew, Mondschein Jeffrey, Nadolski Gregory, Olthoff Kim, Reiss Kim A, Rosen Mark, Siegelman Evan, Metz James M, Ben-Josef Edgar: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: High Rates of Local Control With Low Toxicity. American journal of clinical oncology epub, Mar 2018.

Shabason Jacob E, Chen Jerry, Apisarnthanarax Smith, Damjanov Nevena, Giantonio Bruce, Loaiza-Bonilla Arturo, O'Dwyer Peter J, O'Hara Mark, Reiss Kim A, Teitelbaum Ursina, Wissel Paul, Drebin Jeffrey A, Vollmer Charles, Kochman Michael, Mick Rosemarie, Vergara Norge, Jhala Nirag, Doucette Abigail, Lukens John N, Plastaras John P, Metz James M, Ben-Josef Edgar: A phase I dose escalation trial of nab-paclitaxel and fixed dose radiation in patients with unresectable or borderline resectable pancreatic cancer. Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology 81(3): 609-614, Mar 2018.

D Guttmann,N Mitra, J Metz, JP Plastaras, W Feng, S Swisher-McClure: Neoadjuvant chemoradiation is associated with improved overall survival in elderly patients with esophageal cancer. Journal of Geriatric Oncology 9(1): 40-46, January 2018.

W. Tristram Arscott, Abigail Doucette, Pallavi Kumar, John P. Plastaras, Amit Maity, and Joshua Jones: Tolerability of sequential immune therapy and palliative radiotherapy to the cervical and thoracic spine Journal of Radiation Oncology in press, 2018.

Hoppe B S, Hill-Kayser C E, Tseng Y D, Flampouri S, Elmongy H M, Cahlon O, Mendenhall N P, Maity A, McGee L A, Plastaras J P: Consolidative proton therapy after chemotherapy for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma. Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology 28(9): 2179-2184, Sep 2017.

Boimel Pamela J, Berman Abigail T, Li Jonathan, Apisarnthanarax Smith, Both Stefan, Lelionis Kristi, Larson Gary L, Teitelbaum Ursina, Lukens John N, Ben-Josef Edgar, Metz James M, Plastaras John P: Proton beam reirradiation for locally recurrent pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Journal of gastrointestinal oncology 8(4): 665-674, Aug 2017.

D Guttmann, M Frick, R Carmona, C Deville Jr., W Levin, A Berman, C Chinniah, S Hahn, JP Plastaras, C Simone II : A prospective study of proton reirradiation for recurrent and secondary soft tissue sarcoma. Radiotherapy and Oncology 124(2): 271-276, August 2017.

Guttmann David M, Mitra Nandita, Bekelman Justin, Metz James M, Plastaras John, Feng Weiwei, Swisher-McClure Samuel: Improved Overall Survival with Aggressive Primary Tumor Radiotherapy for Patients with Metastatic Esophageal Cancer. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 12(7): 1131-1142, Jul 2017.

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