I am a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer. My particular expertise is managing the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Prostate cancers present and progress in different ways. While some prostate cancers pose little threat to health, others may grow aggressively. In many cases, radiotherapy or surgery can be curative. We are actively studying new ways to preserve bowel, urinary and sexual function after radiotherapy and to improve quality of life for patients after treatment. For example, to improve outcomes while minimizing the side effects of radiotherapy, we use sophisticated technologies like proton beam therapy and image-guided, intensity-modulated radiotherapy.
Dr. Bekelman leads research programs in cancer health services, comparative effectiveness and delivery system and payment reform. His research integrates methods from the fields of epidemiology, clinical trials, health economics and public policy. Dr. Bekelman conducts research to examine the quality, comparative effectiveness, and costs of treatments for prevalent cancers using registry, Medicare, and commercial payer administrative claims data and co-leads the multicenter PARTIQoL randomized trial, which compares patient-reported outcomes after proton therapy versus intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer. Dr. Bekelman has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and philanthropic sources. He did his undergraduate work at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his medical training at Yale University, Johns Hopkins, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Bekelman formerly served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense in the US Department of Defense. He is a board-certified radiation oncologist and practicing physician at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Tomaszewski JJ, Handorf E, Corcoran AT, Wong YN, Mehrazin R, Bekelman JE, Canter D, Kutikov A, Chen DY, Uzzo RG, Smaldone MC: Care transitions between hospitals are associated with treatment delay for patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer. J Urol 2014. In press.
Kirk ML, Tang S, Zhai H, Vapiwala N, Deville C, James P, Bekelman JE, Christodouleas JP, Tochner Z, and Both S: Comparison of prostate proton treatment planning technique interfraction robustness and analysis of single field treatment feasibility. Practical Radiation Oncology 2014. In press.
Corcoran AT, Handorf E, Canter D, Tomaszewski JJ, Bekelman JE, Kim SP, Uzzo RG, Kutikov A, Smaldone MC: Variation in performance of candidate surgical quality measures for muscle invasive bladder cancer by hospital type. BJU Int 2014. In press.
Kalbasi A, Swisher-McClure S, Mitra N, Sunderland R, Smaldone M, Uzzo RG, Bekelman JE: Low Rates of Adjuvant Radiation in Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patients with Pathologic Risk Factors. Cancer 2014, In press.
Swisher-McClure S, Mitra N, Lin A, Ahn P, Wan F, O'Malley B, Weinstein GS, Bekelman JE: Risk of Fatal Cerebrovascular Accidents after External Beam Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Glottic Larynx Cancer. Head and Neck 36(5): 611-616, May 2014.
Goldsmith B, Baumann BC, He J, Tucker K, Bekelman J, Deville C, Vapiwala N, Vaughn D, Keefe SM, Guzzo T, Malkowicz BS, Christodouleas JP: Occult pelvic lymph node involvement in bladder cancer: implications for definitive radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 88(3): 603-10, Mar 2014.
Martin JM, Handorf EA, Kutikov A, Uzzo RG, Bekelman JE, Horwitz EM, Smaldone MC: The Rise and Fall of Prostate Brachytherapy: Utilization of Brachytherapy for the Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer in the National Cancer Database (NCDB). Cancer 120(14): 2114-21, 2014.
Pollack CE, Wang H, Bekelman JE, Weissman G, Epstein AJ, Liao KJ, Dugoff EH, Armstrong K: Physician social networks and variation in rates of complications following radical prostatectomy. Value in Health 17(5): 611-8, 2014.
Bekelman JE, Asch DA, Tochner Z, Friedberg J, Vaughn DJ, Rash E, Raksowski K, Hahn SM: Principles and Reality of Proton Therapy Treatment Allocation
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 89(3): 499-508, 2014.
Christodouleas JP, Baumann BC, He, J, Hwang W, Tucker KN, Bekelman JE, Tangen CM, Lerner SP, Guzzo TJ, Malkowicz SB: Optimizing bladder cancer local-regional failure risk stratification after radical cystectomy using SWOG 8710. Cancer 120(8): 1272-80, 2014.
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