Joshua A Jones, MD, MA, FAAHPM

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Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
Chief, Palliative Radiation Service, Department of Radiation Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Spine Radiotherapy Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Radiation Oncology

Contact information
Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
TRC2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-2989
Fax: 215-349-5445
B.A. (History of Science)
Harvard, 2000.
M.A. (History of Science)
Harvard, 2000.
M.D. (Medicine)
NYU School of Medicine, 2007.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical expertise is in the treatment of patients with advanced and metastatic cancer with a focus on the use of radiotherapy to improve symptom control and quality of life. I believe strongly in an interdisciplinary team approach to providing care for patients and families, focusing on the patient as a person in the context of his or her life and trying to return the patient to optimal functioning. My clinical work centers on patients with advanced cancer admitted to the hospital with difficult to control symptoms and will expand to allow for rapid evaluation and treatment in the outpatient setting.

Description of Research Expertise

My research encompasses three fundamental areas of interest related to health outcomes in patients with advanced cancer:
1. using radiotherapy to improve symptoms, quality of life and overall functioning in patients with advanced and metastatic cancer; and
2. optimizing symptom management in patients with advanced and metastatic cancer receiving radiotherapy.
3. enhancing communication between providers and patients/families living with advanced and metastatic cancer.

Selected Publications

Williams GR, Manjunath SH, Butala AA, Jones JA: Palliative Radiotherapy for Advanced Cancers: Indications and Outcomes. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 30(3): 563-580, Jul 2021.

Butala AA, Lee DY, Patel RR, Latif NA, Haggerty AH, Paydar I, Jones JA, Taunk NK: A Retrospective Study of Rapid Symptom Response in Bleeding Gynecologic Malignancies With Short Course Palliative Radiation Therapy: Less is More. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 61(2): 377-383, February 2021.

Akinbiyi T, Kozak GM, Davis HD, Barrette LX, Rios-Diaz AJ, Maxwell R, Tilahun ED, Jones JA, Broach RB, Butler PD: Contemporary treatment of keloids: A 10-year institutional experience with medical management, surgical excision, and radiation therapy. American Journal of Surgery 221(4): 689-696, August 2020.

Zadnik P, Albayar A, Ramayaa A, McShane B, Marcotte P, Malhotra N, Ali Z, Chen I, Burhan M, Saifi C, Schuster J, Grady MS, Jones JA, Ozturk A: Association of spinal instability due to metastatic disease with increased mortality and a proposed clinical pathway for treatment. Journal of Neurosurgery - Spine February 2020 Notes: doi: 10.3171/2019.11.SPINE19775.

Martin Emily J, Nalawade Vinit V, Murphy James D, Jones Joshua A: Incorporating palliative radiotherapy education into hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training: a feasibility study. Annals of palliative medicine 8(4): 436-441, Sep 2019.

Parker Sean M, Wei Randy L, Jones Joshua A, Mattes Malcolm D: A targeted needs assessment to improve referral patterns for palliative radiation therapy. Annals of palliative medicine 8(4): 516-522, Sep 2019.

Arscott W Tristram, Gray Kathleen, Kuska Dennis, Nagda Suneel, Lustig Robert, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Metz James M, Jones Joshua: Evaluating the Impact of Secure Mobile Messaging on Communication and Cancer Care Team Satisfaction in a Large Radiation Oncology Clinic. Journal of oncology practice 15(8): e733-e738, Aug 2019.

Martin Emily J, Jones Joshua A: Characterizing Palliative Radiotherapy Education in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship: A Survey of Fellowship Program Directors. Journal of palliative medicine 23(2): 275-279, Aug 2019.

Martin Emily J, Jones Joshua A: Palliative Radiotherapy Education for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows: A National Needs Assessment. Journal of palliative medicine 23(2): 268-274, Aug 2019.

Arscott WT, Zhu S, Plastaras JP, Maity A, Alonso-Basanta M, Jones J: Acute neurologic toxicity of palliative radiotherapy for brain metastases in patients receiving immune checkpoint blockade. Neuro-Oncology Practice 6(4): 297-304, July 2019 Notes: DOI: 10.1093/nop/npy042.

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Last updated: 02/15/2023
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