Neil K Taunk, M.D., M.S.

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

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Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-6515
Education:
BA (Economics and Biology (Dual Major))
Cornell University, 2007.
MS (Clinical and Translational Science)
Robert Wood Johnson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers University, 2011.
MD (Distinction in Research)
Robert Wood Johson Medical School, Rutgers University, 2012.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

My research falls into three broad categories 1) development and translation of novel molecular imaging agents primarily PET tracers 2) imaging radiation treatment response include imaging biomarkers and radiogenomic analysis and 3) clinical trials in breast, gynecologic, and prostate cancers to improve therapeutic ratio. I work establish interdisciplinary collaborations with radiology, medical physics, and the clinical teams in medical and surgical oncology.

Description of Research Expertise

My research falls into three broad categories 1) development and translation of novel molecular imaging agents primarily PET tracers 2) imaging radiation treatment response include imaging biomarkers and radiogenomic analysis and 3) clinical trials in breast, gynecologic, and prostate cancers to improve therapeutic ratio. I work establish interdisciplinary collaborations with radiology, medical physics, and the clinical teams in medical and surgical oncology.

Selected Publications

N. Taunk: Surgery vs EBRT With or Without Brachytherapy in High-Risk Localized Prostate Cancer. Practice Update November 2020.

Yoon SW, Taunk NK, Freedman GM, Hubley E, O'Reilly S, Teo BKK, Anamalayil S, Dong L, Kennedy C, Zou W, Metz JM, Li T.: Per-fraction positional and dosimetric performance of prone breast tangential radiotherapy on Halcyonâ„¢ linear accelerator assessed with daily rapid kilo-voltage cone beam computed tomography: a single-institution pilot study. Radiat Oncol 15: 258, Nov 2020.

L.J. Lee, K. Albuquerque, M. Elshaikh, E. Fields, E.A Kidd, S. Beriwal, S. Damast, Y. Wang, J. Li, A. Keller, M. Usoz, E. Jaworski, S. Jolly, E. Leung, E.K Donovan, N. Taunk: ASTRO's 62nd Annual Meeting ASTRO'S October 2020.

L.Hathout, Y.Wang, M.Elshaikh, I.Dimitrova, S.Damast, J.Li, E.Fields, S.Beriwal, A.Keller, E.Kidd, M.Usoz, S.Jolly, E.Jaworski, E.Leung, E.Donovan, N.Taunk, A.Russo, J.Lea, K.Albuquerque, L.Lee : Does sequencing of adjuvant therapy influence outcome for stage IIIC endometrial carcinoma? A multi-institutional analysis ASTRO October 2020.

S.Whan Yoon, G.Freedman, S.Anamalayil, L.Dong, E.Hubley, C.Kennedy, K.eo, N.Taunk,J.Metz , W.Zou, T.Li: Daily Dosimetric Robustness of Prone-Position Whole Breast Radiotherapy (WBRT) Planned with Electronic Tissue Compensation (ECOMP) and 6MV Flattening Filter Free (6X-FFF) Beam Energy: Dose Variation and Predictive Factors ASTRO October 2020.

Malajovich, I., Anamalayil, S., Dolney, O. V., Kevin Teo, B. K., Arscott, W. T., Taunk, N. K.: Techniques for and uncertainties of MRI-based reconstruction of titanium tandem and ring brachytherapy applicators. Brachytherapy Sept-Oct 2020.

Yegra-Raman N, Cao CD, Hathout L, Girda E, Richard SD, Rosenblum NG, Taunk NK, Jabbour SK: Stereotactic body radiation therapy for oligometastatic gynecologic malignancies: A systematic review. Gynecol Oncol S0090-8258(20), Sept 2020.

Andrew R. Barsky, MD, Michele M. Kim, PhD, Alexandra Dreyfuss, BSE, Lei Dong, PhD, James M. Metz, MD, Shibu Anamalayil, MS, Taoran Li, PhD and Neil K. Taunk, MD, MS: Initial Clinical Experience Treating Patients With Gynecologic Cancers on a 6MV Flattening Filter Free O-Ring Linear Accelerator. Advances in Radiation Oncology Page: 920-920, Sept-Oct 2020.

Butala AA, Lee DY, Patel RR, Latif NA, Haggerty AF, Paydar I, Joshua JA, Taunk NK: A Retrospective Study of Rapid Symptom Response in Bleeding Gynecologic Malignancies With Short Course Palliative Radiation Therapy: Less is More. J Pain Symptom Manage S0885-3924(20): 30689-8, Aug 2020.

Nasioudis, D., Persaud, A., Taunk, N. K., Latif, N. A.: Brain Metastases From Gynecologic Malignancies: Prevalence and Management. Am J Clin Oncol 43(6): 418-421, Jun 2020.

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Last updated: 02/27/2021
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