Neha Vapiwala, M.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
4th Floor, West Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Biology and Hispanic Studies)
Johns Hopkins University, 1996.
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
Description of Research Expertisebreast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, biologic agents, radiosensitizers, novel imaging agents
Description of Clinical Expertiseprostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, integrative medicine
Description of Other ExpertiseI am an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for 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 secured extramural funding to develop prognostic and predictive biomarkers for novel radiosensitizers and radiotracers in conjunction with radiotherapy, as well as to explore mechanisms of disease- and treatment-related symptom development and mitigation. 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, the American College of Radiology’s Appropriateness Criteria Panel for GU Cancers, and the National Cancer Institute's Prostate Cancer Task Force. 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 have had the privilege of serving on the Executive Committee for the national Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs and am the current Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee.
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