Department of Radiation Oncology

Neha Vapiwala

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Neha Vapiwala, M.D.

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

Contact information
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Department of Radiation Oncology
4th Floor, West Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-2337
Fax: 215-349-8975
BA (Biology and Hispanic Studies)
Johns Hopkins University, 1996.
MD (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

prostate cancer, bladder cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, biologic agents, radiosensitizers, novel imaging agents, external beam radiation, immunotherapy, medical education

Description of Clinical Expertise

prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, image-guided radiation therapy, integrative medicine

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Neha Vapiwala is Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the management of patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers. Her work focuses on biological and technological improvements in the delivery of photon- and proton-based radiation, and she currently serves as the Principal Investigator of multiple therapeutic trials for prostate cancer patients, including a recently activated national phase III randomized clinical trial on the use of PET scan findings to direct and local and systemic treatment intensification in patients with post-prostatectomy biochemical recurrence through the ECOG-ACRIN cooperative group.

Dr. Vapiwala is a member of numerous national and international scientific committees dedicated to GU cancer research and education, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Scientific Program Committees and the National Cancer Institute's Prostate Cancer Task Force. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of ASTRO and named to the editorial boards of JAMA Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Vapiwala also devotes significant time to her roles in medical education. She previously served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and was named the Associate Dean of Admissions at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in 2019. She is also the current Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee for Radiation Oncology, which oversees national training standards for her specialty.
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