Description of Research Expertise:
Dr. Abigail T. Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard University in chemistry and medical school and residency at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she also received her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on clinical trials. She specializes in the treatment of patients with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies with photon and proton radiation therapy. Dr. Berman leads research programs in translational thoracic radiation oncology, including understanding the implications of molecular genomics on radiotherapy, and clinical trials incorporating radiosensitizers and protectors with multi-modality therapy. Dr. Berman has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Radiologic Society of North America. She is the director of the medical student clerkship and Co-Director of the Clinical Trials in Oncology Course and Workshop. She is a member of the ITMIG Thymic Carcinoma Workgroup, Penn Thoracic Cancer Service Line Committee, and on the Editorial Board of RadOnc Questions and Frontiers in Oncology.
Ju Melody, Berman Abigail T, Hwang Wei-Ting, Lamarra Denise, Baffic Cordelia, Suneja Gita, Vapiwala Neha: Assessing interpersonal and communication skills in radiation oncology residents: a pilot standardized patient program. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 88 (5): 1129-35,2014.
Berman Abigail T, Shea Judy A, Baffic Cordelia, Vapiwala Neha: Is there a need for resident training in clinical trial design? International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 88 (4): 969-70,2014.
Berman Abigail T, Turowski Jason, Mick Rosemarie, Cengel Keith, Farnese Nicole, Basel-Brown Lisa, Mesaros Clementina, Blair Ian, Lawson James, Christofidou-Solomidou Melpo, Lee James, Rengan Ramesh: Dietary Flaxseed in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Chemoradiation Journal of pulmonary & respiratory medicine 3 (4): 154,2013.
Wojcieszynski Andrzej P, Berman Abigail T, Wan Fei, Plastaras John P, Metz James M, Mitra Nandita, Apisarnthanarax Smith: The impact of radiation therapy sequencing on survival and cardiopulmonary mortality in the combined modality treatment of patients with esophageal cancer. Cancer 119 (11): 1976-84,2013.
Berman Abigail T, Thukral Arpi D, Hwang Wei-Ting, Solin Lawrence J, Vapiwala Neha: Incidence and patterns of distant metastases for patients with early-stage breast cancer after breast conservation treatment. Clinical Breast Cancer 13 (2): 88-94,2013.
Berman Abigail T, Teo Boon-Keng Kevin, Dolney Derek, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Shahnazi Kambiz, Both Stefan, Rengan Ramesh: An in-silico comparison of proton beam and IMRT for postoperative radiotherapy in completely resected stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer. Radiation oncology 8 : 144,2013.
Berman Abigail T, Litzky Leslie, Livolsi Virginia, Singhal Sunil, Kucharczuk John C, Cooper Joel D, Friedberg Joseph R, Evans Tracey L, Stevenson James P, Metz James M, Hahn Stephen M, Rengan Ramesh: Adjuvant radiotherapy for completely resected stage 2 thymoma. Cancer 117 (15): 3502-8,2011.
Berman Abigail T, Rengan Ramesh: New approaches to radiotherapy as definitive treatment for inoperable lung cancer. Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 20 (3): 188-97,2008.