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Alexander Lin, MD Physician

Chief, Head and Neck Service
Director of Clinical Proton Operations, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiation Oncology
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and the Pennsylvania Hospital

Dr. Lin is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Radiation Oncology - Genitourinary
  • Radiation Oncology - Lung

Description of Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Radiation Oncology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine Concourse Level 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center


American Society of Clinical Oncology, National American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lin is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Head and Neck Cancer

Selected Publications:

Anamalayil S, Teo BK, Lin A, Lustig R, Ahn P: Effects of Full-Neck Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy versus Split-Field Intensity Modulated Head and Neck Radiation Therapy on Low Neck Targets and Structures The British Journal of Radiology 89 (1062): 2016.

Moignier A, Gelover E, Wang D, Flynn R, Kirk M, Lin L, Solberg T, Lin A, Hyer D: Theoretical benefits of dynamic collimation in pencil beam scanning proton therapy for brain tumor: dosimetric and radiobiological metrics International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics 95 (1): 171-80,2016.

Sharma S, Bekelman J, Lin A, Lukens JN, Roman B, Mitra N, Swisher-McClure S: Clinical Impact of Prolonged Diagnosis to Treatment Interval (DTI) Among Patients with Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Oral Oncology 56 : 17-24,2016.

Ahn PH, Quon H, Mick R, O’Malley BW, Weinstein G, Chalian A, Malloy K, Sollecito T, Greenberg M, McNulty S, Lin A, Zhu T, Cengel K, Livolsi V, Feldman M, Busch T: Toxicities and Early Outcomes in a Phase 1 Trial of Photodynamic Therapy for Premalignant and Early Stage Head and Neck Tumors Oral Oncology 55 : 37-42,2016.

Bur A, Lin A, and Weinstein G: Adjuvant radiation therapy for early head and neck squamous cell carcinoma with perineural invasion: a systematic review Head and Neck 38 (Suppl 1): 2350-7,2016.

Gabriel PE, Woodhouse KD, Lin A, Finlay F, Young RB, Volz E, Hahn SM, Metz J, Maity A: An automated electronic system for radiation treatment plan peer review reduces missed reviews at a large, high-volume academic center Practical Radiation Oncology S1879-8500 (16): 2016.

Moignier A, Gelover E, Smith BR, Wang D, Flynn RT, Kirk M, Lin L, Solberg TD, Lin A, Hyer DE: Towards a Better Target Conformality for Two Spot Scanning Proton Therapy Delivery Systems by Dynamic Collimiation Medical Physics 43 (3): 1421-7,2016.

Wang P, Yin L, Song G, Ahn P, Lin A, Gee J, Dolney D, Solberg TD, Maughan R, McDonough J, Teo BK: Quantitative Assessment of Anatomical Change Using a Virtual Proton Depth Radiograph for Adaptive Head and Neck Proton Therapy Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 17 (2): 427-40,2016.

Kaczmar JM, Tan KS, Heitjan DF, Lin A, Ahn PH, Newman JG, Rassekh CH, Chalian AA, O'Malley Jr BW, Cohen RB: HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer: risk factors for treatment failure in patients managed with primary surgery (TORS) Head and Neck 38 (1): 59-65,2016.

Gelover E, Moignier A, Wang D, Smith BR, Flynn RT, Kirk M, Lin L, Solberg T, Lin A, Hyer DE: Improving head and neck cancer treatments using dynamic collimation in spot scanning proton therapy International Journal of Particle Therapy 2 (4): 544-54,2016.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Radiation Oncology
3400 Civic Center Blvd
TRC 2 West

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3198
Fax: (215) 349-5445
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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