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Alexander Lin, MD

Alexander Lin, MD Physician

Chief, Head and Neck Service Medical Director, Roberts Proton Therapy Center Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Proton Therapy
  • Radiation Oncology - Head/Neck

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 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    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 Board of Radiology, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology , National Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Stutzer K, Lin A, Kirk M, Lin L: Superiority in robustness of multi-field optimization over single-field optimization for pencil-beam proton therapy for oropharynx carcinoma: an enhanced robustness analysis International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 99 (3): 738-49,2017.

Xie Y, Bentefour H, Janssens G, Smeets J, Vander Stappen F, Hotoiu L, Yin L, Dolney D, Avery S, O’Grady F, Prieels D, McDonough J, Solberg TD, Lustig R, Lin A, Teo BKK: Prompt gamma imaging for in vivo range verification of pencil beam scanning proton therapy International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 99 (1): 210-218,2017.

Ojerholm E, Lukens JN, Ahn P, Geiger G, Swisher-McClure S, Newman J, Chalian A, Weinstein G, O’Malley Jr B, Cohen R, Lin A : Benefits of omitting primary site radiotherapy after TORS: only time will tell Practical Radiation Oncology 7 (3): e157-e158.,2017.

Trifiletti DM; Smith A; Mitra N; Grover S; Lukens JN; Cohen RB; Read P; Mendenhall WM; Lin A; Swisher-McClure S: Beyond positive margins and extracapsular extension: Evaluating the utilization and clinical impact of postoperative chemoradiotherapy in resected locally advanced head and neck cancer Journal of Clinical Oncology 35 (14): 1550-1560,2017.

Hatten K, O'Malley B, Bur A, Patel M, Rassekh C, Newman J, Cannady S, Chalian A, Hodnett B, Lin A, Lukens J, Cohen R, Bauml J, Montone K, Livolsi V, Weinstein G: Transoral Robotic Surgery(TORS) Assisted Endoscopy Improves Primary Site Detection and Deintensifies Adjuvant Treatment in Carcinoma of Unknown Primary JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 143 (3): 267-273,2017.

Apinorasethkul Ontida, Kirk Maura, Teo Kevin, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Lukens John N, Lin Alexander: Pencil beam scanning proton therapy vs rotational arc radiation therapy: A treatment planning comparison for postoperative oropharyngeal cancer. Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists : 2016.

Guttmann DM, Kobie J, Lukens JN, Lin A, Mitra N, Swisher-McClure SD: National Disparities in Treatment “Package Time” Among Patients With Surgically Treated Head and Neck Cancers International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 96 (25): S36–S37,2016.

Chowdhury I, Nead KT, Lustig RA, Bigelow D, Ruckenstein M, Cengel KA, Lin A, Alonso-Basanta M: First Report of Paragangliomas Treated With Proton Therapy International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 96 (2): E126,2016.

Sharma S, Zhou O, Thompson RF, Lukens JN, Lin A, Ahn P: Correlation of Dosimetric Parameters to Patient-Reported Taste Changes After Radiation for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 96 (2): E354,2016.

Trifiletti DM, Lin A, Lukens JN, Mendenhall WM, Mitra N, Read PW, Swisher-Mcclure S: Beyond Positive Margins and Extracapsular Extension: Evaluating the Impact of Postoperative Chemoradiation Therapy in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 96 (2): E325,2016.

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: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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