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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

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

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

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:

Margalit DN and Lin A: Two Sides of the Same Coin: Head and Neck Cancer Treatment De-Intensification and Intensification with Induction Chemotherapy Interanational Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 102 (1): 1-4,2018.

Aggarwal C, Cohen RB, Morrow MP, Kraynak KA, Sylvester AJ, Knoblock DM, Bauml J, Weinstein GS, Lin A, Boyer J, Sakata L, Tan S, Anton A, Dickerson K, Mangrolia D, Vang R, Dallas M, Oyola S, Duff S, Esser MT, Kumar R, Weiner DB, Csiki I, and Bagarazzi M: Immunotherapy targeting HPV 16/18 generates potent immune responses in HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Cancer Research : 2018.

Huang S, Liu H, Shen J, Zhai H, Kirk M, Hartl B, Lin A, McDonough J, Both S, Lin H: Robustness Evaluation of a Novel Proton Beam Geometry for Head and Neck Patients Treated with Pencil Beam Scanning Therapy International Journal of Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Radiation Oncology 7 : 308-322,2018.

Guttmann DM, Kobie J, Grover S, Lin A, Lukens JN, Mitra N, Rhodes KV, Feng W, Swisher-McClure S: National disparities in treatment package time in head and neck cancer and impact on overall survival Head and Neck 40 (6): 1147-1155,2018.

Frank Steven J, Blanchard Pierre, Lee J Jack, Sturgis Erich M, Kies Merrill S, Machtay Mitchell, Vikram Bhadrasain, Garden Adam S, Rosenthal David I, Gunn G Brandon, Fuller C David, Hutcheson Katherine, Lai Stephen, Busse Paul M, Lee Nancy Y, Lin Alexander, Foote Robert L: Comparing Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy With Intensity-Modulated Photon Therapy for Oropharyngeal Cancer: The Journey From Clinical Trial Concept to Activation. Seminars in radiation oncology 28 (2): 108-113,2018.

Ahn PH, Finlay JC, Gallagher-Colombo SM, Quon H, O’Malley Jr BW, Weinstein GS, Chalian A, Malloy K, Sollecito T, Greenberg M, Simone II CB, McNulty S, Lin A, Zhu TC, Livolsi V, Feldman M, Mick R, Cengel KA, Busch TM: Lesion Oxygenation Associates with Clinical Outcomes in Premalignant and Early Stage Head and Neck Tumors Treated on a Phase 1 Trial of Photodynamic Therapy Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy 21 : 28-35,2018.

Blanchard P, Gunn GB, Lin A, Foote RL, Lee NY, Frank SJ: Proton Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers Semin Radiat Oncol 28 (1): 53-63,2018.

Lin A: Radiation Therapy for Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers Dental Clinics of North America 62 (1): 99-109,2018.

Xie Y, Ainsley C, Yin L, Zou W, McDonough J, Solberg T, Lin A, Teo BK: Ex vivo validation of a stoichiometric dual energy CT proton stopping power ratio calibration Physics in Medicine and Biology 63 : 2018.

Valdes G Simone II CB, Chen J, Lin A, Yom SS, Pattison AJ, Carpenter CM, and Solberg TD: Clinical Decision Support of Radiotherapy Treatment Planning: A Data-Driven Machine Learning Strategy for Patient-Specific Dosimetric Decision Making Radiotherapy & Oncology 125 (3): 392-397,2017.

Academic Contact Info

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

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

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