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Alireza F. Ghiam, MD

Alireza F. Ghiam, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Persian

Dr. Ghiam is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Carcinoma of Unknown Primary
  • Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Skin Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Cancer
  • Submandibular Tumor
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Urologic Cancer
  • Urologic Tumor

Description of Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Cancers; Genitourinary Malignancies; Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer; Oligometastatic Cancer; Stereotactic Radiation Therapy; Palliative Radiation Oncology

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
  • 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:
Residency: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals
Fellowship: University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals


Medical Council of Canada (MCC), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ghiam is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • 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:

Dr. Ghiam is a Canadian and American board-certified radiation oncologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He obtained a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology/Genetics from the University of Montreal. He completed his residency and Clinical Translational Fellowship in Head & Neck and Genitourinary malignancies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ghiam's research interests are in Personalized Cancer Medicine using state-of-the-art radiation techniques and new imaging and molecular biomarkers to tailor individualized treatment.

Selected Publications:

Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Taeb Samira, Huang Xiaoyong, Huang Vincent, Ray Jessica, Scarcello Seville, Hoey Christianne, Jahangiri Sahar, Fokas Emmanouil, Loblaw Andrew, Bristow Robert G, Vesprini Danny, Boutros Paul, Liu Stanley K: Long non-coding RNA urothelial carcinoma associated 1 (UCA1) mediates radiation response in prostate cancer. Oncotarget 8 (3): 4668-4689,2017.

Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Dawson Laura A, Abuzeid Wael, Rauth Sarah, Jang Raymond W, Horlick Eric, Bezjak Andrea: Role of palliative radiotherapy in the management of mural cardiac metastases: who, when and how to treat? A case series of 10 patients. Cancer medicine 5 (6): 989-96,2016.

Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Cho John: Lingual Raynaud phenomenon. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne 187 (15): 1160,2015.

Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Cairns Rob A, Thoms John, Dal Pra Alan, Ahmed Omer, Meng Alice, Mak Tak W, Bristow Robert G: IDH mutation status in prostate cancer. Oncogene 31 (33): 3826,2012.

Khalili-Azad T, Razmkhah M, Ghiam A F, Doroudchi M, Talei A R, Mojtahedi Z, Ghaderi A: Association of interleukin-18 gene promoter polymorphisms with breast cancer. Neoplasma 56 (1): 22-5,2009.

Bottardi Stefania, Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Bergeron François, Milot Eric: Lineage-specific transcription factors in multipotent hematopoietic progenitors: a little bit goes a long way. Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 6 (9): 1035-9,2007.

Naeimi Sirous, Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Mojtahedi Zahra, Dehaghani Alamtaj Samsami, Amani Dawar, Ghaderi Abbas: Interleukin-18 gene promoter polymorphisms and recurrent spontaneous abortion. European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology 128 (1-2): 5-9,2006.

Karimi Mehran, Hadi Imanieh Mohammad, Ghiam Alireza Fotouhi, Hashemi Zahra: Investigation of Helicobacter pylori infection in beta-thalassaemia major patients with recurrent abdominal pain. European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 17 (12): 1363-7,2005.

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Academic Contact Info

TRC2 West, 3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2428
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)