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Erin O. Aakhus, MD

Erin O. Aakhus, MD Physician

Associate Director, Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Aakhus is employed by Penn Medicine.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Medical Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 2013
  • Medical Oncology, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenocarcinoma of Lung
  • Adenocarcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Anaplastic Cancer of Thyroid
  • Base of Skull Tumors
  • Biological Targeted Therapy
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer of the Hard/Soft Palate
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cancer of the Parotid
  • Cancer of the Supraglottis
  • Cancer of the Vocal Cords
  • Diaphragm Tumor
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Follicular Cancer of Thyroid
  • Glottic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Melanoma
  • Head and Neck Sarcoma
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Hurthle Cell Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Jaw Cancer
  • Large Cell Cancer of the Lung
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Carcinoid Tumor
  • Medullary Cancer of Thyroid
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Papillary Cancer of Thyroid
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pituitary Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sarcoma of the Lung
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Squamous Cancer of the Lung
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mouth
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Throat
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tonsils
  • Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tracheal Cancer
  • Tumor of Parotid Gland
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA (DO NOT USE)
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • 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: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Society for Clinical Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Aakhus is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research.
Financial Toxicity of Cancer.
Medical Ethics.
Patient-provider communication.
Gender Disparities in the Academic Medical Profession.

Selected Publications:

Tara L. Kaufmann, Katharine A. Rendle, Erin Aakhus, Andrea Bilger, Peter Edward Gabriel, Vivek Nimgaonkar, Arnav Shah, Rebecca Trotta, Frances Barg, Justin E. Bekelman: Perspectives on cancer care delivery from oncology patients who experienced unplanned acute care events. Journal of Clinical Oncology 37 : 2019.

Kaufmann T, Aakhus E, Bilger A, Gabriel PE, Nimgaonkar V, Rendle KA, Shah A, Trotta R, Bekelman J, Barg F: Patient factors that drive unplanned acute care utilization in oncology care ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract # 253121): 2019.

Aakhus E, Mitra N, Lautenbach E, Joffe S.: Gender and Byline Placement of Co-first Authors in Clinical and Basic Science Journals With High Impact Factors. JAMA 319 (6): 610-611,2018.

Berman AT, Crimins N, Gabriel PE, Aakhus E, Braun J, Shulman L, Evans TL.: Radiation Resource Utilization and Cost of Care of the Patient with Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Aakhus E, Rosenstein A, Joffe SJ, Bradbury AR.: Implementing cost transparency in oncology: A qualitative study of barriers, facilitators, and patient preferences. American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2017.

Jones RD, Sabolch AN, Aakhus E, Spence RA, Bradbury AR, Jagsi R.: Patient Perspectives on the Ethical Implementation of a Rapid Learning System for Oncology Care. J Oncol Pract 13 (3): e163-e175,2017.

Aakhus E, Berman AT, Crimins N, Gabriel PE, Braun J, Shulman LN, Evans TL.: Resource utilization and provider variation in the care of patients with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer six months before death. American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, Orlando, FL : 2017.

Erin Aakhus: A doctor trapped between medical oath and health laws Philadelphia Inquirer : 2015.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Hematology Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
10th Floor, South Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104