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Gary M. Freedman, MD

Gary M. Freedman, MD Physician

Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Freedman is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Gary M. Freedman

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018
Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 - 2018
Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2011 - 2019

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 1998

Clinical Expertise:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
  • Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
  • Invasive (Infiltrating) Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Proton Therapy
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Rena Rowan Breast Center

    Abramson Cancer Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, West Pavilion, 3rd Floor 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
  • 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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • 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: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital
Residency: Fox Chase Cancer Center

Memberships

American Board of Radiology, National American Radium Society (ARS), National American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), National NRG Oncology, National Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society, Local The Pennsylvania Radiological Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Freedman 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.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

I have an academic focus limited to breast cancer. My research interests have been focused on shortening radiation courses by hypofractionation, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with concurrent boost, proton beam radiation, and cardiac effects of radiation therapy/techniques to reduce cardiac dose in breast cancer. I have published over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles and book chapters about breast cancer, radiation for early and advanced stage disease, radiation for intact breast and post-mastectomy indications, and radiation therapy techniques and side effects. I am co-chair of the Radiation Oncology breast committee with responsibility for the written board examination for the American Board of Radiology. I am a member of the NRG breast cancer committee, co-author and co-Radiation Oncology principle investigator for protocol RTOG 1005 A Phase III Trial of Accelerated Whole Breast Irradiation With Hypofractionation Plus Concurrent Boost Versus Standard Whole Breast Irradiation Plus Sequential Boost For Early-Stage Breast Cancer.

Selected Publications:

Barsky AR, O’Grady F, Kennedy C, Taunk NK, Dong L, Metz JM, Li T, Freedman GM.: Initial clinical experience treating patients with breast cancer on a 6MV flattening filter free O-ring linear accelerator Advances in Radiation Oncology Advances in Radiation Oncology : 2019.

Demissei BG, Freedman G, Feigenberg SJ, Plastaras JP, Maity A, Smith AM, McDonald C, Sheline K, Simone CB, Lin L, Carver JR, Liu P, Zhang L, Bekelman JE, Ky B: Early changes in cardiovascular biomarkers with contemporary thoracic radiation therapy for breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphoma Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys : 2018.

Venigalla S, Carmona R, Guttmann DM, Jain V, Freedman GM, Clark AS, Shabason JE: Use and Effectiveness of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer in Men JAMA Oncol : 2018.

Venigalla S, Guttmann DM, Jain V, Sharma S, Freedman GM, Shabason JE: Trends and Patterns of Utilization of Hypofractionated Postmastectomy Radiotherapy: A National Cancer Database Analysis Clin Breast Cancer : 2018.

Baumann BC, Zeng C, Freedman GM, Verginadis II, Macarthur KM, Lin LL, Vachani C, Koumenis C, Solberg TD, Metz JM.: Avoiding antiperspirants during breast radiation therapy: Myth or sound advice? Radiother Oncol : 2017.

Moran MS, Zhao Y, Ma S, Kirova Y, Fourquet A, Chen P, Hoffman K, Hunt K, Wong J, Halasz LM, Freedman G, Prosnitz R Jr, Yassa M, Nguyen DHA, Hijal T, Haffty BG, Wai ES, Truong PT: Association of Radiotherapy Boost for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ With Local Control After Whole-Breast Radiotherapy. JAMA Oncol 3 : 1060-1068,2017.

Vapiwala N, Hwang WT, Kushner CJ, Schnall MD, Freedman GM, Solin LJ.: No impact of breast magnetic resonance imaging on 15-year outcomes in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ or early-stage invasive breast cancer managed with breast conservation therapy Cancer 123 : 1324-1332,2017.

Guttmann D, Gabriel P, Kennedy C, Rate W, Grizos W, Nagda S, Wojtowicz L, Lin L, Freedman GM: Comparison of Acute Toxicities between Contemporary Forward Planned 3D Conformal Radiotherapy and Inverse Planned Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Whole Breast Radiation The Breast Journal : 2017.

Konski A, Yu JB, Freedman G, Harrison LB, Johnstone PAS: Radiation Oncology Practice: Adjusting to a New Reimbursement Model J Oncol Practice 12 (5): 474-475,2016.

Yan C, Fischer JP, Freedman GM, Basta MN, Kovach SJ, Serletti JM, Lin L, Wu LC: The Timing of Breast Irradiation in Two-Stage Expander/Implant Breast Reconstruction The Breast Journal : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Radiation Oncology
PCAM / TRC 4 West
3400 Civic Center Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 614-0756
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)