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John N. Lukens, MD

John N. Lukens, MD Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Lukens is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Eye Orbital Tumor
  • Eye Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radiation Oncology - Gastroenterology
  • Radiation Oncology - Head/Neck
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Submandibular Tumor
  • Throat Cancer

Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical expertise is in the treatment of head and neck cancers and gastrointestinal cancers. Additionally, I have specialized training in brachytherapy, which consists of placing radioactive sources within, or directly adjacent to a tumor, as a means of delivering highly targeted radiation. I have experience in head and neck, prostate, and gastrointestinal brachytherapy, as well as intra-operative radiotherapy. I have a particular clinical interest in the re-treatment of patients who have undergone a prior course of radiation, through the integration of highly targeted techniques such as proton therapy and brachytherapy. I believe strongly in the importance of an interdisciplinary approach, and work closely with my surgical and medical oncology colleagues to optimize patient outcomes.

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Radiation Oncology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine Concourse Level 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    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
  • 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 Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Memberships

American Brachytherapy Society, National American College of Radiology, National American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Lukens is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

My research focuses on the multidisciplinary management of head and neck cancers, in particular novel strategies to understand and mitigate the toxicities associated with head and neck radiotherapy. Additionally, I am interested in identifying subsets of patients with HPV+ cancer who may benefit from treatment de-intensification, and conversely, those with high-risk disease who may benefit from novel targeted therapy and/or immunotherapy.

Selected Publications:

Annemarie Fernandes, MD Abigail T. Berman, MD Rosemarie Mick, MS Stefan Both, PhD Kristi Lelionis, MS John N. Lukens, MD Edgar Ben-Josef, MD James M. Metz, MD John P. Plastaras, MD, PhD: A Prospective Study of Proton Beam Reirradiation for Esophageal Cancer International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics : 2016.

Surbhi Grover, Nandita Mitra, Fei Wan, John N. Lukens, Sonam Sharma, Jessica Bauman, Farzad Masroor, Roger B. Cohen, Arati Desai, Kenneth Algazy, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, Peter Ahn, Boon-Keng Kevin Teo, Ara A. Chalian, Gregory S. Weinstein, Bert W. O’Malley, Jr, Alexander Lin: A Single-institution Comparison of Cetuximab, Carboplatin, and Paclitaxel Induction Chemotherapy Followed by Chemoradiation (CRT) Versus CRT for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (LA-SCCHN) American Journal of Clinical Oncology : 2016.

David J. Thomson, Boon-Keng Kevin Teo, Ashley Ong, Khong Wei Ang, Maura Kirk, Peter H. Ahn, John N. Lukens, Samuel Swisher-McClure, Tom Liptrot, Timothy D. Solberg, Nick J. Slevin, Alexander Lin, MD: The Impact of Anatomic Change on Pencil Beam Scanning in the Treatment of Oropharynx Cancer International Journal of Particle Therapy 2 (2): 393-403,2015.

Surbhi Grover, Samuel Swisher-McClure, Nandita Mitra, Jiaqi Li, Roger B Cohen, Peter H Ahn, John N Lukens, Ara A Chalian, Gregory S Weinstein, Bert W O'Malley, Jr, Alexander Lin: Total Laryngectomy Versus Larynx Preservation for T4a Larynx Cancer: Patterns of Care and Survival Outcomes International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 92 (3): 594-601,2015.

Lukens J Nicholas, Lin Alexander, Hahn Stephen M: Proton therapy for head and neck cancer. Current opinion in oncology 27 (3): 165-71,2015.

J. Nicholas Lukens, Kenneth S. Hu, Peter C. Levendag, David Teguh, Paul Busse, Louis B. Harrison: Head and Neck Brachytherapy BRACHYTHERAPY: APPLICATIONS AND TECHNIQUES, 2ND EDITION : 2015.

Lukens J Nicholas, Gamez Mauricio, Hu Kenneth, Harrison Louis B: Modern brachytherapy. Seminars in oncology 41 (6): 831-47,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
4-West

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6567
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)