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Joshua A. Jones, MD

Joshua A. Jones, MD Physician

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

Dr. Jones is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Symptom Management Program

Board Certification:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2014
  • Radiation Oncology, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Multimodal Therapy (MMT)
  • Non-Surgical Cancer Treatment
  • Radiation Treatment

Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical expertise is in the treatment of patients with advanced and metastatic cancer with a focus on the use of radiotherapy to improve symptom control and quality of life. I also am trained in the use of photodynamic therapy to treat cancer that is locally recurrent in the skin. I believe strongly in an interdisciplinary team approach to providing care for patients and families, focusing on the patient as a person in the context of his or her life and trying to return the patient to optimal functioning. My clinical work centers on patients with advanced cancer admitted to the hospital with difficult to control symptoms and will expand to allow for rapid evaluation and treatment in the outpatient setting.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • 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
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Memberships

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), National American College of Radiology (ACR), National American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), National American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), National Delaware Valley Palliative Care Consortium, Local Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), National Society of Palliative Radiation Oncology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Jones 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 encompasses three fundamental areas of interest related to health outcomes in patients with advanced cancer:
1. using radiotherapy and photodynamic therapy to improve symptoms, quality of life and overall functioning in patients with advanced and metastatic cancer; and
2. optimizing symptom management in patients with advanced and metastatic cancer receiving radiotherapy.
3. enhancing communication between providers and patients/families living with advanced and metastatic cancer.

Selected Publications:

Heather A Curry, Arlene A. Forastiere, William A. Flood, Elaine Whyler, Lauren Michelle Hertan, Sonam Sharma, Joshua Adam Jones: Utilization of Hypofractionated Regimens for the Treatment of Bone Metastases Before and After Initiation of ASTRO’s ”Choosing Wisely” Campaign Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium : 2014.

Lauren Michelle Hertan, John Peter Plastaras, Edgar Ben-Josef, James M. Metz, Joshua Adam Jones, Smith Apisarnthanarax: Use of early radiation therapy in the palliative local treatment of stage IV esophageal cancer Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium : 2014.

Stephen T. Lutz, Joshua A. Jones, Edward Chow: Role of Radiation Therapy in Palliative Care of the Patient With Cancer Journal of Clinical Oncology 32 (26): 2913-2919,2014.

Yolanda D. Tseng, Monica S. Krishnan, Joshua A. Jones, Adam J. Sullivan, Daniel Gorman, Allison Taylor, Michael Pacold, Barbara Kalinowski, Harvey J. Mamon, Janet Abrahm, Tracy A. Balboni: Supportive and palliative radiation oncology service: Impact of a dedicated service on palliative cancer care Practical Radiation Oncology 4 (4): 247-253,2014.

Charles B. Simone II, Joshua A. Jones: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Oncology Care Annals of Palliative Medicine 3 (3): 2014.

Joshua A. Jones, Charles B. Simone II: Palliative radiotherapy for advanced malignancies in a changing oncologic landscape: guiding principles and practice implementation Annals of Palliative Medicine 3 (3): 192-202,2014.

Joshua A. Jones, Stephen T. Lutz, Edward Chow, Peter A. Johnstone: Palliative Radiotherapy at the End of Life: A Critical Review CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians : 2014.

Surbhi Grover, Joshua A. Jones, Ursina Teitelbaum, Smith Apisarnthanarax: Radiation recall myositis: Two sites, one patient Practical Radiation Oncology 5 : 39-42,2015.

E McMenamin, N Ross, J Jones: Palliative Radiotherapy and Oncology Nursing Seminars in Oncology Nursing 30 (4): 242-252,2014.

Hertan, Lauren and Jones, Joshua A: Palliative Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer: Encouraging Single-Fraction Radiotherapy ONCOLOGY 28 (4): 317-318,2014.

Yolanda D. Tseng, MD, Monica S. Krishnan, MD, Adam J. Sullivan, Joshua A. Jones, MD, MA, Edward Chow, MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH: How Radiation Oncologists Evaluate and Incorporate Life Expectancy Estimates Into the Treatment of Palliative Cancer Patients: A Survey-Based Study Int J of Rad Onc Biol Phys 87 (3): 471-478,2013.

Jones J, Worley M, Mendlik M, Yeh I: 'Answering With The Eyes': Challenges In Communication About End Of Life In Patients With Locked In Syndrome Oral Presentation at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, 2014 : 2014.

Jones Joshua A, Patel Vatsal B, Goldsmith Benjamin, Teitelbaum Ursina, Plastaras John P: Diffusely metastatic digital papillary adenocarcinoma 11 years after initial presentation treated with palliative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 31 (22): e386-9,2013.

Jones J: “A Brief History of Palliative Radiation Therapy.” Radiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care : 2013.

Jones JA, Lutz S: Trends in Symptom Control and Palliative Care Abstracts at ASTRO 2001 to 2010. Int J of Rad Onc Biol Phys Suppl 1 : S645,2010.

Jones J, McMenamin E, Quon H: Treatment of Metastastic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression: The Goldilocks Principle. J Support Oncol 9 (4): 125-126,2011.

Jones J: Too much, too little or just the right amount: Finding the balance in palliative radiotherapy. Curr Prob Cancer 35 (6): 325-336,2011.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
TRC2 West

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2989
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)