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Justin E. Bekelman, MD

Justin E. Bekelman, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Dr. Bekelman is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radiation Oncology - Genitourinary
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Urethral Cancer

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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • 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: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Residency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memberships

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), National American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), National International Consortium for End-of-Life Research (Member), International International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, International Massachusetts General Hospital and MD Andersen Cancer Center, 2 U19 CA021239-35, National Radiation Oncology Institute, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bekelman is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

Justin E. Bekelman, M.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology (Primary) and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (Secondary) at the Perelman School of Medicine, Associate Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bekelman leads research programs in cancer comparative effectiveness and delivery system and payment reform, integrating methods from the fields of epidemiology, clinical trials, health economics and public policy. In his current comparative effectiveness work, Dr. Bekelman leads the multi-institution Radiation Comparative Effectiveness Consortium (RADCOMP) pragmatic randomized clinical trial comparing proton to photon radiation therapy for breast cancer (the largest randomized trial of proton and photon delivery in the modern treatment era) and co-leads the PARTIQoL randomized clinical trial comparing proton to intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer. In his delivery system and payment reform work, Dr. Bekelman leads a series of quasi-experimental studies to evaluate the impact of narrow networks and reimbursement reforms on the use, costs, quality and outcomes of cancer treatments. Dr. Bekelman's research has appeared in scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and has been featured in the mainstream media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and news outlets in Canada and Europe. He has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the American Cancer Society, and philanthropic sources.

Dr. Bekelman completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his medical training at Yale University, Johns Hopkins, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Previously, he was a management consultant at the Kalchas Group, advising senior executives of health care and insurance clients on corporate strategy. Dr. Bekelman also served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense in the US Department of Defense. He is a board-certified radiation oncologist and practicing physician at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Selected Publications:

Radhakrishnan A, Grande D, Mitra N, Bekelman J, Stillson C, Pollack CE: Second opinions from urologists for prostate cancer: who gets them, why, and their link to treatment Cancer : 2017. In press.

Journy N, Morton LM, Kleinerman RA, Bekelman JE, Berrington de Gonzalez A: Second Primary Cancers After Intensity-Modulated vs 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer JAMA Oncol 2 (10): 1368-1370,2016.

Pollack CE, Ross ME, Armstrong K, Branas CC, Rhodes KV, Bekelman JE, Wentz A, Stillson C, Radhakrishnan A, Oyeniran E, Grande D: Using a Mystery-Caller Approach to Examine Access to Prostate Cancer Care in Philadelphia Plus One 11 (10): e0164411,2016.

Bekelman JE, Halpern SD, Blankart CR, Bynum JP, Cohen J, Fowler R, Kaasa S, Kwietniewski L, Melberg HO, Onwuteaka-Philipsen B, Oosterveld-Vlug M, Pring A, Schreyögg J, Ulrich CM, Verne J, Wunsch H, Emanuel EJ: Comparison of Site of Death, Health Care Utilization, and Hospital Expenditures for Patients Dying With Cancer in 7 Developed Countries JAMA 315 (3): 272-283,2016.

Baumann BC, He J, Hwang WT, Tucker KN, Bekelman JE, Herr HW, Lerner SP, Guzzo TJ, Malkowicz SB, Christodouleas JP: Validating a Local Failure Risk Stratification for Use in Prospective Studies of Adjuvant Radiation Therapy for Bladder Cancer Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 95 (2): 703-6,2016.

Sharma S, Bekelman JE, Lin A, Lukens JN, Roman BA, Mitra N, Swisher-McClure S: Clinical Impact of Prolonged Diagnosis to Treatment Interval Among Patients with Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Oral Oncology 56 : 17-24,2016.

Li J, Handorf E, Bekelman J, and Mitra N: Propensity score and doubly robust methods for estimating the effect of treatment on censored cost Statistics in Medicine 35 (12): 1985-99,2016.

Bekelman JE, Mitra N, Handorf EA, Uzzo RG, Hahn SA, Polsky D, Armstrong K: Effectiveness of Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Radiotherapy for Older Men with Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer Journal of Clinical Oncology 33 (7): 716-22,2015.

Corcoran AT, Handorf E, Canter D, Tomaszewski JJ, Bekelman JE, Kim SP, Uzzo RG, Kutikov A, Smaldone MC: Variation in performance of candidate surgical quality measures for muscle invasive bladder cancer by hospital type BJU Int 115 (2): 230-7,2015.

Berrington A, Wong J, Kleinerman R, Kim C, Morton L, Bekelman JE: Risk of second cancers according to radiotherapy technique and modality in prostate cancer survivors Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 91 (2): 295-302,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Radiation Oncology
Abramson Cancer Center
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-7266
Fax: (215) 349-8975
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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