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Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD

Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD Physician

Helene Blum Assistant Professor

Dr. Alonso-Basanta is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Michelle Alonso-Basanta

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue for 2017

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Brain Metastasis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Proton Therapy
  • Radiation Oncology - Brain
  • Radiation Oncology - Sarcoma
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Radiosurgery
  • Spinal Cord Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University Medical Center


American Association for Cancer Research, National American College of Radiology, National American Medical Association, National American Society for Radiation Oncology, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National Chordoma Foundation, International International Gamma Knife Research Foundation (previously the North American Gamma Knife Consortium), International North American Skull Base Society, International NY Roengten Society, Local Phi Beta Kappa, National Radiological Society of North America, National Society of Neuro-oncology, National Varian Advisory Board: Member, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Alonso-Basanta 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.


Selected Publications:

W. Tristram Arscott*, Simeng Zhu*, John Plastaras1, Amit Maity1, Michelle Alonso-Basanta and Josh Jones: Neurologic toxicity during and after concurrent palliative radiotherapy and immune checkpoint blockade for brain metastases The Radiation Oncology Summit: ACRO 2018 : 2018.

D. Mihailidis, L. Brady, S. Anamalayil, M. Alonso-Basanta, R. Scheuermann, C. Kennedy, J. Metz: Rapid IMRT delivery for head and neck (H&N) with a prototype jawless MLC system and a novel MV-CBCT panel (e-Poster/oral) ASTRO 59th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA September 23-26, 2017 : 2017.

Doroslovački Pavle, Tamhankar Madhura A, Liu Grant T, Shindler Kenneth S, Ying Gui-Shuang, Alonso-Basanta Michelle: Factors Associated with Occurrence of Radiation-induced Optic Neuropathy at "Safe" Radiation Dosage. Seminars in ophthalmology : 1-8,2017.

Stephanie Yoon, Kevin Nead, Alexander Lin, J. Nicholas Lukens, James Palmer, Nithin Adappa, and Michelle Alonso-Basanta: Adjuvant Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) For Sinonasal Mucosal Melanoma: A Single-Institution Retrospective Experience North American Skull Base Society Supplement 78 (S 01): 2017.

Ojerholm Eric, Anderson Nathan, Patel Kashyapkumar, Wang Peng, Lustig Robert A, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Kurtz Goldie, Jones Joshua A: Impact of image guidance during whole-brain radiation therapy. Practical radiation oncology 6 (6): e345-e351,2016.

Peter H. Ahn, Nandita Mitra, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, James N. Palmer, Nithin D. Adappa, Bert W. O’Malley Jr., Christopher Rassekh, Ara Chalian, Roger B. Cohen & Alexander Lin: Risk of lymph node metastasis and recommendations for elective nodal treatment in squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity and maxillary sinus: a SEER analysis. Acta Oncologica 55 (9): 1107-1114,2016.

Piazza Matthew, Ramayya Ashwin, Geiger Geoffrey, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Nasrallah MacLean P, Welch William, Ozturk Ali: Intramedullary recurrence of a thoracic meningioma - Presentation of an unusual case and review of the literature. World neurosurgery 92 (588): e17-21,2016.

Trifiletti Daniel M, Lee Cheng-Chia, Kano Hideyuki, Cohen Jonathan, Janopaul-Naylor James, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Lee John Y K, Simonova Gabriela, Liscak Roman, Wolf Amparo, Kvint Svetlana, Grills Inga S, Johnson Matthew, Liu Kang-Du, Lin Chung-Jung, Mathieu David, Héroux France, Silva Danilo, Sharma Mayur, Cifarelli Christopher P, Watson Christopher N, Hack Joshua D, Golfinos John G, Kondziolka Douglas, Barnett Gene, Lunsford L Dade, Sheehan Jason P: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brainstem Metastases: An International Cooperative Study to Define Response and Toxicity. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 96 (2): 280-288,2016.

Akbari Hamed, Macyszyn Luke, Da Xiao, Bilello Michel, Wolf Ronald L, Martinez-Lage Maria, Biros George, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, OʼRourke Donald M, Davatzikos Christos: Imaging Surrogates of Infiltration Obtained Via Multiparametric Imaging Pattern Analysis Predict Subsequent Location of Recurrence of Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery 74 (8): 572-580,2016.

Ahn Peter H, Mitra Nandita, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Adappa Nithin D, Palmer James N, O'Malley Bert W, Rassekh Christopher H, Chalian Ara, Cohen Roger B, Lin Alexander: Nodal Metastasis and Elective Nodal Level Treatment in Sinonasal Small Cell and Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Analysis. The British journal of radiology 89 (1058): 20150488,2016.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
TRC-2 West
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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