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Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD

Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD Physician

Chief, Central Nervous System Service, Radiation Oncology Vice Chair, Clinical Division, Radiation Oncology Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alonso-Basanta is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Michelle Alonso-Basanta

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues from 2017 to 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Base of Skull Tumors
  • Brain and Spine Tumors
  • Brain Metastasis
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Proton Therapy

Practice Locations and Appointments

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: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University Medical Center


American Medical Association, National American Society for Radiation Oncology, National Chordoma Foundation, International International Gamma Knife Research Foundation (previously the North American Gamma Knife Consortium), International North American Skull Base Society, International Phi Beta Kappa, 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:

Lee Daniel Y, Lerner David K, Naples James G, Brant Jason A, Bigelow Douglas C, Lee John Y K, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Ruckenstein Michael J: Vestibular Schwannoma Tumor Size Is Associated With Acute Vestibular Symptoms After Gamma Knife Therapy. Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 40 (8): 1088-1093,2019.

Arscott W Tristram, Zhu Simeng, Plastaras John P, Maity Amit, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Jones Joshua: Acute neurologic toxicity of palliative radiotherapy for brain metastases in patients receiving immune checkpoint blockade. Neuro-oncology practice 6 (4): 297-304,2019.

Arscott W Tristram, Gray Kathleen, Kuska Dennis, Nagda Suneel, Lustig Robert, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Metz James M, Jones Joshua: Evaluating the Impact of Secure Mobile Messaging on Communication and Cancer Care Team Satisfaction in a Large Radiation Oncology Clinic. Journal of oncology practice : JOP1800539,2019.

Jessica G. Fried, MD, Michael J. LaRiviere, MD, Ravi B. Parikh, MD, Patricia L. Zadnik, MD, Genevieve P. Kanter, PhD, John Y.K. Lee, MD, MSCE, Neil R. Malhotra, MD, Steven Brem, MD, Ali K. Ozturk, MD, James M. Schuster, MD, PhD, Sean M. Grady, MD, Tracey L. Evans, MD, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD, Joshua A. Jones, MD, MA, Robert Kurtz, MD, Ronald Wolf, MD, Hanna M. Zafar, MD, MHS, Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, Abigail T. Berman, MD, MSCE, Charles E. Kahn, MD, MS: Design and Implementation of Outpatient-Based Rapid MRI Protocols to Rule Out Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression and Brain Metastases ASCO Supplement 2019 Meeting : 2019.

Vergalasova Irina, Liu Haisong, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Dong Lei, Li Jun, Nie Ke, Shi Wenyin, Teo Boon-Keng Kevin, Yu Yan, Yue Ning Jeff, Zou Wei, Li Taoran: Multi-Institutional Dosimetric Evaluation of Modern Day Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Treatment Options for Multiple Brain Metastases. Frontiers in oncology 9 : 483,2019.

Baumann Brian C, Lustig Robert A, Mazzoni Susan, Grady Sean M, O'Malley Bert W, Lee John Y K, Newman Jason G, Schuster James M, Both Stefan, Lin Alexander, Dorsey Jay F, Alonso-Basanta Michelle: A prospective clinical trial of proton therapy for chordoma and chondrosarcoma: Feasibility assessment. Journal of surgical oncology : 2019.

Workman Alan D, Brody Robert M, Kuan Edward C, Baranov Esther, Brooks Steven G, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Newman Jason G, Rassekh Christopher H, Chalian Ara A, Chiu Alexander G, Weinstein Gregory S, Feldman Michael D, Adappa Nithin D, O'Malley Bert W, Palmer James N: Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: A 15-Year Single Institution Experience. Journal of neurological surgery. Part B, Skull base 80 (1): 88-95,2019.

RA Fathy, EC Kuan, JYK Lee, MS Grady, M Alonso-basanta, JN Palmer, ND Adappa, B O'Malley, JA Brant.: Factors Associated with the Use of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Pituitary Adenoma in the National Cancer Database. NASBS Supplement : 2019.

LE Henry, JG Naples, JA Brant, A Kaufman, JYK Lee, M Alonso-Basanta, M Ruckenstein.: Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery improves pulsatile tinnitus in glomus jugulare tumors. NASBS Supplement : 2019.

Taoran Li, Peyton Irmen, Haisong Liu, Wenyin Shi, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, Wei Zou, Boon-Keng Kevin Teo, James M. Metz and Lei Dong: Dosimetric Performance and Planning/Delivery Efficiency of a Dual-Layer Stacked and Staggered MLC on Treating Multiple Small Targets: A Planning Study Based on Single-Isocenter Multi-Target Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) to Brain Metastases Frontiers in Oncology 9 (7): 2019.

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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