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Neil K. Taunk, MD, MS

Neil K. Taunk, MD, MS Physician

Instructor A of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Taunk is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Brachytherapy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Proton Therapy
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Targeted Molecular Therapy
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Residency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), National American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), National American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), National American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), National Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group (ROECSG), National Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA), National Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMNI), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Taunk is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Selected Publications:

Golden DW, Kauffmann GE, McKillip RP, Farnan JM, Park YS, Schwartz A; Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group. Hirsch AE, Warren LE, Spektor A, Rudra S, Jimenez RB, Colbert LE, Gunther JR, Das P, Wu AJ, Du K, Kruser TJ, Nabavizadeh N, Thomas CR Jr, Hara W, McDonald A, Chang EM, Braunstein S, Chmura SJ, Amsbaugh MJ, Yechieli R, Takita C, Dean M, Asher D, Taunk NK, Vargo JA, Beriwal S, Ye JC, Ballas L, Ballo MT, Brower JV, Bradley KA, Rao YJ, Stahl JM, Higgins SA.: Objective Evaluation of a Didactic Curriculum for the Radiation Oncology Medical Student Clerkship. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics. 101 (5): 1039-1045,2018.

Wojcieszynski Andrzej P, Hullett Craig R, Medlin Erin E, Taunk Neil K, Shabason Jacob E, Brower Jeffrey V, Chen Shuai, Bekelman Justin E, Barroilhet Lisa M, Bradley Kristin A: The role of radiation therapy in the treatment of Stage II endometrial cancer: A large database study. Brachytherapy 17 (4): 645-652,2018.

Taunk Neil K, Oh Jung Hun, Shukla-Dave Amita, Beal Kathryn, Vachha Behroze, Holodny Andrei, Hatzoglou Vaios: Early posttreatment assessment of MRI perfusion biomarkers can predict long-term response of lung cancer brain metastases to stereotactic radiosurgery. Neuro-oncology 20 (4): 567-575,2018.

Moraes Fabio Y, Mendez Lucas C, Taunk Neil K, Raman Srinivas, Suh John H, Souhami Luis, Slotman Ben, Weltman Eduardo, Spratt Daniel E, Berlin Alejandro, Marta Gustavo N: Funding source, conflict of interest and positive conclusions in neuro-oncology clinical trials. Journal of neuro-oncology 136 (3): 585-593,2018.

Bakhoum Samuel F, Ngo Bryan, Laughney Ashley M, Cavallo Julie-Ann, Murphy Charles J, Ly Peter, Shah Pragya, Sriram Roshan K, Watkins Thomas B K, Taunk Neil K, Duran Mercedes, Pauli Chantal, Shaw Christine, Chadalavada Kalyani, Rajasekhar Vinagolu K, Genovese Giulio, Venkatesan Subramanian, Birkbak Nicolai J, McGranahan Nicholas, Lundquist Mark, LaPlant Quincey, Healey John H, Elemento Olivier, Chung Christine H, Lee Nancy Y, Imielenski Marcin, Nanjangud Gouri, Pe'er Dana, Cleveland Don W, Powell Simon N: Chromosomal instability drives metastasis through a cytosolic DNA response. Nature 553 (7689): 467-472,2018.

Taunk NK, Goyal S: Spine Radiosurgery Precision Radiation Oncology : 2018.

Murshed H. Updated by Taunk N: Gynecologic Cancer Clinical Fundamentals for Radiation Oncologists : 2018.

Cohen Gil'ad N, Episcopia Karen, Lim Seng-Boh, LoSasso Thomas J, Rivard Mark J, Taggar Amandeep S, Taunk Neil K, Wu Abraham J, Damato Antonio L: Intraoperative implantation of a mesh of directional palladium sources (CivaSheet): Dosimetry verification, clinical commissioning, dose specification, and preliminary experience. Brachytherapy 16 (6): 1257-1264,2017.

Taunk NK, Hun JH, Shukla-Dave A, Beal K, Vaccha B, Holodny A, Hatzoglou V: Early Post-treatment Assessment of MRI Perfusion Biomarkers Can Predict Long-term Response of Lung Cancer Brain Metastases to Stereotactic Radiosurgery International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 99 (2): S84,2017.

Taunk NK, Cohen GN, Taggar AS, Damato AL, Crane CH, Cuaron JJ, Nash GM, Smith JJ, Weiser M, Garcia-Aguilar, Wu AJ: Initial Clinical Experience of a Novel Permanent Unidirectional Intraoperative Brachytherapy Device. Brachytherapy 16 (3): S46,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Radiation Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6515
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)