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Pallavi Kumar, MD, MPH

Pallavi Kumar, MD, MPH Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Languages spoken:

  • Tamil

Dr. Kumar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Medical Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012
  • Internal Medicine, 2010
  • Medical Oncology, 2015

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Anorectal Cancer
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer-Related Fatigue
  • Chemoradiation
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophagogastric Junction Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Liver Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • 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 Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • 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: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kumar is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Health Services Research - palliative care integration into oncology care
Health Services Research - serious illness communication

Selected Publications:

Perez GK, Gareen IF, Sicks J, Lathan C, Carr A, Kumar P, Ponzani C, Hyland K, Park ER.: Racial Differences in Smoking-related Disease Risk Perceptions Among Adults Completing Lung Cancer Screening: Follow-up Results from the ACRIN/NLST Ancillary Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 6 (4): 676-685,2019.

Japuntich SJ, Kumar P, Pendergast JF, Juarez Caballero GY, Malin JL, Wallace RB, Chrischilles EA, Keating NL, Park ER.: Smoking Status and Survival Among a National Cohort of Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients. Nicotine Tob Res. 21 (4): 497-504,2019.

Orr AR, Lefler D, Deshpande C, Kumar P.: Extranodal Rosai-Dorfman Disease Presenting as a Mediastinal Mass with Pulmonary Artery Invasion. Case Rep Hematol. 12 : 3915319,2018.

Kumar P, Wright AA, Hatfield LA, Temel JS, Keating NL.: Family Perspectives on Hospice Care Experiences of Patients with Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 35 (4): 432-439,2017.

Kumar P, Gareen IF, Lathan C, Sicks JD, Perez GK, Hyland KA, Park ER.: Racial Differences in Tobacco Cessation and Treatment Usage After Lung Screening: An Examination of the National Lung Screening Trial Oncologist 21 (1): 40-49,2016.

Kumar P, Hatfield L, Wright A, Temel J, Keating N.: Associations between hospice use and end-of-life (EOL) care outcomes in patients with advanced cancer - A National, Prospective Cohort Study American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) - 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium 33 (29): suppl 29S,2015.

Kumar P, Sullivan RJ.: The Ethics of Randomized Trials in Oncology BRAF Targets in Melanoma: Biological Mechanisms, Resistance, and Drug Discovery 82 : 85-103,2015.

Kumar P, Temel JS.: End-of-Life Care Discussions in Patients With Advanced Cancer J Clin Oncol. 31 (27): 3315-9,2013.

Kumar P, Moy B.: Cancer Health Disparities and the Cost of Cancer Care: Payment Model Issues Natl Compr Canc Netw 11 (6): 633-6,2013.

Kumar P, Sepucha K, Chang Y, Belkora J, Lee CN, Partridge AH, Feibelmann S, Moy B: Risk perceptions in Localized Breast Cancer ASCO National Meeting, Chicago, IL 31 (15): 2013.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Hematology Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
10th Floor, South Pavilion
Office #10-200
3400 Civic Center Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 360-0737
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)