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Samuel D. Swisher-McClure, MD, MSHP

Samuel D. Swisher-McClure, MD, MSHP Physician

Co-Director, Head & Neck Cancer Service Line, Abramson Cancer Center Director, Medical Residency Program, Radiation Oncology Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Swisher-McClure is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiation Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology, 2013

Clinical Expertise:

  • External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Proton Therapy
  • Radiation Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

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 Medicaid
  • 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: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Society for Radiation Oncology, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Swisher-McClure 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Samuel Swisher-McClure, MD MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the residency program director for the Department of Radiation Oncology and directly oversees the clinical training of 16 residents within the department. He conducts oncology related health services research, and previously completed a Masters degree in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications:

Grewal Amardeep S, Rajasekaran Karthik, Cannady Steven B, Chalian Ara A, Ghiam Alireza F, Lin Alexander, LiVolsi Virginia, Lukens John N, Mitra Nandita, Montone Kathleen T, Newman Jason G, O'Malley Bert W, Rassekh Christopher H, Weinstein Gregory S, Swisher-McClure Samuel: Pharyngeal-sparing radiation for head and neck carcinoma of unknown primary following TORS assisted work-up. The Laryngoscope : 2019.

Chao Hann-Hsiang, Schonewolf Caitlin A, Tan Erik X, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Ghiam Alireza F, Weinstein Gregory S, O'Malley Bert W, Chalian Ara A, Rassekh Christopher H, Newman Jason G, Cohen Roger B, Bauml Joshua M, Aggarwal Charu, Lin Alexander, Lukens John N: The impact of treatment package time on locoregional control for HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with surgery and postoperative (chemo)radiation. Head & neck : 2019.

Swisher-McClure Samuel, Bekelman Justin E: It's the Team, Not the Beam. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 104 (4): 734-736,2019.

LaRiviere Michael J, Swisher-McClure Samuel D, Vapiwala Neha, Berman Abigail T: Educational Opportunities in Radiation Oncology for the Non-Radiation Oncologist. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 103 (5): 1287-1288,2019.

Rwigema Jean-Claude M, Langendijk Johannes A, Paul van der Laan Hans, Lukens John N, Swisher-McClure Samuel D, Lin Alexander: A model-based approach to predict short-term toxicity benefits with proton therapy for oropharyngeal cancer. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics : 2019.

Frick Melissa A, Kao Gary D, Aguarin Louise, Chinniah Chimbu, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Berman Abigail T, Levin William P, Cengel Keith A, DeCesaris Cristina, Hahn Stephen M, Dorsey Jay F, Simone Charles B: Circulating Tumor Cell Assessment in Presumed Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: A Prospective Pilot Study. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 102 (3): 536-542,2018.

Li Taoran, Scheuermann Ryan, Lin Alexander, Teo Boon-Keng Kevin, Zou Wei, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Alonso-Basanta Michelle, Lukens John N, Fotouhi Ghiam Alireza, Kennedy Chris, Kim Michele M, Mihailidis Dimitris, Metz James M, Dong Lei: Impact of Multi-leaf Collimator Parameters on Head and Neck Plan Quality and Delivery: A Comparison between Halcyon™ and Truebeam® Treatment Delivery Systems. Cureus 10 (11): e3648,2018.

Jahangiri Pegah, Pournazari Kamyar, Torigian Drew A, Werner Thomas J, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Simone Charles B, Alavi Abass: A prospective study of the feasibility of FDG-PET/CT imaging to quantify radiation-induced lung inflammation in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients receiving proton or photon radiotherapy. European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging : 2018.

Grover Surbhi, Desir Fidel, Jing Yuezhou, Bhatia Rohini K, Trifiletti Daniel M, Swisher-McClure Samuel, Kobie Julie, Moore Richard D, Rabkin Charles S, Silverberg Michael J, Salters Kate, Mathews W Christopher, Gill M John, Thorne Jennifer E, Castilho Jessica, Kitahata Mari M, Justice Amy, Horberg Michael A, Achenbach Chad J, Mayor Angel, Althoff Keri N: Reduced cancer survival among adults with HIV and an AIDS-defining illnesses despite no difference in cancer stage at diagnosis. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) : 2018.

Nead Kevin T, Swisher-McClure Samuel: Utilization of hypofractionated radiation therapy in older glioblastoma patients. Journal of geriatric oncology : 2018.

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Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Boulevard, TRC2 West
Department of Radiation Oncology

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 220-9460
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)