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About ASTRO

Neha Vapiwala

Neha Vapiwala

Secretary/Treasurer-elect

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Education

  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University (Biology and Hispanic Studies), 1994-1997.

Postgraduate Education

  • Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006.
  • Assistant Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania 2004-2005.
  • Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2002-2006.
  • Intern, Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 2001-2002.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of the Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2013-Present.

  • Associate Dean of Admissions, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2019-Present.
  • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2019.
  • Advisory Dean, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2017.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2006-2013.

Hospital Appointments

  • Co-chief, Genitourinary Service, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-Present.
  • Vice Chair of Education, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-Present.
  • Chief, Genitourinary Service, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2014.
  • Residency Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2014.

Service To ASTRO

  • Immediate Past President, President and Vice President, ADROP, 2013-2019.
  • Chair, GU Resource Panel, 2018-Present.
  • Member, GU Resource Panel, 2016-Present.
  • Member, Workforce Subcommittee, 2018-Present.
  • Member, International Education Subcommittee, 2016-Present.
  • Member, GU Committee, Scientific Program Committee, 2008-2016.
  • Member, Education Committee, Education Council, 2007-2011, 2018-Present.
  • Member, Speaker’s Bureau, 2018-Present.

Service To Other Oncology Or Radiology Organizations

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    • Chair-elect, Residency Review Committee, 7/2019.
    • Member and Vice Chair, Residency Review Committee, 2016-2019.
  • American Board of Radiology (ABR)
    • Member, Genitourinary Cancer Exam Committee, 2015-Present.
    • Member, Initial Board Certification Advisory Committee, 2011-2016.
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
    • Editorial Board, ASCO University, 2016-Present.
    • Co-chair, Radiation Therapy for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Guideline Endorsement Panel, 2016-2017.
    • Member, Taxonomy Committee, 2016.
    • Track Leader, Scientific Program Committee, 2015-2016.
    • Member, Scientific Program and Education Committees, 2013-2016.
    • Member, Cancer Education Committee, 2015-2016.
    • Member, Cancer Support Community Working Group, 2015-Present.
    • Member, GU Maintenance of Certification Committee, 2013-2015.
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
    • Member, Commission on Radiation Oncology Education Committee, 2012-Present.
    • GU Panel Member, Appropriateness Criteria for Radiation Oncology, 2012-2018.
  • American Radium Society (ARS)
    • GU Panel Member, Appropriateness Criteria for Radiation Oncology, 2019.
  • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO)
    • Faculty Advisor, 2019.
  • JAMA Oncology
    • Member, Editorial Board, 2018-Present.
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Member, Prostate Cancer Early Detection Committee, 2019-Present.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    • Member, Prostate Cancer Task Force, 2016-Present.

Biographical Statement

Neha Vapiwala, MD, FACR, is currently an associate professor and vice-chair of education in the Department of Radiation Oncology and newly-appointed dean of admissions at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

Upon earning her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Vapiwala spent a year working as a full-time high school science and math teacher in Maryland. She subsequently matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Medicine as a Twenty-first Century Scholar before embarking upon her training and career in radiation oncology at Penn. During her tenure as faculty, Dr. Vapiwala has specialized in the treatment of patients with genitourinary malignancies. She has an active practice and has been named to national and regional Top Doctors’ lists annually from 2015 to 2019. She was recently inducted into the Academy of Master Clinicians at Penn, the highest institutional honor awarded to physicians for exceptional patient care, and was the 2019 co-recipient of the Headstrong Foundation Achievement Award along with her radiation oncologist-husband, Dr. John Plastaras.

Dr. Vapiwala is the principal investigator of several investigator-, industry- and cooperative group-led clinical trials. Her research efforts have focused on the clinical management of genitourinary and breast cancers, novel imaging studies, and incorporation of integrative therapies for symptom management. She has directed several international oncology-related training courses and written extensively on a variety of issues affecting medical education from undergraduate to professional levels. More recently, Dr. Vapiwala has engaged with multiple colleagues across disciplines to explore the existing and future role of radiation oncologists as key members of the oncology care team.

Her passion for learning from and collaborating with mentors, peers and trainees from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of perspectives is a critical source of motivation and satisfaction in her career, as are her incredibly supportive life partner and their three young kids who always help to put even the toughest day at work into amazing perspective.