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Neil K. Taunk, MD, MSCTS

Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Director of Brachytherapy and Procedural Radiation for Penn Medicine


  • LBBC Medical Advisory Board member since 2023
  • Radiation oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Works to improve outcomes in breast radiation
  • Interested in advanced imaging techniques for breast cancer detection and monitoring

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Dr. Taunk specializes in treating people with breast, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. His research interests include improving outcomes of women receiving breast radiation therapy, and using advanced imaging to improve cancer detection and monitoring.


Experience & Accolades


  • Radiation oncology


  • Rutgers University
    • Doctor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science, Robert Wood Johnson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Cornell University
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Biology


  • University of Pennsylvania (2017-Present)
    • Director of brachytherapy
    • Director of imaging services
    • Assistant professor, radiology
    • Assistant professor of radiation oncology at the
    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    • Assistant professor of radiation oncology
    • Instructor A, radiation oncology
  • New York Philharmonic (2012-2017)
    • Staff physician
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2013-2017)
    • Chief resident, radiation oncology
    • Clinical research methodology curriculum
    • Post-doctoral research fellow
    • Resident physician, radiation oncology
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (2012-2013)
    • Preliminary medicine intern

Awards & Distinctions

  • Eli Glatstein Mentorship Award, Radiation Oncology, 2022
  • Giulio D’Angio Resident Teaching Award, Radiation Oncology, 2021
  • Penn Medicine Healthcare Hero, 2020
  • Class of 2012 Excellence in Research Award, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2012
  • ASTRO Scientific Abstract Award, 2011


Professional Memberships & Board Positions

  • Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Board of Governors, 2022-Present
  • American Board of Radiology, Maintenance of Certification Committee, 2022-Present
  • American Brachytherapy Society, Chair, Quality and Safety Committee, 2017-Present
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2015-Present
  • Radiologic Society of North America, Oncologic Imaging and Therapies Task Force Member, 2013-Present
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology, 2009-Present
  • American College of Radiation Oncology, 2017-2021
  • Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group, 2016-2020
  • New York Roentgen Society, 2013-2017


  • Yoon J, Fitzgerald H, Wang Y, et. al. Does Prophylactic Paraortic Lymph Node Irradiation Improve Outcomes in Women With Stage IIIC1 Endometrial Carcinoma? Pract Radiat Oncol 2022
  • Verbus EA, Rossi AJ, Clark AS, et. al. Preoperative Use of a Radiation Boost to Enhance Effectiveness of Immune Checkpoint Blockade Therapy in Operable Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 2022
  • Shah NK, Kim KN, Grewal A, et. al. Activity Monitoring for Toxicity Detection and Management in Patients Undergoing Chemoradiation for Gastrointestinal Malignancies. JCO Oncol Pract 2022
  • Jacobsen MC, Beriwal S, Dyer BA, et. al. Contemporary image-guided cervical cancer brachytherapy: Consensus imaging recommendations from the Society of Abdominal Radiology and the American Brachytherapy Society. Brachytherapy 2022
  • Nasioudis D, Rush M, Taunk NK, et. al. Oncologic outcomes of surgical para-aortic lymph node staging in patients with advanced cervical carcinoma undergoing chemoradiation. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2022
  • Rhodes SS, Shah NK, Gray K, et. al. Nursing Telemedicine Educational Encounters: Improved Patient Satisfaction in Radiation Therapy Clinics. Clin J Oncol Nurs 2022