Jessica Bauman, MD

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Chief, Division of Head and Neck Medical Oncology

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program

NCCN, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer/Malignant Pleural Mesothelimoa/Thymomas and Thymic Carcinomas Panel Member

NCCN, Palliative Care Panel Member

Treatment Focus

Head and Neck and Thoracic Oncology

Key Awards

2023 top doctors
Medical Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

I was excited to return to Philadelphia to join the Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2015 after completing my fellowship in medical oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. From the moment I walked in to Fox Chase for the first time, every person I met was incredibly caring and dedicated to providing thoughtful, comprehensive, compassionate care for every patient and family. I knew I would fit right in.

I wanted to be an oncologist starting in medical school. I was struck by the profound responsibility we have as physicians to patients and their families facing illness of any kind: our responsibility to explain illness, to obtain the knowledge to provide the best, most up-to-date treatments available, to know our patients, to ask the right questions, and above all, to listen. I was particularly inspired and humbled by my patients with cancer and their families as I accompanied them on their cancer journey, and knew immediately that I wanted to dedicate my career to being an oncologist.

Within oncology, I specialize in lung cancer and head and neck cancer. In both of these fields, there are exciting advances in our understanding of how these cancers form and how they respond to new, innovative treatments. My research interest is in optimizing supportive care, communication, and quality of life for patients and their families facing cancer, while simultaneously providing state of the art cancer treatments. Additionally, I am interested in developing educational tools that help patients and families better understand cancer and treatments as well as help with symptom management, mood, and satisfaction with care.

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Hematology-Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2012–2015
  • Fellow, Palliative Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Resident, Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009–2011
  • MD, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2008


  • Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Stanford Clinical Teaching Course. Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Boston, MA
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine


  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Palliative Care Panel
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Research Scholar, 2015
  • Bertucci fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2014
  • AAHPM Access Fund Award Recipient, 2012
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2008
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, 2008

Jack Gullo

  • Head & Neck Cancer

A few days before leaving on my vacation in August, 2017, I noticed a loose tooth. My biggest worry was that maybe I had an abscess and it would ruin my trip.

When I got home, my dentist said I should have it pulled, so I went to an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon said, “I see something, so I’m going to do a biopsy.” I kind of knew right then that I had cancer.


Linda Rathbun

  • Head & Neck Cancer

I tell people if you are going on this journey, you should not compare yourself to anyone else. Every cancer is different, and every person’s situation is different.


Joyce Vrbicek

Before cancer, I was a retired Philadelphia police officer who enjoyed many wonderful adventures with my husband, Braco. We enjoyed running businesses together, traveling together, and raising our daughters together. But, when Braco was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 at the age of 57, everything changed. And, a few years later in 2019, I was faced with my own lung cancer diagnosis.


Research Interests

Interested in optimizing communication, quality of life, and palliative and supportive care for patients and their families facing cancer. Additionally, she is interested in developing new therapeutic approaches for treating advanced head and neck and thoracic malignancies.

Selected Publications

Bauman J., El-Jawahri A.. One size does not fit all: The need for population-specific palliative care interventions. J Natl Cancer Inst. 113(11): 1449-1450, 2021.PMC8562954.

Bauman J.R., Panick J.R., Galloway T.J., Ridge J.A., Chwistek M.A., Collins M.E., Kinczewski L., Murphy K., Welsh M., Farren M.A., Clark Omilak M., Kelly J., Schuster K.A., Lucas L.A., Amrhein S., Bender F.P., Temel J.S., Egleston B.L., El-Jawahri A., Fang C.Y., A pilot study of a collaborative palliative and oncology care intervention for patients with head and neck cancer. J Palliat Med. 24(11): 1673-1681, 2021.PMC9022134.

Bauman J, Langer C, Quon H, Algazy K, Lin A, Desai A, Mutale F, Weiss J. Induction chemotherapy with cetuximab, carboplatin and paclitaxel for the treatment of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Exp Ther Med. 2013 Apr;5(4):1247-1253. PMCID: PMC3628719

Bauman J, Piotrowska Z, Muzikansky A, Gallagher E, Scribner E, Temel B, Sequist L, Heist R, Temel J. End of life care in patients with metastatic lung cancer harboring epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Journal of Palliative Medicine; 2016 Dec; 19 (12):1316-1319.

Judd J, Zibelman M, Handorf E, O’Neill J, Bentota S, Doyle J, Uzzo R, Bauman J, Borghaei H, Plimack E, Mehra R, Geynisman D. Immune related adverse events as a biomarker in non-melanoma patients treated with programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) inhibitors. Oncologist 2017 Jun 26.

Dong Y, Ridge JA, Li T, Lango MN, Churilla TM, Bauman JR, Galloway TJ. Long-term toxicities in 10 year survivors of radiation treatment for head and neck cancer. Oral Oncol. 2017 Aug; 71:122-128.

Bauman, J, Schleicher, S, Nipp, R, El-Jawahri, A, Pirl, W, Greer, J, Temel J. A pilot study to Enhance Communication with Oncology during Hospice care. Journal for Community and Supportive Oncology, April 29, 2018.

Avkshtol V, Handorf EA, Ridge JA, Leachman BK, Liu JC, Bauman J, Galloway TJ. Examining adjuvant radiation dose in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2019 Jul;41(7):2133-2142.

Senchak JJ, Fang CY, Bauman JR. Interventions to improve quality of life (QOL) and/or mood in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC): a review of the evidence. Cancers Head Neck. 2019 Jun 11;4:2.

Weiss J, Sheth S, Deal AM, Grilley Olson JE, Patel S, Hackman TG, Blumberg JM, Galloway T, Patel S, Zanation AM, Shen CJ, Hayes DN, Hilliard C, Mehra R, McKinnon KP, Wang HH, Weissler MC, Bauman JR, Chera BS, Vincent BG. Concurrent definitive immunoradiotherapy for patients with Stage III-IV Head and Neck Cancer and Cisplatin contraindication. Clin Cancer Res, 2020 May 5... Expand

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