Joshua E. Meyer, MD
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Residency/Fellowship Training Director, Department of Radiation Oncology
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Radioembolization, MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, Re-irradiation, Pulsed Low Dose Rate (PLDR) radiation, Brachytherapy, Anal Cancer
As technologies and treatments continue to advance, there are more and more options in the details of how each cancer patient is treated. I work with my colleagues in other disciplines to define the most appropriate treatment for each individual patient. For each individual I am treating with radiation, I make a concerted effort to survey the landscape of potential treatment choices that I am able to bring to a particular patient’s care to ensure that the most effective, precise and targeted approach is being used in every situation. This allows patients to get the maximum amount of benefit from treatment with as small a risk of complications as possible.
- Resident, Stich Radiation Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
- MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, 2005
- BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1998
- Board Certified, Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology, 2011
- American College of Radiology (ACR)
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
- American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Honors & Awards
- ARRO Educator of the Year, 2015
- Clinical Fellow, ASCO/AACR Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, 2009
- Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, 2009
- Lang Research Award, New York Hospital of Queens Residents and Fellows Day, 2009
- American Radium Society Travel Grant, 2009
- ASCO Cancer Foundation Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2009
- International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology Conference Educational Grant, 2008
In the summer of 2003, Mahmood Saeed was enjoying a typical day in his native Pakistan, playing a round of golf with friends on a sunny day, when he was suddenly overwhelmed by shooting pain in his abdomen. Having passed out from the pain, he woke up to find himself in a hospital. Doctors immediately diagnosed Mahmood with severe pancreatitis and he went directly into surgery. But what the surgeons found was much worse than pancreatitis - cancer had spread throughout Mahmood’s kidney. He was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and surgeons removed the kidney immediately.
In 2013, Melissa Kartasevich was enjoying life, raising her six year old daughter, Sarah and engaged to be married to her fiancé, Dennis Dupre. In April, she woke one morning with pain and discomfort on her left side. Assuming it was a result of sleeping in a bad position, she took pain medication and went to work. By lunch time, the pain worsened so Melissa went to the emergency room. The doctors ran some tests and performed a CAT scan, where they noticed her spleen had infracted, but didn't know the cause. Melissa was admitted to the hospital for five days, where she underwent further tests revealing a suspicious spot on her pancreas. Next, she had an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) which confirmed the diagnosis. Melissa, 38, had pancreatic cancer. To say she was shocked would be an understatement.
As a school nurse, Carol Hobson knew the importance of taking care of her own health.
After 23 years in the field, Carol retired in January 2011 at the age of 67. In June, while experiencing severe left shoulder pain, Carol’s husband, Wayne, took her to the emergency room at their local hospital. Doctors performed several tests which were inconclusive. Carol was sent home to follow up with her family doctor.
My interests are in clinical research for gastrointestinal cancers. This includes the new application of radiation technology to increase surgical resectability and cure rates. It also includes outcomes work to determine which management strategies are the most effective for these patients.
LS Wang, T Shaikh, EA Handorf, JP Hoffman, SJ Cohen, JE Meyer. Dose Escalation With a Vessel Boost in Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Treated With Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation. Practical Radiation Oncology 90(1); 2015. PubMed
Shaikh T, Ruth K, Scoot WJ, Burtness BA, Cohen SJ, Konski AA, Cooper HS, Astsaturov I, Meyer JE. “Increased time from neoadjuvant chemoradiation to surgery is associated with higher pathologic complete response rates in esophageal cancer.” Ann Thorac Surg, 99(1):270-6, 2015 PubMed
Meyer JE, Panico VJ, Marconato HM, Sherr DL, Christos P, Pirog EC. “HIV positivity but not HPV/p16 status is associated with higher recurrence rate in anal cancer.” J Gastrointest Cancer, 44(4):450-5; 2013. PubMed
Meyer JE, Cohen SJ. “Beyond First-Line Therapy: Combining Chemotherapy and Radioembolization for Hepatic Colorectal Metastases.” J Nucl Med Radiat Ther 2:1-6; 2011
Meyer JE, Sherr DL. “Reply to receptive anal intercourse as a potential risk factor for rectal cancer.” Cancer. 117:3284-5; 2011.
Meyer JE, Narang T, Schnoll-Sussman FH, Pochapin MB, Christos PJ, Sherr DL. “Increasing incidence of rectal cancer in patients aged younger than 40 years.” Cancer. 116:4354-9; 2010. PubMed
Meyer JE, Sherr DL. “When Less Is More, When Less Is Less: Local Excision in Early Rectal Cancer.” Gastrointest Cancer Res. 3(3): 123-4; 2009. PubMed
Fitzgerald TJ, Simon E, Meyer JE. “Prostate carcinoma: opportunities for translational research” J Cell Biochem 91(3):433-42, 2004. PubMed