Krisha J. Howell, MD

Krisha Howell, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Assistant Director, Radiation Oncology Residency and Fellowship Training Program

Research Program

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Medical Doctorate, Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science: Biophysics concentration, Honors. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002


  • Board Certified, Radiation Oncology, 2013


  • American Brachytherapy Society (ABS)
  • NRG GI Sub-committee, 2016-present
  • NRG Sarcoma Sub-committee, 2015-present
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), Political Action Committee (PAC); State Representative, 2014-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Gastrointestinal Cancer: Research & Therapy, 2016
  • Reviewer, Advances in Radiation Oncology, 2016
  • Reviewer, Clinical Colorectal Cancer, 2016
  • Reviewer, The Oncologist, 2014-2016
  • Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 2014-2016
  • Reviewer, Practical Radiation Oncology, 2014-2016

Honors & Awards

  • Award Recipient, IBPRO: Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology (facilitator role), 2016
  • Endless Possibilities Award, Banner-University Medical Group, 2015
  • Award Recipient, IBPRO: Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology, 2014
  • Award Recipient, AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop in Vail, Colorado, 2011
  • Research Award, Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), 2011
  • Award Recipient, 3rd Place Poster Winner, South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Annual Meeting, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2010
  • Travel Grant Recipient, ASTRO Advocacy Day, Washington, DC, 2010
  • Fellows Travel Grant. Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2007
  • Emanuel Grass Endowed Memorial Award, Wayne State Medical School, 2006

Selected Publications

Elquza E, Babiker HM, Howell KJ, Kovoor AI, Brown TD, Patel H, Malangone SA, Borad MJ, Dragovich, T. Phase I Study of Concomitant Pemetrexed and Cisplatin Plus External Beam Radiation Therapy in Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Carcinomas. Cancer investigation 2016, 1-7.  PubMed

Berlin A, Cho E, Kong V, Howell KJ, Lao B, Craig T, Bayley A, Chung P, Gospodarowicz M, Warde P, Catton C, Bristow RG, Ménard C. Phase 2 trial of guideline-based postoperative image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy for prostate cancer: toxicity, biochemical and patient reported health-related quality-of-life outcomes. Pract Radiat Oncol 2015; 5, e473-82. PubMed

Opfermann KJ, Wahlquist AE, Garrett-Mayer E, Shridhar R, Cannick L, Marshall DT. Adjuvant Radiotherapy and Lymph Node Status for Pancreatic Cancer: Results of a Study from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Registry Data.  American Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012; Dec 1. PMID:23211221 PubMed

Taylor T, Opfermann KJ, Jones BD, Terwilliger LE, McDonald DG, Ashenafi MS, Garrett-Meyer E, Marshall DT. Comparison of radiation treatment delivery for pancreatic cancer: Linac intensity-modulated radiotherapy versus helical tomotherapy.  Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology June, 2012; Vol 56(3), pg 332-337.  PMID:22697333 PubMed

Picard JC, Golshayan A, Marshall DT, Opfermann KJ, Keane TE. The Multi-disciplinary Management of High-risk Prostate Cancer. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, volume 30;Issue 1 January-February 2012, pg 3-15. PMID:19945310 PubMed

Opfermann KJ, Wahlquist A, Watkins J, Kohler M, Jenrette J.  Impact of point A asymmetry on local control and survival for low dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy in cervical cancer. J Contemp Brachyther 2012; 4, 1:3-7. PMID:23346133 PubMed

Dowdall JR, Opfermann KJ, Kim H, Lin H.  A Case of Radiation-Induced Multifocal Laryngeal Angiosarcoma Presenting as a Diagnostic Dilemma. Case Reports in Otolaryngology. Volume 2012. PMID:22953099 PubMed

Watkins JM, Kearney PL, Opfermann KJ, Ackerman SJ, Jenrette JM, Kohler MF. Ultrasound-guided tandem placement for low dose-rate brachytherapy in advanced cervix cancer minimizes risk for intraoperative uterine perforation. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol, Feb 2011; Vol 37(2), pg 241-244. PMID:20922705 PubMed

Opfermann KJ, Lai Z, Essenmacher L, Bolton S, Ager J, Forman JD. Intermittent Hormone Therapy in Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer 2006; 5(2):138-143. PMID:17026802 PubMed


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