Krisha J. Howell, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

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
Patient Stories

Dawn Maria Dent

Uterine Sarcoma

Dawn Maria Dent

Uterine Sarcoma

I love shopping. I collect handbags, jewelry, shoes, and luxury items, and I love high-end designers. It’s what you buy when you celebrate milestones. I have a YouTube channel—Dawn Loves Couture—and I use it to post unboxings and reviews of the items I buy. It’s like shopping with friends. But I had to put that all on hold when I was diagnosed with cancer.

Christin Repas

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Christin Repas

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

In 2001 at the age of 18, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormonal disorder common among women. I handled it over the years with birth control and eventually an IUD, but in 2014 things started to change. My periods became unpredictable. I was feeling different and bleeding much worse than I ever had before. I knew something was going on and during that time, I saw many different OBGYNs, but oftentimes their response was, “You have PCOS, this is the expected.” But I knew my body and I knew this wasn’t normal for me.

Sandi Nick

Cervical Cancer

Sandi Nick

Cervical Cancer

As a single mom, I raised my son and daughter on my own. While they were growing up, I worked in a high-stress position in advertising sales, but I decided to switch careers and start nannying once I became an empty nester.

Doug Payne


Doug Payne


I’ve been able to return to the studio and am recording, producing, and performing music.


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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  • No Star Ratings Available May 04, 2022
    She did an excellent job & was very compassionate!
  • No Star Ratings Available April 22, 2022
    Dr. Howell has yet to contact me personally about the treatment I am to get. [...]
  • No Star Ratings Available March 28, 2022
    Very thorough
  • 5.0
    March 25, 2022
    I felt a weight lifted when I met Dr. Howell. Very positive and truthful.
  • 5.0
    March 25, 2022
    I have received excellent care and treatment from Dr. Howell and her team.
  • 4.5
    February 14, 2022
    Always had very good care at Fox Chase.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 31, 2022
    Dr Howell and her team were exceptional in discussing treatment options, explaining any potential side effects and ensuring any questions I had were answered. I would highly recommend Dr Howell - she is extremely knowledgeable, kind and compassionate.
  • 5.0
    January 16, 2022
    Overall experience was very good.
  • 5.0
    October 05, 2021
    No complaints!
  • 5.0
    August 25, 2021
  • No Star Ratings Available July 24, 2021
    I should have been warned that the procedure might be painful. I I was led to believe that there was no pain during the treatment. That could not be further from the truth. The operation itself was not painful at all but the raditation treatment was exceedingly painful.
  • No Star Ratings Available July 24, 2021
    Excellent service
  • No Star Ratings Available June 25, 2021
    The doctor was very pleasant as usual! Very confident in my treatments.
  • 5.0
    March 16, 2021
    I have received the best possible care by Dr. Howell and her staff and consider myself very fortunate to have her as my radiation oncologist.
  • 5.0
    March 01, 2021
    It's always a pleasure seeing Dr. K. Howell - she is a caring person.

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