Shelly Hayes, MD

Dr. Hayes
181 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
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Clinical Locations

Director, Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Treatment Focus

CyberKnife training; Lung Cancer; Breast Cancer; gynecological cancers; CNS malignancies; IMRT; stereotactic body radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2022
Radiation Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

I would like to give you a little background about myself, my training and my approach to treating cancer patients.

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in bioengineering. I attended medical school at Temple University and did my residency in radiation oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center where I served as chief resident in 2005-06. During my training, I participated in many clinical research projects which have been published in various peer reviewed journals and presented at our national meeting of radiation oncologists. My research endeavors earned me the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award in 2006.

Upon finishing my residency, I entered private practice, joining a radiation oncology group in Richmond, VA where I spent two years. During that time, I attended training in Pittsburgh, PA, becoming certified on the gamma knife, a radiosurgery treatment unit to treat benign and malignant tumors and other conditions in the brain. While practicing in Richmond, I worked in conjunction with a large neurosurgery group and treated many types of central nervous system tumors. I became board-certified in radiation oncology in 2008. I am now returning to Fox Chase as the Director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center- Buckingham radiation facility in Bucks County.

I am excited to be part of the Fox Chase family once again. I chose to return to Fox Chase because of the outstanding care we provide. Not only do we offer treatments with the latest, most cutting edge technology, but we do so in an evidence-based manner. We enroll patients on clinical trials, both Fox Chase trials and cooperative group trials, in order to scientifically analyze the most effective treatments. We maintain databases for various disease sites so as to critically analyze our results and make changes in treatment regimens to continually improve our outcomes.

I treat all types of cancer, but have a particular interest in breast, gynecologic, prostate and lung malignancies. I also have an interest in brain and spinal cord tumors. I have experience in using intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy to treat many different cancers.

My personal philosophy with regards to treating cancer is a patient focused approach. I believe that each patient has a unique set of needs and concerns. I will create an individualized treatment plan to meet those needs. I will work in conjunction with your other physicians to coordinate and streamline your care.

Educational Background

  • Chief Resident, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2006
  • Resident, Radiation Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2003–2007
  • Resident, Preliminary Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
  • BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995


  • American Board of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • CyberKnife Trained


  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2013-16, 2018-20
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2013-14, 2019-2020, Radiation Oncology
  • America's Top Doctors®2016-17
  • Chief Resident Fox Chase Cancer Center 2005-06
  • 2006 RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award

Edward Enoch

  • Prostate Cancer

My name is Edward Enoch, and I am from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. I was sixty years old and two years retired when my life took a startling turn.

Like millions of other retirees, my wife Janice and I were updating our health insurance. We met with an agent who asked that I schedule a routine checkup. I thought nothing of it at the time—after all, I had no complaints about my health. However, once I received the results of my blood test, the confidence I had regarding my health started to waver.


Scott Parker

  • Head & Neck Cancer

When Scott Parker was 45, he began losing his voice. He was soon diagnosed with laryngeal cancer by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Then he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center because he knew of the Center's name and reputation. Scott had a long road ahead; he underwent radiation and had a laryngectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery, which was a success. He worked with Fox Chase's speech pathology department after surgery, which he now only needs on an as-needed basis. "I now come to Fox Chase for any medical needs I might have that they offer," Scott said. "If they offer it at Fox Chase, this is where I come. I’m so confident in the people here."


John Mullarkey, Jr.

  • Prostate Cancer

I have always been proactive about my health and started having annual prostate exams when I turned 50 in 2007. My first report was great and showed that my PSA level was undetectable.


Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of respiration on tumor motion in the lung, breast, and abdomen and in utilizing image-guidance to improve the accuracy and efficacy of radiation to these areas. I have also studied parameters for treatment decisions for salvage radiation after prostatectomy for recurrent prostate cancer and the risk of lymphedema in breast cancer patients treated with radiation after lumpectomy.

Selected Publications

Fareed MM, Eldib AA, Weiss SE, Hayes SB, Li J, Ma CC. A treatment planning comparison between a novel rotating gamma system and robotic linear accelerator based intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery/radiotherapy. Physics in medicine and biology, 63(3):035029, 2018. PubMed

Esposito AC, Crawford J, Sigurdson ER, Handorf EA, Hayes SB, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Omission of radiotherapy after breast conservation surgery in the postneoadjuvant setting. Journal of Surgical Research, 221:49-57, 2018. PMC5729922

Lu Wang,  Shelly Hayes, Kamen Paskalev, Lihui Jin, Mark K. Buyyounouski, Charlie C.-M. Ma, Steven Feigenberg.  "Dosimetric comparison of stereotactic body radiotherapy using 4D CT and multiphase CT images for treatment planning of lung cancer: evaluation of the impact on daily dose coverage." Radiotherapy and Oncology 2009. Article in Press.

Shelly B. Hayes, MD, Gary M. Freedman, MD, Tianyu Li, Penny R. Anderson, MD, Eric Ross.  “Does Axillary Boost Increase Lymphedema Compared with Supraclavicular Radiation Alone After Breast Conservation?” International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, Vol. 72(5), 2008, p1449-55.

Shelly B. Hayes, MD, Yan Chen PhD, Tianyu Li, Gary M. Freedman MD, “An Analysis of Breast Motion due to Respiration using 4D CT simulation.”  ASTRO 2007 Poster Presentation.

Pollack A, Hayes S, Roach M III, Merrick G, Anscher MS, Beyer DC, Lawton CA, Lee WR, Michalski JM, Rosenthal SA, Vijayakumar S, Carroll PR, Higano CS, Expert Panel on Radiation Oncology-Prostate. Postradical prostatectomy irradiation in prostate cancer. online publication. Reston (VA): American College of Radiology (ACR); 2006. 18 p. [116 references].

Shelly B. Hayes, MD; Alan Pollack, MD, PhD. “Parameters for Treatment Decisions for Salvage Radiation Therapy.” JCO Nov 10 2005; Vol 23(32);8204-11.

Shelly B. Hayes, MD, Gary M. Freedman, MD, Tianyu Li, Eric Ross, Penny R. Anderson, MD, Andre Konski, MD, MBA. “An Analysis of Outcome Based on Marital Status in Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Breast Conservation Therapy.” ASTRO 2005 abstract.

Shelly B. Hayes, MD; Alexandra L. Hanlon, PhD; Eric M. Horwitz, MD; Alan Pollack, MD, PhD; Robert G. Uzzo, MD; and, Steven J. Feigenberg, MD.  “Are there any prostate cancer patients without high risk features who need long term androgen deprivation with external beam radiation therapy?  A recursive partitioning analysis.”  ASTRO 2004 abstract.

181 patient satisfaction reviews

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Overall Rating

5.0 / 5.0

Ratings Breakdown

Gives easy to understand instruction
Explains in a way you understand
Listens carefully to you
Shows respect for what you say
Spends enough time with you

41 patient comments

  • 5.0
    March 29, 2022

    Outstanding doctor and staff. Very caring. Listen to all your concerns. Provide excellent follow up recommendations. Dr. Hayes is wonderful.

  • 5.0
    March 26, 2022

    Dr. Hayes is the most compassionate Doctor. She listened to all my concerns and showed genuine concern for my issues. She is the best! I am very grateful that she is part of my care team at [...]!

  • 5.0
    March 23, 2022

    Dr. Hayes is the best.

  • 5.0
    March 18, 2022

    Dr. Hayes and everyone else in that office are among my favorites ever. They always take all the time in the world and are always genuinely interested and concerned.

  • 5.0
    March 18, 2022

    Dr. Hayes and her staff are top notch. I can only say "thank you: to them for excellent care.

  • 5.0
    March 13, 2022

    Dr Hayes is one of the few providers that completes a comprehensive exam, and genuinely asks questions

  • 5.0
    February 21, 2022

    Dr. Hayes and the staff are the bomb!

  • 5.0
    January 28, 2022

    I wish all health care providers were as kind, knowledgeable and thorough as my team was over the past 2 years well done.

  • 5.0
    January 26, 2022

    Dr. Hayes was very proactive about a medical issue unrelated to cancer - She shared contacts and facilitated new treatment options.

  • 5.0
    January 13, 2022

    Shining example of a bright, sharp, shining healthcare provider.

  • 5.0
    January 11, 2022

    Quite confident provider will plan the proper treatment to prevail.

  • 5.0
    January 6, 2022

    Everyone at the _____ office was courteous, caring and accommodating.

  • 5.0
    December 29, 2021

    Dr. Hayes and team are among the most caring and professional I have ever encountered.

  • 5.0
    December 3, 2021

    Doctor Hayes is very caring and professional.

  • 5.0
    November 26, 2021

    Fantastic clinic run by top notch staff and lead by rock star oncologist, Dr. Hayes. [...]

  • 5.0
    October 19, 2021

    Dr. Hayes and team are exemplary professionals.

  • 5.0
    October 18, 2021

    Dr. Hayes is always very professional & thorough. It is a pleasure to go there.

  • 5.0
    September 27, 2021

    Dr. Hayes saw me on very short notice and spent a good deal of time addressing all my concerns.

  • 5.0
    September 24, 2021

    Very kind and caring staff especially the Radiation Technologist. Dr, Hayes is the best, very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and very down to earth. She listens extremely well and answered all my questions with very understandable answers. She takes my perspective into consideration when we are dealing with my health care. I could not ask for a better team to guide me thorough my fight to cure my cancer.

  • 5.0
    August 20, 2021

    I have only positive things to say about this practice and I have already recommended this practice to my friends. I'm currently VERY HAPPY with Dr. Hayes and her staff.

  • 5.0
    August 13, 2021

    Very good!

  • 5.0
    July 29, 2021

    Dr. Hayes and her entire staff should be proud of the way the office is run.

  • 5.0
    July 28, 2021

    A wonderful experience. I was had some concerns and I'm very, very thankful that she listened, and we talked about the vaccine, and also about my health in general. Never felt like I was rushed or anything that I said was not important. It was a great follow up and I'm so thankful for Dr. Sally Hayes as my radiologist.

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    Dr. Hayes and her staff meet and far exceed my expectations for cancer treatment. This is a great center for cancer treatment. Dr. Hayes is knowledgable, thorough, and compassionate. A great doctor who runs an A+ operation. An especial thanks to the Buckingham center's office manager, [...], who makes my wife and I feel at home. She is so very kind and thoughtful. The best!

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    My experience was excellent. Professional staff, caring, and helpful

  • 5.0
    July 9, 2021

    Saw Dr. Hayes for my radiation treatments. She is excellent in her field.

  • 5.0
    June 22, 2021

    Dr. Hayes is a wonderful, smart and kind physician. Her office staff are as well.

  • 5.0
    June 7, 2021

    Going to Dr. Hayes office is like visiting family. They are warm & friendly but also professional, knowledgeable and thorough.

  • 5.0
    May 25, 2021

    The dr. and office were excellent. [...]

  • 5.0
    April 19, 2021

    Excellent experience with Dr. Shelly Hayes and all the staff at Buckingham Fox Chase Cancer Center! Love her!!

  • 5.0
    March 24, 2021

    Dr. Hayes, [...], [...], and the FCCC Buckingham team are exceptional. They are professional, caring, respectful, and extremely knowledgeable. They always take as much time as necessary to discuss my health issues, concerns, and questions.

  • 5.0
    March 12, 2021

    dr. Hayes is a wonderful physician. She listens to your concerns, answers all your questions and takes a genuine interest in the patient.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 5, 2021

    This is my 2nd bout with Cancer.. Dr. Hays, was my Radiologist Oncologist, back in 2017.. She's Great !

  • 5.0
    February 26, 2021

    No response to emails.

  • 5.0
    February 14, 2021

    I have always had a good experience at this office. Receptionist and nurses and Dr. Hayes are excellent. I feel that they have always had the time to listen to me and help me with care. It is a great office to go to for follow up care. It has almost been five years since I had radiation at this location. I would highly recommend to anyone that need radiation oncology as the place to go in Bucks County.

  • 5.0
    February 14, 2021

    The entire team at FCCC Buckingham is exceptionally talented, caring and personable ! I have complemented each and everyone on staff and complemented Dr. Hayes for having developed a uniquely superior team of health care professionals --- Well Done ! Thanks !

  • 5.0
    February 11, 2021

    Dr. Shelly Hayes is an outstanding physician.

  • 5.0
    February 5, 2021

    Great doctors & nurses.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 29, 2021

    Good experience.

  • 5.0
    January 8, 2021

    Dr. Hayes got me through breast cancer 10 yrs. ago - she'll do it again.

  • 5.0
    December 29, 2020

    Always excellent care.