Shelly Hayes, MD

Dr. Hayes

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham
2365 Heritage Center Drive
Furlong, PA 18925


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 2021
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... Expand

Education and Training

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
Patient Stories

Diane Check

Breast Cancer

Diane Check

Breast Cancer

After a triple negative breast cancer diagnosis, Diane Check sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. With the help of Dr. Marcia Boraas of Fox Chase and Dr. Shelly Hayes of Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham, Diane beat breast cancer through chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

Ellen Anthonisen

Breast Cancer

Ellen Anthonisen

Breast Cancer

I had done my own research and learned that my outcome would be the same whether I had a lumpectomy and radiation or a radical mastectomy. I would gladly have driven to the main campus in Philadelphia, if needed, but I was able to leave home and arrive at Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham within 15 minutes or less. 

Suzanne Buck

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Suzanne Buck

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

I have lived with cancer since 1989, when I was first diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. Although I’d had a full hysterectomy, the ovarian cancer cells migrated to my colon in 1993 and then to my liver in 1996. With each new diagnosis I underwent surgery and six months of chemotherapy at my local hospital in the Poconos, about two hours north of Philadelphia.


Research Profile

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.



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  • 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 06, 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 03, 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.

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