Dr. Rita S. Axelrod MD Medical Oncologist

Dr. Rita Axelrod is a medical oncologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lankenau Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 44 years. Dr. Axelrod accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. She is one of 15 doctors at Lankenau Medical Center and one of 19 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who specialize in Medical Oncology.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Medical Oncologist: General Oncology

Clinical Interests: Lung, Head and neck, Neck/neck pain, Esophagus/esophagul, Thoracic, head and neck cancer; thoracic cancers including lung, esophagus/upper GI, mesothelioma

Hospital Affiliation

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Ranked #27 in Cancer

Lankenau Medical Center
High performing in Cancer

Education & Medical Training

Medical College of Georgia
Residency, Internal Medicine, 1972–1973

St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Residency, Internal Medicine, 1970–1971

University Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology, 1974–1975

Lankenau Medical Center
Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology, 1975–1976

New York University School of Medicine
Class of 1970

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified 38 years in Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified 37 years in Medical Oncology

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified 36 years in Hematology

NJ State Medical License
Active through 2015

PA State Medical License
Active through 2014

NY State Medical License
Active through 2014

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Super Doctor, SuperDoctors.com

Publications & Presentations

Identification of a KRAS mutation in a patient with non-small cell lung cancer treated with chemoradiotherapy and panitumumab.
Zaorsky, N. G.,Sun, Y.,Wang, Z.,Palmer, J.,Fortina, P. M.,Solomides, C.,Werner-Wasik, M.,Dicker, A. P.,Axelrod, R.,Campling, B.,Evans, N.,Cowan, S.,Lu, B.

The addition of amifostine to carboplatin and paclitaxel based chemoradiation in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: Long-term follow-up of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) randomized trial 9801.
Lawrence, Y. R.,Paulus, R.,Langer, C.,Werner-Wasik, M.,Buyyounouski, M. K.,Komaki, R.,Machtay, M.,Smith, C.,Axelrod, R. S.,Wasserman, T.,Bradley, J. D.,Movsas, B.

Treatment-related Acute Esophagitis For Patients With Locoregionally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated With Involved-field Radiotherapy and Concurrent Chemotherapy.
Bar-Ad, V.,Leiby, B.,Witek, M.,Xiao, Y.,Cui, Y.,Dai, Y.,Cao, J.,Axelrod, R.,Campling, B.,Both, S.,Werner-Wasik, M.

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna HMO
  • Horizon BCBS Direct Access
  • QualCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
  • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
  • Horizon BCBS HMO
  • IBC Personal Choice PPO
  • Oxford Health Liberty
  • QualCare HMO
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • AmeriHealth Direct POS
  • Amerihealth HMO
  • AmeriHealth PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Horizon BCBS POS
  • IBC Keystone HMO / POS
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
  • Horizon BCBS PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS

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