Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Respiratory Tract Malignancies Program

Rita Axelrod, MD directs the Head & Neck Cancer and Lung Cancer programs in the Department of Medical Oncology. The program focuses on combined modality approaches to treatment. In collaboration with the Departments of Otolaryngology, Surgery and Radiation Therapy she is a major contributor to Radiation Therapy Oncology Group protocols and recently was a co-author on a New England Journal of Medicine manuscript reporting the result of landmark study of human papilloma virus and oropharyngeal cancer. She is a co-Chair the Rare Tumor Task force at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Barbara Campling joined Dr. Axelrod in the fall of 2009 and is developing novel approaches to treat Lung and Head and Neck Cancers, with special interest in novel approaches to treatment of small cell lung cancer. Her other research interest is understanding the paradoxical relationship of new onset smoking aversion as an early sign of lung cancer in long term smokers.