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Upendra Parvathaneni, MB, FRANCR



Dr. Parvathaneni is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of head and neck cancers. He is the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology program and disease site lead for head and neck cancers. Dr. Parvathaneni practices at UWMC, SCCA and the SCCA Proton Therapy Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

“Treating patients as I would like to be treated if I were one.”

Education and Training

College: Annamalai University, India, 1990

Medical Education: Annamalai University, Rajah Muthaiah Medical College, India, 1993

Internship: Auckland Hospital, Internal Medicine, Auckland, New Zealand


  • Palmerston North Hospital, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, 1999-2000
  • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists, Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales, Australia, 2000-2004

Advanced Fellowship: University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2005-2006

Selected Publications from a Total of 70

Takagishi SR, Marx TE, Lewis CW, Shantha E, Juhlin ID, Blom A, Iyer JG, Liao JJ, Tseng YD, Fu T, Nghiem P, Parvathaneni U. Postoperative Radiation Therapy is associated with a Reduced Risk of Local Recurrence among Low Risk Merkel Cell Carcinomas of the Head & Neck. Advances in Radiation Oncology 2016, 1(4): 244-251. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2016.10.003.

Gensheimer MF, Nyflot M, Laramore GE, Liao JJ, Parvathaneni U. Contribution of Submandibular gland and Swallowing structure Sparing to Post-Radiation therapy PEG dependence in Oropharynx cancer patients treated with split-neck IMRT technique. Radiation Oncology. 2016, Nov 15;11(1):151. doi: 10.1186/s13014-016-0726-3. PMID: 27846899

Bhatia S, Storer BE, Iyer JG, Moshiri A, Parvathaneni U, et al. Adjuvant Radiation therapy and Chemotherapy in Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Survival Analyses of 6,908 cases from the National Cancer Data Base. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 May 31;108(9). doi: 10.1093/jnci/djw042. PMID: 27245173

*Parvathaneni U, *Iyer J, Gooley T, et al. Single Fraction Radiation Therapy in Patients with Metastatic Merkel cell Carcinoma. Cancer Med. 2015 Aug;4(8):1161-70. DOI: PMID: 25908228

Gensheimer MF, Liao JJ, Garden AS, Laramore GE and Parvathaneni U. Submandibular gland-sparing radiation therapy for locally advanced oropharyngeal squamous cancers: patterns of failure and xerostomia outcomes. Radiation Oncology 2014, Nov 26;9(1):255. doi:10.1186/s 13014-014-0255-x. PMID: 25424729

DL Berry, F Hong, B Halpenny, AH Partridge, JR Fann, S Wolpin, WB Lober, N Bush, U Parvathaneni, et al. The Electronic Self-Report Assessment for Cancer and Self-Care Support: Results of a Multi-Center Randomized Trial. J Clin Oncol. 32, 3:199-205, January 20, 2014. doi:10.1200/JCO.2013.48.6662. PMID: 24344222

Gensheimer MF, Rainey D, Douglas JD, Liao JJ, Laramore GE, Koh W, Parvathaneni U. Neutron Radiotherapy for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Lacrimal Gland. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jul-Aug;29(4):256-60. doi:10.1097/IOP.0b013e318295f99b. PMID:23839633.

Johnson B, Sales LR, Winston A, Liao JJ, Laramore GE, Parvathaneni U. Fabrication of customized tongue-displacing stents: Considerations for use in patients receiving Head and Neck Radiotherapy. J Am Dent Assoc 2013 Jun;144(6):594-600. PMID:23729456.

RG Martins, U Parvathaneni, JE Bauman, et al. Cisplatin, radiation therapy with or without erlotinib in locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: A randomized phase II trial.  J Clin Oncol 31,11:1415-1421, April10, 2013. doi:10.1200/JCO.2012.46.3299. PMID:23460709.

Ang KK, Chen AY, Curran WJ, Garden AS, Harari PM, Murphy BA, Wong SJ, Bellm LA, Schwartz M, Newman J, Adkins D, Hayes DN, Parvathaneni U et al. Head and Neck Carcinoma in the United States: First Comprehensive Report of Longitudinal Oncology Registry of Head and Neck Carcinoma (LORHAN). Cancer. 2012 Dec 1;118(23):5783-92. doi:10.1002/cncr.27609. PMID:22569917.

Research Interests

  • Hypofractionated Radiotherapy in Merkel cell cancer.
  • Optimizing Neutron radiotherapy and Immunotherapy combination.
  • Perineurial tumor spread in head and neck cancers.

Educational Involvement

  • Head and Neck and skin cancer curriculum.
  • Neutron radiotherapy curriculum.

Professional Involvement

  • Examiner for America Board of Radiology (head and neck section).
  • Chief of Head and Neck program.
  • Head of Neutron treatment program.