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Alphonse G. Taghian, MD

  • Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
  • Chief Breast Radiation Oncology
  • Co-Director Breast Cancer Research Program


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Radiation Oncology

Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Radiation Treatment of Breast Cancer
  • Lymphedema after breast cancer treatment
  • Accelerated partial breast irradiation
  • Cardiac exposure to radiation and means to minimize it
Medical Education
  • MD, Alexandria University
  • Residency, Centre Alexis Vautrin|Residency, Gustave Roussy Institute
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr Alphonse Taghian gained his MD from Alexandria University in Egypt. He did his residency in Radiation Oncology at Centre Alexis Vautrin in France. He then did a clinical and research fellowships at Gustave Roussy Institut (Paris). He obtained his PhD in Radiobiology from Paris XI University. He then spent 4 years of basic research at Dr. H. Suit lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is now the Director of Breast Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Taghian has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles, general reviews and chapters. He has edited a book on the multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of breast cancer. He has been awarded several NIH grants for research totaling around $2.7 Million for research in breast cancer and lymphedema. He is internationally recognized leader in breast radiation oncology in particular in the field of Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI). His main interest includes ways to avoid cardiac exposure to radiation, APBI, post-mastectomy radiation and screening & early intervention for lymphedema.

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Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Books Editing: A. Taghian, B. Smith and J. Erban, Editors. Breast Cancer. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management. 8.5 X 11 inch trim, 335 pages; 16 main chapters. Demos Medical Publishing. New York, NY 10036. ISBN 978-1-933864-44-0. Published Jan 2010.

II: Selected publications from a total of 140 Original Articles, reviews and Book Chapters then type "Taghian"

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Clark Center for Radiation Oncology
100 Blossom Street
Boston MA, 02114-2606
Phone: 617-726-7559
Fax: 617-726-3603

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