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Robin Schoenthaler, MD


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Dr Schoenthaler is a board certified radiation oncologist at the MGH Dept of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital. She has a particular interest in breast cancer and quality of life issues. She is also the Director of Medical Education at Emerson.


Radiation Oncology

Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Breast cancer
  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Palliative care
  • Quality of life issues in oncology
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Medical education
Medical Education
  • MD, University of California School of Medicine
  • Residency, University of California Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Lawrence Berkeley Lab
Board Certifications
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Concord: Emerson Hospital
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 - 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
Patient Age Group

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Dr. Schoenthaler is a board-certified radiation oncologist. She received her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine and did her residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of California at San Francisco. She completed a fellowship in charged particle radiotherapy with Joseph Castro, MD at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and then joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at MGH in 1992.

Since 1997, she has been practicing at the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. She has a particular interest in treating women with breast cancer. She also treats women with gynecologic cancers and has a special interest in quality of life issues for oncology patients, patient-physician communication, and survivorship issues.

Dr Schoenthaler is the Director of Medical Education at Emerson Hospital and Chair of the Medical Education Committee and as such is responsible for coordinating Emerson's CME programs for physicians.

In addition, she has won multiple awards as an essayist, particularly in the field of medical memoir, and has had numerous lay articles published in the national press.

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Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Dr Schoenthaler's peer-reviewed publications are available on PubMed. In addition, she has written book chapters, patient educational booklets, and review courses.

She is also an award-winning writer who has published essays about cancer, death and dying, and the experience of being a cancer doctor in the Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, Worcester Magazine, Hospital Drive, Boston Globe Magazine, Pulse Magazine, and, most recently, The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital
133 Old Rd to Nine Acre Corner
Ste 200
Concord MA, 01742
Phone: 978-287-3290
Fax: 978-287-3295

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