Joel Tepper, MD

Hector MacLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research

ContactJoel Tepper, MD

Phone: (984) 974-0400
Fax: (984) 974-8607


BS Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1968)

MD Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (1972)

Residency in Radiation Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1973-76)

Clinical Fellow, Radiation Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1976-77)

Research Fellowship: American Cancer Society Junior Fellow (1975-1976)


Licensed to practice in North Carolina (1987), Massachusetts (1973)

Board Certified in Radiation Therapy by the American Board of Radiology (1976)


ASTRO* President (2002-2003)
ASTRO* Chairman of the Board (2003-2004)
ASTRO* Fellow (2006)
ASTRO* Gold Medal (2008)
ASCO** Board of Directors (2007-2010)
ASCO** Fellow
Berryhill Lecturer

*ASTRO*: American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
*ASCO**: American Society of Clinical Oncology

Major Research Interests

Gastrointestinal neoplasms
Combined modality therapy
Soft tissue sarcomas
Nanotechnology and cancer

Grants (Active)

2010- present- co-Director NCI funded Carolina Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

Book Chapters

  1. Glaubiger D, Tepper J, Makuch R.  Ewing’s sarcoma.  In:  Levine AS, ed.  Cancer in the Young, pp. 603-614.  Marson Publishing, NY.  1982.
  2. Tepper J.  Adjuvant Radiation Therapy:  Historical and Clinical Trial Results.  In:  Wanebo HJ, ed.  Colorectal Cancer, pp. 351-362.  Mosby, St. Louis.  1993.
  3. Tepper J, Padikal T.  The role of computed tomography in treatment planning.  In:  Blehen, Glatstein and Haybittle, eds.  Radiation Therapy Planning, pp. 139-158.  Marcel Dekker, Inc., NY and Basel.  1983.
  4. Malt RA, Tepper J, and Behringer G.  Synchronous abdominoperineal resection of the rectum and intraoperative radiotherapy.  In:  Malt RA, Moncure AC and Ottinger LW, eds.  Complex Operations at the Massachusetts General Hospital, pp. 78-107.  W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia.  1983.
  5. Tepper J. Intraoperative radiation therapy.  In:  Phillips TL and Pistenman DA, eds.  Radiation Oncology Annual, Vol. 1, pp. 247-265.  Raven Press, NY. 1984.
  6. Tepper J. Cancer of the stomach.  In:  Harvey Gilbert, ed.  Modern Radiation Oncology, Vol. 2, pp. 200-214.  J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1984.
  7. Gunderson LL, Rich TA, Tepper JE.  Large bowel cancer-utility of radiation therapy.  In:  DeCosse JJ, Sherlock P, eds.  Clinical Management of Gastrointestinal Cancer, pp. 189-219. Martinus Nijhoff BV.  1984.
  8. Gunderson D, Dosoretz d, Kopelson G, Tepper J, Rich T, and Hoskins R.  The place of radiation therapy in the management of gastrointestinal cancer.  In:  Levin B and Ridell R, eds.  Frontiers of Gastrointestinal Cancer, pp. 273-290.  Elsevier.  1984.
  9. Tepper J, Wood WC, Cohen AM.  Intraoperative radiation therapy.  In:  DeVita V, Hellman S, and Rosenberg S, eds.  Important Advances in Oncology, pp. 226-242.  J.B. Lippincott Co.  Philadelphia.  1985.
  10. Gunderson LL, Rich TA, Tepper JE.  Radiation therapy of gastrointestinal cancer.  In:  McKenna RJ and Murphy GP, eds.  Fundamentals of Surgical Oncology, pp. 282-292, MacMillan Publishing Co.  1986. 
  11. Tepper JE.  Intraoperative radiation therapy.  In:  Brady LW and Perez CA, eds.  Basis and Clinical Practice of Radiation Oncology, pp. 210-316.  J.B. Lippincott Co.  1987.
  12. Suit HD, Mankin HJ, Wood WC, Schiller AL, Tepper JE, Gebhardt MC, Willett C, McNulty P. Conservative Surgery and Radiation as the Treatment for Sarcoma of Soft Tissue on the Extremities, Torso and the Head and Neck Region. In: Limb Salvage in Musculoskeletal Oncology, Enneking, W.F., ed., pp. 274-282. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 1987.
  13. Kinsella TJ, Sindelar WF, Tepper JE.  Intraoperative radiotherapy.  In:  Withers HR and Peters LJ, eds.  Innovations in Radiation Oncology Research.  Springer-Verlag.  1988.
  14. Tepper JE.  Lower Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer.  In:  Wang CC, ed. Clinical Radiation Oncology:  Indications, Techniques, and Results, pp. 249-261.  PSG Publishing Co.  1988.
  15. Suit HD, Tepper JE, Mankin HJ.  Sarcomas of Soft Tissue and Bone.  In:  Wang CC, ed. Clinical Radiation Oncology:  Indications, Techniques, and Results, pp. 331-349.  PSG Publishing Co.  1988.
  16. Tepper JE, Shipley WU, Biggs PJ.  In:  Wang CC, ed.  Clinical Radiation Oncology:  Indications, Techniques, and Results, pp. 433-440.  PSG Publishing Co.  1988.
  17. Swanson RS, Shipley WU, Tepper JE, Warshaw AL.  Intraoperative Radiotherapy.  In:  Russell RCG, ed.  Recent Advances in Surgery, 13th ed., pp. 83-102.  Churchill Livingstone.  1988.
  18. Tepper JE.  Role of Radiotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer.  In:  Preece PE, Cuschieri A, Rosin RD, eds.  Cancer of the Bile Ducts and Pancreas, pp. 223-231.  W.B. Saunders Co.  1988.
  19. Swanson S, Tepper JE, Shipley WU, Willett C, Warshaw AL.  Intraoperative Radiotherapy of Pancreatic Carcinoma.  In:  Lygidakis NJ and Tytgat GNJ, eds.  Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Malignancies, pp. 336-340.  Thieme Medical Publishers Inc.  1989.
  20. Tepper JE, Shipley WU, Wood WC, Warshaw AL, Nardi GL.  Intraoperative Radiation Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  In:  Dobelbower RR and Abe M, eds.  Intraoperative Radiation Therapy.  CRC Press.  1989.
  21. Tepper JE, Wood WC, Suit HD.  Intraoperative Radiation Therapy of Soft Tissue Sarcomas.  In:  eds.  Dobelbower RR, and Abe M, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy.  CRC Press. 1989.
  22. Tepper JE, Calvo FA.  Intraoperative Radiation Therapy.  In:  Perez CA, Brady LW, eds.  Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, 2nd Edition, pp. 388-395.  J.B. Lippincott Co. 1991.
  23. Wood WC, Tepper J.  Retroperitoneal and Abdominal Wall Sarcomas.  In:  Raaf JH, ed.  Soft Tissue Sarcomas Diagnosis and Treatment, pp. 181-186.  Mosby. 1993.
  24. Douglass HO, Tepper J, Leichman L.  Neoplasms of the Gallbladder.  In:  Holland JF, Frei E.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1448-1454.  Lea & Febiger.  1993.
  25. Douglass HO, Tepper J, Leichman L.  Neoplasms of the Extrahepatic Bile Ducts.  In:  Holland JF, Frei E.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1455-1462.  Lea & Febiger. 1993.
  26. Douglass HO, Tepper J, Leichman L.  Neoplasms of the Ampulla of Vater. In:  Holland JF, Frei E, et al.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1462-1465.  Lea & Febiger.  1993.
  27. Douglass HO, Tepper J, Leichman L.  Neoplasms of the Exocrine Pancreas.  In:  Holland JF, Frei E.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1466-1484.  Lea & Febiger.  1993.
  28. Steele G, Tepper J, Motwani BT, Bruckner HW.  Adenocarcinoma of the Colon and Rectum.  In:  Holland JF, Frei.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1493-1522.  Lea & Febiger.  1993.
  29. Morton DL, Antman KH, Tepper J.  Soft Tissue Sarcoma.  In:  Holland JF, Frei E.  Cancer Medicine, 3rd edition, pp. 1858-1887.  Lea & Febiger. 1993.
  30. Alexander HR, Kelsen D, Tepper JE.  Cancer of the Stomach.  In:  DeVita VT, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA.  Cancer-Principles and Practice of Oncology, 4th edition, pp. 818-848.  JB Lippincott.  1993.
  31. Tepper JE.  Principles of Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer.  In: Cohen AM and Winawer SJ.  Cancer of the Colon, Rectum, and Anus, pp. 623-629.  McGraw-Hill, Inc., NY.  1994.
  32. Tepper JE.  Intraoperative Radiation Strategies.  In: Cohen AM and Winawer SJ.  Cancer of the Colon, Rectum, and Anus, pp. 703-709.  McGraw-Hill, Inc., NY.  1994.
  33. Marks JE, Tepper JE, eds.  Cancers of the lower gastrointestinal tract.  In:  Syllabus:  A Categorical Course in Radiation Therapy, Presented at the 77th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Dec. 1-6, 1991.
  34. Willett CG, Tepper JE. Colorectal and Anal Cancer. In: Rustgi, AK. Gastrointestinal Cancers: Biology, Diagnosis, and Therapy, pp. 443-454. Lippincott-Raven. 1995.
  35. Blackstock AW, Tepper JE, Bernard SA. Cancer of the Esophagus: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, pp. 159-174. Lippincott-Raven. 1995.
  36. Tepper JE. Radiation Therapy for Bile Duct Cancer. In: Surgery for Gastrointestinal Cancer, A Multidisciplinary Approach, pp. 573-576. Lippincott-Raven. 1997.
  37. Alexander HR, Kelsen DP, Tepper JE. Cancer of the Stomach. In: Cancer Principles and Practice of Oncology, 5th edition, pp. 1021-1054. Lippincot-Raven. 1997.
  38. Tepper JE, Blackstock AW. Mechanisms of interaction between 5-fluorouracil and radiation: implications for continuous infusion chemotherapy. In: Rosenthal, JC and Rotman, M, eds.  Infusion Chemotherapy-Irradiation Interactions, pp. 39-44. Elsevier. 1998.
  39. Morris D, Tepper J. Principles of Radiation Oncology: Irradiation in cancer.  In: Morris PJ, Wood WC (eds): Oxford Textbook of Surgery(ed 2nd), pp. 3481-3492. New York, Oxford University Press, 2000.

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