Joseph N. Contessa, MD, PhD
Research & Publications
Joseph N. Contessa, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist, is the director of Yale Medicine’s Central Nervous System Radiotherapy Program. He specializes in treating patients with primary tumors of the brain, head and neck, and at the base of the skull.
“Due to Yale's large referral base, I frequently see relatively rare tumors,” he says, including low-grade and malignant gliomas, ependymomas, high-grade meningiomas, hemangiopericytomas, paragangliomas, and schwannomas. His expertise in treating uncommon cancers benefits patients diagnosed with these tumor types. “I look forward to helping patients have the best possible outcome when they are faced with a challenging diagnosis,” he says.
Dr. Contessa is a Professor of therapeutic radiology and of pharmacology at Yale School of Medicine where he is part of a team of physicians and scientists who are actively researching the cellular mechanisms that tumors use to evade or “outsmart” standard cancer therapies in hopes of identifying new approaches that improve treatment.
“We are all working together to increase our knowledge, improve our care and beat cancer,” Dr. Contessa says.
Education & Training
- ResidentThe University of Michigan (2009)
- InternThe University of Michigan (2005)
- PhDMedical College of Virginia Commonwealth Universit (2004)
- MDMedical College of Virginia Commonwealth Universit (2004)
Departments & Organizations
- Brain Tumor Center
- Central Nervous System Radiotherapy
- Discovery to Cure Internship
- Gamma Knife Center
- Head & Neck Radiotherapy
- Head and Neck Cancers Program
- Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology
- Radiobiology and Genome Integrity
- Secondary Faculty
- Spine Radiosurgery
- Therapeutic Radiology
- Yale Cancer Center
- Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)
- Yale Medicine
- Yale Ventures