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Phillip M. Devlin, MD, FACR

Radiation Oncology

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  • Chief, Division of Brachytherapy
  • Institute Physician
  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Brachytherapy for all sites
  • Brachytherapy training
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Image-guided brachytherapy

Diseases Treated

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-732-7936
  • Office Phone Number617-732-7936
  • Fax617-394-2669


Phillip Devlin, MD, FACR is Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Brachytherapy in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1991 and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, followed by a specialized fellowship in brachytherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1996.  Dr. Devlin joined the staff of Dana-Farber in 1997. In addition to lecturing extensively both nationally and internationally, Dr. Devlin established and directs the Harvard Medical School Annual Brachytherapy Review Course, has more than 50 published manuscripts and book chapters and is editor of the Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins’ text, Brachytherapy: Applications and Techniques.  Dr. Devlin is currently on the Executive Committees of both the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Massachusetts Radiological Society.  In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR), and he is currently leading two funded studies as part of the ACR’s Quality Research in Radiation Oncology (QRRO) project.

Board Certification:

  • Radiation Oncology


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Brachytherapy


  • Georgetown University Medical Center, Surgery
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine


Dr. Devlin studies genetic markers for oral cavity cancer.

Mutyala S, Stewart A, Khan AJ, Cormack RA, O'Farrell D, Sugarbaker D, Devlin PM.  Permanent Iodine-125 Interstitial Planar Seed Brachytherapy for Close or Positive Margins for Thoracic Malignancies. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Mar; 76(4):1114-1120.


Stewart AJ, Khan AJ, Devlin PM. Partial breast irradiation: a review of techniques and indications. Br J Radiol. 2010 May;83(989):369-78. Epub 2010 Mar 11.


Ahmed HM, Dipiro PJ, Devlin PM, Nguyen ML, Bellon JR. Mammographic Appearance Following Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation by Using MammoSite Brachytherapy. Radiology. 2010 May;255(2):362-8. Epub 2010 Mar 23.


Cotter SE, Devlin PM, Sahni D, Hansen JL, O'Farrell DA, Ng AK, Wang LC. Treatment of cutaneous metastases of Merkel cell carcinoma with surface-mold computer-optimized high-dose-rate brachytherapy.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010 Sep 20;28(27):e464-6. Epub 2010 Aug 2.


Sher DJ, Posner MR, Tishler RB, Sarlis NJ, Haddad RI, Holupka EJ, Devlin PM. Relationship Between Radiation Treatment Time and Overall survival After Induction Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Head-and-Neck Carcinoma: A subset Analysis of TAX 324. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Feb 10. {Epub ahead of print}


Cotter SE, Dunn GP, Collins KM, Sahni D, Zukotynski KA, Hansen JL, O'Farrell DA, Ng AK, Devlin PM, Wang LC. Abscopal effect in a patient with metastatic merkel cell carcinoma following radiation therapy: potential role of induced antitumor immunity. Arch Dermatol. 2011 Jul;147(7):870-2. 


Nguyen PL, Devlin PM, Beard CJ, Orio PF 3rd, O'Leary MP, Wolfsberger LD, O'Farrell DA, Sweeney CM, Hadaschik BA, Hohenfellner M, Hatiboglu G. High-dose-rate brachytherapy for prostate cancer in a previously radiated patient with polyethylene glycol hydrogel spacing to reduce rectal dose: Case report and review of the literature. Brachytherapy. 2012 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]


Zelefsky MJ, Cohen GN, Bosch WR, Morikawa L, Khalid N, Crozier CL, Lee WR, Zietman A, Owen J, Wilson JF, Devlin PM. Results from the Quality Research in Radiation Oncology (QRRO) survey: Evaluation of dosimetric outcomes for low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2012 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print]


Goodman KA, Khalid N, Kachnic LA, Minsky BD, Crozier C, Owen JB, Devlin PM, Thomas CR Jr. Quality Research in Radiation Oncology Analysis of Clinical Performance Measures in the Management of Gastric Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]


Baldini EH, Lapidus MR, Wang Q, Manola J, Orgill DP, Pomahac B, Marcus KJ, Bertagnolli MM, Devlin PM, George S, Abraham J, Ferrone ML, Ready JE, Raut CP. Predictors for Major Wound Complications Following Preoperative Radiotherapy and Surgery for Soft-Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremities and Trunk: Importance of Tumor Proximity to Skin Surface. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Dec 15. [Epub ahead of print]


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