Referring Physicians


Our goal at Penn Medicine, is to ensure that the relationship between referring physicians and the faculty and staff of the Abramson Cancer Center is mutually rewarding and satisfying. Our faculty and staff appreciate our partnerships with referring physicians, their patients and families, and the critical role referring physicians play in helping us fulfill our mission.

The Abramson Cancer Center offers subspecialty cancer care not usually available at most community hospitals, as well as the vast research and technological resources of one of the nation's foremost cancer centers.

Our specialists, are nationally recognized for their expertise in specific cancers in the following sub-specialties: hematology-oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal medicine, gynecologic-oncology, cancer genetics, otorhinolaryngology–head and neck surgery, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, pain and symptom management, pathology, physiatry, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery , interventional radiology, radiology and urology.

Our Comprehensive Cancer Programs give patients access to the full range of Cancer Center expertise, for their type of cancer. If your patient needs to come to Penn Medicine, our specialists will remain in close contact with you.

Access to Physician Liaisons

We currently have two Physician Liaisons for Penn Medicine cancer and surgical services. Their goals are to build new relationships and support existing faculty relationships with the referring physician community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Acting as the primary resource to both referring and non-referring physicians
  • Providing information about Penn Medicine's physicians and programs
  • Enhancing communication between referring physicians and Penn Medicine cancer specialists

Physician Liaisons - Contact Information

  • Kimm Dinsmore is one of our Physician Liasons for head and neck, spinal and brain cancer Penn physicians. She was previously a Liaison for Good Shepherd Penn Partners, working with inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care providers. Referring physicians can reach her at Kimberly.Dinsmore@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-490-8560.

  • Kelly Krasner is one of our Physician Liasons for Penn Medicine cancer and surgical services. Kelly brings with her over 9 years of experience in physician medical outreach, specifically around diagnostic imaging. Referring physicians can reach her at Kelly.Krasner@uphs.upenn.edu or 267-432-2106. 

Access to Interdisciplinary Evaluation

An important distinction of Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center is our interdisciplinary focus. This approach benefits patients, since it is the collective contribution of physicians from different specialties that ensures the best possible care throughout the experience.

Access to Clinical Trials

Penn oncologists are leaders in designing and conducting clinical trials. Along with clinical trials designed and offered only at the Abramson Cancer Center, we participate in many national studies.

Access to Patient and Family Services

The Abramson Cancer Center's Patient and Family Services Program offers a full range of support services that complement the medical care provided. Services for patients being seen at the Abramson Cancer Center include: psychosocial counseling, nutritional counseling, cancer rehabilitation, patient navigation and support. Our goal is to relieve some of the stress of a cancer diagnosis by providing information, understanding and support.

Patients seeking referral information for Penn Medicine should call 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

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