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The 20 most common professional affiliations for oncology experts in the U.S.

There are more than 100 types of cancer, each affecting various parts of the body and requiring different treatment regimens. As a multifaceted disease, cancer treatment requires healthcare from oncologists with expertise in diagnosing and treating specific forms of cancer.

Companies looking to develop more effective treatments can better understand cancer treatment trends, improve patient engagement strategies, identify earlier stages of the disease by quickly locating the right oncology experts and the healthcare organizations they are affiliated with.

Using information from the Atlas Dataset, we reviewed over more than 14 million oncology expert profiles to identify the top 20 primary affiliations for oncology experts in the U.S.  These experts are defined as those who publish in a medical journal, are affiliated to a hospital and/or are included in medical claims.

What are the 20 most common professional affiliations for oncology experts in the U.S.?

Using real-world data from the Atlas Dataset (e.g., publications, clinical trials, grant payments, industry payments, medical claims) we can determine an oncology expert’s professional affiliation. The following table lists the top 20 professional affiliations for oncology experts in the U.S.

20 most common professional affiliations for oncology experts in the U.S.

Rank Professional affiliation U.S. location # of oncology experts Explore dataset
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX 315 Explore
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY 283 Explore
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA 233 Explore
Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA 139 Explore
Mayo Clinic Health System Rochester, NY 128 Explore
Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL 116 Explore
Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH 102 Explore
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Seattle, WA 102 Explore
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 100 Explore
10 University of Washington Seattle, WA 99 Explore
11 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 79 Explore
12 Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO 79 Explore
13 National Cancer Institute Bethesda, MD 74 Explore
14 Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Miami, FL 74 Explore
15 Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, NC 72 Explore
16 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA 70 Explore
17 Yale New Haven Health System New Haven, CT 70 Explore
18 Duke University Durham, NC 68 Explore
19 Emory University Hospital Atlanta, GA 67 Explore
20 University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA 59 Explore

Fig. 1 – Data is from the Monocl ExpertInsight and the Atlas Dataset, accessed June 2023. The filters used in the Monocl ExpertInsight are as follows: Location=United States, Expert Characteristics=Medical professional, and Specialist=Oncologists.

How many oncology experts are in the U.S.?

Of the 14 million global experts being tracked by Monocl ExpertInsight, approximately 45,000 experts worldwide are classified as having an oncology specialty based on MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) categories. The oncology specialties are captured from national registries and information publicly available including hospital websites. The number of oncology experts is 20,901.

Which healthcare organizations have the most affiliated oncology experts?

The top 20 professional affiliations for oncology experts represents 11% (n=2,329) of all oncology experts in the U.S.  Not surprisingly, dedicated cancer treatment centers, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Dana Faber Cancer Institute, comprise of the top 3 professional affiliations for oncology experts in the United States. Additional analyses (not shown) using Monocl ExpertInsight and the Atlas Dataset demonstrate that these top 3 professional affiliations also rank in the top 3 for oncology experts supporting clinical trials, collaborating with industry, and publishing scientific and medical publications.

Why is understanding the professional affiliations for therapy area experts important for life sciences?

These and other healthcare intelligence data from Monocl ExpertInsight and the Atlas Dataset can be used by life science organizations who need to more efficiently allocate resources towards identifying and engaging with therapy area expertise by territory/region.

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