Dr. Sara Alcorn specializes in the treatment of breast tumors and sarcomas, as well as the delivery of palliative radiotherapy and total body irradiation for bone marrow/stem cell transplants. She is also the Clinical Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital primary campus.
She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Biological Sciences and Sociology. She attended medical school at Harvard University, where she also earned a Master in Public Health. Dr. Alcorn completed residency in Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she served as the chief resident during her fifth year of oncology training. After residency, she also earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Alcorn focuses her research on the improvement of clinical outcomes and quality of life in the management of breast cancer, sarcomas, and palliative radiotherapy. She has investigated imaging techniques that improve accuracy of radiation delivery to sites including breast and sarcoma, risk factors associated with side effects from breast radiotherapy, means for improving treatment of painful bone tumors, and the role of spirituality at the end of life. Her current research efforts aim to incorporate patient preference and data collection from past patients to better inform the treatment of future patients, with the goal of advancing individualized medicine. She is also working on a system to better characterize radiation skin reactions across the spectrum of skin tones. Dr. Alcorn is actively involved in clinical trials for breast cancer, sarcomas, and palliative radiotherapy.