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Richard T. Penson, MD

Clinical Overview


  • Title(s)

    Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Department + Services


  • My Expertise

    Dr. Penson’s oncology practice is devoted almost exclusively to gynecologic oncology with approximately a quarter of his patients treated on therapeutic clinical trials.

  • Programs + Specialties

    Gynecologic oncology
    Novel therapeutics
    Psychosocial Oncology

  • Board Certifications

    UK Medical Oncology

Publications & Research

Dr. Penson takes a very active role in coordinating the investigation of novel agents and treatment strategies in ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Leading or actively participating in the design, conduct and analysis of multiple clinical trials, with approximately 1/4 of his patients treated on therapeutic clinical trials.



Degree & Residencies

Dr. Penson trained at St Bart’s and Guy’s Hospitals in London, UK before coming to work at MGH, Boston in 1997. He has a breadth of experience in gynecologic tumors and rare cancers, and is committed to world-class clinical care. He is a thought leader in his field and approximately a quarter of his patients are treated on therapeutic clinical trials. He is chairs for the Institutional Review Board for Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, a faculty member teaching Patient Doctor 1 for first year Harvard Medical students, serves each year as an attending on the Bigelow General Medical Service at MGH. Dr. Penson sits on the Ovarian Committee for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and on the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) committee for Health Outcomes Research. He on the Editorial Board of The Oncologist and Medical Humanities.


Richard and his wife, Sue, have 4 kids and live south of Boston. They help pastor a new church, The Connection, and have 65 pets.
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Contact Richard T. Penson, MD


(855) 508-5275
Physician referrals only


Mass General Hematology/Oncology Service at Nantucket Cottage Hospital
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

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