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Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center Huntingdon Pike
8 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

About

Chief, Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Roberta R. Scheller Chair in Urologic Oncology

American Urological Association's Urology Care Foundation, Prostate Health Committee Panel Member

Treatment Focus

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Traditional Open Surgery
Prostate Cancer: robotic and open radical nerve-sparing prostatectomy
Bladder Cancer: urinary diversion, orthotopic neobladder reconstruction
Kidney Cancer: kidney-sparing approaches, robotic, laparoscopic, open kidney surgery.
Adrenal masses: minimally-invasive adrenal surgery and extensive expertise in treatment of adrenal incidentalomas.

Research Program

Key Awards

Language(s) Other than English

Russian

Treatment Philosophy

I am a surgical specialist who treats tumors of the adrenal, kidney, prostate, bladder, testis, and other genitourinary organs. Working closely with other members of the Fox Chase multidisciplinary team, I make certain that my patients are aware of all the choices that today's cutting edge oncological care has to offer, regardless of whether these treatments take place inside or outside the operating room.

When surgery is necessary, I strive to offer the best operation that fits an individual's particular condition and circumstance. Indeed, my unique fellowship training in both traditional open surgery and minimally-invasive approaches such as laparoscopy and robotics, allows me to offer a wide range of options that optimize oncological outcomes and minimize recovery time. For example, I am skilled at both open and robot-assisted nerve-sparing prostatectomy and open, laparoscopic, and robotic kidney surgery. Particularly, I have advanced expertise in kidney preservation. For patients with bladder cancer, I am able to offer both bladder-sparing approaches and the latest techniques in continent urinary reconstruction. Furthermore, I have a particular interest and expertise in treatment of various tumors and conditions that stem from the adrenal gland.

As a clinician at an academic institution such as Fox Chase, I actively participate in medical research. In particular, my academic interests focus on kidney, prostate, bladder, and adrenal disease. Being an active contributor to the medical literature, I hope to offer my patients the most up-to-date information on medical progress and, if necessary, help them enroll into appropriate clinical trials — many of which are only available through Fox Chase.

Modern oncology offers patients tremendous hope; however, today's treatment options can be overwhelming, especially to those who are trying to cope with the shock of a recent cancer diagnosis. I greatly appreciate the toll that such a diagnosis can take not only on the patient, but also on his or her family. I hope to bring to every one of my patients a sense of understanding and compassion that can help us effectively work together to achieve the best outcome that modern medicine has to offer.

 
Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Society of Urologic Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chief Resident, Urology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2007-2008
  • Resident, Urology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2004-2007
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, Boston, MA, 2003

Certifications

  • American Board of Urology, Board Certified

Memberships

  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • American Urological Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Philadelphia Urological Society

Honors & Awards

  • Young Urologist of the Year, Mid-Atlantic Section, American Urological Association, 2021
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-21
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2019-2020, Urology
  • Everyday Hero Award, Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), 2018
  • America's Top Doctors®2016-17
  • BJU International Journal Best Mobile App Award for drawMD Urology iPad Application, American Urological Association Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2013
  • Mid-Atlantic AUA Young Investigator Representative to the AUA’s Research Forum, American Urological Association Meeting, Washington, DC, 2011
  • CaPSURE Scholar, CaPSURE Scholars Program in Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research, 2009-10
  • American College of Surgeons Excellence in Research Award 96th Annual Clinical Congress, Surgical Forum, 2010
Patient Stories

Mike Fitzpatrick

Leukemia

Mike Fitzpatrick

Leukemia

I talk to other cancer survivors, and I think a lot of people feel like they’re alone when they’re going through this. I tell them, “You’re not alone, there are a lot of us in this battle together.” I should know—I’ve been through it six times.

I thank God for my wife, Anna. We’ve been married 31 years, and she’s my rock. She’s also a respiratory therapist, so she knows a lot more about this medical stuff than I do. A lot of the decisions I’ve made might not have made had it not been for her.

William Bojanowski

Neuroendocrine Tumors

William Bojanowski

Neuroendocrine Tumors

In October of 2020, at 59 years old, I started having some back pain. I worked in construction, so lower back pain was normal, but this time the pain was in my upper back. I went to my primary doctor and she noticed that my kidney was not functioning fully. She thought it might be due to my diabetes medication.

After two months of a lowered dosage of medication, my pain only got worse. I was sent to the local urologist, and when he saw something on my X-rays he immediately referred me to Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Donna McAllister

Bladder Cancer

Donna McAllister

Bladder Cancer

I was treated with compassion, given hope, and kept informed of every facet of my treatment.

Edward Enoch

Prostate Cancer

Edward Enoch

Prostate Cancer

My name is Edward Enoch, and I am from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. I was sixty years old and two years retired when my life took a startling turn.

Like millions of other retirees, my wife Janice and I were updating our health insurance. We met with an agent who asked that I schedule a routine checkup. I thought nothing of it at the time—after all, I had no complaints about my health. However, once I received the results of my blood test, the confidence I had regarding my health started to waver.

Charles "Cha" Goods

Prostate Cancer

Charles "Cha" Goods

Prostate Cancer

I’ve been a tennis coach for nearly 17 years, the last dozen at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia. I run group clinics and offer private lessons. I specialize in movement and footwork training, as well as video-based training. My students range from kids as young as five to professional tennis players. I’m an active coach. When I teach my students how to do something, I want to show them I can do it. They’re amazed at how good I am!

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Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

Dr. Kutikov has authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications.  His current research interests include understanding carcinogenesis of genitourinary cancers, risk-stratification of surgical outcomes, and quantification of competing risks.  He serves on editorial boards of academic journals, including being the Associate Editor of Digital Media for European Urology, the field of Urology's leading academic publication.

Dr. Kutikov also has significant interests in harnessing web and mobile technology to improve patient engagement and quality of care.  He is a co-founder of several ventures that strive to improve physician education and patient care.  

Lab Overview

In collaboration with Vladimir Kolenko, MD, PhD, and Robert Uzzo, MD, our research efforts span the basic and the clinical sciences. Our work focuses on understanding the process of renal and prostatic carcinogenesis and assessing novel therapeutic regimens for the treatment of urological cancers.

As part of our work, we explore the role of zinc in development and progression of prostate malignancy.  Zinc concentrations diminish early in the course of prostate carcinogenesis—prior to histopathological changes—and continue to decline during progression toward castration-resistant growth. The objective of research in our laboratory is to test and advance an emerging paradigm that intracellular zinc deficiency augments malignant potential of prostate cancer cells and, therefore, promotes prostate tumorigenesis. We are also investigating the role of zinc chelators as potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Work performed by Dr. Kolenko indicates that treatment of prostate cancer cells with the zinc chelating agent TPEN induces selective down-regulation of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) and sensitizes cancer cells to cytotoxic agents. Importantly, the observed effect is not limited to prostate cancer, as TPEN reduces expression of XIAP in malignant cell lines of various origins, e.g. colon, ovarian, leukemia, breast and cervical.

The second major theme of our research is to determine the mechanism of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKIs)-resistance in genitourinary tumors. Our studies reveal that TKI-resistance coincides with the loss of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) protein expression in prostate and renal malignant cells. On the contrary, expression of PTEN sensitizes prostate and renal tumors to multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib both in vitro and in vivo. In addition, our studies indicate that an increase in expression of IL-6 and IL-8 correlates with sunitinib and pazopanib resistance in prostate and renal tumor cells. Use of a reliable biomarker for TKI response, harbors promise both in the clinical and research settings.

In the clinical arena, we focus our efforts on addressing quantification of competing risks of death for patients with urologic malignancies, investigating the biology and natural history of small renal masses, improving reporting and risk-stratification of surgical outcomes for patients with kidney cancer, and addressing clinical approaches to patients with adrenal cancers and incidental adrenal masses.

Publications

Selected Publications

A. G. McIntosh, D. C. Parker, B. L. Egleston, R. G. Uzzo, H. Haseebuddin, S. S. Joshi, R. Viterbo, R. E. Greenberg, D. Y. T. Chen, M. C. Smaldone, and Kutikov, “Prediction of Significant Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Decline Following Renal Unit Removal to Aid in the Clinical Choice between Radical and Partial Nephrectomy in Patients with Renal Mass and Normal Renal Function,” BJU Int, May 2019. PubMed

H. Borgmann, M. Cooperberg, D. Murphy, S. Loeb, J. N’Dow, M. J. Ribal, H. Woo, M. Rouprêt, A. Winterbottom, C. Wijburg, M. Wirth, J. Catto, and A. Kutikov, “Online Professionalism—2018 Update of European Association of Urology (@Uroweb) Recommendations on the Appropriate Use of Social Media,” European Urology, pp. 1–7, Aug. 2018. PubMed

M. C. Smaldone, B. Egleston, J. M. Hollingsworth, B. K. Hollenbeck, D. C. Miller, T. M. Morgan, S. P. Kim, A. Malhotra, E. Handorf, Y.-N. Wong, R. G. Uzzo, and A. Kutikov, “Understanding Treatment Disconnect and Mortality Trends in Renal Cell Carcinoma Using Tumor Registry Data,” Med Care, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 398–404, Apr. 2017. PubMed

N. Waingankar, K. Mallin, M. Smaldone, B. L. Egleston, A. Higgins, D. P. Winchester, R. G. Uzzo, and A. Kutikov, “Assessing the relative influence of hospital and surgeon volume on short-term mortality after radical cystectomy,” BJU Int, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 239–245, Aug. 2017. PubMed

B. T. Ristau, D. Y. T. Chen, J. Ellis, A. Malhotra, L. DeMora, R. B. Parsons, B. Milestone, M. Brody, R. Viterbo, R. Greenberg, M. Smaldone, R. Uzzo, J. Anaokar, and A. Kutikov, “Defining Novel and Practical Metrics to Assess the Deliverables of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Ultrasound Fusion Prostate Biopsy,” The Journal of Urology, Oct. 2017. PubMed

S. P. Kim, S. C. Campbell, I. Gill, B. R. Lane, H. Van Poppel, M. C. Smaldone, A. Volpe, and A. Kutikov, “Collaborative Review of Risk Benefit Trade-offs Between Partial and Radical Nephrectomy in the Management of Anatomically Complex Renal Masses,” European Urology, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 64–75, Jul. 2017. PubMed

A. Kutikov, H. H. Woo, and J. W. Catto, “Urology Tag Ontology Project: Standardizing Social Media Communication Descriptors,” European Urology, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 183–185, Feb. 2016. PubMed

A. Kutikov, M. C. Smaldone, R. G. Uzzo, M. Haifler, G. Bratslavsky, and B. C. Leibovich, “Renal Mass Biopsy: Always, Sometimes, or Never?,” European Urology, vol. 70, no. 3, pp. 403–406, Sep. 2016. PubMed

E. R. Plimack, R. L. Dunbrack, T. A. Brennan, M. D. Andrake, Y. Zhou, I. G. Serebriiskii, M. Slifker, K. Alpaugh, E. Dulaimi, N. Palma, J. Hoffman-Censits, M. Bilusic, Y.-N. Wong, A. Kutikov, R. Viterbo, R. E. Greenberg, D. Y. T. Chen, C. D. Lallas, E. J. Trabulsi, R. Yelensky, D. J. McConkey, V. A. Miller, E. A. Golemis, and E. A. Ross, “Defects in DNA Repair Genes Predict Response to Neoadjuvant Cisplatin-based Chemotherapy in Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer,” European Urology, vol. 68, no. 6, pp. 959–967, Dec. 2015. PubMed

S. Ginzburg, R. Uzzo, J. Walton, C. Miller, D. Kurz, T. Li, E. Handorf, R. Gor, A. Corcoran, R. Viterbo, D. Y. T. Chen, R. E. Greenberg, M. C. Smaldone, and A. Kutikov, “Residual Parenchymal Volume, Not Warm Ischemia Time, Predicts Ultimate Renal Functional Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Partial Nephrectomy.,” Urology, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 300–306, Aug. 2015.   PubMed

B. Shuch, A. Amin, A. J. Armstrong, J. N. Eble, V. Ficarra, A. Lopez-Beltran, G. Martignoni, B. I. Rini, and A. Kutikov, “Understanding Pathologic Variants of Renal Cell Carcinoma: Distilling Therapeutic Opportunities from Biologic Complexity,” European Urology, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 85–97, Jan. 2015. PubMed

E. R. Plimack, J. H. Hoffman-Censits, R. Viterbo, E. J. Trabulsi, E. A. Ross, R. E. Greenberg, D. Y. T. Chen, C. D. Lallas, Y.-N. Wong, J. Lin, A. Kutikov, E. Dotan, T. A. Brennan, N. Palma, E. Dulaimi, R. Mehrazin, S. A. Boorjian, W. K. Kelly, R. G. Uzzo, and G. R. Hudes, “Accelerated methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin is safe, effective, and efficient neoadjuvant treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer: results of a multicenter phase II study with molecular correlates of response and toxicity,” J. Clin. Oncol., vol. 32, no. 18, pp. 1895–1901, Jun. 2014. PubMed

A. Minervini, M. Carini, R. G. Uzzo, R. Campi, M. C. Smaldone, and A. Kutikov, “Standardized Reporting of Resection Technique During Nephron-sparing Surgery: The Surface-Intermediate-Base Margin Score.,” European Urology, Jun. 2014.    PubMed

A. Kutikov, P. Makhov, K. Golovine, D. J. Canter, M. Sirohi, R. Street, J. Simhan, R. G. Uzzo, and V. M. Kolenko, “Interleukin-6: a potential biomarker of resistance to multitargeted receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors in castration-resistant prostate cancer,” Urology, vol. 78, no. 4, pp. 968.e7–11, Oct. 2011. PubMed

A. Kutikov, M. C. Smaldone, B. L. Egleston, B. J. Manley, D. J. Canter, J. Simhan, S. A. Boorjian, R. Viterbo, D. Y. T. Chen, R. E. Greenberg, and R. G. Uzzo, “Anatomic Features of Enhancing Renal Masses Predict Malignant and High-Grade Pathology: A Preoperative Nomogram Using the RENAL Nephrometry Score,” European Urology, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 241–248, Aug. 2011.   PubMed

A. Kutikov, B. L. Egleston, Y.-N. Wong, and R. G. Uzzo, “Evaluating overall survival and competing risks of death in patients with localized renal cell carcinoma using a comprehensive nomogram,” J. Clin. Oncol., vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 311–317, Jan. 2010. PubMed

A. Kutikov and R. G. Uzzo, “The R.E.N.A.L. nephrometry score: a comprehensive standardized system for quantitating renal tumor size, location and depth,” The Journal of Urology, vol. 182, no. 3, pp. 844–853, Sep. 2009. PubMed

Additional Publications

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Ratings

368 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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  • 4.8

106 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • No Star Ratings Available March 21, 2022
    I was very happy with my care and treatment.
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2022
    Very Very satisfied with the care received.
  • No Star Ratings Available March 16, 2022
    The entire staff of Dr K's is above and beyond my expectations. Everyone was exceptional!!!
  • 5.0
    March 15, 2022
    Love Dr. Kutikov and his staff!
  • 5.0
    March 11, 2022
    The guy saved my life.
  • No Star Ratings Available March 11, 2022
    Elena is the best
  • No Star Ratings Available March 11, 2022
    I would never recommend anyone other than Dr. Kutikov within his specialty
  • 5.0
    March 07, 2022
    Dr. Kutikov is sincerely the best surgeon, doctor I have ever experienced. I trust him completely because he cares and I feel that from him on every visit. I am so thankful.
  • 5.0
    March 03, 2022
    Staff made a difficult visit bearable.
  • 5.0
    February 28, 2022
    Dr. Kutikov and staff are the best!
  • 5.0
    February 28, 2022
    Professionally an excellent service
  • 5.0
    February 21, 2022
    Everyone at Fox Chase are beyond excellent. I was treated very well by everyone I came in contact with. Not one single person at Fox Chase treated me without the utmost respect & concern. A very special hospital. I would like to say a great big Thank you to them all.
  • No Star Ratings Available February 13, 2022
    Dr. Kutikov was terrific in all ways.
  • No Star Ratings Available February 09, 2022
    Dr. Kutikov is an excellent doctor, very understanding, listens to your questions & answers them so you can understand them.
  • No Star Ratings Available February 01, 2022
    I enjoyed my visit
  • No Star Ratings Available January 25, 2022
    Very down to earth. Takes time to answer all questions.
  • 5.0
    January 24, 2022
    My whole hearted respect for your dedicated work.
  • 5.0
    January 24, 2022
    Everyone very friendly and informed about my condition. Doctor handled my situation perfectly.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 24, 2022
    Dr Kutikov is one of the most caring and focused people that I know. There's a special place in heaven for people like him.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 20, 2022
    Very open and relaxed discussion
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