Andrea Porpiglia, MD, MSc, FACS

149 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Can Mirror Breast Cancer Symptoms

February 16, 2021—Fox Chase Cancer Center's Andrea Porpiglia MD, MSc, spoke with two local news stations to explain why women should schedule their mammograms before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Clinical Locations

Assistant Professor

Treatment Focus

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Key Awards

MainLine Top Doctor 2016, 2017, 2018

Treatment Philosophy

My journey in medicine started at the University of Tennessee, where I attended Medical School and then completed my residency in General Surgery.  As a resident in Memphis, I discovered my passion for surgical oncology because I could develop caring, long-term relationships with patients. The opportunity to use my surgical skills and have a traditional patient/doctor relationship is what drew me to apply for a surgical oncology fellowship.

Becoming a Surgical Oncology fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) in 2013 was a great honor. I received the best possible training in treating cancer based on current research and guidelines. As important, I learned the way that everyone at FCCC treats patients like they are part of our family.

After five years of private practice in the greater Philadelphia area following my fellowship, I was very excited to rejoin the FCCC family in 2020 as an instructor and surgeon.

Learning that you or a loved one has cancer can be scary and overwhelming.  My philosophy of patient care is to take care of each person as a unique and whole individual.  Caring for cancer patients is an honor and privilege.  I will be there with you, every step of the way, providing the same care that I would my own family.

Educational Background

  • Complex Surgical Oncology Fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 07/2013-06/2015
  • Master's in Clinical General Research for Health Professionals, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, 2015
  • Surgery Resident, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2008-13
  • MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2008


  • American Board of Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
  • ATLS


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of Women Surgeons-New Surgeon Member
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Prospect Provider Group Pennsylvania, LLC Board Member
  • Oncology Strategic Leadership Committee
  • Leader of Subcommittee Breast Program Strategic planning Committee
  • Association of Women Surgeon Conference planning committee
  • Society of Surgical Oncology CME Committee

Honors & Awards

  • MainLine Top Doctor, 2016-18
Donna Balut

Donna Balut

  • Breast Cancer

I was just beginning a new chapter of my life when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 at the age of 73.

Several months prior, my husband had passed away after a 12-year fight with prostate cancer. That left me alone in a large home with 13 rooms. Two of my girlfriends encouraged me to move to an apartment complex for seniors in Pittston, Pennsylvania, about two hours north of Philadelphia.


Ami Marcucci

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

Before my cancer diagnosis, I’d had stomachaches on and off for years. My husband and I work as landscapers in the summer, and I always felt good during those months. It was when we’d stop working in the winter that I’d start to feel unwell.

I saw a few doctors over the span of about five years, but the pain was never consistent, so we didn’t take it too seriously. I figured it must be due to wintertime inactivity and eating poorly. Worst case, I thought I might have Crohn’s disease, because my brother and niece both have it, but no doctor ever confirmed that suspicion.


Jeanne Niblock

  • Breast Cancer

I am 84 years old and I just moved to an over-55 community with my husband, George, last year. Since I retired from secretarial and real estate work about two decades ago, I’ve kept busy by joining a knitting group, gardening, and going to the gym.


Selected Publications

Lopez Granados E, Porpiglia AS, Hogan MB, Matamoros N, Krasovec S, Pignata C, Smith CI, Hammarstrom L, Bjorkander J, Belohradsky BH, Casariego GF, Garcia Rodriguez MC, Conley ME. “Clinical and molecular analysis of patients with defects in micro heavy chain gene.” J Clin Invest. 2002 Oct;110(7):1029-35.

Porpiglia AS, Rohrer J, Conley ME. “Reconstitution of B cell function in murine models of immunodeficiency.” Clin Immunol. 2003 May;107(2):90-7.

 Porpiglia AS, Sigurdson ER. “Surgical Options in the Treatment of Lower GI Tract Cancers.” Current Treatment Options in Oncology.  2015;16:46.

Porpiglia AS, Reddy S, Farma JM. “Retroperitoneal Sarcomas”.  Surgical Clinics of North America. 2016 Oct;96(5):993-1001.

Porpiglia AS, Nguyen D, Farma JM, Reddy SS. “The Role of Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) in Low-Grade Appendiceal Neoplasm: Friend or Foe?” J Gastrointest Dig Syst. 2016;6(5).

149 patient satisfaction reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9 / 5.0

Ratings Breakdown

Gives easy to understand instruction
Explains in a way you understand
Listens carefully to you
Shows respect for what you say
Spends enough time with you

31 patient comments

  • 5.0
    March 30, 2022

    I was pleased with my visit but didn't see Andrea Porpiglia, M.D. Seen her assistant who was perfect and very caring.

  • 5.0
    March 12, 2022

    Top tier professionalism is evident and very much appreciated !

  • 5.0
    March 11, 2022

    This doctor is excellent!

  • 5.0
    February 22, 2022

    Always an exceptional experience with Dr. Porpiglia - very dedicated, courteous and AMAZING

  • 5.0
    January 25, 2022

    Being diagnosed in a recurrent [...] cancer is stressful & scary. The doctor & her team were wonderful!

  • 5.0
    November 30, 2021

    My experience with all staff at Fox Chase has been amazing. I am very happy with the care and concern of everyone. I came to Fox Chase for a second opinion and I am beyond thankful that I did.

  • 5.0
    November 26, 2021

    An outstanding experience in every way

  • 5.0
    November 15, 2021

    Felt very heard & understood.

  • 5.0
    October 23, 2021

    Great experience! I am a healthcare provider working for a different healthcare system, and I was extremely impressed at the high quality care.

  • 5.0
    October 22, 2021

    All good

  • 5.0
    October 15, 2021

    I truly love Dr. Porpiglia.

  • 5.0
    October 14, 2021

    Good experience

  • 5.0
    October 10, 2021

    My visit was a very very good experience. I was hoping for a second opinion about the upcoming surgery. Dr. Porpiglia was wonderful. I am very confident that she will be my surgeon.

  • 5.0
    October 9, 2021

    First time experience at Fox Chase Cancer Center and I have nothing but praise for the doctor and entire staff.All are so warm and caring! Thank you everyone!!

  • 5.0
    October 8, 2021

    Always professional, attentive, as well as friendly.

  • 5.0
    September 20, 2021

    Everyone at this office has been great.

  • 5.0
    September 10, 2021

    My visit with Dr. Propiglia was for the purpose of getting a second opinion on cancer diagnosis and treatment. I was very pleased with her service and expertise.

  • 5.0
    August 22, 2021

    I am blessed to have found this team to help my tackle my health concerns.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 20, 2021

    Care provider treated me excellently.

  • 5.0
    August 12, 2021


  • 5.0
    July 28, 2021

    Dr. Porpiglia has given me the utmost care and attention - there has NEVER been a time that she has NOT addressed my concerns or health issues - always available and goes above and beyond to help in any way possible - SHE'S ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

  • 5.0
    July 28, 2021

    Dr Porpiglia responded to my questions through email in a timely manner. I was appreciative of her responding to me herself rather than having someone else answer my questions.

  • 5.0
    May 17, 2021

    My visit was of an emergency on my part and the issue I had which was very painful was taken care of quickly which put me out of pain.

  • 5.0
    April 21, 2021

    the office visit was very good, nothing bad to say

  • 4.5
    April 19, 2021

    I've been a Fox Chase patient for years, but I wanted to see if I could get an office closer to home & that's how I found Dr. Porpiglia.

  • 5.0
    April 1, 2021

    Excellent care.

  • 1.9
    March 26, 2021

    Dr. Porpiglia is too rushed and didn't spend enough time with me.

  • 5.0
    March 24, 2021

    Very good experience and very glad I went there for a second opinion.

  • 5.0
    March 19, 2021

    Very professional!

  • 5.0
    January 11, 2021

    Overall, wonderful care!

  • 5.0
    January 11, 2021

    I followed Dr. Porpiglia from her former professional affiliation. My breast cancer diagnosis was devastating - Dr. Porpiglia has been professional, compassionate and truly the only doctor in my team in whom I have faith and trust. Thank God I was directed to her.

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Can Mirror Breast Cancer Symptoms

February 16, 2021—Fox Chase Cancer Center's Andrea Porpiglia MD, MSc, spoke with two local news stations to explain why women should schedule their mammograms before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read CBS Philly Article
Read Fox29 Philadelphia Article