Christopher Fundakowski, MD

Christopher Fundakowski, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Head and Neck Cancer TRDG Member

Thyroid and Endocrine Cancer TRDG Member

Treatment Focus

  • Management and treatment of cancer of the neck/ear/face/nose/mouth/throat/voice box
  • Neck masses (including parapharyngeal space / paraganglioma)
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Skull base cancer (open and endoscopic)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Microvascular reconstructive surgery
  • Skin cancer

Treatment Philosophy

It is my goal to work closely with each patient to make sense of their diagnosis and how it will affect their life. Head and neck cancer is difficult in that it may interfere with the ability to speak, breath, or swallow; all of which will have an impact on a patient’s living and daily activities.  I believe in taking the time to explain these complicated issues so that my patients can make informed decisions. I also feel strongly about working together to create the best possible individualized treatment plan, aimed to cure your cancer while never losing sight of the importance of your quality of life. I came to Fox Chase Cancer Center because it is an environment where patients can receive the highest quality cancer care, and take advantage of both the newest therapies and research. We have an excellent multidisciplinary team that is dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable about head and neck cancer patients.

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Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow, Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery/Microvascular Reconstruction, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Resident, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • MD, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL


  • American College of Surgeons
  • The American Laryngological Society
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • American Otological Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
  • Head & Neck Cancer Alliance, President - Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists

Honors & Awards

  • Resident Teaching Award, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
  • Temporal Bone Competition –first place, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
  • Chandler Society Research Award – third place, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
  • Head and Neck Surgery Leadership Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology, 2012
  • In-Service Examination Award, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2008
  • Dean’s Research Fellowship, Rush Medical College, Chicago, 2005
Patient Stories

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

In the fall of 2015, Larry Reddick, 74, was becoming increasingly frustrated with his hoarse voice. It was difficult to speak and his voice quality continued to get worse. He also began to lose weight without trying. “I had a hunch something wasn’t right so I called my primary doctor to get a referral to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Unfortunately, I didn’t find my local ENT helpful,” recalls Larry.

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Head and neck cancer patient quality of life outcomes
  • Disfigurement and disparities in head and neck cancer
  • Imaging techniques for the head and neck
  • Surgical margins in head and neck surgery
  • Development of guidelines for cancer treatment

Selected Publications

Wang H, Fundakowski C, Khurana JS, Jhala N. Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Salivary Gland Lesions. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2015 Dec;139(12):1491-7. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2015-0222-RA. PubMed

Murphy CT, Devarajan K, Wang LS, Mehra R, Ridge JA, Fundakowski C, Galloway TJ. Pre-treatment tumor-specific growth rate as a temporal biomarker that predicts treatment failure and improves risk stratification for oropharyngeal cancer. Oral Oncol. 2015 Nov;51(11):1034-40. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2015.09.001. Epub 2015 Oct 5. PubMed

Chambers KJ, Aswani J, Patel A, Fundakowski C, Mannion K, Lin DT, Netterville J. The value of a collaborative course for advanced head and neck surgery in East Africa. Laryngoscope. 2015 Apr;125(4):883-7. doi: 10.1002/lary.25028. Epub 2014 Nov 21. PubMed

Leibowitz JM, Fundakowski CE, Abouyared M, Rivera A, Rudman J, Lo KM, Weed D, Civantos F. Surgical Techniques for Zenker's Diverticulum: A Comparative Analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr 4;151(1):52-58. PubMed

Fundakowski CE, Ojo R, Younis R. Rhinosinusitis in the pediatric patient with cystic fibrosis. Current Pediatric Reviews, July 2014.

Abouyared M, Ojo R, Fundakowski C, Lo K, Sargi Z. Transoral laser microsurgery in previously irradiated patients with laryngeal cancer. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):279-85. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2014.03.004. Epub 2014 Mar 12. PubMed

Fundakowski C, Castaño J, Abouyared M, Lo K, Rivera A, Ojo R, Gomez-Fernandez C, Messinger S, Sargi Z. The role of indeterminate fine-needle biopsy in the diagnosis of parotid malignancy. Laryngoscope. 2014 Mar;124(3):678-81. doi: 10.1002/lary.24341. Epub 2013 Oct 2. PubMed

Fundakowski CE, Moon S, Chapman JR, Younis R. Primary Extranodal Lymphoblastic Lymphoma of the Pediatric Parotid Gland. Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal, August 2013.

Fundakowski CE, Rudman J, Moon S, Civantos F. Cutaneous Manifestation of Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm. International Journal of Case Reports in Medicine, June 2013.

Fundakowski CE, Moon S, Torres L. The snare technique: a novel atraumatic method for the removal of difficult nasal foreign bodies. J Emerg Med. 2013 Jan;44(1):104-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.07.070. Epub 2012 Oct 6. PubMed