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David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS

Dr. David Chen

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Locations

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

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401


Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Associate Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program 

Associate Chief Academic Officer

Treatment Focus

Urinary Diversions, Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques - Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Urologic cancer ablation therapy (cryosurgery or HIFU)

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2022

Treatment Philosophy

I am a urologic oncologist specializing in surgical treatment of cancers of the genitourinary tract. I have extensive experience with laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques and apply these approaches routinely to reduce the pain, recovery time, and complications associated with traditional open surgery.

I am skilled in nerve-sparing and organ-reconstructive surgery essential for preserving normal functions when treating prostate, testis, bladder and kidney cancer. I am sensitive to the particular issues regarding the diagnosis of genitourinary cancer and its subsequent treatment, including its physical and emotional effects on the patient and their family and support system.

I recognize each person is unique and requires a treatment individually tailored to them to achieve successful cancer treatment, limited treatment-related side effects and maintained quality of life.


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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow/National Institutes of Health Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bethesda, MD
  • Fellow, Urologic Oncology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Resident, Urology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Cornell University, New York, NY, 1997



  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Urology


  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • Philadelphia Urological Society
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
  • Society of Urologic Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2011-20
  • Main Line Today Top Doctors, 2018-2019
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2019-2020, Urology
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2011-18
Patient Stories

Peter Kendall

Prostate Cancer

Peter Kendall

Prostate Cancer

It all started 10 years ago, when I was 66 years old. I went for my annual physical, and when my doctor got the test results back, she told me my urine had microscopic drops of blood in it. She wanted me to see a urologist, so she set me up with someone at my local hospital. It was just supposed to be a consult.

Unbeknownst to me, and without consulting my primary care physician, this urologist did a biopsy of my prostate when he examined me. I didn’t know what he was doing, I only knew it was very uncomfortable.

Maggie Klein

Kidney Cancer

Maggie Klein

Kidney Cancer

The fact that we caught my kidney cancer so early is amazing. It was the day before my regular medical exam in 2021, and I was going through some old medical records. I just happened to have them with me because I had changed doctors.

I found a chest X-ray from 2014, and at the bottom of the page, it said that I had a growth on my spleen. That was the first I’d heard anything about that, because nobody ever said anything to me about it. So I took it to my medical exam the next day.

Bob Sokolove

Prostate Cancer

Bob Sokolove

Prostate Cancer

I’m 68 years old and a very active person. When I’m not busy working as a lawyer for a firm in Bucks County, which is just north of Philadelphia, you can find me riding my bike, playing and watching sports, or traveling with my wife, Caroline. I’ve never been the wait-and-see type.

John Dallas Bowers

Prostate Cancer

John Dallas Bowers

Prostate Cancer

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer did not come as a complete shock. Cancer in various forms has been one of the generational realities on my mother’s side of the family, and my own history going back decades has included treatment of a series of skin malignancies, most notably, a stage 2 melanoma. So with an uncle who had also been diagnosed with prostate cancer in his early seventies, I figured it was just a matter of time before I would be dealing with the same issue.

Ed Summers

Prostate Cancer

Ed Summers

Prostate Cancer

I felt that I was in the hands of a knowledgeable and extremely competent surgeon at a superior facility.



Selected Publications

Correa AF, Handorf E, Joshi SS, Geynisman DM, Kutikov A, Chen DY, Uzzo RG, Viterbo R, Greenberg RE, Smaldone MC. Differences in Survival Associated with Performance of Lymph Node Dissection in Patients with Invasive Penile Cancer: Results from the National Cancer Database. J Urol, 199(5):1238-44, 2018. PubMed

Martin JM, Handorf EA, Price RA, Cherian G, Buyyounouski MK, et al. Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. 2015; 40(3):186-9. NIHMSID: NIHMS656177 PubMed

Hypoalbuminaemia is associated with mortality in patients undergoing cytoreductive nephrectomy. Corcoran AT, Kaffenberger SD, Clark PE, Walton J, Handorf E, et al. BJU international. 2015; 116(3):351-7. PubMed 

Additional Publications




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  • No Star Ratings Available June 18, 2022
    Very open and easy to communicate with
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2022
    Dr. Chen and his nursing staff have provided excellent care for me for over 8 years. I have and continue to recommend Dr. Chen to anyone who needs his type of care.
  • No Star Ratings Available June 13, 2022
  • 5.0
    June 08, 2022
    Very good
  • No Star Ratings Available June 01, 2022
    Listened attentively and responded with truthfully
  • No Star Ratings Available May 31, 2022
    My doctor is an excellent doctor with great bedside manner.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 21, 2022
    All questions answered
  • No Star Ratings Available May 10, 2022
    Dr. Chen provided a warm, sympathetic and very enlightening interaction with me
  • 5.0
    May 10, 2022
    First time under Fox Chase Health Care services, very pleasant and wonderful experience.
  • 5.0
    May 03, 2022
  • 5.0
    April 22, 2022
    David Chen has excellent bedside manner and has been my care provider for years.
  • 5.0
    April 20, 2022
    They were very concern about my wellbeing.
  • 5.0
    April 19, 2022
    Dr. Chen is an amazing physician and one of the best listeners & communicators I've dealt with. Thank you!!
  • 5.0
    April 11, 2022
    Top notch care and empathy.
  • 5.0
    April 11, 2022
    Dr. Chen is WONDERFUL!!!
  • No Star Ratings Available April 10, 2022
    Everything went well
  • No Star Ratings Available April 09, 2022
    DR Chen was fantastic.
  • No Star Ratings Available April 09, 2022
    Nurse-PA-Dr.Chen very respectful and showed amazing support
  • 4.4
    April 08, 2022
    The doctor said someone would contact me to set up the test/procedures he wanted done. That was several weeks ago and no one has contacted me to set them up yet.
  • No Star Ratings Available April 03, 2022
    Dr. Chen is an excellent doctor who explains things thoroughly, listens intently, and answers questions thoroughly. I highly recommend Dr. Chen.

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