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 2021

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

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.

Thomas Vanella

Kidney Cancer

Thomas Vanella

Kidney Cancer

When the urologist did an MRI, he found that instead of a cyst, it was a tumor on the kidney and he suggested I have my kidney removed. I was not too sure about having it completely removed and a cousin who had been working for Fox Chase for over 40 years suggested I get a second opinion with a doctor there.

John Carr

Prostate Cancer

John Carr

Prostate Cancer

At a crossroads at my local hospital, I wanted a second opinion, and after seeing an ad about Fox Chase Cancer Center I decided to do some research. Right away Fox Chase made me feel like a priority.



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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  • 5.0
    February 23, 2022
    Dr. Chen and staff are the best, I'm happy he's my [...] doctor, wouldn't want to see anyone else!!
  • 5.0
    February 13, 2022
    Very satisfied with the whole experience...would recommend Fox Chase...Love my Dr.Chen...
  • No Star Ratings Available February 09, 2022
    Dr Chen was great and explained as well as listened.
  • 5.0
    February 05, 2022
    High level of care
  • 5.0
    February 02, 2022
    Dr Chen and his staff at fox chase are second to none
  • 5.0
    January 28, 2022
    Easy access, good competence, genuine concern and clear instructions.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 27, 2022
    Dr. David Chen has been excellent with me he puts my mind at ease with my cancer and gives me hope I have been undetectable for the past 2.5 years
  • 5.0
    January 24, 2022
    Great experience
  • No Star Ratings Available January 20, 2022
    Dr. Chen is phenomenal in his approach and thoroughness in explaining everything in great detail. [...], his PA was also great with follow through, etc.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 12, 2022
    Dr. Chen has always been interested in his patient's (physical and mental) welfare. He does the normal stuff and also looks at things to check for possible misunderstandings to help assure a good outcome for his patient.
  • 5.0
    January 07, 2022
    Dr. Chen is a wonderful physician.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 08, 2021
    Dr Chen is a top shelf physician both for knowledge, bedside manner, and expertise. He is the best doctor I've ever had and would highly recommend him.
  • 5.0
    November 24, 2021
    Dr Chen and staff saved my life.
  • No Star Ratings Available November 13, 2021
    Would absolutely recommend Dr. Chen to others. I greatly value his expertise, beyond anything I had known in prior years with other doctors. And my wife, who was also listening in and participating, were much impressed with his respectable, gentlemanly demeanor. He comes across as a wonderful human being.
  • 5.0
    October 30, 2021
    First doctor to actually show us the issue on a screen.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 23, 2021
    Things went well
  • 5.0
    October 23, 2021
    Good experience
  • No Star Ratings Available October 15, 2021
    Doctor Chen & company always listens to me!
  • 5.0
    October 13, 2021
    Dr. David Chen was excellent!
  • 5.0
    October 13, 2021
    Great experience. Second opinion.

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