David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS

Dr. David Chen

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

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


Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program 

Associate Chief Academic Officer

Kidney, Bladder, and Prostate Cancer TRDG Member

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 2020

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

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.

Joseph Trunkwalter

Prostate Cancer

Joseph Trunkwalter

Prostate Cancer

Like most men, getting regular checkups is not at the top of my list, but my wife has always made it a priority. And I’m glad she did because about seven years ago, it saved my life.

Paul Kotkiewicz

Ureteral Cancer

Paul Kotkiewicz

Ureteral Cancer

About Ureteral CancerWith more than 40 years between my first and second cancer experiences, I have personally experienced the incredible advances in treatment that cancer researchers have made over the decades.



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
    July 26, 2020
    very good experience. I am glad to have doctor David Chen and his team to take care of my health.
  • 5.0
    July 25, 2020
    Exceptional care. Willing to assign dates for BCG to fit into my schedule. The doctor and his nurses are kind and very courteous. I would recommend him and his staff highly.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2020
    Great doctor and total team.
  • 5.0
    July 13, 2020
    Dr Chen makes cancer patients feel good. He is a very kind man
  • 5.0
    June 27, 2020
    Dr. Chen has an excellent bedside manner, explains things very well, allots sufficient time to me (and I suspect to other patients), and rises to the utmost level of his calling. He truly exemplifies the Hippocratic Oath!
  • 5.0
    June 26, 2020
    Fox Chase Cancer Center is a class organization from top to bottom. Dr David Y Chen is excellent/fabulous. Thanks for all your efforts on my behalf.
  • 5.0
    June 23, 2020
    No complaints of any kind. I am always treated with respect and diligence at Dr Chen's office. I wish I didn't need any medical care at all from anyone, but since I do, I can't think of a place I could get better care.
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2020
  • 5.0
    June 17, 2020
    Dr. Chen's wonderful [...].
  • 5.0
    June 16, 2020
    Dr. Chen saved my bladder and resolved life long issues I have dealt with. Fox Chase is an excellent cancer facility.
  • 5.0
    June 12, 2020
  • 5.0
    June 11, 2020
    Dr. Chen and his staff are the very best. I am very comfortable with the care I receive, always.
  • 5.0
    June 04, 2020
    Done by telemedicine. Very good experience. Dr Chen was attentive and was though in his explanations. As always a good listener and caring person. He keeps me well informed of my situation and the direction we are moving
  • 5.0
    May 26, 2020
    Just recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and after further investigation on my part to see who and where I should seek treatment, I chose Fox Chase. [...] I am very happy that I have chosen Fox Chase as I am now just recovering from Prostate Cancer Surgery. From Administration, Nurses and Medical Team, Thank You. Especially to Dr. David Chen. Great Doctor and person.
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2020
    Very impressed with Dr. Chen & all support personnel.
  • 5.0
    May 19, 2020
    my experience with the office and Dr. Chen was via phone and telemedicine due to the Coronavirus. Notwithstanding, my experience with Dr. Chen, his nurse and the rest of the office was excellent.
  • 5.0
    May 17, 2020
    Dr. Chen & his assistant [...] treated me fantastic. They are tops in my opinion.
  • 5.0
    April 27, 2020
    I had a 2nd opinion with Dr. Chen. I decided to switch over to Dr. Chen because of Dr. Chen, his office staff and dealing with Fox Chase. I am very happy I changed over.
  • 5.0
    April 24, 2020
    Dr. Chen and the staff were excellent with the care, safety for all of us from the time I entered the building until the time I exited the building. Dr. Chen is the most down to earth doctor that I ever met and he really cares about his patient.
  • 5.0
    April 23, 2020
    I really like Dr Chen

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