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

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


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.

Follow on Twitter: @dytcmd

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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  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    Dr Chen was wonderful
  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    All good
  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    very good
  • 5.0
    October 27, 2020
    Dr. David Chen and his staff are the best.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 25, 2020
    Dr. Chen was very knowledgeable and provided good answers to my questions.
  • 5.0
    October 16, 2020
    Exceptional skill and concern for patients; results beyond my expectations and hopes.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 07, 2020
    good [...]
  • No Star Ratings Available October 02, 2020
    Very thorough answers to my question and recommendation for follow-up.
  • No Star Ratings Available September 28, 2020
    I am thankful to have Dr. Chen as he is the BEST in America [...]
  • No Star Ratings Available September 28, 2020
    I trust Dr. Chen
  • No Star Ratings Available September 28, 2020
    good experience
  • No Star Ratings Available September 03, 2020
    Excellent, I have nothing but kind words for the doctors and staff at Fox Chase, Dr. Chen is a true professional.
  • No Star Ratings Available August 28, 2020
    Very good experience
  • 5.0
    August 16, 2020
    excellent job.
  • 5.0
    August 15, 2020
    Dr. Chen and his staff are great to work with while addressing my bladder cancer.
  • 5.0
    August 01, 2020
    My appreciation for Dr. Chen's ability to talk like a professional without any air of superiority is and was comforting to me. He never gave the impression that he was too busy to answer questions or explain his answers. He knows medical arts which Many doctors ignore. Thank God for him!
  • 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

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