David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS

Dr. 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 

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 2018

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, 2011-18
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2011-18
Patient Stories

John Carr

Prostate Cancer

John Carr

Prostate Cancer

In November 2012, my doctor diagnosed me with prostate cancer after testing a mass we’d been watching. It was caught during a routine physical.

A Second Opinion

The first doctor I saw attempted to treat the cancer with drugs, but they didn’t work.

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. I scheduled an appointment for December 12, 2012 with Dr. David Chen.

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.

Preston Moyer


Preston Moyer


After being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, Preston Moyer underwent life-saving treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center. With the help of Dr. Sanjay Reddy and Dr. Hossein Borghaei, Preston is now cancer free.

Daniel Haubrich

Prostate Cancer

Daniel Haubrich

Prostate Cancer

After Daniel Haubrich was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, his urologist did not think he was a good candidate for surgery, and he offered Daniel little hope that he would make a full recovery. Daniel knew he needed a second opinion and scheduled an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center to see a more experienced surgeon. This time, he was recommended for surgery, and after both surgery and radiation in early 2006, he is now cancer free. "I am grateful to both Dr. Chen and Dr. Horwitz for their positive attitudes, their commitment to care, and for treating me with respect," he said. "My experience at Fox Chase was always positive."



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
    January 01, 2019
    Most caring surgeon I've ever had.
  • 5.0
    November 18, 2018
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    October 25, 2018
    DR. Chen is doing a good job with a difficult case, bladder and kidney cancer
  • 5.0
    October 23, 2018
    Dr. Chen is very thorough!
  • 5.0
    October 22, 2018
    I am confident that Dr. Chen will guide me appropriately.
  • 5.0
    October 11, 2018
    Doctor Chen is All STAR. He saved my life. He is the BEST. Thank you for Doctor Chen
  • 5.0
    October 11, 2018
    Just an easy fine experience
  • 5.0
    October 04, 2018
    Dr. David Chen is a very informative and compassionate physician.
  • 5.0
    October 03, 2018
  • 5.0
    September 04, 2018
    Dr. Chen is outstanding, trustworthy, warm and he is an expert and a pleasure to have as my provider!
  • 5.0
    August 26, 2018
    Felt very confident with Dr. Chen.
  • 5.0
    August 23, 2018
  • 5.0
    August 22, 2018
    I always recommend Dr Chen and Fox Chase
  • 5.0
    August 17, 2018
    Care provider was extremely professional and detailed to me in a way I understood everything about my condition
  • 5.0
    August 14, 2018
  • 5.0
    August 09, 2018
    The best I have ever been with.
  • 5.0
    August 07, 2018
    He listened and answered all my questions. He did NOT rush me out of the office. He was CARING!
  • 5.0
    July 30, 2018
    Dr. Chen was knowledgeable, very professional and respectful.
  • 5.0
    July 26, 2018
    Dr Chen was terrific
  • 4.5
    July 22, 2018
    dr chen is quick, doesn't waste time, but that is a good thing.

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