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

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

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.

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.



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 24, 2021
    Dr. Chen is EXCELLENT! He is extremely knowledgeable about cutting edge technologies & procedures, professional, empathetic and takes all the time necessary to fully answer all of my questions. I feel that I could not find a better doctor to manage my prostate healthcare!This visit was my regular six month check-up during which we reviewed my latest PSA test results and charted the path forward.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Dr. Chen, as well as everyone at Fox Chase, have unfailingly provided me with superior skill and care. They are also very considerate of my family members.
  • 4.0
    July 24, 2021
    Excellent Doctor
  • No Star Ratings Available July 18, 2021
    I always feel as if I was Dr D Chen's only patient. His concern and answering g of my questions is detailed and never rushed.
  • No Star Ratings Available July 16, 2021
    Dr. Chen is an excellent doctor.
  • 5.0
    June 28, 2021
    Dr. Chen is wonderful!!
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2021
    Dr. Chen is awesome!!
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2021
    Dr. & nurses were exceptional in every way concerning my care!
  • 5.0
    June 15, 2021
    Dr. Chen saved my life style.
  • No Star Ratings Available June 06, 2021
    My experience was very good. I can't say enough about the entire staff - nurses, etc.
  • 5.0
    May 26, 2021
    Excellent experience with every aspect of this procedure. Thank you all!
  • No Star Ratings Available May 23, 2021
    Doctor Chen was awesome!!
  • 5.0
    May 22, 2021
    5 star!!
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2021
    My Fox Chase team, from the receptionist to the nurses & Dr. Chen, are as good as it gets, don't change anything!
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2021
    This is the reason I chose Dr. Chen because of his professional experience and excellent review online
  • 5.0
    May 05, 2021
    Dr. Chen was excellent in explaining proceedure along with risks, benefits and alternatives. I asked him many questions yet I never felt rushed. He addressed my concerns thoroughly and professionally. His advice was fact based and I never felt pressured to go with one therapy versus another. he spoke openly about his experience, approach and outcomes. while I am still researching surgical options versus radiology, I feel confident in choosing him should I elect surgery.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 01, 2021
    Dr. Chen is very thorough in his explanations. He has a great bedside manner.
  • 5.0
    April 28, 2021
    Excellent Service & Care as always. Very satisfied
  • 5.0
    April 21, 2021
    Dr. Chen is one of the best physicians I have ever worked with. He is one of the best communicators, a good listener and thoughtful in his response.
  • No Star Ratings Available April 21, 2021
    excellent discussion with Dr Chen

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