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

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.

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
    October 27, 2019
    I have already recommended Fox Chase to people for cancer concerns as well as doctor Chen
  • 5.0
    October 23, 2019
    Dr Chen and staff are the best
  • 5.0
    October 18, 2019
    I always have a great experience. [...].
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2019
    i wish all medical providers were like this
  • 5.0
    October 15, 2019
    All good
  • 5.0
    October 14, 2019
    Dr. Chen is a gold standard blessing elite care giver who relates with empathy & humility: He went out of the box to save my bladder with BCG. Grateful thankful & appreciative.
  • 5.0
    October 10, 2019
    outstanding in every way.
  • 5.0
    September 27, 2019
    Doctor Chen is the BEST. Philadelphia Magazine should list only one Urologist as the Best. He works at FOX CHASE. THANK YOU for my life saver Dr. CHEN
  • 5.0
    September 24, 2019
    My visit provided a friendly environment and professional service. I always feel Dr. Chen cares about me and my life.
  • 5.0
    September 22, 2019
    My experience with Dr. Chen was very good. [...]
  • 5.0
    September 19, 2019
    Dr. Chen is a phenomenal physician in terms of how he listens, communicates, and shows empathy. If only all physicians could be like him! We couldn't be more satisfied with his care. [...]
  • 5.0
    August 18, 2019
    Thanks so much!
  • 5.0
    August 16, 2019
    Considering the severity of my illness, Dr Chen put me at ease with his confidence and respect he had for me the patient.
  • 5.0
    August 12, 2019
    Great experience.
  • 5.0
    August 08, 2019
    always a very good experience
  • 5.0
    August 08, 2019
    dr. Chan and his team always take the necessary time and courtesy to listen to my concerns and answer my questions. He and his team are very patient and very compassionate.
  • 5.0
    July 31, 2019
    dr chen is the best and his staff is wonderful. he is an asset to fox chase.
  • 5.0
    July 23, 2019
    Good overall experience .
  • 5.0
    July 20, 2019
    Dr Chen is a consistent example of a caring, highly competent,empathetic, and comforting physician. Recommend him without reservation and with confidence; thankful to have his services.
  • 5.0
    July 19, 2019
    Dr. David Chen was very professional, friendly, compassionate, patient and was taking the time to explain all medical issues in detail very clearly. The staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center was very efficient, friendly and courteous.

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