David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS

Dr. Chen

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Associate 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

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."

Michael Fenick

Bladder Cancer

Michael Fenick

Bladder Cancer

On my 56th birthday in October 2012, I learned I had a mass on my bladder, and eight weeks later I was told that I had bladder cancer. Now, years later, my wife, Michele, and I enjoy spending time with children and grandchildren, traveling, and socializing with our friends.

Sue Boyle

Bladder Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

Sue Boyle

Bladder Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

My story begins in 2011 when I went to the emergency room at my community hospital with intense abdominal pain. I had experienced kidney stones in the past, and I thought that I was having another recurrence.

Marna Brown-Krausz

Kidney Cancer

Marna Brown-Krausz

Kidney Cancer

I reached a milestone at the beginning of 2017: I had been cancer free for five years following my treatment for kidney cancer.



Selected Publications

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
    February 20, 2018
    Very good experience
  • 5.0
    February 13, 2018
    [...] Dr Chen was very nice, informative. I really was there for a second opinion. The Drs here in Nj were saying cancer/maybe surgery/ keep getting cats and and dye. I'm happy Dr Chen said I'm good and he will take over my care and I will do follow up scans. I didn't think I had cancer the Drs here thought so or were flip flopping it would seem. so I'm thankful Dr Chen is going to take over and I don't have cancer and I don't have to worry
  • 5.0
    February 12, 2018
    This initial visit - a consultation went well. My procedures (prostate biopsy) is still to come.
  • 5.0
    February 10, 2018
    Dr. Chen's great!
  • 5.0
    February 08, 2018
    Dr Chen is excellent.He is sincere.he saved my life.He is the best .

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