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

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

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
    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.
  • 5.0
    July 21, 2018
    Dr. Chen gave us the confidence we were looking for in a provider. he was very informative, clear, compassionate and took time to answer all of our questions in detail, never felt rushed. would definitely recommend him to friends or family.
  • 5.0
    June 13, 2018
    Dr Chen is a knowledgeable and compassionate physcian.
  • 5.0
    June 07, 2018
    I have been under Dr. Chen's care for about 2 years due to prostate surgery and follow up. My experience with Dr. Chen can only be described as outstanding.
  • 5.0
    June 03, 2018
    Very good! That says it all.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 31, 2018
    Dr. Hallman and the team was were outstanding. While Dr. Chen was the surgeon, Dr. Hallman was the physician with whom I had all interaction.
  • 5.0
    May 22, 2018
    he is such a wonderful dr
  • 5.0
    May 10, 2018
    travel a long way but complete confidence in my care
  • 5.0
    May 09, 2018
    The physician made us very comfortable
  • 5.0
    May 06, 2018
    have told many people about the great care I was given

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