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 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

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.

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.



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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  • No Star Ratings Available January 29, 2021
    went to 3 local surgeons prior to fox chase. 2 of them horrified me with their choices of treatment.dr.chen asked what I wanted out of my surgery. gave me EXACTLY what he promised.3 mo ths afterburner my psa is down to 0.3.I have no side effects.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 29, 2021
    Best experience
  • No Star Ratings Available January 25, 2021
  • 5.0
    January 15, 2021
  • 5.0
    January 15, 2021
    Dr. Chen took time to explain everything clearly and my options.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 15, 2021
    I am very happy to talk to Dr. Chen. He is very compassionate and knowledgeable about my situation. I am very bless to have him working with me. He came up with a treatment plan to help me. I am so comfortable in talking to him. This is how a doctor should show that he or she really care about the health of the patient.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 08, 2021
    Dr. Chen spent his valuable time answering my questions thoughtfully.
  • 5.0
    December 22, 2020
    in my opinion Dr David Chen is a GOD sent. Unfortunately, over the years I have been attended by a number of physicians for various medical issues and I can honestly say that Dr. Chen is truely one of the best. He unlike so many others clearly displays a true calling to This noble profession. This seems obvious in his sphere of knowledge and bedside manner. He is also held in high regard by fellow colleagues as I have learned. Without hesitation i would recommend Dr. Chen to others including my family. Cudos to you Dr.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 19, 2020
    I have already recommended Dr. Chen and Fox Chase CC to someone.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 07, 2020
    The doctor showed high concern in his concern about my condition.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 02, 2020
    very good care by Dr Chen on concerns'
  • No Star Ratings Available November 28, 2020
    I have always received excellent care at Fox Chase and by Dr. Chen.
  • 5.0
    November 24, 2020
    I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Chen and his staff. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
  • No Star Ratings Available November 13, 2020
    Both DFr Chen and his Nurse [...] are excellent to work with and I have all the faith in the world in them. Dr Chen is even taking the lead role in coordinating care with another Dr at Fox Chase and one of my local Dr's in regards to another issue I have outside of his expertise. I can,t say enough about Dr Chen
  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    Dr Chen was wonderful
  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    All good
  • No Star Ratings Available October 30, 2020
    very good
  • 5.0
    October 27, 2020
    Dr. David Chen and his staff are the best.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 25, 2020
    Dr. Chen was very knowledgeable and provided good answers to my questions.
  • 5.0
    October 16, 2020
    Exceptional skill and concern for patients; results beyond my expectations and hopes.

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