David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program
Urinary Diversions, Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques - Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Urologic cancer ablation therapy (cryosurgery or HIFU)
- Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2011-2017
- America’s Top Doctors® 2015-2017
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.
- 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, 2011-2016
- America’s Top Doctors® 2015-2017
One morning in early October of 2012, Michael Fenick noticed blood in his urine. “I immediately called my primary care physician, Dr. James Sheerer, who then sent me for a urinalysis that day. He also prescribed an antibiotic as he suspected it may have been some type of infection,” recalls Michael. A few days later, Michael was sent for a second urinalysis and that test showed microscopic blood still in his urine not visible to the naked eye.
In 2011, Sue Boyle experienced abdominal pain so intense she went to the ER at her community hospital. “I thought it was a kidney stone. I had recurring kidney issues so I thought it was another kidney stone that was causing the pain,” recalls Sue. The hospital was unable to determine a cause of her pain.
While Marna Brown-Krausz was being treated for ovarian cysts she noticed a recurring pain in her lower left abdomen. She made an appointment with her gynecologist for a physical and further testing. “During my ultrasound, the technician spent more than an hour on my right side instead of my left side where the pain had been. I knew because of the length of time I was there, that something was wrong. Later that evening, my gynecologist called to tell me I likely had cancer in my right kidney,” recalls Marna, who has a busy professional life as a realtor.
Family is very important to Joan Windish, a loving wife, mother and grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters. In addition to family, Joan recognizes that her faith has helped her get through many challenges in her life – especially health issues. In 2006, at the age of 61, Joan had a hysterectomy as a result of uterine cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. Even after her uterine cancer was resolved, she soon developed new problems.
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