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 2019

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

  • Best Doctors in America® , 2019-2020, Urology
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2011-19
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2011-18
Patient Stories

David Francis

Kidney Cancer

David Francis

Kidney Cancer

When Dave Francis gets on his bike, he feels like a kid again.  The native Philadelphian celebrated his 72nd birthday this year by riding in the Tour de Shore, a 65-mile ride for charity to the Jersey shore in 2015.

Not so bad for a guy who survived kidney cancer.

Robert Maley

Prostate Cancer

Robert Maley

Prostate Cancer

Physically fit and realizing the importance of annual physicals, Robert Maley included prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings in his annual check-up, which can indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer. When his PSA scores continued to rise, he consulted a local urologist near his home in Wilkes-Bare, PA. A biopsy was performed in 2003 and it proved evidence of prostate cancer. There was also a family history of prostate cancer, so he took swift action.

Brian Derby

Testicular Cancer

Brian Derby

Testicular Cancer

Before his cancer diagnosis, Brian Derby was a very quiet and private person. In June 2014, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Brian understood the importance of seeking medical attention quickly after noticing a change in his body. “I decided to go public with my experience because if I can help other guys catch cancer early, it’s worth me sharing my story,” Brian says.

Arland Hotchkiss

Prostate Cancer

Arland Hotchkiss

Prostate Cancer

I never dreamed that working for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a plant physiologist might save my life. However, as a federal employee, I had the benefit of annual physical exams. Since I turned 40, I have had an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, which helps doctors determine a man’s risk for prostate cancer. At the age of 50, with no family history of prostate cancer, I was never concerned about getting the results. However, in 2008, my levels reached an all-time high.

Calvin Hill

Prostate Cancer

Calvin Hill

Prostate Cancer

While in his thirties, Calvin Hill heeded the advice of his family doctor, who suggested an annual PSA (prostate-specific antigen) exam that can indicate risk of prostate cancer. “She told me to make sure I keep on top of the levels so if there was an issue I could control the problem, and the problem wouldn’t control me,” Calvin recalls.

For almost 20 years, Calvin’s PSA levels remained in the normal range. Then, they started to edge higher and higher. At age 61, in 2010, his levels became even more elevated and his primary doctor suggested it was time to see a urologist.



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
    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.
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2019
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    May 15, 2019
  • 5.0
    May 09, 2019
    Dr. David Chen is an outstanding physician in every area of care that concerns me--clinical expertise, compassion, humor, extraordinary communicator, great listener, leaves no question unanswered, warmth, understanding and speaks tome as an individual with individual concerns. probably the best MD I have ever been treated by.
  • 5.0
    May 04, 2019
    I'm alive and quite healthy because of Dr. Chen and his expertise and concern.
  • 5.0
    May 03, 2019
    Recommend them very highly.
  • 5.0
    May 01, 2019
    Very good.
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2019
    Excellent staff always, excellent care, & very respectful at all times
  • 5.0
    April 29, 2019
    I have been under the care of Dr. Chen for 6 years. I believe he saved my life. Dr. Chen and his staff have my utmost respect and admiration.
  • 5.0
    April 18, 2019
    [...] everything was excellent.
  • 5.0
    April 14, 2019
    I am very happy with the care I received from Dr. Chen and his associates and office.
  • 5.0
    March 30, 2019
    always a good experience

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