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

Robert Singer

Prostate Cancer

Robert Singer

Prostate Cancer

"In 1998, at the age of 66, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. "

Judith Bernstein

Breast Cancer;  Lung Cancer;  Lymphoma;  Skin Cancer;  Thyroid Cancer

Judith Bernstein

Breast Cancer;  Lung Cancer;  Lymphoma;  Skin Cancer;  Thyroid Cancer

As a person who has been diagnosed and treated for various types of cancer, I can say with certainty:  Run, don’t walk, to Fox Chase Cancer Center. I have given this piece of advice more times than I can count because I know that where you begin your cancer treatment really does matter.

Edward Bandtlow

Kidney Cancer;  Skin Cancer

Edward Bandtlow

Kidney Cancer;  Skin Cancer

I had been too busy with my career as an executive career coach at my own company, ExecWorth Advisor, to do anything about a suspicious spot on my face. In fact, I had been ignoring the spot for quite some time until a physician friend in July 2008 told me that I was long overdue in seeing a dermatologist.

Bob Devlin

Head & Neck Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Bob Devlin

Head & Neck Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

When Bob Devlin was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck, he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After undergoing two surgeries and radiation therapy, Bob was later diagnosed with prostate cancer, and also received treatment at Fox Chase. After surviving both squamous cell cancer and prostate cancer, Bob and his wife decided it was important to give back, and to date they have raised more than $7,200 for Fox Chase cancer research. 



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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