MENU

Elizabeth Plimack, MD, MS

Betsy Plimack, MD, MS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Chief, Division of Genitourinary Medical Oncology

Director, Genitourinary Clinical Research 

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Research Program

Treatment Philosophy

With a diagnosis of cancer comes uncertainty and fear for many patients. As a medical oncologist, my first job is to help each patient understand his or her diagnosis. With that understanding, together we can design the best plan of action. At Fox Chase, each patient has the benefit of an interdisciplinary team working together to ensure the highest quality care. This interdisciplinary approach is crucial in determining and implementing the best treatment plan.

I specialize in the treatment of kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancer, and my clinical practice is focused on these diseases. By concentrating exclusively on genitourinary malignancies I am able to offer expert knowledge as well as access to both standard treatments and emerging therapies in the form of clinical trials. The pace of scientific discovery has accelerated in recent decades, and fortunately we have seen these discoveries translate into meaningful improvements in cancer treatments.

As part of the genitourinary group here at Fox Chase, I am proud to be a part of a team of distinguished researchers who have pioneered many of these new treatments. My particular research efforts focus on the development of new therapies for bladder and kidney cancer.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Chief Fellow, Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, New York University Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital, NY
  • MS, Patient-Based Biologic Research, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 2008
  • MD with Honors in Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, 2002

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Bladder/Penile Cancers Panel
    • Kidney/Testicular Cancers Panel
    • Prostate Cancer Panel
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Forum Excellence Award, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2012
  • Humanitas Award, Division of Cancer Medicine Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008
  • Award for Achievement in Clinical Investigation, Division of Cancer Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008
  • Research Forum, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008
  • Honorable Mention, First Annual Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, 2008
  • ASCO Foundation Merit Award, ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, 2008
Patient Stories

Michael Fenick

Bladder Cancer

Michael Fenick

Bladder Cancer

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.

Kevin Galligan

Kidney Cancer

Kevin Galligan

Kidney Cancer

In July 2012, Kevin Galligan returned from a business trip to the Middle East with a respiratory infection and a bad cough. His internist prescribed an antibiotic and suggested a chest X-Ray. After several days on the drug, the cough and related symptoms were gone and Kevin was feeling well. The following week, Kevin’s doctor called with the X-Ray results, pointing out an issue on his right lung. Kevin promptly met with a pulmonologist.

Andrew Swider

Kidney Cancer

Andrew Swider

Kidney Cancer

A Vietnam veteran with experience on the battlefront, Andrew Swider knows one thing for sure. “There’s nobody I’d rather have in the foxhole with me than Dr. Kutikov.”

Ted Ritter

Bladder Cancer

Ted Ritter

Bladder Cancer

Ted Ritter, a mechanical engineer, spent 20 years running his own business. He spent the last 10 administrating a small municipality in South Jersey. During this time, he and his wife, Sheila, raised four children. In January 2010, Ted, who was 66, retired, moving forward to the next chapter of his life which was to include time in Florida, golf, exercise and some part-time work. But life doesn't always cooperate with your plans.

Marcia Renouf

Bladder Cancer

Marcia Renouf

Bladder Cancer

In February 2012, Marcia Renouf, 65, noticed blood in her urine. Knowing that was cause for concern, she quickly called her primary care physician. “My only symptom was blood in the urine. I saw my doctor that morning and had an ultrasound that afternoon,” Marcia recalls.

Following her ultrasound, Marcia was referred to a local urologist for additional testing. She and her husband, John, traveled to the urologist who performed a same day cystoscopy, which revealed a tumor in her bladder.

Pages

Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Biomarkers predictive of response to neoadjuvant cisplatin based chemotherapy in bladder cancer
  • Refining neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimens for bladder cancer
  • Developmental Therapeutics – early stage clinical trials of novel agents
  • Immunotherapy in GU Malignancies
Publications

Additional Publications

MyNCBI