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Eric M. Horwitz, MD, FABS, FASTRO

Eric Horwitz, MD, FABS, FASTRO

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Chair, Radiation Oncology

Professor

Gerald E. Hanks Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology

Kidney, Bladder, and Prostate Cancer TRDG Member

NCCN, Prostate Cancer Panel Member

Treatment Focus

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • HDR temporary prostate brachytherapy
  • LDR permanent prostate brachytherapy

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020
   Radiation Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

In addition to my focus on treating and caring for patients with prostate and bladder cancer, it is my responsibility as Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase; an NCI designated National Comprehensive Cancer Center to promote the mission of the Center to prevail over cancer. Our department's expertise has always focused on developing and integrating sophisticated technology into successful treatment for our cancer patients and I remain committed to continuing and expanding this legacy. However, the successful treatment of a patient is not just based on the technology that is available. Being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment is one of the most difficult things that many people will ever face, and it is crucial that we as caregivers do not forget this. Caring for patients as one important part of a multidisciplinary team allows us in the Department of Radiation Oncology to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Chair, Radiation Oncology

Since joining the staff in 1997, Dr. Horwitz's contributions include spearheading the clinical program as it grew exponentially in size and patient volumes. He developed advanced treatment programs using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy and brachytherapy, including high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

As a result, Fox Chase was the first in the northeastern United States to offer HDR implants to men with prostate cancer.

In addition, Dr. Horwitz integrated the use of an MRI treatment simulator into prostate cancer treatment planning for both permanent, low-dose prostate implants and external radiation therapy. Fox Chase was the first in the world to use MRI in radiation treatment planning... Expand

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Resident, Radiation Oncology, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
  • MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 1992
  • BA, History, Chemistry minor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1988

Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology, Radiation Oncology

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Prostate Cancer Panel
  • American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  • American Brachytherapy Society (ABS)
  • American Board of Radiology (ABR)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2002, 2005-20
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2013-14, 2019-2020, Radiation Oncology
  • Inaugural Fellow, American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), 2017
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors, 2015
  • Volunteer Service Award, American Board of Radiology, 2014
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Brachytherapy Society, 2010
Patient Stories

Howard Tomlinson

Prostate Cancer

Howard Tomlinson

Prostate Cancer

I’m 66 years old and a resident of Princeton, New Jersey. I’m retired now, but I worked on Wall Street for 43 years and have been looking forward to spending my retirement doing things I love like playing golf, running, and giving back to the community.

Walter Masinick

Prostate Cancer

Walter Masinick

Prostate Cancer

The biopsy came back positive even though all my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests were normal at the time. The doctor suggested I get checked in about a year, but I wanted something done sooner and decided to get a second opinion.

Daniel Haubrich

Prostate Cancer

Daniel Haubrich

Prostate Cancer

After Daniel Haubrich was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, his urologist did not think he was a good candidate for surgery, and he offered Daniel little hope that he would make a full recovery. Daniel knew he needed a second opinion and scheduled an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center to see a more experienced surgeon. This time, he was recommended for surgery, and after both surgery and radiation in early 2006, he is now cancer free. "I am grateful to both Dr. Chen and Dr. Horwitz for their positive attitudes, their commitment to care, and for treating me with respect," he said. "My experience at Fox Chase was always positive."

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

Kevin Logan

Head & Neck Cancer

In 2010, Kevin Logan noticed a lump on his neck which turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue. Upon the recommendation to seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer, that's where Kevin and his wife, Devra, went even though it was a three-hour drive from their home in Maryland. Kevin underwent a successful treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and once he finished treatment, he returned to work full-time. "Many people who knew about my cancer often called to ask where I was treated, and I’m always telling them, 'Fox Chase is the place to go,' and I always will," he said.

Ed Horowitz

Prostate Cancer

Ed Horowitz

Prostate Cancer

When Ed Horowitz was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, he had to make a decision whether to undergo radiation or surgery. After receiving one opinion from a surgeon at a large Philadelphia hospital, he decided to seek a second opinion from Dr. Eric Horwitz, chair of radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Ed liked Dr. Horowitz's warm demeanor and sense of humor and decided to be treated with IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) combined with hormone injections, followed by radiation and hormone therapy. The treatment was successful. A few years later, his cancer returned, isolated to his shoulder this time. Ed started another course of chemotherapy in March 2016. "My cancer has not grown and has not spread since I completed chemotherapy," he said. "I always recommend Fox Chase to anyone considering treatment for prostate cancer. I consider myself fortunate to have gone there for treatment."

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Determining outcomes in treatment for prostate cancer patients treated with external beam radiation and brachytherapy
  • Developing image guidance techniques for prostate cancer radiation
  • Developing new bladder preservation techniques to treat patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer
Publications

Selected Publications

Rosenthal SA, Hu C, Sartor O, Gomella LG, Amin MB, Purdy J, Michalski JM, Garzotto MG, Pervez N, Balogh AG, Rodrigues GB, Souhami L, Reaume MN, Williams SG, Hannan R, Horwitz EM, Raben A, Peters CA, Feng FY, Shipley WU, Sandler HM. Effect of Chemotherapy With Docetaxel With Androgen Suppression and Radiotherapy for Localized High-Risk Prostate Cancer: The Randomized Phase III NRG Oncology RTOG 0521 Trial. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology:Jco1802158, 2019. PubMed

Martin, J.M., Li, T., Johnson, M.E., Murphy, C.T., Howald, A.G., Smaldone, M.C., Kutikov, A., Chen, D.Y., Viterbo, R., Greenberg, R.E., Uzzo, R.G., Horwitz, E.M. Use of Postprostatectomy Radiation Therapy at an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.  J Natl Compr Canc Netw  13:  525-30; 2015. PubMed

Horwitz, E.M. and Weinberg, D.S.  Medicare physician payment data: Is this transparency?  Ann. Int. Med.  161(4):  291-292; 2014. PubMed

Horwitz EM. ABS brachytherapy consensus guidelines. Brachytherapy. 11(1):  4-5, 2012. PubMed

Davis BJ, Horwitz EM, Lee WR, Crook, J. M.; Stock, R. G.; Merrick, G. S.; Butler, W. M.; Grimm, P. D.; Stone, N. N.; Potters, L.; Zietman, A. L.; Zelefsky, M. J.  American Brachytherapy Society consensus guidelines for transrectal ultrasound-guided permanent prostate brachytherapy.  Brachytherapy 11(1):6-19, 2012. PubMed

Crook, J.M.; O'Callaghan, C.J.; Duncan, G.; Dearnaley, D.P.; Higano, C.S.; Horwitz, E.M.; Frymire, E.; Malone, S.; Chin, J.; Nabid, A.; Warde, P.; Corbett, T.; Angyalfi, S.; Goldenberg, S.L.; Gospodarowicz, M.K.; Saad, F.; Logue, J.P.; Hall, E.; Schellhammer, P.F.; Ding, K.; Klotz, L.  Intermittent androgen suppression for rising PSA level after radiotherapy.  New England Journal of Medicine 367:  895-903; 2012. PubMed

Rosenthal, S.A.; Bittner, N.H.; Beyer, D.C.; Demanes, D.J.; Goldsmith, B.J.; Horwitz, E.M.; Ibbott, G.S.; Lee, W.R.; Nag, S.; Suh, W.W.; Potters, L.  American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American College of Radiology (ACR) practice guideline for the transperineal permanent brachytherapy of prostate cancer.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 79:  335-41; 2011.  PubMed

Horwitz, E.M.  Why External Beam Radiotherapy Is Treatment of Choice for Most Men With Early-stage Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer.  Urology 73:  470-472; 2009. PubMed

Horwitz, E.M.; Bae, K.; Hanks, G.E.; Porter, A.; Grignon, D.; Brereton, H.; Venkatesan, V.; Lawton, C.A.; Rosenthal, S.A.; Sandler, H.M.; Shipley, W.U.  Ten-Year Follow-Up of RTOG 92-02:  A Phase III Trial of the Duration of Elective Androgen Deprivation in Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer.  Journal of Clinical Oncology 26:  2497-2504; 2008. PubMed

Langer, C.J.; Harris, J.; Horwitz, E.M.; Nicolaou, N.; Kies, M.; Curran, W.J.; Wong, S.J.; Ang, K.K.  Phase II study of paclitaxel, cisplatin in combination with split course concomitant hyperfractionated re-irradiation in patients with recurrent squamous cell cancer of the head and neck cancer:  Preliminary results of RTOG 99-11.  Journal of Clinical Oncology 25:  4800-4805; 2007. PubMed

Horwitz, E.M.; Levy, L.B.; Thames, H.D.; Kuban, D.A.; Kupelian, P.A.; Martinez, A.A.; Michalski, J.M.; Pisansky T.M.; Sandler, H.M.; Shipley, W.U.; Zelefsky, M.J.; Hanks, G.E.; Zietman, A.L.  The Biochemical And Clinical Significance Of The Post-Treatment PSA Bounce For Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With External Beam Radiation Therapy Alone: A Multi-Institutional Pooled Analysis.  Cancer 1071:  1496-1502; 2006. PubMed

Kuban, D.A.; Levy, L.B.; Potters, L.; Beyer, D.C.; Blasko, J.C.; Moran, B.J.; Ciezki, J.P.; Zietman, A.L.; Zelefsky, M.J.; Pisansky, T.M.; Elshaikh, M.; Horwitz, E.M.  Comparison of biochemical failure definitions for permanent prostate brachytherapy.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics 65:  1487-1493; 2006. PubMed

Horwitz, E.M.; Thames, H.D.; Kuban, D.A.; Levy, L.B.; Kupelian, P.A.; Martinez, A.A.; Michalski, J.M.; Pisansky T.M.; Sandler, H.M.; Shipley, W.U.; Zelefsky, M.J.; Hanks, G.E.; Zietman, A.L.  Definitions Of Biochemical Failure That Best Predict Clinical Failure In Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With External Beam Radiation Alone - A Multi-Institutional Pooled Analysis.  Journal of Urology 173:797-802; 2005. PubMed

Horwitz, E.M.; Uzzo, R.G.; Hanlon, A.L.; Greenberg, R.E.; Hanks, G.E.; Pollack, A.  Modifying the ASTRO definition of biochemical failure to minimize the influence of backdating in patients with prostate cancer treated with 3D conformal radiation therapy alone.  Journal of Urology 169:  2153-2159; 2003. PubMed

Hanks, G.E.; Hanlon, A.L.; Epstein, B.; Horwitz, E.M.  Dose response in prostate cancer with 8-12 year follow-up.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics 54:  427-435; 2002. PubMed

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Ratings

220 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.9
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  • 4.9

53 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 31, 2020
    Dr. Horwitz is not only an outstanding doctor, but he is a terrific human being. He's the best. [...]
  • 5.0
    July 30, 2020
    Great patient care on follow up I travel 100 miles OW for this great care, and would not go anywhere else.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2020
    All of my questions were thoroughly answered.
  • 5.0
    June 26, 2020
    ENTIRELY SATISFIED
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    I have always felt I was respected.
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    conversation (open and relaxed with care provider went well.
  • 5.0
    May 29, 2020
    high degree of customer satisfaction
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2020
    Dr. Eric Horwitz has superb manners with patients, listens attentively, responds in a sensitive and thorough fashion, and provides medically sound, fact-based advice. I have full and total confidence in Dr. Horwitz's expertise as we move forward to schedule treatment for my cancer. I would recommend Dr. Horwitz with the strongest possible endorsement. I spoke with three other Oncologists, and felt most comfortable and confident with the treatment I would receive with Dr. Horwitz.
  • 5.0
    May 15, 2020
    Dr Horwitz is outstanding and represents FCCC withthe highest professionalism that I would expect. he has been fantastic since treating my cancer, several years ago.
  • 5.0
    May 14, 2020
    Dr. Horwitz and [...] always give me the best possible care with a great attitude. It's really comforting.
  • 5.0
    May 12, 2020
    I am 100% satisfied with the services I received Dr. Horwitz & [...] did an excellent job & services.
  • 5.0
    May 11, 2020
    Drs. [...] and Horwitz are excellent physicians. [...]
  • 5.0
    March 26, 2020
    excellent as always
  • 5.0
    March 15, 2020
    Excellent experience
  • 5.0
    March 13, 2020
    Dr Horwiz's team is top shelf.
  • 5.0
    February 19, 2020
    Great hospital, Great doctor, Great staff. I can not say how grateful I was to have found this hospital and doctor. God bless all involved in this hospital. Keep up the great work.
  • 5.0
    January 25, 2020
    Dr. Eric Horwitz was very understanding and had a wonderful bedside manner. My experience at Fox Chase Cancer Hospital was excellent. Dr. Eric Horwitz and your staff are a great asset to your hospital and thank you again for my wonderful care and especially to Dr. Eric Horwitz.
  • 5.0
    January 21, 2020
    A troubling medical issue made easier by human connection.
  • 5.0
    January 15, 2020
    Good.
  • 5.0
    December 30, 2019
    Very caring & professional thank you for everything you do.
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