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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

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

About

Chair, Radiation Oncology

Professor

Gerald E. Hanks Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology

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

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
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

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."

James Slade

Colorectal Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

James Slade

Colorectal Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

I was in my early 60s when my first PSA blood test detected slightly elevated levels, and I was advised to be retested 8 months later. When the levels increased 50% on the second test, my doctor in New Jersey performed a biopsy. The diagnosis was prostate cancer.

John Donahue

Prostate Cancer

John Donahue

Prostate Cancer

John Donahue was concerned about prostate cancer. From the time he had surgery for an enlarged prostate, John was always aware of his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level (a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland). Although his levels were within normal range, they were on an upward climb over a period of 3 to 4 years.

Thomas Donnelly

Colorectal Cancer

Thomas Donnelly

Colorectal Cancer

In 2005, Tom Donnelly left his teaching career to start a web development company. "Although it was a great experience, in 2008 a friend who owned an HVAC business asked me to do account management and sales for him," explained Tom. "It was a wonderful opportunity to work for a fantastic company.” Almost immediately chronic fatigue set in which Tom couldn’t explain. Assuming he was working too much, Tom ignored the weakness and fatigue for two years. He was 38 years old, his career was thriving and he was about to begin graduate school.

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Research Profile

Research Program

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

Additional Publications

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Ratings

134 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.9
  • 4.9
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  • 5.0
  • 4.9

43 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    June 07, 2021
    Dr. and staff were very friendly and professional.
  • 5.0
    May 28, 2021
    Made to feel comfortable as soon as I arrived.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 24, 2021
    Actually look forward to talking to this doctor and "feel" good about the interaction afterwards.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 18, 2021
    EASY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DOCTOR !
  • 5.0
    April 21, 2021
    I sold nuclear medicine equipment and have known a lot of doctors - Dr. Eric Horwitz is rated at the "top."
  • 5.0
    April 21, 2021
    It was a good experience!
  • No Star Ratings Available April 16, 2021
    Great
  • No Star Ratings Available March 13, 2021
    very personable
  • No Star Ratings Available March 04, 2021
    good
  • No Star Ratings Available February 27, 2021
    all good
  • No Star Ratings Available February 19, 2021
    Doctor was very helpful answered all questions
  • No Star Ratings Available February 15, 2021
    Dr. Horwitz and his Resident were excellent
  • No Star Ratings Available February 15, 2021
    [...], and Horwitz are great in providing info. and listening.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 25, 2021
    Dr. Horwitz is excellent. He is the best. Dr. Horwitz and his staff did an excellent job.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 10, 2021
    I have recommended this provider to others.
  • 5.0
    January 07, 2021
    All good.
  • 5.0
    January 06, 2021
    Good - saved my life!!!
  • 5.0
    December 17, 2020
    I have been treated by Eric Horwitz for over a decade and I can't say enough good things about him and his nurse [...]. They are terrific and always give me complete and understandable information. I think Fox Chase is an excellent facility. [...] all staff friendly and helpful.
  • 5.0
    December 14, 2020
    excellent consultation visit...
  • No Star Ratings Available December 13, 2020
    I feel privileged to be a patient treated by Dr Horowitz
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