Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD, FASGE, AGAF

Jeffrey Tokar, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Director, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Director, Advanced Endoscopy Training Program

Treatment Focus

Interventional/Advanced Endoscopy

  1. Medical and endoscopic management of pancreatic and biliary disorders (e.g., ERCP)
  2. Endoscopic oncology, including endoscopic resection of gastrointestinal neoplasia and endoscopic stenting
  3. Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  4. Management of complex colorectal polyps
  5. Small bowel endoscopy (enteroscopy)
  6. Endoscopic management of gastrointestinal strictures and fistulae

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021

Treatment Philosophy

Fox Chase Cancer Center is a multidisciplinary center with a thriving academic Gastroenterology group of board-certified gastroenterologists, each with his/her own areas of expertise and unique training backgrounds. During my gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at the University of Virginia, I became interested in advanced endoscopic procedures, or a subspecialty of gastroenterology that is sometimes referred to as “interventional endoscopy” or “therapeutic endoscopy”.  I therefore completed an additional year of training to learn how to perform these more advanced endoscopic procedures. Since completion of my formal training, I have continually strived to adopt new techniques and technologies, allowing me to provide outstanding, cutting-edge care to my patients.  For example, I was one of the first physicians in the United States to perform a group of procedures known as “device-assisted enteroscopy”, and have since treated patients from throughout the entire east coast of the United States as well as taught physicians throughout the United States so that they could offer similar expertise to their patients.

The gastroenterology team at Fox Chase Cancer Center is regionally and nationally recognized for its expertise in high-end endoscopic procedures, working with innovative biotechnology companies to develop novel endoscopic approaches to complex gastrointestinal disorders. This enables us to offer patients endoscopic procedures that are frequently not available at other medical centers. We also have the privilege of working with, on a daily basis, nationally-recognized experts in the fields of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Pathology, and Radiology and to collaborate with scientists and researchers, all of whom have the shared goals of providing top-notch, personalized patient care and identifying new and better ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer. 

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Interventional Endoscopy, University of Virginia Health System, Digestive Health Center of Excellence, Charlottesville, VA
  • Fellow, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Virginia Health System, Digestive Health Center of Excellence, Charlottesville, VA
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
  • MD, State University of New York at Syracuse School of Medicine, Syracuse, NY, 1997


  • American Board of Internal Medicine,  Gastroenterology, Hepatology


  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • The American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Delaware Valley Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • President, Delaware Valley Society for GI Endoscopy
  • Chairman of the ASGE Publications Committee
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterological  Association
  • Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America® , 2013-14, 2019-2020, Gastroenterology
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2018, 2019
  • America's Top Doctors®,  2015-17
Patient Stories

Alan Zlatkin

Pancreatic Cancer

Alan Zlatkin

Pancreatic Cancer

Being defeated is a matter of perspective and will. I feel that no matter how serious the illness is, I can overcome it with the right help and the right attitude.

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

Mahmood Saeed

Kidney Cancer

After being diagnosed with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, Mahmood Saeed sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Prior to Fox Chase, other doctors only gave him a 5 percent chance of survival, but Fox Chase gave him hope. Today he takes a daily targeted therapy to keep the tumors from spreading; this treatment has greatly improved his quality of life. "I wouldn’t be here today without Dr. Reddy, my wife, and my faith," Mahmood said. "For my family, it wasn’t just one procedure or one doctor that led to healing—rather, it was the culmination of a healthy diet, support from family and friends, a positive attitude, and doctors working together as a team."

Carol Hobson

Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Carol Hobson

Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

After a doctor suspected she had bile duct cancer, Carol Hobson sought the help of specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where a diagnosis of bile duct cancer was finally confirmed after extensive testing. In 2011, she underwent a bile duct resection, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The treatment was successul, and today Carol has extensive CAT scans and blood work done every three months to check for a possible recurrence. "I can tell you that if you decide to go to Fox Chase, you will get the most knowledgeable people taking care of you. Just as important, you will become part of the Fox Chase family and will be treated like a family member," she said. "That is one of the most outstanding features of Fox Chase Cancer Center."

Barbara Cremean

Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Barbara Cremean

Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Beating the odds is old hat to Barbara Cremean. In 1998, after dropping her daughters off at school, she was hit head on by a drunk driver. "I was on my way to the most important meeting of my career—and my life changed in an instant," recalls Barbara. She underwent spinal fusion surgery and started the long road to recovery. Little did she know, her serious health problems had just begun – and she was only 37 years old.

Beth Brendlinger

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

Beth Brendlinger

Colorectal Cancer;  Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer

In 2007, eight years after a precancerous lesion in her colon had to be removed, Beth Brendlinger learned she had a mass on the right lobe of her liver, and a biopsy confirmed that cancer that had originated in her colon had spread to her liver. She was referred to Dr. John Hoffman at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she underwent months of chemotherapy at a Fox Chase partner hospital that was closer to where she lived. After 21 months of chemotherapy, Beth was finally ready for surgery, which she received at the Center. Today she is cancer free. "Everyone I met at Fox Chase was kind and treated me with respect. It is easy to see that they care about their patients and that patient comfort and peace of mind are a top priority," she said. "I felt that both hospitals were partnering in my care and so I got the best of both. The doctors and nurses never gave up hope and neither did I. We made a great team."

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Endoscopic oncology (endoscopic diagnosis, evaluation, treatment of gastrointestinal neoplasms)
  • Small bowel enteroscopy 

Selected Publications

 Tokar JL, Allen JI, Kochman ML. “Getting to Zero: Reducing the Risk for Duodenoscope-Related Infections”. Ann Intern Med. 2015. PMID 26390309

Lieberman D, Brill J, Canto M, DeMarco D, Fennerty B, Gupta N, Laine L, Lightdale C, Montgomery E, Odze R, Rex D, Sharma P, Kochman M, Tokar J. “Management of Diminutive Colon Polyps Based on Endoluminal Imaging”. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015. PMID26192139.

Tokar JL. Gastric Carcinoids: Ask-The-Expert, ASGE Connection, June 2015; 3(2):1-7.  

Wani S, Wallace MB, Pike IM, Adler DG, Kochman ML, Lieb JG 2nd, Park WG, Rizk ML, Sawhney MS, Shaheen NJ, Tokar JL. Quality indicators for EUS. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2015; 110(1):102-13.  PubMed

Chen KT, Kim PD, Jones KA, Devarajan K, Patel BB, Hoffman JP, Ehya H, Huang M, Watson JC, Tokar JL, Yeung AT. Potential prognostic biomarkers of pancreatic cancer. Pancreas. 2014 Jan;43(1):22-7. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e3182a6867e

Konda V, Banarjee S, Barth BA, Bhat YM, Chauhan SS, Gottlieb KT, Maple JT, Murad FM, Pfau PR, Pleskow DK, Siddiqui UD, Tokar JL, Wang A, Rodriguez SA. “Enhanced imaging in the GI tract: spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography.” ASGE Technology Committee. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2013 Oct; 78(4):568-73. PMID 24054739.

Tokar JL, Walia R. “Diagnostic evaluation of solid pancreatic masses.” Curr Gastroenterol Rep 2013 Oct;15(10):347. PMID 23996593.

Prasad Kerlin M, Tokar JL. “Acute gastrointestinal bleeding.” Ann Intern Med 2013 Aug 6;159(3):ITC2-1. PMID 23922080.

Tokar JL, Barth BA, Banerjee S, Chauhan SS, Gottlieb KT, Konda V, Maple JT, Murad FM, Pfau PR, Pleskow DK, Siddiqui UD, , Wang A, Rodriguez SA. ASGE Technology Committee. “Electrosurgical generators.” Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2013 Aug;78(2):197-208. PMID 23867369.

Verrengia MA and Tokar JL. ‘Post-colonoscopy Decision Making: The Guidelines and Beyond.’ In: Core Concepts in Colonoscopy. Slack, Inc. 2013. [Book Chapter]



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  • No Star Ratings Available February 28, 2022
    Dr.Tokar is so well informed concerning my medical issue . His explanation is always thorough and understandable. I trust him completely.
  • 5.0
    February 11, 2022
    Dealing with Dr. Tokar was a good experience.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 04, 2022
    Takes time to listen to your concerns and helps you feel better about decisions going forward.
  • 5.0
    October 13, 2021
    I am blessed to have Dr. Tokar as my physician.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 10, 2021
    Very good at explaining options and Dr Tokar answered all my concerns .
  • No Star Ratings Available October 01, 2021
    Dr was very nice and knowledgeable
  • 5.0
    August 18, 2021
    Dr. Tokar & his nurse [...] are excellent!! Both are knowledgeable, helpful, efficient & kind.
  • No Star Ratings Available August 11, 2021
    A great doctor and seemed to be a caring doctor
  • 5.0
    July 09, 2021
  • No Star Ratings Available June 26, 2021
    I appreciate how helpful and the concern Dr. Tokar has shown for my health. I was impressed with the presentation with charts and graphs he presented to me to help me better understand my condition and the surgical options. I would recommend him to everyone.
  • No Star Ratings Available June 04, 2021
    fine experience
  • 5.0
    May 24, 2021
    Love Dr. Tokar! He's the best.
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2021
    Thank you. My procedure went very well and I appreciate your help.
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2021
    Excellent staff that provided a good experience
  • 5.0
    March 24, 2021
    Dr Tokar was recommended for my particular situation and I have and will continue to be his patient because of the level of service I receive. Not only from Dr Tokar but the entire staff at Fox Chase. I appreciate all they do to keep me feeling at ease.
  • 5.0
    February 27, 2021
    Dr. Tokar is knowledgeable and professional..I trust him.. He has a sense of humor which is a calming attribute...
  • 5.0
    February 19, 2021
    Excellent treatment - very happy with my experience.
  • 5.0
    February 08, 2021
    Dr. Tokar is excellent.
  • 5.0
    February 02, 2021
    Dr. Tokar & his staff are professional. I am grateful for their knowledge in my care.
  • 5.0
    November 22, 2020
    Nothing but positive wxperience.

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