Marc Smaldone, MD, MSHP, FACS

Marc Smaldone, MD, MSHP
(4.9/5.0)
370 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
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Clinical Locations

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

NCCN, Prostate Cancer Early Detection Panel Member

Treatment Focus

  • Robotic and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery
  • Continent urinary diversion
  • Salvage and reconstructive Surgery

Treatment Philosophy

I am a urologic oncologist specializing in the surgical management of tumors of the kidney, bladder, prostate, adrenal, testis and other genitourinary organs. As part of the multi-disciplinary Genitourinary Cancer Patient Care Team, I work closely with my colleagues in Medical and Radiation Oncology to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that offers the best chance for cure for each patient.

The mission at the Fox Chase Cancer Center is to deliver world class oncologic care in the most compassionate and respectful way possible. A cancer diagnosis brings fear and uncertainty for patients and their families, and my personal philosophy is to treat patients how I would wish for my family members to be treated. Patient education is essential, and I consider it of utmost importance to take the time necessary for patients to understand and feel comfortable with all possible treatment options to inspire confident decision making.

I have expertise in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical techniques, which allows me to tailor a specific treatment plan based on individual patient need and preferences. I have particular expertise in minimally invasive organ preserving and reconstructive techniques to preserve function and quality of life, including nerve-sparing prostatectomy for patients with prostate cancer and partial nephrectomy for patients with kidney cancer. I have experience performing both robotic and open cystectomy for patients with bladder cancer, and prefer to construct continent urinary diversions whenever possible. I have a clinical interest in the surgical management of patients with high risk and advanced disease, and have experience performing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection following chemotherapy in patients with testicular cancer, cytoreductive nephrectomy and thrombectomy for patients with metastatic kidney cancer or tumors extending into the vena cava, and salvage surgery following radiation for patients with bladder or prostate cancer.

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Educational Background

  • Fellowship: Urologic Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Urologic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MS, Health Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY

Certifications

  • American Board of Urology

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Prostate Cancer Early Detection Panel
  • American Urological Association
  • Society of Urologic Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Main Line Today Top Doctors, 2018-2019

Chuck Leonard

  • Kidney Cancer

In August 2012, at the age of 61, Chuck Leonard was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer that had metastasized to his lungs. After seeing one doctor, Chuck decided to seek a second opinion from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he planned to take part in a clinical trial. However, additional testing revealed he was a candidate for surgery. Chuck also underwent radiation using Cyberknife technology at Fox Chase Buckingham after an MRI revealed the kidney cancer had spread to his brain. “In 2016, I can mark three years since I have had detectable cancer,” he said. “I’m so thankful for all the outstanding care, both medical and other, provided by Fox Chase and the caring doctors and nurses. Hopefully, my tests will continue to have good outcomes, and, if not, I know I’m getting the best care possible from Fox Chase Cancer Center.”

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Michael Laurenzi

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer

'I am very lucky the tick bit me, because I had no symptoms and no idea that I had cancer. I have nothing but the highest regard for those doctors and their teams. They are so caring and compassionate, and they literally gave me my life back.'

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Charles Still

  • Prostate Cancer

Saying that Charles Still is a busy man is an understatement. A father to eight children ages 16 to 36, a business owner, and a devoted husband to his wife Debra of 37 years, Charles is a family man and was vigilant about seeing his doctor for his yearly physical exam. In July 2013, at age 57, following blood testing from his yearly physical, elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were detected, raising suspicion for prostate cancer.

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James Tetzlaff

  • Kidney Cancer

When he thinks back on October 28, 2013, Jim Tetzlaff realizes it would have been easy to ignore what happened and not give it another thought. “I’m a man – we have a tendency to ignore things that have to do with our health,” says Jim, who was 75 at the time. On that day, after one of his grandson’s football games, Jim went to the bathroom and saw blood in his urine. “It was upsetting, but I didn’t have any other symptoms so I thought it had to be a fluke,” recalls the former medical equipment salesman.

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Research Interests

  • Quality of care
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Risk assessment
  • Access disparities
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Health services research

Selected Publications

Masic S.,Smaldone M.C., Robotic renal surgery for renal cell carcinoma with inferior vena cava thrombus. Transl Androl Urol. 10(5): 2195-2198, 2021. PMC8185684. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/34159102.

Smaldone M.C., Tomaszewski J.J., Current controversies in minimally invasive urologic oncology. Transl Androl Urol. 10(5): 2149-2150, 2021.PMC8185655 (available at http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/tau-21-258). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/34159096.

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

Goel N, Manstein SM, Ward WH, DeMora L, Smaldone MC, Farma JM, Uzzo RG, Esnaola NF. Does the Surgical Apgar Score predict serious complications after elective major cancer surgery? Journal of Surgical Research, 231:242-7, 2018. 

Smaldone, M.C., Corcoran, A.T., Hayn M.H., Konety, B.R., Hrebinko Jr., R.L., Davies, B.J. (2009). Estimation of mortality and morbidity risk in patients undergoing radical cystectomy with continent diversion using the POSSUM and Portsmouth POSSUM predictor equations. J Urol,182(6): 2619-24. PubMed

Smaldone, M.C., Cowan, J., Carroll, P.R., Davies, B.J. (2010). Comparison of eligibility for active surveillance and pathologic outcomes in men undergoing radical prostatectomy in a large community-based cohort. J Urol,183(1):138-43. PubMed

Kutikov, A., Smaldone, M.C., Egleston, B.L., Manley, B.J., Simhan, J., Boorjian, S.A., Viterbo, R., Chen, D.Y., Greenberg, R.E., Uzzo, R.G. (2011). Anatomic features of enhancing renal masses predict malignant and high-grade pathology: a preoperative nomogram using the RENAL Nephromety Score. Eur Urol, 60(2): 241-8. PubMed

Smaldone, M.C., Kutikov, A., Egleston, B., Simhan, J., Canter, D.J., Teper, E., Viterbo, R., Chen, D.Y., Greenberg, R.E., Uzzo, R.G. (2012). Assessing performance trends in laparoscopic nephrectomy and nephron sparing surgery for localized renal tumors. Urology, 80(2): 286-92. PubMed

Smaldone, M.C., Kutikov, A., Egleston, B.L., Canter, D.J., Viterbo, R., Chen, D.Y., Jewett, M.A., Greenberg, R.E., Uzzo, R.G. (2012). Small renal masses progressing to metastases under active surveillance: a systematic review and pooled analysis. Cancer, 118(4):997-1006. PubMed

Smaldone, M.C., Egleston, B.L., Uzzo, R.G., Kutikov, A. (2012). Does partial nephrectomy result in a durable overall survival benefit in the Medicare population? J Urol 188(6): 2089-94. PubMed

Kutikov, A., Egleston, B.L., Canter, D., Smaldone, M.C., Wong, Y.N., Uzzo, R.G. (2012). Competing risks of death in patients with localized renal cell carcinoma: a comorbidity based model. J Urol, 188(6): 2077-83. PubMed

Smaldone, M.C., Simhan, J., Kutikov, A., Canter, D.J., Starkey, R., Zhu, F., Nielsen, M.E., Stitzenberg, K.B., Greenberg, R.E., Uzzo, R.G. (2013) Trends in regionalization of radical cystectomy in three large northeastern states from 1996 to 2009. Urol Oncol, 31(8): 1663-9. PubMed

Tomaszewski, J.J., Uzzo, R.G., Handorf, E.A., Bekelman, J.E., Corcoran, A.T., Kutikov, A., Mehrazin, R., Smaldone, M.C. (2014) Care transitions between hospitals are associated with treatment delays for patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer. J Urol, 192(5): 1349-54. PubMed

Kim, S.P, Gross, C.P., Nguyen, P.L., Smaldone, M.C., Shah, N.D., Karnes, R.J., Thompson, R.H., Hand, L.C., Yu, J.B., Trinh, Q.D., Ziegenfuss, J.Y., Sun, M., Tilburt, J.C. (2014) Perceptions of active surveillance and treatment recommendations for low-risk prostate cancer: Results from a national survey of radiation oncologists and urologists. Med Care, 52(7):579-85. PubMed

Martin, J.M., Handorf, E.A., Kutikov, A., Uzzo, R.G., Bekelman, J.E., Horwitz, E.M., Smaldone, M.C. (2014) The rise and fall of prostate brachytherapy: Use of brachytherapy in the treatment of localized prostate cancer in the National Cancer Database. Cancer, 120(14):2114-21. PubMed

Corcoran, A.T., Handorf, E, Canter, D, Tomaszewski, J.J., Bekelman, J.E., Kim, S.P., Uzzo, R.G., Kutikov. A, Smaldone, M.C. (2015) Variation in performance of candidate surgical quality measures for muscle invasive bladder cancer by hospital type. BJU Int, 115(2):230-7. PubMed

Wang, E.H., Gross, C.P., Tilburt, J.C., Yu, J.B., Nguyen, P.L., Smaldone, M.C., Shah, N.D., Abouassally, R., Sun, M., Kim, S.P. Shared decision making and use of decision AIDS for localized prostate cancer: perceptions from radiation oncologists and urologists. (2015) JAMA Intern Med, 175(5):792-9. PubMed

Additional Publications

370 patient satisfaction reviews

Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more.

Overall Rating

4.9 / 5.0

Ratings Breakdown

4.9
Gives easy to understand instruction
4.9
Explains in a way you understand
4.9
Listens carefully to you
4.9
Shows respect for what you say
4.9
Spends enough time with you

100 patient comments

  • 5.0
    March 26, 2022

    I felt well cared for and important to my doctor.

  • 5.0
    March 25, 2022

    I am quite pleased by any and all of the care I received in my recent appointments and procedure with Dr. Smaldone, his staff and others at [...].

  • 5.0
    March 22, 2022

    Dr. Smaldone- the best

  • 5.0
    March 18, 2022

    Very good.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 11, 2022

    I was very pleased with the care I received from your doctors.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 11, 2022

    I spoke with Dr. Smaldone. HE IS VERY PATIENT AND PROFESSIONAL WITH ME. I ENJOY WORKING WITH HIM. ALTHOUGH I WISH I DID NOT HAVE TO.

  • 5.0
    March 11, 2022

    My wife and I felt very comfortable with Dr Smaldone's expertise and bedside manner.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 5, 2022

    Dr Smaldone is an outstanding physician. Thanks to his tremendous abilities, I just reached the 5 year milestone after my stage 4 cancer!

  • 5.0
    March 1, 2022

    Everyone exceptionally kind, considerate, and caring.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    February 11, 2022

    It was a great first impression and looking forward to meeting in person.

  • 5.0
    February 8, 2022

    Doc Smaldone and his staff are the absolute BEST! They always take the time to show care & concern. They are always very friendly, pleasant and smart/efficient. I have all of my trust In Doctor Smaldone and his staff :)

  • 5.0
    February 5, 2022

    Everyone was wonderful, patient with our questions, concerned we had everything needed, overall an excellent experience with Dr. Smaldone and all the staff.

  • 5.0
    January 31, 2022

    I am extremely thankful for Dr. Smaldone and the care he has provided me over the past 5 years. He is a wonderful, wonderful doctor!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 31, 2022

    Awesome in all areas

  • 5.0
    January 25, 2022

    Marc is the best, and his staff is right there with him. [...]

  • 5.0
    January 25, 2022

    Dr. Smaldone is the best!! I'm very happy to have in my corner!! Thank you Dr. Smaldone!

  • 5.0
    January 24, 2022

    I would recommend Dr. Mark Smaldone to everyone. He is a marvelous and caring doctor. I would also recommend [...] as a great hospital.

  • 5.0
    January 21, 2022

    Dr. Smaldone explained everything that was going to happen and that exactly how it did.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 4, 2022

    I can't say enough about the excellent care I received from Fox Chase!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 3, 2022

    Excellent and very informative

  • 5.0
    December 29, 2021

    Excellent care

  • 5.0
    December 21, 2021

    I have always received excellent care by Dr. Smaldone and his staff.

  • 5.0
    November 29, 2021

    Great Service!

  • 5.0
    November 24, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is one of my very favorite "doctors" - he's friendly, caring & knowledgeable!

  • 5.0
    November 24, 2021

    Dr Smaldone is the best and his staff is wonderful

  • 5.0
    November 16, 2021

    The best and comforting Doctor who has compassion and caring for family and myself.i could not ask for better care.

  • 5.0
    November 13, 2021

    Great experience.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    November 12, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone was straight-forward while still being extremely compassionate.

  • 5.0
    November 6, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is the best doctor I have had in my 62 years. I have complete confidence in him.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    November 6, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is an outstanding provide and I am very happy to be his patient.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    October 23, 2021

    Mark is great physician and an even greater person. I am a physician myself and am very happy to have him as my attending and my friend.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    October 17, 2021

    Made us feel like we were part of the team

  • No Star Ratings Available
    October 15, 2021

    Good

  • 5.0
    October 15, 2021

    This provider and his staff have always been very helpful, friendly and professional.

  • 5.0
    October 8, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is the most caring and accessible doctor I've ever dealt with.

  • 5.0
    September 24, 2021

    Dr Smaldone is the BEST

  • 5.0
    September 20, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is an excellent Doc

  • 5.0
    September 19, 2021

    Excellent caring provider and staff!

  • 5.0
    September 11, 2021

    Other than a longer than expected wait time. Dr. Smaldone and team was excellent. Dr. Smaldone was completely prepared for our meeting and communicated exceptionally well.

  • 5.0
    September 8, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone's nursing staff are top notch! They always act professional, friendly and caring. I have tons of anxiety during my appointments and they always go out of their way to make me the most comfortable and that's appreciated so much more than they realize.

  • 5.0
    September 7, 2021

    Excellent care and attentiveness from nurse technicians.

  • 5.0
    August 26, 2021

    Excellent experience.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 18, 2021

    Excellent

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 18, 2021

    Dr Smaldone was very caring in his exchange with me.

  • 5.0
    August 13, 2021

    Excellent

  • 5.0
    August 11, 2021

    Completely met my expectations

  • 5.0
    August 10, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is an excellent surgeon. All of the care I have received at Fox Chase has been superb.

  • 5.0
    August 9, 2021

    Excellent care.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 6, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone was excellent in providing a very clear perspective and analysis of my situation.He was very knowledgeable , helpful ,caring, and factual. It was extremely appreciated that Dr.Smaldone asked me to follow up with him as more data becomes available.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 6, 2021

    Good

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 6, 2021

    Dr is very knowledgeable and thorough. He is very passionate about what he does and we totally appreciate it!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 6, 2021

    Extremely caring doctor.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 6, 2021

    Dr Smaldone has been my urologist for 7 years now abs has always been very kind caring and informative

  • 5.0
    August 2, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone and his staff are the best!!!!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 28, 2021

    Dr SMALDONE, rocks he 1s the best of the best !!

  • 5.0
    July 26, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone and his team provided excellent care

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 25, 2021

    Dr Smaldone was very knowledgeable about my surgery before and after. He showed great interest in my recovery and it's been almost 2 years after my surgery. He is very dedicated for my full recovery.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 24, 2021

    Dr Smaldone is exceptional. He really takes time with us and makes sure we understand what is going on!!!

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    Marc Smalldon is responsible for keeping me alive these last 6 years. His genuine and caring manner have led to a professional friendship that I have had with few other providers. Marc taught me how to live with cancer. I trust him implicitly.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 24, 2021

    Great

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 23, 2021

    Excellent. Very happy with experience.

  • 5.0
    July 22, 2021

    Excellent care!!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 18, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is #1

  • No Star Ratings Available
    May 19, 2021

    Excellent experience

  • 5.0
    May 17, 2021

    very good experience.

  • 5.0
    May 17, 2021

    Don't let Smaldone go anywhere. Best DR I've ever dealt with.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    May 1, 2021

    Would DEFINITELY recommend to others

  • 5.0
    April 23, 2021

    Everyone I came in contact with were awesome! Dr. Smalldone is a great doctor. I trust him completely.

  • 5.0
    April 23, 2021

    very caring and courteous staff

  • 5.0
    April 23, 2021

    dr smaldone and his team have given me excellent care

  • No Star Ratings Available
    April 23, 2021

    I truly believe Dr Smalldone has helped save my life once again.

  • 5.0
    April 19, 2021

    Truly excellent! I wish all of my care providers wee this good.

  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021

    I love this group

  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021

    Very grateful to Marc Smaldone and his Team.

  • 5.0
    April 9, 2021

    Very professional in every way.

  • 5.0
    April 7, 2021

    they all were friendly and nice and willing to help

  • 5.0
    March 22, 2021

    Dr.Smaldone is a very good Doctor I'm glad he's my doctor and I came to Fix Chase

  • 5.0
    March 22, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone and his nurse/assistant, and office workers have to be the best, dr. & office that I go to and they are the same to all of the people, they are happy & cheery.

  • 5.0
    March 20, 2021

    Dr Smaldone and supporting surgical staff and their assistant are excellent in their respectful services, could not have gotten a better team of professionals. Thank you FoxChase.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 15, 2021

    Good communication. The care provider/team keeps you informed and answers your questions.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 13, 2021

    very good

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 12, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is a competent physician for sure. I liked him from the first time i met him in the summer of 2019. I trusted his analysis and the surgery he performed, and trust in his care now.

  • 5.0
    March 10, 2021

    Everyone was wonderful. My mind is always at ease when I leave Dr. Smaldone's office,

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 2, 2021

    Outstanding doctor I would highly recommend to others.

  • 5.0
    February 28, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone and [...] are fantastic!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    February 26, 2021

    Marc is terrific. Listens well, VERY responsive and easy to talk with. I have recommended him to everyone who is looking for someone in Marc's field.

  • 5.0
    February 24, 2021

    Excellent experience with Dr Smaldone and his staff. No issues whatsoever.

  • 5.0
    February 19, 2021

    I am very grateful to have Dr Smaldone as my physician. His compassion and expertise have sustained me during the management of my disease.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    February 14, 2021

    Very doctor. I would highly recommend him to any other individuals.

  • 5.0
    January 30, 2021

    Dr. smaldone's receptionists are truly outstanding and they treat you with so much care and concern. Dr. Smaldone is the finest and most caring doctor that I have ever met.

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    January 29, 2021

    We had a great visit

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 25, 2021

    I feel Mark Smaldone, to be an excellent surgeon but more than that he's a wonderful person I feel very at ease with him I feel I could call or text him anytime day or night and I have and he gets right back to you in a very short time . he has a great personality and I would recommend him very highly to anyone .

  • 5.0
    January 24, 2021

    excellent care

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    January 15, 2021

    [...] Dr Smalldone has answered all our questions and himself and his staff availability is excellent. we have and will continue to highly recommend Fox Chase and Dr Smalldone

  • 5.0
    January 15, 2021

    Marc Smaldone team is the best! He is super knowledgeable, answers all my questions and explains everything in a manner that I can understand.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 15, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is fantastic and it is obvious that he cares for his patients.

  • 5.0
    January 14, 2021

    i have no complaints

  • 5.0
    January 8, 2021

    Dr. Smaldone is an amazing doctor!! Thank you, Doc, for always being there and for doing everything you do!!

  • 5.0
    December 29, 2020

    Fox Chase staff and Dr. Smaldone are the best their is - so thankful to have such a caring kind and truly gifted doctor.

  • 5.0
    December 28, 2020

    I love Fox Chase Hospital, and all what everyone has done for me much thanks to Marc Smaldone, MD, and staff.