Marcin Chwistek, MD, FAAHPM

Marcin Chwistek, MD, FAAHPM

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Associate Professor

Director, Pain and Palliative Care Program

Physician Leader, Schwartz Center Rounds

Associate Clinical Professor (Adjunct) Department of Medicine – Medical Oncology Temple University School of Medicine

Treatment Focus

Palliative Care; Cancer Pain Management

Key Awards

Chase Award, Exemplifying the Spirit of Survivorship, FCCC 2013

US News/Philadelphia magazine 2012-2015 “Top Doctors” Pain Medicine

Treatment Philosophy

As a palliative care physician, it is my true privilege to care for individuals with cancer. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary specialty that focuses on supporting the best possible quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illness.

In my clinical work, I seek to ease patients’ distress by focusing on relieving pain and other emotional and physical symptoms. Cancer care today is very complex, and deciding on the right treatment choices can be challenging. Helping individuals make health care decisions that are most congruent with their personal values, needs, beliefs and preferences is a crucial part of my work. Our team works very closely with each patient, family and the primary oncology team to provide care that is efficient and well-coordinated.

I feel very fortunate to practice at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which has enjoyed a long tradition of providing high-quality palliative care to its patients. I am truly proud to lead a team of incredibly dedicated and highly skilled clinicians who strive daily to improve the quality of life for individuals with cancer, their families and caregivers.

Follow on Twitter: @mchwistek

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Pain and Palliative Care, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY;
  • Fellow, University of Arizona, Integrative Medicine
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Yale University-Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • MD, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland, 1993 


  • American Board of Internal Medicine;
  • American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, Pain Management


  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Pain Society
  • International Association for the Study of Pain

Honors & Awards

  • Nominated for Longstreth Humaness Award, Bridgeport Hospital, 2000
  • Chase Award, Exemplifying the Spirit of Survivorship, FCCC 2013
  • US News/Philadelphia Magazine 2012-2015 “Top Doctors” Pain Medicine

Research Interests

Cancer Pain Management, Palliative Medicine; Cancer Survivorship; Patient-Physician Communication

Selected Publications

Risks associated with opioid use. Chwistek M. JAMA. 2013 Oct 23;310(16):1737. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.277305. No abstract available. PMID: 24150475


Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures #202. Chwistek M, Mehta RS. J Palliat Med. 2012 Oct;15(10):1151-2. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.9556. No abstract available. PMID: 22957679


Books: When you have eliminated the impossible …CMAJ October 16, 2012 184:E823; published ahead of print July 3, 2012, doi:10.1503/cmaj.111452

Management of chronic pain in cancer survivors. Levy MH, Chwistek M, Mehta RS. Cancer J. 2008 Nov- Dec;14(6):401-9. doi: 10.1097/PPO.0b013e31818f5aa7. Review. PMID: 19060605


Bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw #196. Mehta RS, Chwistek M. J Palliat Med. 2008 Sep;11(7):1039-40. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2008.9866. No abstract available. PMID: 18788967


Gallstone pancreatitis: a community teaching hospital experience. Chwistek M, Roberts I, Amoateng-Adjepong Y. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2001 Jul;33(1):41-4. PMID: 11418789

Additional Publications