Matthew Zibelman, MD

Matthew Zibelman, MD
162 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
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Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

I am a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of genitourinary cancers.  As a medical oncologist, I work with patients at all phases of malignant disease, which allows me the opportunity to join patients and families on a journey that can be at times both exhilarating and exhausting.  I understand that the patient-oncologist relationship is a unique partnership and one that I take seriously.  The journey of cancer provides access to moments in life that can be emotionally challenging for all parties, and I view my role as one ultimately about providing information and guidance to help navigate the path in the way best suited to each patient.

I find genitourinary oncology to be a particularly satisfying and exciting field within medical oncology.  It includes a diverse group of patients and a variety of different disease with their own unique opportunities and challenges.  It is an area involved in a great deal of research, which has afforded new treatment options for patients, and allows me to be involved in helping patients live longer, live better, and in some instances, even help cure them of their disease.    

Fortunately, at Fox Chase Cancer Center, our faculty and staff are dedicated and united towards one goal – optimally treating patients with cancer.  I completed my oncology training at Fox Chase and was fortunate to be able to continue as an attending physician at this world-class institution.  As part of Fox Chase, our patients have access to the cutting edge of clinical oncology, including the ability to have access to exciting new drugs as part of clinical trials.  Medical oncology is a rapidly evolving world, with new treatments and possibilities continually being made available to improve patient outcomes, and Fox Chase strives to remain at the forefront of those changes. 

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Hematology-Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology

John Mullarkey, Jr.

  • Prostate Cancer

I have always been proactive about my health and started having annual prostate exams when I turned 50 in 2007. My first report was great and showed that my PSA level was undetectable.


Research Interests

  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Immune Related Adverse Events
  • Immunotherapy

Selected Publications

Zibelman M, Plimack ER. Checkpoint Inhibitors and Urothelial Carcinoma: The Translational Paradigm. Oncology. 2016 Feb; 30(2): 160-2. PubMed

Zibelman M, Pollak N, Olszanski AJ. Autoimmune inner ear disease in a melanoma patient treated with pembrolizumab. J Immunother Cancer. 2016 Feb 16;4:8. PubMed

Zibelman M, Wong YN, Malizzia L, Corrigan A, Olszanski AJ, Denlinger CS, Roethke SK, Tetzlaff CH, Plimack ER. Phase I study of the mTOR inhibitor ridaforolimus and the HDAC inhibitor vorinostat in advanced renal cell carcinoma and other solid tumors.  Investigational New Drugs. 2015 Oct; 33 (5): 1040-7.  PubMed

Zibelman M, Barth P, Handorf E, Smaldone MC, Kutikov A, Uzzo RG, Bilusic M, Plimack ER, Wong YN, Geynisman DM . A Review of Interventional Clinical Trials in Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Status Report from the Website. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer. 2015 Apr; 13(2):142-9. PubMed

Ghatalia P, Koenigsberg R, Pisarcik D, Handorf EA, Plimack ER, Geynisman DM, Zibelman M. The Evolution of Clinical Trials in Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Status Report for 2013-2016 from the Website. Kidney Cancer. 2017. December. 1(2):151-159

Zibelman M, Plimack ER. Immunotherapy for metastatic urothelial carcinoma: putting the brakes on releasing the brake. Immunotherapy. 2018. Mar 1; 10(6): 423-425

Zibelman M, Plimack ER. Pembrolizumab plus ipilimumab or pegylated interferon alfa-2b for patients with melanoma or renal cell carcinoma: take new drugs but keep the old? Annals of Translational Medicine. 2019. July; 7(Suppl 3): S95

Cole S, Zibelman M, Bertino E, Yucebay F, Reynolds K. Managing Immuno-Oncology Toxicity: Top 10 Innovative Institutional Solutions. American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book 39 (May 17, 2019) 96-104

Dawson NA, Zibelman M, Lindsay T, Feldman RA, Saul M, Gatalica Z, Korn WM, and Heath EI. An emerging landscape for canonical and actionable molecular alterations in primary and metastatic prostate cancer. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. 2020.19:1373–82. Published on-line March 27, 2020

Anari F, Ramamurthy C, Zibelman M. Impact of tumor microenvironment composition on therapeutic responses and clinical outcomes in cancer. Future Oncology. 2018 Jun; 14(14): 1409-142

Additional Publications

162 patient satisfaction reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9 / 5.0

Ratings Breakdown

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

33 patient comments

  • 5.0
    March 29, 2022

    The physician gave me some hope

  • 5.0
    March 23, 2022

    Excellent visit, very useful information, and lovely suggestions.

  • 5.0
    March 21, 2022

    First time at Fox Chase. Pleasant experience staff was first class.

  • 4.4
    March 5, 2022

    Friendly. Knowledgeable interactive

  • 5.0
    March 2, 2022

    Dr. Zibelman spent enough time to ask how I was feeling, any aches or pains. Plus how I was mentally, staying active, continue to doing all the thing I enjoy & staying active. Getting a feel for how I'm doing.

  • 5.0
    February 25, 2022


  • 5.0
    February 23, 2022

    [...] Dr. Kevin Zarrabi is a great and understanding dr.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    February 5, 2022

    Dr Zibelman did not rush - he made sure that I understood what he was saying

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 20, 2022

    Dr Zibelman is an outstanding physician and has provided me with excellent care

  • 5.0
    December 14, 2021

    Dr. Zibelman and the staff at Radiology and at the Young Lab always treat me like I am their only patient.Very caring and considerate.

  • 5.0
    December 3, 2021

    Provider made me feel comfortable during visit.

  • 5.0
    October 22, 2021

    I appreciate dr Zibelman and his team help and effort to provide me with the best care possible

  • 5.0
    October 21, 2021

    The care and concerns I receive are exceptional !

  • 5.0
    September 2, 2021

    Fox Chase staff treats me as if I am there only patient.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    August 21, 2021


  • 5.0
    August 13, 2021

    Very friendly, courteous helpful.

  • 5.0
    August 5, 2021

    My experience went very well! They actually exceeded my expectations!

  • 5.0
    August 3, 2021

    Very happy with Dr Zibelman and his associates. Very through

  • 5.0
    July 29, 2021

    Well satisfied with level of knowledge and decisiveness was regarding my treatment.

  • 5.0
    July 29, 2021

    This doctor as able to form a conclusion about my cancer specifically and explained it well tome.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    July 25, 2021

    Excellent call with Dr. Ziberman

  • 5.0
    June 28, 2021

    Always willing to carefully consider any concerns I may bring up!

  • No Star Ratings Available
    June 17, 2021

    Dr. Zibelman was Exceptional is delivery of the information I needed.

  • 5.0
    May 18, 2021

    I have been in the medical field as a nurse mgr. for many [...] & have had Dr. Zibelman care for me for approx. 6 yrs. with breast cancer and I can only say he is the most caring, understanding and sensitive physician I have ever had - I would only hope other physicians could and would follow in his footsteps. As far as his medical knowledge he never lets a stone unturned.

  • 5.0
    April 20, 2021

    All good!

  • 5.0
    April 15, 2021


  • 5.0
    March 19, 2021

    I have always found that Fox Chase Cancer center -- and PARTICULARLY Dr. Zibelman and his excellent staff -- are simply the best providers around. Dr. Zibelman (and Nurse [...] and the other on-site nurses) are just over the top with their care and attention to me and my complicated needs. I'm very fortunate to be connected with them.

  • 5.0
    March 19, 2021

    Dr. Zibelman's team is tops.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    March 3, 2021

    He is very concerned about my health!

  • 5.0
    January 24, 2021

    I've changed doctors quite a lot since being diagnosed with prostate cancer. I like Dr. Z. the best.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 20, 2021

    Dr Ziebelman was thorough and patient in his manner and info gathering. Good listener, clearly competent. Kind and calm.

  • No Star Ratings Available
    January 19, 2021

    Dr. Zibelman has given me excellent care.

  • 5.0
    January 2, 2021