Namrata (Neena) Vijayvergia, MD

Namrata (Neena) Vijayvergia, MD
(4.7/5.0)
134 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
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Assistant Chief, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

Medical Director, Medical Oncology

Treatment Philosophy

Coming from a family of 12 doctors, I wanted to be one for as long as I can remember. After graduating from medical school in India, I pursued Internal Medicine training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where I also served as a chief medical resident. During that time I became interested in oncology and clinical research. I recently completed my fellowship in hematology/oncology at Temple/Fox Chase Cancer Center and have been fortunate enough to stay on as faculty. Early in my training, I realized that I wanted to dedicate my career to help discover new therapies for patients with gastrointestinal cancers, with a particular focus on pancreatic and neuroendocrine malignancies. We have made significant progress but a lot still needs to be done.

Fox Chase is a well-known academic center, but small enough to allow for collaboration between clinicians and researchers, and this is the secret of our success. This results in the newest laboratory discoveries being moved quickly to the clinic. In particular, we have been studying the molecular profile of neuroendocrine tumors to identify new therapeutic targets. I also have an interest in cancer specific outcomes and survivorship research.  I want to focus my career on developing and testing new therapies and exploring bio-markers that can predict response to therapy and prognosis for neuroendocrine and pancreatic cancers, with a goal of improving outcomes for our patients.

Patient care at Fox Chase is cutting edge and state of the art, yet very personal. We take a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach in treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers with a team of experts including gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists and pathologists who are dedicated to treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers. Fox Chase is a special place, one in which each patient is treated as a family member and provided excellent care.

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2012-2015
  • Resident, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-2011
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India, 2007

Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Indian Medical Association

Honors & Awards

  • Top Physicians Under 40 2020, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Ami Marcucci

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

Before my cancer diagnosis, I’d had stomachaches on and off for years. My husband and I work as landscapers in the summer, and I always felt good during those months. It was when we’d stop working in the winter that I’d start to feel unwell.

I saw a few doctors over the span of about five years, but the pain was never consistent, so we didn’t take it too seriously. I figured it must be due to wintertime inactivity and eating poorly. Worst case, I thought I might have Crohn’s disease, because my brother and niece both have it, but no doctor ever confirmed that suspicion.

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Alisa Monteiro

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

As someone who works in oncology clinical trials, I’m pretty familiar with hospitals and medical centers in the Philadelphia area and what their specialties are when it comes to cancer. Still, at the age of 52, I did not expect to be diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, also known as NET, and be faced with the decision of where to go to receive the best treatment.

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William Bojanowski

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

In October of 2020, at 59 years old, I started having some back pain. I worked in construction, so lower back pain was normal, but this time the pain was in my upper back. I went to my primary doctor and she noticed that my kidney was not functioning fully. She thought it might be due to my diabetes medication.

After two months of a lowered dosage of medication, my pain only got worse. I was sent to the local urologist, and when he saw something on my X-rays he immediately referred me to Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Dennis Haring

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

I am in good hands with my care team. Their multidisciplinary approach made it possible for me to regain my quality of life and look forward to my future.

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Research Interests

Neuroendocrine Tumors

Pancreatic Cancer

Outcomes Research

Selected Publications

Vijayvergia, N., Denlinger, C., Survivorship in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:Challenges Faced and Steps Forward. Manuscript submitted to JNCCN. 2015  PubMed

Vijayvergia, N., Dotan, E., Cohen, S.J., Predictors of long-term survival with metastatic pancreatic cancer (mPC) in the gemcitabine era: The Fox Chase Cancer Center experience. Manuscript submitted to Cancer. 2015  PubMed

Matthews, E., Zhou, L., Vijayvergia, N., El-Deiry, W., A Multiplexed Marker-based Algorithm for Diagnosis of Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Using Circulating Tumor Cells, Poster accepted for presentation at AACR 2015. 2014 

Vijayvergia, N., Cohen, S.J., Predictors of long-term survival with metastatic pancreatic cancer (mPC) in the gemcitabine era: The Fox Chase Cancer Center experience. J Clin Oncol 33, 2015 (suppl 3; abstr 253). 2014

Vijayvergia, N., Engstrom, P.F., Molecular profiling of advanced stage Neuro Endocrine Tumors (NETs): The Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) experience. Poster presented at NANETS annual symposium 2014 and GI ASCO Symposium 2015 (JClin Oncol 33, 2015 (suppl 3; abstr 245)

Vijayvergia N, Mehra R. Clinical challenges in targeting anaplastic lymphoma kinase in advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2014 Sep;74(3):437-46

134 patient satisfaction reviews

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Overall Rating

4.7 / 5.0

Ratings Breakdown

4.7
Gives easy to understand instruction
4.7
Explains in a way you understand
4.8
Listens carefully to you
4.7
Shows respect for what you say
4.6
Spends enough time with you

12 patient comments

  • 5.0
    February 25, 2022

    I was very impressed how fast & thorough the whole team worked to find a salutation to my problem.

  • 5.0
    February 22, 2022

    My doctors and nurses are excellent

  • 5.0
    January 24, 2022

    Caring

  • 5.0
    December 2, 2021

    Excellent service, many thanks to the nurses and associates

  • 5.0
    July 26, 2021

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.Thanks

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    Dr Vijayvergia has always been very good at explaining results of my tests and any new treatments that may in the future be available to me for my disease. I appreciate the fact that she shows me the scans that were done while explaining what they show. I have a lot of confidence in her and the care I have receive at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    Dr. Vijayvergia is a spectacular doctor. Knowledgeable, caring, attentive.

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021

    Exceeds all expectations

  • 5.0
    April 26, 2021

    I always have very positive experiences with physicians and staff during office visits. The physician, Dr, Vjvergia is helpful, informative and pleasant. She addressed my concerns fully and was very reassuring. The only challenge was in getting an appointment to see her. After I reached her contact on the phone, I was told someone would call me to set up an appointment but over a week went by and I called to check. Then a day after I was contacted with an appointment time.

  • 5.0
    March 30, 2021

    exceeds all expectations

  • 5.0
    March 25, 2021

    Dr. Vijayvergia is simply one of the best!

  • 5.0
    February 1, 2021

    Dr. Vijayvergia and her staff is very caring to my needs and very good.