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Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS

Neal Topham, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Locations

Fox Chase Cancer Center Huntingdon Pike
8 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

About

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Treatment Focus

Reconstructive microsurgery; breast reconstruction, including free tissue transfer (TRAM, muscle-sparing TRAM, DIEP, latissimus dorsi) flaps; head & neck reconstruction; extremity reconstruction; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; complex chest wall reconstruction; melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer reconstruction; perineal reconstruction; soft tissue sarcoma reconstruction

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
Plastic Surgery

Treatment Philosophy

During treatment for certain types of cancer, patients may end up with an altered appearance. It may be on their face, ear, or breast, or it may be an extremity. As a surgeon who specializes in reconstructive microsurgery, I believe in offering comprehensive care for patients, covering the breadth of the imperfections that result from treating breast and head & neck cancers, as well as sarcomas.

I provide all reconstructive options for my patients, rather than a select few. This is especially true for breast cancer, where women are very specific about the results they want. This approach allows each procedure to be tailored to the needs of the patient.

Informing my patients about what they can expect pre- and post-operatively is very important to me. My patients should feel comfortable to ask as many questions as necessary. I believe an informed patient understands the procedure better and can accept his or her limitations easier.

The goals of reconstructive surgery are to provide form and function, especially in patients with sarcoma (who require the use of their extremities) and head & neck cancer. Cosmetic principles are used in aesthetically sensitive areas, such as the face, to minimize scarring, while effectively treating the cancer.

While I cannot fully understand what it is like to have cancer, I know that it is extremely challenging for many patients. Our goal is to provide a supportive atmosphere while caring for patients through this difficult time in their lives.

 

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Plastic Surgery Tissue Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Fellow, Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Resident, General Surgery, Akron Medical Center, Akron, OH
  • Resident, Plastic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 1994

Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2010-19
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Best Doctors in America®, 2013-14
Patient Stories

Jack Gullo

Head & Neck Cancer

Jack Gullo

Head & Neck Cancer

A few days before leaving on my vacation in August, 2017, I noticed a loose tooth. My biggest worry was that maybe I had an abscess and it would ruin my trip.

When I got home, my dentist said I should have it pulled, so I went to an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon said, “I see something, so I’m going to do a biopsy.” I kind of knew right then that I had cancer.

Shelby Hurley

Breast Cancer

Shelby Hurley

Breast Cancer

I remember lying on the operating table before surgery, worrying about what was going to happen next. My breast was trying to kill me but it had still been difficult to make the decision to undergo a mastectomy.

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

Scott Parker

Head & Neck Cancer

When Scott Parker was 45, he began losing his voice. He was soon diagnosed with laryngeal cancer by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Then he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center because he knew of the Center's name and reputation. Scott had a long road ahead; he underwent radiation and had a laryngectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery, which was a success. He worked with Fox Chase's speech pathology department after surgery, which he now only needs on an as-needed basis. "I now come to Fox Chase for any medical needs I might have that they offer," Scott said. "If they offer it at Fox Chase, this is where I come. I’m so confident in the people here."

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Larry Reddick

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

At the age of 74, Larry Reddick was growing more and more frustrated with the hoarseness of his voice. When he began losing weight for no reason, he decided to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but found this physician was not helpful. Larry then sought a second opinion from the Temple Head and Neck Institute, where he was diagnosed with grade 2 chondosarcoma, a rare cancer that would need surgery. He was referred to Dr. Christopher Fundakowski at Fox Chase Cancer, where he also was treated by Dr. Margaret von Mehren, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Neal S. Topham, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery; the surgery was a success. "Fox Chase is solely focused on cancer, and the staff is compassionate and professional," Larry said. "Fox Chase is the ultimate in quality care professionals, and I will always be extremely grateful to them. Today I am cancer free."

Diana Robinson

Breast Cancer

Diana Robinson

Breast Cancer

"After two unsuccessful biopsies, I was told I had breast cancer."

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction
Ratings

101 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

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18 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 30, 2021
    I see both my doctors at the 8 Huntington Pike office and I can say for sure I have never had a bad experience. Both of my doctors [...] and Neal Topham are just wonderful. I could not ask for better doctors. The front office staff is just so friendly and kind. Nurses are always there to answer questions. Top notch facility. Truly a fan of Fox Chase as a whole!!
  • 5.0
    July 02, 2021
    Great doctor - helpful!
  • 5.0
    June 29, 2021
    I can not say enough good things about Dr. Topham & the entire office & staff. Dr. Topham is an amazing surgeon. I'm grateful for his skills & compassion.
  • 5.0
    February 14, 2021
    Everyone at the office is very pleasant and helpful.
  • 5.0
    December 31, 2020
    Provider, receptionist & assistance are very knowledgeable, professional, attentive and helpful.
  • 5.0
    November 21, 2020
    Dr Topham was absolutely fantastic!! I can't say enough good things about him. He did an amazing job on my surgery. he took the time to slowly explain everything in detail. I always felt like he took the time to spend with me and answer all my questions. I am not a huge fan of doctors usually but I can't express enough how amazing he was. above and beyond my expectations. FoxChase is very lucky to have such an incredible surgeon.
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2020
    very good experience
  • 5.0
    October 14, 2020
    I was referred to Dr. Topham for surgery after having a bad experience with another surgeon. Dr. Topham was very direct with what he wanted to do and informed me along the entire process about the best option for my situation. He actually instilled my faith because prior to doing so I was actually nervous and untrusting due to the past situation I was in. He is a great doctor with a awesome personality and knows his stuff!
  • 5.0
    October 14, 2020
    I had scary concerns, but Dr. Topham addressed them promptly and put me at ease. He was professional and very much appreciated!
  • 5.0
    September 04, 2020
    Fox Chase and Dr. Topham a long w/all nurses and assistants are consummate professionals.
  • 5.0
    August 26, 2020
    Due to two occurrences of cancer, each, of both my mom and myself, I have had several experiences with Fox Chase and couldn't be happier with these experiences. All the supportive staff has always been compassionate and helpful and I can't say enough about my doctor's care, professionalism and skill: Dr. Tophman, Dr. [...], Dr. [...], Dr. [...], Dr [...] and,last but not least, Dr. [...]. I am so grateful that Fox Chase has been with my family and I thru it all!
  • 5.0
    August 04, 2020
    I have been a pt. of Dr. Topham's since 2013. He & all the office staff has always treated me with respect, kindness & professionally. [...] Dr. Topham is wonderful. [...]
  • 5.0
    July 31, 2020
    Most grateful for Dr. Topham & staff, FCCC where I want to be for the best cancer care.
  • 5.0
    July 22, 2020
    I love Dr. Topham and his staff, he is always there for me.
  • 5.0
    July 01, 2020
    ..all good.
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2020
    I was very happy with Dr. Topham's care during my surgery and my post-op appointment.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2020
    I love Dr. Topham-he is gentle and looks at you with caring eyes. I trust his knowledge and abilities. I prefer this location to the main location.
  • 5.0
    May 13, 2020
    NO CONCERNS.
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