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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 Location

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

About

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Program Director, Microsurgery Fellowship

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 2018
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, 2010-18
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Best Doctors in America®, 2013-14
Patient Stories

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."

Jill Scheetz

Breast Cancer

Jill Scheetz

Breast Cancer

At the age of 37, in 2002, Jill Scheetz was just getting back into shape after the birth of her two daughters. She considered herself to be physically active and a healthy eater. "My only vice was a caffeinated iced tea almost every day," shared Jill. Although it doesn't sound terrible, her doctor recommended she stay away from caffeine because she had a benign tumor which was removed from her breast when she was 18. When her left breast began to hurt, Jill made an appointment for a mammogram (it had been five years since her last one).

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction
Ratings

58 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

4.7 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.8
  • 4.7
  • 4.7
  • 4.8
  • 4.6

11 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 2.5
    January 22, 2019
    So so experience - had previous surgery on [...] and had issues re: outcome & issues that occurred after and was told TIME - due to radiation for everything to heal. Not happy with results of surgery - didn't get answers for my issues!!!
  • 5.0
    November 29, 2018
    Very good.
  • 5.0
    November 25, 2018
    have great confidence in Dr Topham and his team
  • 5.0
    November 18, 2018
    They always listen to my concerns & try to work them out.
  • 5.0
    October 10, 2018
    Provider had treated me previously for a surgical procedure with excellent results!
  • 5.0
    September 27, 2018
    I would recommend this group of professionals to anyone who I speak with. They are rated very high in our view. We are grateful they are here for us! I felt torn a par by cancer and they have helped me feel whole again!
  • 5.0
    September 10, 2018
    Dr. Topham is awesome! Takes his time, listens to me. Honest, humble caring!
  • 5.0
    August 30, 2018
    I have been a patient at FCCC since 2008, and I can say without hesitation that Dr. Topham is one of the very best physicians I have encountered at FCCC. Although this was a consultation about treatment options for my condition, he engenders confidence in the course of action decided upon.
  • 5.0
    June 15, 2018
    Dr. Topham was wonderful. He was clear, concise, and caring. I did not feel rushed, and I was encouraged to ask questions if I had any. I felt very confident about having surgery performed by him based upon this interaction.
  • 2.5
    June 12, 2018
    I just wished that my concern were heard with sensitive hearing, with my feelings as a priority.
  • 5.0
    May 29, 2018
    Very informed, respectful & offered opinion regarding my upcoming procedure. Found him honest & trust worthy.
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