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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 2020
    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

Karen Williams

Head & Neck Cancer

Karen Williams

Head & Neck Cancer

With the help of surgeons at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Karen Williams beat tongue cancer and is all smiles.

Karen Williams is thankful to have her voice, and with it she tells everyone who will listen: "If you notice any kind of change on your tongue or in your mouth… especially if you are a smoker… get it checked out as quickly as possible." Karen is adamant about her advice, because she is proof that addressing a problem quickly can result in a fabulous outcome.

Marcille McEntee

Skin Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

Marcille McEntee

Skin Cancer;  Ureteral Cancer

Her gastroenterologist performed a PET scan which revealed a rare kind of cancer, a mucosal melanoma. “At that point, my urologist admitted 'this is beyond me. You need to go somewhere else',” she recalled.

Patricia Cantwell

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Patricia Cantwell

Head & Neck Cancer;  Sarcoma

Patricia Cantwell was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the jaw. Her oral surgeon referred her to Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she first underwent four cycles of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and prepare her for surgery. However, the tumor increased in size after the first two treatments, leading Patricia's team to decide to go straight to surgery. Following surgery, Patricia needed physical therapy as well as a course of radiation to prevent a recurrence. Though she was now physically healthy, Patricia was not confident about how her face looked because it had an indentation. She decided to undergo reconstructive surgery, which transferred thigh skin and fatty tissue to Patricia's cheek to reconstruct her face, mouth, and lips. Today, she is cancer free and happy that she looks like her old self again. "I was very pleased with the results, and I looked like myself before the cancer," she said. "Thanks to the talents of Dr. Topham, my self-esteem returned. I was able to eat anything and could speak with no problem. I was running around with no pain and felt great."

William Buehler

Head & Neck Cancer

William Buehler

Head & Neck Cancer

I was diagnosed with T4 squamous cell carcinoma in my mouth, tongue, and jawbone during the winter of 2006. I had been a smoker until the day I got the diagnosis, but I still never thought I’d face cancer, and that it could be so extensive. I was not sure there was any treatment available for me, and I was aware that I could die.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction
Ratings

116 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

4.8 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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  • 4.6
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21 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 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.
  • 5.0
    April 01, 2020
    Had a cancerous growth removed from mothers face. Dr. Topham was excellent as was his office staff & nurses.
  • 5.0
    March 23, 2020
    We are grateful for all the care I receive when connected with Fox Chase, Doctor Topham & staff!
  • 5.0
    March 04, 2020
    Dr. Topham is an excellent surgeon and a caring and warm person. His surgery and overall care is outstanding.
  • 5.0
    December 04, 2019
    I totally trust Dr. Topham and Dr. [...] - I know I'm in good hands and have faith in both.
  • 5.0
    November 14, 2019
    Very satisfied with doctor!
  • 5.0
    September 26, 2019
    I am lucky to have Dr. Topham. HE IS extremely caring and great at what he does.
  • 5.0
    September 15, 2019
    I am very happy with the way Dr. Topham has handle my program. Every one in that office top rated.
  • 5.0
    August 22, 2019
    Great doctor.
  • 5.0
    August 19, 2019
    Dr. Topham is an exceptional highly skilled plastic surgeon. He's cre for each and every patient.
  • 5.0
    August 18, 2019
    Dr. Topham is one of the best in his field. Discusses options & how well I'm doing.
  • 5.0
    August 11, 2019
    Dr. Topham does an excellent job. So happy he was my dr.
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2019
    In the 7 years I have never had a problem with Dr. Neal Topham or his staff. Highly recommend them.
  • 5.0
    June 16, 2019
    Dr. Neal Topham is the best there is. He gave me results that I never imagined & gave me my life back.
  • 5.0
    May 09, 2019
    [...] Dr. Topham did an AMAZING job on my reconstruction. I am so happy I was cared for at Fox Chase!!!
  • 5.0
    April 15, 2019
    I feel very safe and in good hands with Dr. Topham and his entire staff.
  • 5.0
    March 11, 2019
    I believe Dr Neil Topham is a superb plastic surgeon!
  • 5.0
    February 28, 2019
    I was completely satisfied & confidence that I was receiving best care from all involved.
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