Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, FACS

Paul G. Curcillo II, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Initiatives and Development

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Treatment Focus

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, General Surgery of Benign Disease, Complex General Surgery and Ventral Hernias

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021

Follow on Twitter: @FCCCSurgOnc

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Resident, Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1996
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1989


  • Diplomat, American College of Surgeons
  • Recertified, American Board of Surgery, 2008-2018
  • Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1997-2008
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1994
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 1991


  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), 2008-present
  • Society of Gasteroenterologic and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), 2007-present
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, 2003-present
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, 2002-present
  • American College of Surgeons, Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter, 2006-2008
  • Committee on Applicants of the American College of Surgeons, Pennsylvania District #5
  • The American Society of Breast Surgeons, 2000-present
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2000-present
  • Breast and Prostrate Health Foundation, Board of Directors, 2005-present
  • Breast Health Institute, Board of Directors, 2004-present

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2009, 2011-20
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Temple University Gallery of Success, 2009
  • Fellow, Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India, 2009
  • Best Doctors, 2007-2010  (Best Doctors in America Database)
Patient Stories

Susie Barton

Lung Cancer

Susie Barton

Lung Cancer

I was only 40 when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. I went to my primary care doctor, who sent me for a CT scan. When he got the results, he told me to find an oncologist because it was cancer. A few years earlier I had a breast lump removed at Fox Chase, so that is where I knew I should go. 

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer

In 2013, Alison Kovalchik learned she carried the BRCA1 mutation that increases the risk for developing breast cancer. Because she already had a number of other health issues, she was very worried about her options for preventive treatment. Upon the recommendation of her doctor, Alison sought answers from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she later had preventive surgery. She was assigned to a team of physicians from several different departments who all worked together to form an individualized treatment plan to ensure the best outcome. "Even though Fox Chase is a cancer center, its staff considers the patient as a whole person, which is something I hadn’t encountered elsewhere, and, to me, it is a true miracle," Alison said. "Fox Chase Cancer Center’s doctors worked as a team to treat me...I trust my team at Fox Chase. My doctors gave me my life back—in all ways, not only with the BRCA mutation risk. I know I’m in the best hands for my care."

Jennie Soprani

Jennie Soprani

After having a routine hysterectomy at the age of 65, Jennie Soprani had ongoing medical issues for nearly 15 years. In late 2014, her doctor referred her to Fox Chase Cancer Center's Dr. Paul G. Curcillo II, who had performed surgery on Jennie earlier. In December 2014, Jennie underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to treat her complex abdominal wound, an intestinal fistula. "That procedure changed my life for the better," she said. "Today I can do all the things I used to do without concerns about pain, bleeding, or infections. Life is now beautiful, and I feel better today than I have in a very long time."

Albert Anderson

Colorectal Cancer

Albert Anderson

Colorectal Cancer

"Although the gastroenterologist recommended that I wait 6 months for a follow-up test, my wife and I decided that I should get a second opinion at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where I had been successfully treated for prostate cancer 3 years prior. "

John Feeney

GERD & Barrett's Esophagus

John Feeney

GERD & Barrett's Esophagus

When John Feeney was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and diverticulitis, he received opinions from two surgeons who both recommended the complete removal of his colon. John, however, wanted to seek another opinion, to see if there was a chance that he did not have to have his colon removed. At Fox Chase Cancer Center, John met with Dr. Paul Curcillo, who felt that if John were to develop cancer later, it would not be very aggressive and that with annual colonoscopies, any sign of cancer could be detected and treated. Instead of a colon removal, John underwent a minimally-invasive laparoscopic sigmoid colon resection. Since that time, he has had no recurrence of diverticulitis, and the ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis have remained in remission. Most importantly, he has retained his colon and can live a normal life. "My experience at Fox Chase has been exceptional, and I appreciate the dedication and concern that the Fox Chase personnel showed me and my family," he said. "I would recommend Fox Chase to anyone with health issues. "


Research Profile

Research Interests

Single Port Access Surgery, Reduced Port Surgery, NOTES, Breast Cancer


Selected Publications

Future Trend in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Single Port, Minilaparoscopy, and NOTES.Boni L, Curcillo PG, Perretta S. Minim Invasive Surg. 2012;2012:575301. doi: 10.1155/2012/575301. Epub 2012 Dec 30. No abstract available. PubMed

Initial application of reduced port surgery using the single port access technique for laparoscopic canine ovariectomy. Runge JJ, Curcillo PG 2nd, King SA, Podolsky ER, Holt DE, Davidson J, Agnello KA.Vet Surg. 2012 Oct;41(7):803-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01012.x. Epub 2012 Aug 1. PubMed


Additional Publications




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  • 5.0
    August 12, 2021
    I have been Dr. Curcillo's patient for 20 years & find my visits with him at Fox Chase excellent.
  • 5.0
    August 06, 2021
    Good experience
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Caring and excellent physician. Questions me on all aspects of my health.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Dr. Curcillo is just awesome. Can't say enough about this doctor.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Best experience ever!
  • 5.0
    July 23, 2021
    Excellent experience
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2021
    Very professional/caring! FCCC IS EXCEPTIONAL.
  • 3.1
    April 28, 2021
    It was unusually busy and rushed but everything flowed smoothly. Mammogram done, read, and recorded so that Dr Curcillo could share results and ongoing plan for treatment even though he was uncharacteristically rushed. Covid concerns may have played a role.
  • 5.0
    April 27, 2021
    Just excellent care!!
  • 5.0
    March 20, 2021
    I couldn't be any happier with Dr. Curcillo and his team. Since I first went to him before I was diagnosed with breast cancer over 7years ago, he has been a rock for me. He is simply the BEST
  • 5.0
    March 08, 2021
    Dr. Curcillo & his staff are the best.
  • 4.5
    February 03, 2021
    Good experience, always have my health and general feelings the upmost concern.
  • 5.0
    December 09, 2020
    I would recommend Dr. Curcillo to everyone. He is excellent.
  • 5.0
    December 04, 2020
    Always an excellent experience seeing Dr. Curcillo -
  • 5.0
    November 05, 2020
    great experience!
  • 5.0
    November 02, 2020
    I've been coming to Fox Chase for 9 yrs. (in March 2020) and the care and concern I've received has been excellent! Love Dr. Curcillo!!
  • 5.0
    October 28, 2020
    Dr. Curcillo and his staff are absolutely wonder, knowledgeable kind & caring.
  • 5.0
    October 26, 2020
    Not only was Dr. Curcillo wonderful but his receptionist and nurse were so very, very kind! They relieved my fears and helped me through tense moments.
  • 5.0
    October 08, 2020
    Highly recommend Dr. Curcillo & staff.
  • 5.0
    August 17, 2020

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