Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Richard Bleicher, MD, FACS
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Clinical Locations

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Attending Surgeon

Leader, Breast Cancer Program

Director, Breast Fellowship Program


Treatment Focus

Novel Treatment Modalities for Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, Cosmetic Outcomes in the Treatment of Breast Cancer 

Key Awards

2023 top doctors

Treatment Philosophy

I am acutely aware of the impact that a breast cancer diagnosis has on an individual. I do my best to foster a positive environment in which to start my patients' course of treatment and take the time to explain the pros and cons of each treatment option, so that they can make an informed decision. My treatment philosophy also includes, not just an emphasis on successful treatment, but also preserving a good cosmetic outcome. I feel fortunate to be a fellowship trained, very highly specialized clinician practicing at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which is an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, because this combination of factors allows me, and our treatment team, to focus on one thing all day, every day, and do it well: curing breast cancer. I think there is nothing more rewarding that I could do as a clinician. 

Follow on Twitter: @RichardBleicher 

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Basic Science Research, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fellow, Surgical Oncology, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA
  • Resident, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1994
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1990


  • Board Certified, General Surgery


  • Member, Board of Directors, American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • Chairman, Quality Improvement and Informaton Technology Committee, American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • Surveyor, American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • Vice Chairman, Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship Program Directors Training Committee
  • Committee Member, Commission on Cancer Operative Standards Committee
  • Committee Member, Commission on Cancer, Quality Integration Committee


  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Epic User Group Committee
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Radium Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Oncology Group American
  • Society of Breast Surgeons
  • International Sentinel Node Society
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of University Surgeons 

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2017-20
  • Jamie Brooke Lieberman Remembrance Award, Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia, 2020
  • America's Top Doctors®2016-17
  • Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors Inc., 2014
  • Breast Cancer Researcher of the Year Award for 2009, Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Sentinel Node 2002 Congress Young Investigator Award, 2002
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award, 2002 

Gabrielle Korosec

  • Breast Cancer

There were a lot of things going on in my life when I first found a lump in my breast. My mother-in-law was in failing health, my two children were teenagers, and I was separating with my husband of 23 years. My life was in chaos; when I found the lump, it further added to that.


Melanie Fowler

  • Breast Cancer

I’m 65 years old, and thanks to a 35-year career at the Department of Defense, I’ve been happily retired for just about a decade. I live in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with my husband Bill, our dog Tess, short for Tess the Mess, and our cat Amoco, who is named for the gas station where we found her.


Kat Kramer

  • Breast Cancer

When I was growing up in Philadelphia’s Olney-Feltonville neighborhood, my grandmother made sure I knew how to run a household. She taught all of her grandchildren how to do essential household tasks, like sewing and cooking. I always looked forward to the day when I’d get to follow in her footsteps and pass these skills along to my son, Alex.

But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 at age 43, I found myself worried about whether I would be able to carry on family traditions like this.


Denise Portner

  • Breast Cancer

In May 2008, Denise Portner, 45, underwent genetic testing that showed she carried the BRCA2 mutation, just like her mother and aunt, who had breast cancer. Genetic counselors at this hospital advised her to consider prophylactic oophorectomy, a surgical procedure to remove one or both of her ovaries to help reduce her risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Denise decided to get a second opinion from the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and on June 16, 2009, she learned that she had breast cancer, which changed her treatment plans. Instead, she had a double mastectomy that summer, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and, later, the originally planned oophorectomy. "It was a challenging ride, but I always felt that I was getting the best possible treatment and that I was fortunate to have a world-class cancer center within a 10-minute drive of my home," Denise said. "If I had not been aware of my genetic status, I would not have had the MRI and would not have known that I had breast cancer."


Research Interests

Health services research, breast imaging, breast cancer, population studies; Sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer; Novel treatment modalities for breast cancer; Breast cancer clinical trials; Breast imaging and cancer outcomes, Disparities in breast cancer, Male and female breast cancer.

Selected Publications

Bleicher R.J., Moran M.S., Ruth K., Edge S.B., Dietz J.M., Wilke L.G., Stearns V., Kurtzman S.H., Klein J., Yao K.A., The impact of radiotherapy delay in breast conservation patients not receiving chemotherapy and the rationale for dichotomizing the radiation oncology time-dependent standard into two quality measures. Ann Surg Oncol. 29(1): 469-481, 2022.PMC9059503.

Williams A.D., Chang C., Sigurdson E.R., Wang C.H., Aggon A.A., Hill M.V., Porpiglia A., Bleicher R.J., Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy and delays in surgery for ductal carcinoma in situ: Implications for the coronavirus pandemic. Ann Surg Oncol. 29(3): 1683-1691, 2022.PMC8504964.

Sharp N.E., Sachs D.B., Melchior N.M., Albaneze P., Nardello S., Sigurdson E.R., Deng M., Aggon A.A., Daly J.M., Bleicher R.J., Does the false-negative rate for 1 or 2 negative sentinel nodes after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy translate into a high local recurrence rate? Breast J. 27(4): 335-344, 2021.PMC8927898.

Esposito AC, Crawford J, Sigurdson ER, Handorf EA, Hayes SB, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Omission of radiotherapy after breast conservation surgery in the postneoadjuvant setting. Journal of Surgical Research, 221:49-57, 2018. PMC5729922

Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Beck RJ, Ross E, Wong YN, Patel SA, Boraas M, Chang EI, Topham NS, Egleston BL. Time to surgery and breast cancer survival in the United States. In Press, JAMA Oncol 2015

Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Daly JM, Boraas M, Anderson P, Egleston BL. Breast Conservation Versus Mastectomy for T3 Primaries (>5 cm): A Review of 5,685 Medicare Patients. In Press, Cancer 2015.

Bleicher RJ. Reply to E. Peralta, et al. re: Breast MRI as it is, in contrast to how we wish it to be.  J Clin Oncol 2014; 32, 2818-2819.

Loveland-Jones C, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Breast conservation surgery in the Medicare patient: Will the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0011 Trial change the pattern of care? Br Cancer Res Treat 2014; 143, 571-7. [DOI 10.1007/s10549-014-2834-9, PubMed]

Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Ross E, Wong YN, Patel SA, Boraas M, Topham NS, Egleston BL. Preoperative delays in the United States Medicare population having breast cancer. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30, 4485-92. [DOI 10.1200/JCO.2012.41.7972, PubMed]

Crivello M, Ruth K, Egleston BL, Sigurdson ER, Wong YN, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Advanced imaging modalities in early stage breast cancer– preoperative use in the United States Medicare Patient. Ann Surg Oncol 2013; 20: 102-10. [DOI 10.1245/s10434-012-2571-4, PubMed]... Expand

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