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Richard E. Greenberg, MD, FACS

Richard Greenberg, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Kidney, Bladder, and Prostate Cancer TRDG Member

Carol and Louis Della Penna Chair in Urologic Oncology

Master Clinician

Professor, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

NCCN, Bladder/Penile Cancers Panel Member

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020
     Urology

Treatment Philosophy

I joined the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1983 as the first dedicated urologist. This gave me the opportunity to build a strong urology program—one that provides expert surgical care for patients with urologic cancers and their related medical issues. After all this time, the best part of my job is the smiles and gratitude I get from patients and family because of the effort put forth on their behalf, regardless of the eventual outcome.

During my training, I chose the field of urology because it offers a surgical subspecialty that encompasses many physiologic problems that require long-term 'medical' as well as surgical options. I have the opportunity for long-term follow-up of patients, rather than simply performing an operation and then sending them to another doctor for long-term care. Also, the immediate relief sometimes offered to patients feeds my own need for more immediate gratification with patient care and outcome than other areas of medicine.

I look at the whole patient and try to understand their needs within the realm of their family and their specific stage of cancer. I then try to choose the best long-term approach for every patient. I believe that our multispecialty approach to cancer benefits patients. For example, we encourage our prostate cancer patients to consider all types of treatment available to them at Fox Chase, as well as outside of the institution, prior to a final decision.

As a full-time physician at Fox Chase, I have no financial pressure to suggest surgery over a non-surgical option. Rather, I offer the best treatment plan individually tailored to the needs of the patient. I also stress quality as well as quantity of life issues. I am not afraid to tell a patient that surgery is not indicated if it is not in their best interest--even if they had decided that was how they wanted to be treated prior to our consultation. Learning whom to operate on and how to operate, but also whom not to operate on is a skill learned over many years.

I have been a urologist for three decades and have seen advances in technology that are too numerous to mention--but all have helped surgeons improve outcomes. Improvements in managing infections with new antibiotics have changed the face of modern urology. Improvements in both early diagnosis and treatment of almost all of the tumors urologists treat are apparent and constantly moving toward to the goal of cure without toxicity (or side effects).

An excellent example of technological advances is the DaVinci-S surgical robot which allows me to perform laparoscopic anatomical nerve sparing prostatectomies in appropriate patients. Learning this technical skill has been a worthwhile endeavor as it has improved the quality of care I can deliver to those patients with early stage prostate cancer.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Resident, General Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
  • Resident, Surgery (Urology), New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
  • Resident, Surgery (Urology), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 
  • MD, Cornell University Medical College, Ithaca, NY, 1976

Certifications

  • AUA Board of Urology, 1985, 1995, 2005, 2015

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Bladder/Penile Cancers Panel
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • Philadelphia Urological Society
  • Society of Urologic Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2009-20
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2014, 2019-2020, Urology
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • 2016 AUA Annual Resident Teaching Award
Patient Stories

'Cowboy' Jack Novek

Lymphoma;  Prostate Cancer;  Skin Cancer

'Cowboy' Jack Novek

Lymphoma;  Prostate Cancer;  Skin Cancer

I am 78 years old and have owned horses for 68 of those years. I am a cowboy through and through. My father gave me my first pony when I was just five years old and my first horse when I was 10. I have had hundreds of horses since. I also used to train the ponies down at the race track. 

Howard Tomlinson

Prostate Cancer

Howard Tomlinson

Prostate Cancer

I’m 66 years old and a resident of Princeton, New Jersey. I’m retired now, but I worked on Wall Street for 43 years and have been looking forward to spending my retirement doing things I love like playing golf, running, and giving back to the community.

Walter Masinick

Prostate Cancer

Walter Masinick

Prostate Cancer

The biopsy came back positive even though all my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests were normal at the time. The doctor suggested I get checked in about a year, but I wanted something done sooner and decided to get a second opinion.

Stephen Harkavy

Prostate Cancer

Stephen Harkavy

Prostate Cancer

When Stephen Harkavy, a retired surgeon, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 65, he knew immediately where he would seek treatment: Fox Chase Cancer Center. Stephen underwent an assisted, minimally-invasive radical prostatectomy, with outstanding results. "When anyone asks me where to go when they have cancer, without reservation I recommend Fox Chase in general and Dr. Richard Greenberg in particular for anyone requiring urologic cancer surgery."

Louis Della Penna

Kidney Cancer

Louis Della Penna

Kidney Cancer

Louis Della Penna made an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1994 because he was concerned about a chronic sore throat. It was the best decision he made since he learned shortly after that he had kidney cancer. Louis underwent surgery to remove the cancer from his kidney and surrounding tissue. Today he is cancer free and supports programs at Fox Chase, including two endowments he and his wife funded. "My feelings for Fox Chase are very strong," he said. "If you want to support something wonderful, there is no better place to give, no matter what your contribution. I am cancer free today, and I continue to return to Fox Chase for follow-up visits. It’s an amazing story."

Pages

Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • GU Malignancies
Publications

Selected Publications

Correa AF, Handorf E, Joshi SS, Geynisman DM, Kutikov A, Chen DY, Uzzo RG, Viterbo R, Greenberg RE, Smaldone MC. Differences in Survival Associated with Performance of Lymph Node Dissection in Patients with Invasive Penile Cancer: Results from the National Cancer Database. J Urol, 199(5):1238-44, 2018. PubMed

Hahn NM, Bivalacqua TJ, Ross AE, Netto GJ, Baras AS, Park JC, Chapman C, Masterson TA, Koch MO, Bihrle R, Foster RS, Gardner TA, Cheng L, Jones DR, McElyea K, Sandusky GE, Breen T, Liu Z, Albany C, Moore ML, Loman RA, Reed A, Turner SA, de Abreu FB, Gallagher TL, Tsongalis GJ, Plimack ER, Greenberg RE, Geynisman DM. A PHASE II TRIAL OF DOVITINIB IN BCG-UNRESPONSIVE UROTHELIAL CARCINOMA WITH FGFR3 MUTATIONS OR OVER-EXPRESSION: HOOSIER CANCER RESEARCH NETWORK TRIAL HCRN 12-157. Clinical cancer  research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 PubMed

Johnson ME, Zaorsky NG, Martin JM, Ruth K, Greenberg RE, Uzzo RG, Hayes SB, Smaldone MC, Kutikov A, Viterbo R, Chen DY, Hallman MA, Sobczak ML, Horwitz EM. Patient reported outcomes among treatment modalities for prostate cancer. The Canadian journal of urology, 23(6):8535-45, 2016. PubMed

Jung K, Ghatalia P, Litwin S, Horwitz EM, Uzzo RG, Greenberg RE, Viterbo R, Geynisman DM, Kutikov A, Plimack ER, Smaldone MC, Wong YN, Bilusic M. Small-Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder: 20-Year Single-Institution Retrospective Review. Clinical genitourinary cancer, 2016. PubMed

Surgical Apgar Score predicts an increased risk of major complications and death after renal mass excision.Ito T, Abbosh PH, Mehrazin R, Tomaszewski JJ, Li T, et al.The Journal of urology. 2015; 193(6):1918-22. PubMed

Is extended pharmacologic venous thromboembolism prophylaxis uniformly safe after radical cystectomy? Mehrazin R, Piotrowski Z, Egleston B, Parker D, Tomaszweski JJ, et al.Urology. 2014; 84(5):1152-6. PubMed

Additional Publications

NCBI 

Ratings

295 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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56 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 24, 2020
    excellent
  • 5.0
    July 14, 2020
    my doctor is very experienced and he tells me everything that I want to know
  • 5.0
    June 24, 2020
    The DR Greenberg is excellent the best Doctor I had in my life
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2020
    dr Greenberg and his staff are the most professional caring thorough detail oriented physician and staff I have ever experienced. No matter what the problem or question I may have they are always there readily to be able to assess. I could not be more pleased with the past care that I've gotten from Dr Greenberg and I am relieved moving forward knowing that my health is in his hands
  • 5.0
    June 16, 2020
    All good.
  • 5.0
    June 13, 2020
    a very good experience [...]
  • 5.0
    June 12, 2020
    Always a pleasant visit with Dr. Greenberg, his colleagues, and his staff. Thank you!
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2020
    this Dr's Office is the reason I drive well over 100 miles to see him
  • 4.5
    May 23, 2020
    doctor. greeberg was awesome [...]
  • 5.0
    May 12, 2020
    this was a telemedicine conference. I was most satisfied with the service provided. Dr. Greenberg thoroughly explained everything to me. I had never engaged in a telephone conference of this nature before.I was very pleased with the encounter.
  • 5.0
    April 29, 2020
    My checkup experience with Dr Greenberg was excellent. Dr Greenberg is the best!
  • 5.0
    March 27, 2020
    Dr. Greenberg is a great doctor. The only choice for urology as far as I'm concerned.
  • 5.0
    March 25, 2020
    Very good.
  • 5.0
    March 12, 2020
    Dr Greenburg,Is not only a fantastic doctor.He also became a freind through my cancer process. Great guy.At a great hospital
  • 5.0
    March 10, 2020
    Dr. Greenberg and his team are the best. I appreciate everything Dr. Greenberg has done four me and my family. Thank you!
  • 5.0
    March 03, 2020
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    February 28, 2020
    Excellent care by Doctor and staff.
  • 5.0
    February 13, 2020
    Eight year cancer survivor. [...] I was blessed at the time to have Dr.Greenberg.Feeling great today!
  • 4.0
    February 09, 2020
    [...] Experience with Dr. Greenberg & staff was completely amiable and professional, even towards assessing/explaining some diagnostic bill practices.
  • 5.0
    February 02, 2020
    Dr. Greenberg & his staff are simply the BEST! WONDERFUL
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