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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

Peter Hagerty

Testicular Cancer

Peter Hagerty

Testicular Cancer

Peter Hagerty was shocked to learn he had testicular cancer at the age of 36. He sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center after having surgery to remove his testicule at a nearby hospital, where he learned the cancer had spread. After four cycles of chemotherapy, he was ready for surgery, a retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, which removed the cancer and reduced the risk of recurrence. Today Peter is cancer free and back to work as a police officer. "My wife and I were really happy with the care I received at Fox Chase," he said. "I really could have gone anywhere, and we drove past all the big Philadelphia university hospitals on our way to Fox Chase. But I chose it because all they deal with is cancer."

Jay Kernan

Bladder Cancer

Jay Kernan

Bladder Cancer
In July 2009, Jay Kernan was referred to a local urologist to treat urinary bleeding and pain. Following several rounds of tests, Jay was diagnosed with advanced stage bladder cancer. “The urologist suggested I see an expert at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia,” shares Jay, who resides with his wife, Gaetana, in a rural section of Salem County, NJ. Gaetana expressed her desire for Jay to be treated in Philadelphia, where more advanced cancer treatment is available. Jay called Fox Chase and made an appointment with Richard E. Greenberg, MD, FACS, chief of urologic surgery and Elizabeth Plimack, MD, MS, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase. Both specialize in treating patients with advanced bladder cancer.

Ray Ingaran

Prostate Cancer;  Sarcoma

Ray Ingaran

Prostate Cancer;  Sarcoma

"Over the years...I have been diagnosed with liver cancer, kidney cancer that resulted in the loss of one kidney, leiomyosarcoma, and a mass on my coccyx bone. In 2013, another small tumor was discovered on my remaining kidney, "

Paul Cervone

Bladder Cancer

Paul Cervone

Bladder Cancer

Paul Cervone was diagnosed with bladder cancer around the time he turned 50. He sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and underwent both radiation and surgical procedures, under the care of Dr. Richard Greenberg and Dr. Elizabeth Plimack. After a long journey, with more than one recurrence, Paul has now been cancer free since 2011. "I have seen the level of care some cancer patients have received at other hospitals, and I have found them to not meet the treatment I received at Fox Chase," he said. "I have recommended Fox Chase to friends and will continue to do so. The Fox Chase team not only treated my cancers but also extended my life."

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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

321 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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60 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 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
  • 5.0
    January 31, 2020
    Excellent care provided by doctor and staff
  • 5.0
    January 30, 2020
    Excellent experience
  • 5.0
    January 28, 2020
    Dr GREENBERG WAS OUTSTANDING AS ALWAYS
  • 5.0
    January 20, 2020
    Dr Greenberg and his staff have ALWAYS been excellent with me. I've been his patient for 16 years. He is simply the best doctor in any specialty I have ever been a patient of!
  • 5.0
    January 13, 2020
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    January 10, 2020
    dr Greenberg best care I've ever received !!!
  • 5.0
    January 04, 2020
    Dr. Richard Greenberg and his staff area rare breed.They are the kind and caring team of yesteryear. [...]
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