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Robert Uzzo, MD, MBA, FACS

Robert Uzzo, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Huntingdon Pike
8 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA

About

Interim CEO,  Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center

Chairman, Department of Surgery

G. Willing "Wing" Pepper Chair in Cancer Research

Professor, Department of Surgery

Professor of Surgery, Temple University Health System

Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, Temple University College of Engineering

Treatment Focus

  • Robotic and laparoscopic urologic oncology
  • Organ preservation (kidney, bladder, testicular and adrenal)
  • Non-surgical management of low risk urinary tumors
  • Complex urological reconstruction

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
Urology

Treatment Philosophy

I believe in treating patients as I would my own family. I strive to communicate effectively with patients and family members at all levels. Through extensive discussions with my patients, I develop treatment plans that are both effective and acknowledge that quality of life issues are exceptionally important. I emphasize individually tailored treatments to help patients achieve success and limit treatment-related side effects which can affect quality of life.

I am sensitive to the particular issues regarding surgical treatment of genitourinary cancer, especially the physical and emotional effects on patients and their family. By fostering a doctor-patient relationship based on mutual respect and open dialogue, I encourage patients to become empowered managers of their care... Expand

 

Bio

As interim CEO of the Hospital at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Robert Uzzo is responsible for leading the overall clinical operations of Fox Chase. In his role as Chair of the Department of Surgery, he leads the surgery efforts and oversees research laboratory initiatives to study molecular mechanisms of genitourinary cancers.

In addition to these roles, Uzzo is the G. Willing “Wing” Pepper Chair in Cancer Research and also serves as the organization’s President of the Medical Group. He also serves as the founding Executive Director of the nation’s second largest urologic quality collaborative, the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative... Expand

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Urologic Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellow, Renal Transplantation and Renovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Chief Resident, Urology, New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Senior Resident, Urology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • MD, Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, 1991
  • BS/BA, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1987, Valedictorian

Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Urology

Memberships

  • The American Urological Association
  • Member, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, AAGUS
  • Society of Urologic Oncology, Board of Directors
  • Society of Urologic Oncology, Clinical Trials Consortium, President 
  • Society of Urologic Oncology, Clinical Trials Consortium, Renal Program Chairman  
  • Board of Directors, SUO Clinical Trials Consortia, member-at-large  
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Society of Scholars  
  • Kidney Cancer Association Medical Advisory Board  
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.)  
  • Society of Urologic Oncology  
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society  
  • The MidAtlantic Section of the American Urological Association
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group  
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group - Vice Chairman, GU Organ Committee   2002-2006 
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons 
  • Urologic Society of Transplant and Vascular Surgeons
  • Society for Basic Urologic Research  
  • American Association for Cancer Research

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2002-20
  • Best Doctors in America®, 2013-16, 2019-2020, Urology
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2008-17
  • AUA Residents National Committee Teaching Award
  • Consumer’s Research Council of America –America’s Top Physicians 
Patient Stories

Norm Faus III

Kidney Cancer

Norm Faus III

Kidney Cancer

My name is Norm Faus III. I live in Lititz, Pennsylvania, which is about 80 miles west of Philadelphia. My wife and I have been married for 53 years. We have two grown children and several grandchildren. That makes me an old man of 73.

Generally, I’ve been very healthy over the years. The only thing I did develop, about 20 years ago, is peripheral neuropathy. It was what the doctors call idiopathic, meaning I didn’t have diabetes or cancer or anything that would have caused it to develop. Otherwise, I haven’t had any serious health issues.

Tina Pidgeon

Kidney Cancer

Tina Pidgeon

Kidney Cancer

Eleven years ago, I went in for a routine ultrasound to evaluate my pregnancy. I had no idea that the test would completely change my life and lead to a diagnosis of kidney cancer.

David Hiltgen

Kidney Cancer

David Hiltgen

Kidney Cancer

My kidney cancer was discovered at the worst time: right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luciano Orsini

Kidney Cancer

Luciano Orsini

Kidney Cancer

I’m 58 years old and live in Sicklerville, New Jersey. In normal times, summer is my favorite time of year. I’d have been looking forward to it this year, if COVID-19 hadn’t happened and forced me to delay my surgery for kidney cancer.

Felix (Phil) Sanchez

Bladder Cancer

Felix (Phil) Sanchez

Bladder Cancer

I follow up with people and act as a mentor. I let them know they are able to contact me at any time, and I can offer them peace of mind from someone who has been where they are headed.

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Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational questions involving renal cell carcinoma including decision making models in the management of renal cancers and processes/quality of care in urologic malignancies
  • Analyses of outcomes involving excision, ablation, and active surveillance for localized kidney cancer and techniques/outcomes of surgery in locally advanced and metastatic RCC
  • Actively develop and accrue to multiple industry sponsored national and international urological oncology trials as well as investigator initiated trials.
  • Translational interests include biomarker development in kidney cancer and the role of zinc dyshomeostasis in prostate cancer
Publications

Selected Publications

Chapters and Publications from over 400:

Campbell S.C., Novick A.C., Belldegrun A., Blute M.L., Chow G.K., Derweesh I.H., Faraday M.M., Kaouk J.H., Leveillee R.J., Matin S.F., Russo P., Uzzo R.G., Guideline for Management of the Clinical T1 Renal Mass, 2009, Journal of Urology, 182, 4 SUPPL., 1271, 1279 PubMed

Goel N, Manstein SM, Ward WH, DeMora L, Smaldone MC, Farma JM, Uzzo RG, Esnaola NF. Does the Surgical Apgar Score predict serious complications after elective major cancer surgery? Journal of Surgical Research, 231:242-7, 2018. 

Uzzo R.G., Novick A.C., Nephron sparing surgery for renal tumors: Indications, techniques and outcomes, 2001, Journal of Urology, 166, 1, 6, 18 PubMed

Kutikov A, Uzzo RG. The RENAL Nephrometry Score: A comprehensive standardized system for quantitating renal tumor size, location and depth. J Urol, 182(3):844-53, 2009. (cited 401 times) PubMed

Chawla S.N., Crispen P.L., Hanlon A.L., Greenberg R.E., Chen D.Y.T., Uzzo R.G., The natural history of observed enhancing renal masses: Meta-analysis and review of the world literature, 2006, Journal of Urology, 175, 2, 425, 431 PubMed

Kunkle D.A., Egleston B.L., Uzzo R.G., Excise, Ablate or Observe: The Small Renal Mass Dilemma-A Meta-Analysis and Review, 2008, Journal of Urology, 179, 4, 1227, 1234 PubMed

Kunkle D.A., Uzzo R.G., Cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation of the small renal mass: A meta-analysis, 2008, Cancer, 113, 10, 2671, 2680 PubMed

Uzzo R.G., Wei J.T., Waldbaum R.S., Perlmutter A.P., Byrne J.C., Vaughan Jr. D., The influence of prostate size on cancer detection, 1995, Urology, 46, 6, 831, 836 PubMed

Pollack A., Hanlon A.L., Horwitz E.M., Feigenberg S.J., Konski A.A., Movsas B., Greenberg R.E., Uzzo R.G., Ma C.-M.C., McNeeley S.W., Buyyounouski M.K., Price Jr. R.A., Dosimetry and preliminary acute toxicity in the first 100 men treated for prostate cancer on a randomized hypofractionation dose escalation trial, 2006, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 64, 2, 518, 526 PubMed

Qiao J., Uzzo R., Obara-Ishihara T., Degenstein L., Fuchs E., Herzlinger D., FGF-7 modulates ureteric bud growth and nephron number in the developing kidney, 1999, Development, 126, 3, 547, 554

Lane B.R., Russo P., Uzzo R.G., Hernandez A.V., Boorjian S.A., Thompson R.H., Fergany A.F., Love T.E., Campbell S.C., Comparison of cold and warm ischemia during partial nephrectomy in 660 solitary kidneys reveals predominant role of nonmodifiable factors in determining ultimate renal function, 2011, Journal of Urology, 185, 2, 421, 427 PubMed

Mann S.J., Pickering T.G., Sos T.A., Uzzo R.G., Sarkar S., Friend K., Rackson M.E., Laragh J.H., Captopril renography in the diagnosis of renal artery stenosis: accuracy and limitations, 1991, The American Journal of Medicine, 90, 1, 30, 40 PubMed

Dulaimi E., Uzzo R.G., Greenberg R.E., Al-Saleem T., Cairns P., Detection of Bladder Cancer in Urine by a Tumor Suppressor Gene Hypermethylation Panel, 2004, Clinical Cancer Research, 10, 6, 1887, 1893 PubMed

Kunkle D.A., Crispen P.L., Chen D.Y.T., Greenberg R.E., Uzzo R.G., Enhancing Renal Masses With Zero Net Growth During Active Surveillance, 2007, Journal of Urology, 177, 3, 849, 854 PubMed

Touijer K., Jacqmin D., Kavoussi L.R., Montorsi F., Patard J.J., Rogers C.G., Russo P., Uzzo R.G., Van Poppel H., The Expanding Role of Partial Nephrectomy: A Critical Analysis of Indications, Results, and Complications, 2010, European Urology, 57, 2, 214, 222 PubMed

Additional Publications

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Ratings

323 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.9
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79 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • No Star Ratings Available February 28, 2022
    Explained thoroughly, clearly, answering my question.
  • 5.0
    February 25, 2022
    Would recommend to anyone having similar issues.
  • 5.0
    February 25, 2022
    Dr. Uzzo & his team are vivid examples of outstanding health care.
  • 5.0
    February 09, 2022
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    January 31, 2022
    The whole team is very good!!
  • 5.0
    December 21, 2021
    I have been treated by Dr. Uzzo and the Urology clinic for the last 8+ years. I have never experienced anything but the best possible service and care, in every respect.
  • 5.0
    December 21, 2021
    The nurses and staff could not have been any better. I was amazed and felt very cared for and safe. Excellent job. I cannot praise all of you enough.
  • 5.0
    December 10, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo and the entire staff are amazingly pleasant, helpful and efficient beyond belief. Truly impressed with FCCC thus far and hope this continues through my upcoming surgery.
  • 5.0
    November 29, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo and staff are just wonderful. They make you feel at ease and have such concern.
  • 5.0
    November 02, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo, the resident doctor, and Nurse [...] were engaging, encouraging, and knowledgeable - I felt safe and in excellent hands.
  • 5.0
    November 01, 2021
    Always a reassuring visit with Dr. Uzzo.
  • 5.0
    October 25, 2021
    Dr Uzzo is clearly a great doctor and he made me and my wife feel very confident in his assessment of my current condition.
  • 5.0
    October 08, 2021
    What a wonderful care environment; from front desk, through nursing to physician. Appointments made with due consideration, promptly visible on the app. No cause for complaint; many reasons to be grateful at the quality of care & compassion.
  • 5.0
    October 05, 2021
    Was as pleasant as a doctor appointment could be. Dr. Izzy gave crystal clear explanations of what was happening.
  • No Star Ratings Available October 05, 2021
    Great healthcare provider, good listener, experienced and very Intelligent, very caring. ,
  • 5.0
    October 01, 2021
    It was a very good experience and handled with the utmost care of my problem.
  • 5.0
    September 20, 2021
    Dr Uzzo is awesome and Fox Chase is the best!
  • 5.0
    September 18, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo and his assistant gave me a priceless education that was informative and right on point making me 100% aware of my condition and what I'm facing with no bs ahead of me. These guys care immensely and it shows. Thank you.
  • 5.0
    September 11, 2021
    Most caring and compassionate Dr I ever visited. I would recommend Dr Uzzo to everyone I know
  • 5.0
    September 07, 2021
    What a knowledgeable ands compassionate doctor (Uzzo), and what a comforting team!
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