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Robert G. 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

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

 

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Chairman, Department of Surgery

Nationally known as a leader in the field of urologic oncology, Dr. Uzzo has made important clinical, scientific and educational contributions to the Department of Surgery.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Uzzo has consistently ranked among Castle Connolly’s and Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Docs" in urology. He is a national principal investigator for a clinical trial by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group to evaluate new, targeted therapies for kidney cancers and immunotherapy.  He is the author of more than 350 chapters, articles, books and abstracts on urologic tumors and has presented hundreds of regional, national and international lectures.

In addition to his extensive clinical practice, he oversees research laboratory initiatives studying molecular mechanisms of genitourinary cancers. In 2003, he was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor with tenure in Fox Chase's division of medical science... 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, 1989, 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

Fred Cohen

Bladder Cancer

Fred Cohen

Bladder Cancer

"Two dates are seared into my memory. On November 30, 2015, my wife and I were attending a funeral for a very dear friend, who had died after a long ordeal with kidney cancer. After the viewing I used the restroom and I noticed something unusual – blood in my urine. Obviously concerned, I called my urologist in the car on the way to the cemetery. He recommended I come in right away for an exam. On January 7, 2016, after weeks of tests and exams, the suspicion was confirmed: I had bladder cancer."

John Roley

Kidney Cancer

John Roley

Kidney Cancer

In the fall of 2007, John Roley was shocked to learn he had kidney cancer after experiencing severe stomach pain. After meeting with his doctor, he decided to get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Uzzo, chief of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Rather than traditional surgery, Dr. Uzzo recommended two surgeries using the minimally-invasive da Vinci robotic surgical procedure that makes tiny incisions, results in very little scarring, and produces almost no bleeding. After the surgeries, John had no complications, healed quickly, and returned to work within weeks. "The doctors and nurses at Fox Chase were simply great in taking care of me and helping me to recover so quickly," he said. "I am forever grateful to everyone who found the problem, fixed the problem, and restored me to excellent health, and I pray that they are able to help others the way they helped me."

Denise Coldwater

Kidney Cancer

Denise Coldwater

Kidney Cancer

Based on my history with cancer, I often feel like the luckiest person on earth. In 1999, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. At the time, my only choice was a total nephrectomy (removal of the kidney).

Mike Phillips

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Mike Phillips

Kidney Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

When Mike Phillips was diagnosed with kidney cancer, he sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he underwent a partial nephrectomy. Unfortunately, the cancer returned six years later, in 2011, and this time both kidneys were affected. During this time, Mike was also having other health complications, including prostate cancer and a left hemispheric stroke that had no residual effects. In 2015, he received a kidney transplant and has been doing well since. "Now, fully recovered, I continue to do part-time business consulting, given my 45 years of business experience, 30 years in the world of franchising, and 15 in senior care/housing," Mike said, adding, "I hope to start volunteering soon at Fox Chase to provide phone counseling for patients who are dealing with cancer. My advice to others is to be the boss; it is your body, and you must be the captain of your ship."

Joe Riehs

Kidney Cancer

Joe Riehs

Kidney Cancer

"I received the call that I will never forget while I was high above the Delaware River on the Betsy Ross Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, working for the Port Authority as a maintenance technician. My doctor called with the news: There was an 85 percent chance that the tumor found on my kidney was cancerous."

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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

370 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 5.0
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
  • 4.9

89 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    July 29, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo impressed me by drawing a picture of my kidneys and explained my problem in detail. He took as much time I need to answer my questions. Dr. Uzzo was personable, friendly and very interested in my case to help me. I grade Dr. Uzzo A+.
  • 5.0
    July 28, 2021
    Dr Uzzo is the best ever. He was recommended to me by another doctor, and a former patient. He truly respects me & my health in a manner that has made him #1 with me & his profession.
  • 5.0
    July 28, 2021
    Always feel they have my best interest at heart.
  • No Star Ratings Available July 28, 2021
    Excellent, excellent doctor
  • 5.0
    July 27, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo and staff were very nice and explained everything in detail. I was very comfortable having him as my Dr/surgeon.
  • No Star Ratings Available July 25, 2021
    Good Experience
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Overall excellent experience. I have a lots of anxiety time I have to go in for a cystoscope. I have complete confidence in my doctor and I appreciate that he tries to put me at ease during the somewhat uncomfortable procedure. The nurses, too, make the experience so much easier. They are so kind, helpful and supportive, and the front desk people are always very pleasant and efficient.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Good experience.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo, his assistants, and the staff at Fox Chase have my highest regards and would receive my top recommendation.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Dr. Uzzo is the best! Definitely credit him for saving my kidney.I am grateful he continues to watch my condition!
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Amazing, thorough, and mostly kind and friendly.
  • 5.0
    July 21, 2021
    Outstanding care from an outstanding team led by an outstanding physician.
  • 5.0
    June 24, 2021
    Great provider.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2021
    As always a wonderful experience.
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2021
    Great experience made myself & Wife feel much better about my current health status.
  • 5.0
    April 27, 2021
    Excellent care & service. 5 stars to doctor, nurse & staff.
  • 5.0
    April 23, 2021
    Keep it as great as it is. I think it is the best. I'm very happy to be associated with Dr. Uzzo, the professional staff, and all members of Fox Chase. Thank you very much. [...]
  • No Star Ratings Available April 23, 2021
    Broke down the diagnosis as well as options very well
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021
    Good experience
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021
    Thank you for the opinion as to what we need to do.
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