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Rosalia Viterbo, MD, FACS

Dr. Viterbo

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Kidney, Bladder, and Prostate Cancer TRDG Member

Treatment Focus

Robotic surgery and adrenal carcinoma

Treatment Philosophy

Coming from a large family, I believe in an approach to cancer care that involves the individual and the family. Personally, I treat my patients the way I would want my family treated—with honesty, compassion and skill.

Joining Fox Chase Cancer Center is the realization of a personal lifelong goal. The Center brings together the perspectives of innovative physicians and researchers to deliver revolutionary and cutting-edge treatment options to everyone. This tradition fits with my longtime dedication to provide patients with the best medical and surgical care.

I came to Fox Chase from City of Hope National Medical Center where I completed my fellowship in a leading robotic oncology program. Having had experience with more than 1,500 robotic prostatectomies, partial nephrectomy, cystectomy and neobladder, indiana pouch and ileal conduit diversions, I have treated patients with various urologic malignancies. I did this through the use of robotics and minimally invasive surgery, as well as open surgery, when appropriate. At Fox Chase, my goal is to continue offering excellent care and leading edge technology, ultimately to benefit the individual outcome and overall quality of life of my patients.

With today's advancing technology, it is critical for me, as a surgeon, to keep current with the expanding base of knowledge and make contributions that translate into reducing the burden of cancer. This starts with the individual and then applies to populations. This knowledge will be invaluable throughout my career as I care for my patients, make decisions, assume leadership responsibilities and respond to complex situations.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Robotic Urologic Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA
  • Resident, General Surgery and Urology, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2000

Certifications

  • American Board of Urology

Memberships

  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • American Urological Association
  • Philadelphia Urological Society
  • American College of Surgeons
Patient Stories

Al De Carlo

Kidney Cancer

Al De Carlo

Kidney Cancer

Now that I’m 74 and retired, I spend most of my time outside or in the garage. Since my service in the Navy, where I worked as a ship fitter, taking care of the plumbing and mechanical issues, I’ve always been fascinated with machines and how they work. So for me, as crazy as it seems to my wife, working outside, tinkering with machines, and splitting wood, isn’t hard work – it’s my playtime.

Jack Pressman

Kidney Cancer

Jack Pressman

Kidney Cancer

When Jack Pressman was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, his urologist recommended he be treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center. At preadmission testing, Fox Chase pathologists detected a small lesion on his kidney. Dr. Rosalia Viterbo, who was treating Jack, recommended a prostatectomy and then a partial nephrectomy to remove the tumor and a portion of his kidney, once he recovered from the first surgery. Both procedures, which used the robotic approach, were a success. "All of the people at Fox Chase are terrific," he said. "I have been to my share of hospitals over the years, but I have never met so many nice people as I met at Fox Chase. They don’t keep you waiting, and it is easy to tell that they really care about their patients."

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."

Art McKee

Prostate Cancer

Art McKee

Prostate Cancer

"It still came as a big surprise when I was told my PSA score was high and warranted a biopsy, which subsequently showed that I had prostate cancer. With no symptoms, that came as a total shock."

Al Martin

Prostate Cancer

Al Martin

Prostate Cancer

As a 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force, Al Martin was used to facing risks on a day-to-day basis. But what caught him by surprise was a diagnosis of prostate cancer at the age of 54.

The Holmesburg native was vigilant about getting annual physicals with his family doctor. In October 2009, his blood test came back showing his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test reading at 18. "I didn't know what that meant," he said.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Prostate cancer
  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgery, including prostatectomy, nephrectomy and cystectomy with neobladder and indiana pouch diversion
  • Robotic salvage prostatectomy
  • Prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer
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

Ratings

456 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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77 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    Dr Viterbo's confidence in her abilities really have put my mind at ease.
  • No Star Ratings Available June 17, 2020
    [...] visit with Dr. Viterbo was excellent. She was informative, comprehensive and caring. She transcends her professional role with very human qualities... very good experience! [...]
  • 5.0
    June 11, 2020
    Dr. Viterbo treated me for prostate surgery in 2013 and this was my annual follow up visit. She is great and I do recommend her whenever I hear of family or friends needing the type of care she specializes in. She aways treats me with concern and respect, you feel like a member of her family when you meet her.
  • 5.0
    June 09, 2020
    Dr Viturbo and her staff , which include nurses,office personnel, etc are friendly,sensitive to my needs and very professional
  • 5.0
    June 04, 2020
    I feel privileged to be a patient of Dr Viterbo
  • 5.0
    May 19, 2020
    No bad experiences. Dr. Viterbo is awesome.
  • 5.0
    May 14, 2020
    dr. Viterbo is THE BEST.
  • 5.0
    May 11, 2020
    All visits were well provided.
  • 5.0
    May 11, 2020
    Dr. Viterbo and staff always make me feel as I'm their favorite patient.
  • 5.0
    May 05, 2020
    good. love this doctor
  • 5.0
    May 03, 2020
    I have the highest respect for Dr. Viterbo.
  • 5.0
    April 23, 2020
    Dr. Viterbo and her entire staff are exceptional.
  • 5.0
    April 20, 2020
    From the first time I met with Dr. Viterbo and her staff, I felt most comfortable and only have great thing to say. - Great job -
  • 5.0
    April 15, 2020
    very good. [...]
  • 5.0
    April 12, 2020
    Dr Viterbo is simply the best! Compassionate and expert in her field. Her staff of Nurses and Assistants are all very kind and amazing!
  • 5.0
    April 04, 2020
    Dr. Viterbo is absolutely the best along with her staff, the nurses are incredible, I thank each and every one for taking such good care of me and with a sense of humor
  • 5.0
    March 31, 2020
    Due to the Corona Virus my visit was conducted over the phone. I felt the phone appointment went very well and all the information I needed was communicated effectively via the phone.
  • 5.0
    March 22, 2020
    Dr. R. Viterbo and her staff are the best.
  • 5.0
    March 20, 2020
    Dr. Viterbo is one awesome doctor. Feel truly blessed to be her patient.
  • 5.0
    March 20, 2020
    excellent
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