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Rosalia Viterbo, MD, FACS

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

204 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more.

OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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47 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    September 29, 2019
    I have nothing but high praise for Dr. Viterbo and her staff.
  • 5.0
    September 27, 2019
    Dr Viterbo and her staff are attentive, extremely caring, and always create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere during a stressful time. I have already recommended her to several people.
  • 5.0
    September 24, 2019
    Dr. Viterbo is the best. I was very confident and relaxed heading into surgery, and I believe that was instilled by Dr. Viterbo in our original session. Her team along with the nurses and attendants during my brief stay are commendable.
  • 5.0
    September 23, 2019
    My family & I met with Dr. Viterbo to get a 2nd opinion for my kidney cancer. After meeting with her, my family & I decided to have the surgery done at Chase with Dr. Viterbo. She is top notch!
  • 5.0
    September 17, 2019
    I feel like family when I have an appointment.
  • 5.0
    August 23, 2019
    Everything good.
  • 5.0
    August 21, 2019
    Dr. Viterbo is among the top 3 physicians I have been associated with in my 80 years of existence.
  • 5.0
    August 17, 2019
    Awesome dr.
  • 5.0
    August 15, 2019
    Dr. Viterbo is a very caring dr. She is smart and very knowledgeable. She was always very attentive to her patient's needs & concerns.
  • 5.0
    August 09, 2019
    Nurse [...] is the best no one can come close Dr Viturbo is the best of the best
  • 5.0
    July 31, 2019
    I've had excellent care from Dr. Viterbo and her team over the last 8 years beginning with prostate surgery through to all follow-up appointments. I owe the doctor and her team my current good health.
  • 5.0
    July 25, 2019
    my visit was very pleasant and very helpfull.
  • 5.0
    July 23, 2019
    Awesome Dr. Viterbo.
  • 5.0
    July 23, 2019
    I could not have had better care, especially when I was in total shock regarding my condition.
  • 5.0
    July 23, 2019
    visits with Dr. V are always a positive. with Dr. V and her staff.
  • 5.0
    July 18, 2019
    I think Dr. Viterbo is the best doctor I see. And I see many doctors.
  • 5.0
    July 17, 2019
    Best doctor ever Dr. Viterbo.
  • 5.0
    May 26, 2019
    I cannot imagine a more professional or caring physician than Dr Viterbo. I think so much of her that I recent referred a friend who also had an excellent experience.
  • 5.0
    May 14, 2019
    For a first visit - I was very very pleased with staff and the doctor. She is the best.
  • 5.0
    May 02, 2019
    Doctor v is the best
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