Rosalia Viterbo, MD, FACS
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Robotic surgery and adrenal carcinoma
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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- 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
- American Board of Urology
- Society of Urologic Oncology
- American Urological Association
- Philadelphia Urological Society
- American College of Surgeons
Jack Pressman was diligent about having an annual physical exam. As the owner of a Minuteman Press, in Bala Cynwyd, PA, he could not afford to be sick. In 2009, when Jack and his wife Donna learned that his PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood work came back with elevated numbers, they grew concerned. PSA numbers often indicate a risk of prostate cancer. A second round of testing sent Jack to a urologist for a biopsy. That is when Jack learned he had prostate cancer that was localized (had not spread) which can often be cured with surgery.
The doctors at his local hospital detected five lesions on Mike's kidney, but were not certain whether they were cysts or tumors. Mike was informed that he would need to have his kidney removed and would likely need hemodialysis. "My doctor said, 'Dr. Uzzo is to renal surgery as Michael Jordan is to basketball.' That was enough for me!"
As an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Art McKee knows how to protect himself. And as someone with a strong family history of prostate cancer, Art also knows how to protect his health.
At age 40, a good 10 years before most men would have their PSA levels tested, Art was proactive and asked his family doctor that he be tested. And with good reason. Art's father, grandfather and 4 uncles were diagnosed with 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.
In October 2007, Bill Krassan was experiencing abdominal pain and discomfort. His family doctor suggested an abdominal CAT Scan. Bill and his wife, Sandy, were shocked by the results.
"Not only was I stunned to hear I had kidney cancer - I had different types of cancer in each kidney. The right was renal cell carcinoma while the left was cystic renal cell carcinoma," explained Bill.
- 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