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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

415 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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  • 4.9

53 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    November 29, 2019
    good experience, great care
  • 5.0
    November 22, 2019
    Dr Vertobo and her staff are the best
  • 5.0
    November 21, 2019
    The best surgeon snd staff at Fox Chase
  • 5.0
    November 21, 2019
    I actually look forward to my annual appointment. [...] Dr. Viterbo does an excellent job keeping me up to date on new treatments and break throughs in prostate cancer. I'm examined and given tips on weight control,diet and exercise to help prevent cancer from returning. Overall it's a very worthwhile experience. And I do intend to continue making my yearly appointment as long as I can make it.
  • 5.0
    November 18, 2019
    Dr Viterbo is an excellent Doctor with a top notch, professional, caring team
  • 5.0
    November 07, 2019
    I AM TOTALLY SATISFIED WITH DR.VITERBO
  • 5.0
    October 30, 2019
    I always feel good when I have an appointment with my provider and the staff = "GREAT".
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2019
    Quite frankly, she is the best physician I ever had. [...] thorough. Probably saved my life.
  • 5.0
    October 15, 2019
    This was my 6 month checkup and all went well.
  • 5.0
    October 15, 2019
    I liked the confidence portrayed by Dr. Viterbo.
  • 5.0
    October 15, 2019
    Dr. Viterbo is so caring. She gave me a hug & told me how happy she is for me.
  • 5.0
    October 10, 2019
    I received outstanding care from Dr. Viterbo and her staff.
  • 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.
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