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Rosalia Viterbo, MD, FACS

Dr. Viterbo

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center Huntingdon Pike
8 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

About

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

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

418 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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100 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • No Star Ratings Available January 29, 2021
    good
  • 5.0
    January 25, 2021
    I was very happy with my decision to choose Fox Chase for my treatment, everyone went out of their way to make sure I got the care I needed and were all extremely nice, Dr. Viterbo was absolutely the best .
  • No Star Ratings Available January 25, 2021
    Good experience
  • No Star Ratings Available January 25, 2021
    Dr Viterbo provided very thorough explanations of my condition, treatment options and next ssteps
  • 5.0
    January 24, 2021
    A visit to Dr. Viturbo's office is always a great experience, despite being scoped!
  • No Star Ratings Available January 24, 2021
    good
  • No Star Ratings Available January 16, 2021
    Would definitely refer to Dr. Viterbo. She has such a great bedside manner and is truly there for the patient, caregiver and family.
  • 5.0
    January 16, 2021
    always good
  • No Star Ratings Available January 15, 2021
    Dr Vierbo goes out of her way to go into as much detail as I want, and always answers my questions directly.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 15, 2021
    Dr Viterbo is exceptional and I am not an easy patient
  • 5.0
    January 14, 2021
    Dr. Viterbo & staff are excellent!
  • 5.0
    January 09, 2021
    We adore Dr. Viterbo, she is everything you would want in a Doctor.
  • No Star Ratings Available January 08, 2021
    Totally Impressed
  • 5.0
    January 08, 2021
    I'm so glad I chose FCCC and Dr. Viterbo as my surgeon, caregiver. She and the nurses reflect a passion and deep caring that I wouldn't expect to find in a world-class cancer center.
  • 5.0
    January 07, 2021
    The best staff, provider & hospital I've ever been to. I've also been to five hospital in the last 20 years.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 18, 2020
    Good experience. I could get used to it'
  • 5.0
    December 18, 2020
    I am now 10.5 years cancer free thanks to doctor viterbo and the fox chase cancer team. I only have good things to say about my experience with all of fox chase. thank you all.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 13, 2020
    a good experience.
  • No Star Ratings Available December 13, 2020
    top notch. the best
  • No Star Ratings Available December 07, 2020
    Dr Viterbo explained everything about my MRI, present condition, and future plans to me in addition to answering all of my questions.
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