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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

Joe Kline

Kidney Cancer

Joe Kline

Kidney Cancer

My journey with kidney cancer actually started when I fell in my driveway and injured my eye. I had to go to the hospital for treatment, and they gave me anesthesia before stitching up the eye. After they sent me home, I had trouble urinating.

The doctors said it was probably a side effect of the anesthesia. But a couple of days later, when I had to go back to the hospital for a follow-up procedure, it hadn’t gotten better. By then, my bladder was so full I felt like I would explode.

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."

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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

412 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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140 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    June 22, 2022
    *Dr. Viterbo is a wonderful doctor. She is outstanding in all aspects!!
  • 5.0
    June 20, 2022
    This was the best experience I ever had Rosalia Viterbo she the best.
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2022
    Love everyone there!!
  • 5.0
    June 13, 2022
    I doubt that I could overexpress the degree of my appreciation for Dr. Viterbo's competence, professionalism, friendliness, empathy and skill. She also runs her team to reflect those values. She is a gem and Fox Chase is much the better for having her on staff.
  • 5.0
    June 11, 2022
    Good Experience
  • 5.0
    June 11, 2022
    Dr. Viterbo is just fantastic!
  • 5.0
    June 09, 2022
    I'm happy thus far with Dr Viterbo and her staff. Keep up the excellent work.
  • 5.0
    June 08, 2022
    All my experiences with Dr. Viterbo and her staff has always been very positive. I am very satisfied with the medical care I received from Dr. Viterbo.
  • No Star Ratings Available June 06, 2022
    Dr. Viterbo is great!
  • 5.0
    June 03, 2022
    Long time patient of Dr. Viterbo have highest regards for her as doctor very caring.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 31, 2022
    All participants were very helpful - nurse, PA, Dr. Viterbo
  • 5.0
    May 29, 2022
    Dr. Viterbo and the staff that I have dealt with at [...] have always been very professional, knowledgeable and courteous during all of my visits. I am so appreciative of having them care for me.
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2022
    Excellent doctor and staff
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2022
    Very professional, very friendly.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2022
    Fox Chase is a very friendly place with very caring people.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2022
    Outstanding care provided.
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2022
    GREAT experience with everything.
  • No Star Ratings Available May 18, 2022
    Since day one Dr. Viterbo has been very personable and In my experience an excellent doctor. I couldn't ask for anyone better.
  • 5.0
    May 16, 2022
    Dr. Viterbo was amazing in every way possible towards me and my condition. She gave me hope and faith to forget cancer. I truly believe & feel like she save my life.
  • 5.0
    May 15, 2022
    The staff is always friendly, courteous, and professional.
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