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Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS

Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology 

Attending Surgeon

NCCN, Breast Cancer Panel Member

Treatment Focus

Reconstructive microsurgery; breast reconstruction, including free tissue transfer (TRAM, muscle-sparing TRAM, DIEP, latissimus dorsi) flaps; head and neck reconstruction; extremity reconstruction; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; complex chest wall reconstruction; melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer reconstruction; perineal reconstruction; soft tissue sarcoma reconstruction

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2018
Plastic Surgery

Treatment Philosophy

I came to Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2007 after completing my fellowship in microsurgical reconstruction. Since deciding to enter the field of plastic surgery, I knew I wanted to specialize in reconstruction. I chose this specialty to improve quality of life for patients by helping to restore appearance and function after cancer treatment.

I was attracted to Fox Chase because of the access to resources in caring for surgical patients with cancer. In my practice, I see people who have been diagnosed with various cancers, including breast, head and neck, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Often, my patients may require speech therapy, support services and treatments, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, in addition to surgery. Fox Chase's multispecialty approach and status as a comprehensive cancer center gives these patients integrated care to meet all their needs.

My patients often have many questions. Their concerns range from choosing the best surgical option to pain management and recovery time. It is important to me to spend as much time as needed during my consultations with each person. From this first meeting through recovery, my goal is to provide the best care possible and to ensure my patients know and understand what to expect.

In addition to performing surgery, I study surgical outcomes of head and neck cancer patients to find new ways of maximizing function and improving appearance, including the use of advanced computer-aided, patient-specific surgical planning techniques. I also gather research data on breast reconstruction procedures to determine which options may be best for different types of patients.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellowship, Microsurgical Reconstruction, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Residency, General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 1998

Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Breast Cancer Panel
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • IVY Society of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2016, 2018
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, Rising Star Under 40, 2012
Patient Stories

Toula Aris

Breast Cancer

Toula Aris

Breast Cancer

As a cancer survivor of over 20 years and as a mother who lost a daughter to cancer, I can say with certainty that cancer does not discriminate. Prior to my diagnosis, there was no family history of cancer and I always lived a healthy lifestyle, yet this disease affected me. A diagnosis can sneak up on anyone, regardless of how healthy they appear.

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer

In 2013, Alison Kovalchik learned she carried the BRCA1 mutation that increases the risk for developing breast cancer. Because she already had a number of other health issues, she was very worried about her options for preventive treatment. Upon the recommendation of her doctor, Alison sought answers from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she later had preventive surgery. She was assigned to a team of physicians from several different departments who all worked together to form an individualized treatment plan to ensure the best outcome. "Even though Fox Chase is a cancer center, its staff considers the patient as a whole person, which is something I hadn’t encountered elsewhere, and, to me, it is a true miracle," Alison said. "Fox Chase Cancer Center’s doctors worked as a team to treat me...I trust my team at Fox Chase. My doctors gave me my life back—in all ways, not only with the BRCA mutation risk. I know I’m in the best hands for my care."

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

At 41 years old, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. It was July 2011.

Leigh Raymer

Melanoma

Leigh Raymer

Melanoma

Leigh Raymer was 32 years old and pregnant with her son when she learned from her dermatologist she had malignant melanoma on her leg, shortly after she had surgery to remove a spot on her face that was basal cell carcinoma. She chose to seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she underwent surgery to remove the melanoma, followed by reconstructive surgery. On her 33rd birthday Leigh learned she was cancer free. "The whole team at Fox Chase is amazing," she said. "I was blessed to have Dr. Reddy as my surgeon. He went above and beyond in every circumstance. He made sure I could keep breastfeeding through everything, which was huge to me."

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow was active, maintained a healthy diet, and underwent genetic testing, followed by two double mastectomies and a hysterectomy. So she was shocked that even with all of these precautionary procedures that she still got breast cancer. Linda sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she met with her treatment team. After a long road, she is now cancer free and credits her survival to Fox Chase. "Where you start your cancer treatment really does make a difference," said Linda. "You have got to act with a sense of urgency because it can mean the difference between life and death. I unequivocally believe that I am alive today because I chose Fox Chase."

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction
Ratings

86 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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5 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    May 29, 2018
    The doctors & nursing staff are the best. Room when admitted - horrible.
  • 5.0
    May 14, 2018
    Dr. Patel is always professional and courteous.
  • 5.0
    April 12, 2018
    Very good experience and would recommend this very compassionate doctor.
  • 5.0
    March 14, 2018
    Dr. Patel is a wonderful surgeon and all my follow-up care has been great. I've had three surgeries performed by him over the last few years. My mother has also had surgery with Dr. Patel several times and I would recommend him to anyone who needed care.
  • 4.0
    February 08, 2018
    I was first seen by a fellow who answered my questions quite thoroughly, but when I asked how many procedures the surgeon has performed like the one I'd be having, and what his success rate is, the fellow's response was "a lot" and "high". The surgeon seemed distressed about something unrelated to my visit, and neither the fellow nor the surgeon seemed confident in performing the procedure I was inquiring about. They were very nice and very well informed didn't give me any confidence in their ability to actually perform the procedure.
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