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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

Attending Surgeon

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 Doctors, Rising Star Under 40, 2012

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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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

  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • IVY Society of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia magazine Top Doctors, Rising Star Under 40, 2012

Tijuana Smith

Breast Cancer

Tijuana Smith

Breast Cancer

In the summer of 2007, Tijuana Smith was busy caring for her 3-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son while keeping down a full-time job. When she had time, Tijuana also helped her younger sister care for their father who was battling cancer for the third time. Little did she know, her own battle with cancer was just around the corner.

Robert Smith

Sarcoma

Robert Smith

Sarcoma

Robert W. Smith’s story has a happy ending, but began with fear and uncertainty. In 1998, almost out of the blue, he noticed a lump on the side of his torso. “I was 54, healthy and I just felt this lump,” he recalls. He went to a community hospital where doctors ordered testing. The pathology report confirmed that Bob had fibrous spindle cell sarcoma.

Denise Portner

Breast Cancer

Denise Portner

Breast Cancer

Both Denise Portner's mother and aunt are breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed at age 60. Both underwent genetic testing and learned they carried the BRCA2 genetic mutation, that indicates an increased risk of breast cancer. In May of 2008, Denise and her sister underwent genetic testing, and it was determined that Denise was also a carrier.

Kathy Rozanski

Breast Cancer

Kathy Rozanski

Breast Cancer

Kathy Rozanski will never forget November 14, 2007. It was the day after her father-in-law died from complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma ... and her mother was diagnosed with Stage II invasive ductal carcinoma. Not a good day.

Kathy supported her mother as she started her course of treatment: a lumpectomy, followed by 33 rounds of radiation. Rather than focusing on herself, Kathy's mother was concerned for her two daughters. Kathy and her sister scheduled their mammograms.

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer was always in the back of Kathy Petrozelli's mind. Her mother was treated for both breast and ovarian cancer. Knowing that family history raises a woman's risk of these cancers, Kathy had a mammogram every year since she turned 29.

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Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction