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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

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology 

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, 2016
  • America’s Top Doctors® 2016
  • 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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Education, Training & Credentials

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

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Alison Kovalchik believes that her positive mindset, staying active, her fantastic friends, supportive family and her faith all played a positive role in her life.

“In 2016, I turned 60 years old but I tend to believe I am still in my thirties,” Alison shares. “I have two incredible and supportive children. My son is 29 years old and works in the field of anthropology and archaeology, and is an avid mountain biker. My daughter is 27 years old. She is a voice-over actor and Pilates instructor and artist.”

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. Women who have had DCIS are at higher risk for the cancer coming back or for developing a new breast cancer than a person who has never had breast cancer before.

Leigh Raymer

Melanoma

Leigh Raymer

Melanoma

When 32 year-old Leigh Raymer realized a spot on her face changed texture and kept breaking open, she went to see a dermatologist. “By the time I had my appointment I was a couple months pregnant,” recalls Leigh. “Due to my pregnancy, the dermatologist couldn't use all numbing medicine for my biopsy, so it was painful.”

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

“I had triple-negative breast cancer,” explained Linda. “Even after two prophylactic double mastectomies, I still got cancer.” Linda’s shock that she had breast cancer turned into a determination to beat it. 

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.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction