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Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS

Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

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

Secondary Locations

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

About

Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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 2021
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
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2016, 2018-20
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, Rising Star Under 40, 2012
Patient Stories

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."

Denise Portner

Breast Cancer

Denise Portner

Breast Cancer

In May 2008, Denise Portner, 45, underwent genetic testing that showed she carried the BRCA2 mutation, just like her mother and aunt, who had breast cancer. Genetic counselors at this hospital advised her to consider prophylactic oophorectomy, a surgical procedure to remove one or both of her ovaries to help reduce her risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Denise decided to get a second opinion from the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and on June 16, 2009, she learned that she had breast cancer, which changed her treatment plans. Instead, she had a double mastectomy that summer, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and, later, the originally planned oophorectomy. "It was a challenging ride, but I always felt that I was getting the best possible treatment and that I was fortunate to have a world-class cancer center within a 10-minute drive of my home," Denise said. "If I had not been aware of my genetic status, I would not have had the MRI and would not have known that I had breast cancer."

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

When Kathy Petrozelli found out she had breast cancer in 2005, she was shocked even though she screened for it every year since her mother had breast cancer. After genetic testing revealed she was a carrier of a genetic mutation that increased her risk for breast cancer and recurrence, she sought a second opinion at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She first opted for a lumpectomy and then a hysterectomy to rule out her chances for getting ovarian cancer. Later, she underwent a simple bilateral mastectomy, which she, at first, tried to avoid. Kathy's final treatment at Fox Chase was in 2013, and today she is cancer free, though she still follows up regularly with her doctors. "I will never forget what the doctors at Fox Chase did for me and for my family. There is no doubt in my mind that they saved my life," she said. "I was impressed with everyone at Fox Chase. They proved to be some of the most compassionate, caring people I’ve ever met."

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Audrey Lam traveled to the United States as a young adult in order to further her education. After earning a doctoral degree in School Psychology, she was the first Chinese bilingual school psychologist to work in the School District of Philadelphia. In December 2010, at the age of 52, Audrey suddenly felt her world turn upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (ductal carcinoma). Her doctor recommended a mastectomy with an option of immediate breast reconstruction. Audrey decided to ask for a second opinion.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstruction
Ratings

116 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

4.8 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.8
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  • 4.7

13 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    May 25, 2022
    EVERYONE was kind and helpful.. From the gentleman taking care of building maintenance, who showed me where to go and even made me smile (at the worst point in my life), to all the medical staff. I saw the PA [...] from Dr. Patel's office weekly. He especially got me through this most difficult time in my life medically and emotionally. [...] nurse in the [...] was outstanding. Treating the whole person not just the disease is evident there.
  • 5.0
    May 08, 2022
    Always a pleasure
  • 5.0
    April 04, 2022
    I walk in to Fox Chase and I get emotional wave come over me. Thanks to doctors & nurses for saving my life.
  • 5.0
    March 11, 2022
    I really am happy to be working with Dr. Patel and his team. The staff makes me feel safe and confident in my care.
  • 5.0
    February 21, 2022
    Excellent surgeon, kind, patient, great surgical skills, I would recommend him to anyone seeking plastic/reconstruction surgery.
  • 5.0
    November 30, 2021
    The staff and doctors were so very kind to me! They spent so much time with me, explained everything thoroughly, and really cared about my treatment! They were all very patient, pleasant, and incredibly kind!!
  • 5.0
    November 18, 2021
    Top notch provider, office and his staff are all amazing!
  • 5.0
    November 13, 2021
    Everyone is Dr. Patel's office have been simply delightful to me. They are medically knowledgeable, genuinely interact with me, and are kind and considerate.
  • 5.0
    October 22, 2021
    Everyone was excellent
  • 5.0
    October 09, 2021
    Dr. Patel is A very caring Doctor he listens to what you have to say and answers all your questions and does whatever he can to help you feel better about yourself. He is a excellent doctor.
  • 5.0
    July 24, 2021
    Dr Patel and [...] are always professional and compassionate. By far my favorite team at Fox Chase!
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021
    excellent care
  • 5.0
    March 24, 2021
    Dr. Patel and everyone in his staff made the most stressful time in my life better. I felt completely cared for.
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