Surgery and chemotherapy for all gynecologic cancers; minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancers, precancerous conditions and benign gynecologic conditions
I joined Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2014 as chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. I spent the early part of my medical career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where I was chief of gynecologic oncology. As a gynecologic oncologist, I have extensive training and experience in surgery (including minimally invasive) for gynecologic cancers and for complex benign gynecologic conditions. I also provide the full range of chemotherapy options for gynecologic cancers, giving my patients the continuity of care that comes with multimodal cancer care.
I am delighted to be practicing at Fox Chase, where I offer patients state-of-the-art care, including innovative clinical trials, in a caring, compassionate environment, with all the support services that come from an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1982
Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1980
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1976
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Surgeons
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
American Radium Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Cytology
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Society of Pelvic Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
International Gynecologic Cancer Society
European Society of Gynecological Oncology
Felix Rutledge Society
New York Academy of Sciences
New York Obstetrical Society
New York Gynecological Society
Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Colposcopy Society
Philadelphia College of Physicians
Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Society
Honors & Awards
Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 1993-2022
Best Doctors in America® , 2014, 2019-2020
America’s Top Doctors®, 2015-17
MA honoris causa, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
Presidential Award, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 1993
Boyer Award for Clinical Investigation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1990
Clinical Oncology Career Development Award, American Cancer Society, 1987-90
Chief Resident's Teaching Award, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1983
For decades, my healthcare routine was the same: When I scheduled my annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer, I also booked an appointment for a preventative transvaginal ultrasound. That’s because my sister survived a bout with uterine cancer 40 years ago, and our family history could put me at risk of developing the same cancer.
“My doctor told me Dr. Rubin ‘wrote the book’ on gynecologic surgery and was at the top of his class. This was someone he would send his loved ones to, if needed. That was all the endorsement I needed to hear.”
When Joan Foley learned she had ovarian cancer, she did her research and read great things about Dr. Stephen Rubin at Fox Chase Cancer Center. At Fox Chase, Joan underwent surgery less than a week after her initial consultation with Dr. Rubin. Following surgery, she also underwent chemotherapy for 18 weeks. Today, Joan is feeling goos and is back to working as a researcher at a university in Philadelphia. "I recommend that anyone diagnosed with cancer should do their homework and research well-regarded oncologists who have expertise in a specific diagnostic area of cancer," she said. "My family now contributes to a research fellowship program led by Dr. Rubin to train research fellows in the field of gynecologic cancers...Because Fox Chase is a research institution, it offers patients a treatment edge, and research at Fox Chase can inform existing treatment protocols to yield better outcomes now and in the future."
Mary Haspel received several false diagnoses for what was first diagnosed as a urinary tract infection. Eventually, after a number of tests, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Mary's doctor referred her to Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she underwent a hysterectomy. The next stage of treatment was an 18-week course of chemotherapy, followed by 12 monthly treatments. The treatment was successful, and Mary returned to her normal life, but decided to retire so she could pursue other interests, such as teaching yoga. In March 2017, she was diagnosed with a small recurrence of cancer, but is responding well to the chemotherapy and feels positive about the outcome.
Clinical trials and innovative therapies for gynecologic cancers
Resilience, Positive Coping, and Quality of Life Among Women Newly Diagnosed With Gynecological Cancers. Manne SL, Myers-Virtue S, Kashy D, Ozga M, Kissane D, Heckman C, Rubin SC, Rosenblum N. Cancer Nurs. 2015 Sep-Oct;38(5):375-82. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000215.
Correlation of pelvic magnetic resonance imaging diagnosis with pathology for indeterminate adnexal masses. Haggerty AF, Hagemann AR, Chu C, Siegelman ES, Rubin SC. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2014 Sep;24(7):1215-21. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000203. PMID: 25153677
Risk factors for GI adverse events in a phase III randomized trial of bevacizumab in first-line therapy of advanced ovarian cancer: A Gynecologic Oncology Group Study. Burger RA, Brady MF, Bookman MA, Monk BJ, Walker JL, Homesley HD, Fowler J, Greer BE, Boente M, Fleming GF, Lim PC, Rubin SC, Katsumata N, Liang SX. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Apr 20;32(12):1210-7. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2013.53.6524. Epub 2014 Mar 17. PMID: 24637999
Paget Cells in Endometrial and Endocervical Curettings in a Patient With Recurrent Vulvar Paget's Disease. Clayton EF, Rubin SC, Dumoff KL. Int J Surg Pathol. 2014 Jun;22(4):374-7. doi: 10.1177/1066896913498819. Epub 2013 Aug 5. PMID: 23918905
Phase I/II randomized trial of dendritic cell vaccination with or without cyclophosphamide for consolidation therapy of advanced ovarian cancer in first or second remission. Chu CS, Boyer J, Schullery DS, Gimotty PA, Gamerman V, Bender J, Levine BL, Coukos G, Rubin SC, Morgan MA, Vonderheide RH, June CH. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2012 May;61(5):629-41. doi: 10.1007/s00262-011-1081-8. Epub 2011 Oct 22. PMID: 22021066
A high response rate to liposomal doxorubicin is seen among women with BRCA mutations treated for recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. Adams SF, Marsh EB, Elmasri W, Halberstadt S, Vandecker S, Sammel MD, Bradbury AR, Daly M, Karlan B, Rubin SC. Gynecol Oncol. 2011 Dec;123(3):486-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2011.08.032. Epub 2011 Sep 25. PMID: 21945552
Tissue-based immune monitoring II: multiple tumor sites reveal immunologic homogeneity in serous ovarian carcinoma. Hagemann AR, Hagemann IS, Cadungog M, Hwang WT, Patel P, Lal P, Hammond R, Gimotty PA, Chu CS,Rubin SC, Birrer MJ, Powell DJ Jr, Feldman MD, Coukos G. Cancer Biol Ther. 2011 Aug 15;12(4):367-77. Epub 2011 Aug 15. PMID: 21785280
Tissue-based immune monitoring I: tumor core needle biopsies allow in-depth interrogation of the tumor microenvironment. Hagemann AR, Cadungog M, Hagemann IS, Hammond R, Adams SF, Chu CS, Rubin SC, Zhang L, Addya K, Birrer MJ, Gimotty PA, Coukos G. Cancer Biol Ther. 2011 Aug 15;12(4):357-66. Epub 2011 Aug 15. PMID: 21785264
Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN) after radiation therapy for gynecologic malignancies: a clinically recalcitrant entity. Liao JB, Jean S, Wilkinson-Ryan I, Ford AE, Tanyi JL, Hagemann AR, Lin LL, McGrath CM, Rubin SC. Gynecol Oncol. 2011 Jan;120(1):108-12. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2010.09.005. PMID: 20937524
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4.8 / 5.0
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27 patient comments
March 18, 2022
I have never had a bad experience only good.
February 25, 2022
I always have a professional and informative with Dr. Rubin.
January 7, 2022
Excellent professional and compassionate care.
December 21, 2021
My health care team is always professional and explains things in a way that I understand. Always patient with any questions I may have
December 11, 2021
Dr Rubin and staff are very professional and caring medical people.
November 26, 2021
Dr. Rubin is the best doctor I have ever seen. I trust him with my life. I can say that about any other doctor.
November 18, 2021
Staff & physician very professional Well organized office
November 13, 2021
Dr. Stephen Rubin is the best and wonderful doctor.
September 20, 2021
Everything was good and in and out before my appointment time. Very happy.
September 10, 2021
Great visit all around from Dr. Rubin to staff.
August 10, 2021
Dr. Rubin is the very best doctor in every way and his nurse [...] is an angel of mercy. I love, appreciate and respect them both.
August 2, 2021
My care at this visit was fine. It was a follow-up visit to surgery 1 year ago ([...]).
I would like to state here that the care I have received from Dr. Rubin has been just what I felt I needed all along. Thank you. [...]
July 24, 2021
My PCP ordered an ultra sound and mri of my pelvic area which showed a mass on my left ovary. I spoke to my PCP and GYN on a Monday. The GYN suggested I contact a GYN oncology surgeon with the results. My first thought and choice is FCCC (husband is a patient). I called FCCC right after my call with my GYN and spoke to a GYN nurse. Within 2-3 hours, I heard back from a nurse navigator who made an appointment with Dr. Rubin for the next day. Dr. Rubin scheduled surgery for 2 weeks in future. I could not have asked for more.
July 24, 2021
Excellent service and concerned of my issues
June 18, 2021
Always a great experience with Dr. Rubin & his team!
May 21, 2021
Always very good experience. I am very lucky to have Dr. Rubin as my oncologist.
May 10, 2021
very satisfied with my care.
March 20, 2021
I feel satisfied with the assistance of services that I receive with you.
March 20, 2021
Dr. Rubin is an excellent doctor. [...] is wonderful. would recommend both highly!
March 12, 2021
Always a pleasant experience. Dr. Rubin and his staff are the best! They are all truly appreciated!
March 10, 2021
Dr. Rubin is an exceptional, caring, and empathetic physician and an expert in his field.
March 8, 2021
Dr. Rubin [...] & [...] were very concerned that I was sick from my medication. Sent me for additional fluids & potassium. When I came home I felt better.
February 19, 2021
Only negative experience was length of time it took to get test results.
January 22, 2021
January 14, 2021
Dr. Rubin & nurse [...] are the best!
December 26, 2020
Dr. Rubin and his team are simply the best! Top notch care with access to multiple treatment plans, compassion, kindness and honesty. If you need a gynecological oncologist, this is the doctor and team!