Fox Chase Cancer Center has formed a new Department of Urology to be chaired by Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS, the Roberta R. Scheller Chair in Urologic Oncology at Fox Chase. Jay Simhan, MD, FACS, professor and director of Reconstructive Urology, will be the department vice chair. Kristen Ragusa will be the new department’s lead administrator.
Robert Uzzo, MD, MBA, FACS, president and CEO of Fox Chase and a world-renowned urologic surgeon himself, said he feels “immense pride” watching the urology team grow and mature. “This milestone is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our outstanding group of urologic surgeons,” Uzzo said.
Jack H. Mydlo, MD, MBA, FACS, chair of Urology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, said the new department deepens the already strong working relationship of Temple Health urologists. “I look forward to close collaboration with my colleagues at Fox Chase and continued integration of efforts between the Temple Health campuses.”
Specialists in Personalized, Leading-Edge Care
The Fox Chase team is renowned for its expertise in managing urologic cancers and is highly skilled in managing benign urologic conditions.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fox Chase and its newest department tackle even the most complex prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal, testicular, and penile cancer cases; surgical modalities include advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery, state-of-the-art endoscopy, reconstruction, and prosthetics. Its excellent outcomes and academic reputation are sought-out by patients and referrers, regionally and nationally.
Fox Chase urologists are national and international opinion leaders who contribute to world literature and collaborate on seminal clinical trials. On average, the Department of Urology publishes and contributes over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts annually to world literature. It is a nationally recognized hub for the surgical training of residents and the Society of Urologic Oncology and Genitourinary Reconstruction Fellows.
A New Fox Chase Chapter for Dr. Kutikov
As the new department chair, Kutikov continues his long history with Fox Chase, which began as a Society of Urologic Oncology Fellow in 2008, and since 2017, he has served as chief of the Division of Urology. Kutikov will continue his busy urologic oncologic surgical practice highly skilled in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques and open surgery. Beyond urologic cancers, he has a clinical and academic interest in patients with adrenal gland masses.
Among his many honors, he was named Young Urologist of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association in 2021. He received the Everyday Hero Award from the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2018. He is consistently named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine.
Simhan, who serves as the fellowship director for the Fox Chase Reconstructive Urology fellowship, is experienced in reconstructive urology and urologic prosthetics. He specializes in advanced perineal and abdominal reconstruction, with expertise in laparoscopic, open, and robotic surgical approaches, and regularly collaborates with Fox Chase oncology specialists.
In addition to being named one of Philadelphia’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Simhan has been recognized with many other awards, including Educator of the Year for the Einstein Urology Residency Program and Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine.