Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
(Feb 11, 2013)
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gastrointestinal cancer treatment team.
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology
Many people assume that Fox Chase Cancer Center's department of medical oncology is composed only of medical oncologists. They are often surprised to learn that Fox Chase has an active gastroenterology section with six board-certified gastroenterologists; each with our own areas of expertise and different training backgrounds.
Personally, during my gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at the University of Virginia, I became interested in 'interventional and therapeutic endoscopy.' I completed an extra year of training to learn how to perform advanced endoscopic procedures. These years of training further enhanced my knowledge and skill set, enabling me to provide highly specialized, yet individualized, care to patients with a wide variety of complex gastrointestinal problems.
Fox Chase is an ideal environment for me to work for many reasons. The primary reason is that patients with cancerous or precancerous conditions often benefit from endoscopic procedures. For example, these procedures can not only help diagnose cancers, but they can help prevent or even cure certain forms of cancer (sometimes eliminating the need for patients to undergo more invasive surgical procedures).
Endoscopic procedures assist other healthcare providers (such as medical, surgical and radiation oncologists) in giving the highest quality of care they can to their patients. In some cases, we use endoscopy to reduce some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
As a recognized center of expertise in high-end endoscopic procedures, we, at Fox Chase, have developed relationships with cutting-edge, innovative biotechnology companies. This often enables us to offer patients the newest endoscopic procedures that are frequently not available at other medical centers.
Finally, Fox Chase is a well-known academic cancer center with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in a wide range of clinical and research activities. Thus, Fox Chase fosters important collaborations among people who share my ultimate goal, which is to identify new and better ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer.
State University of New York at Syracuse School of Medicine, Syracuse, N.Y., 1997
Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Virginia Health System, Digestive Health Center of Excellence, Charlottesville, Va.;
Interventional Endoscopy, University of Virginia Health System, Digestive Health Center of Excellence, Charlottesville, Va.
Honors and Awards
Best Doctors in America® 2013