Fox Chase Cancer Center Endowed Chairs

Drew Ridge has long understood that the best cancer treatments originate in exciting discoveries and novel technologies subjected to testing in well-designed large-scale clinical trials. He has been a leader among his counterparts across the country, and galvanized an entire generation of head and neck surgeons to put minimally invasive and robotic surgery to the test. The results won't be available for a few years, but are likely to transform the multidisciplinary care of head and neck cancers in this country and abroad. It has been a privilege to see him in action.

—Miriam N. Lango, MD
Attending Surgeon,
Head and Neck Oncology

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Fox Chase Cancer Center Endowed Chair Program logoLouis Della Penna Family Chair
in Head and Neck Oncology

This chair was established in 2012 by Carol and Louis Della Penna, two of Fox Chase Cancer Center's most generous and committed friends. Through this gift, the Della Pennas have transformed their own personal experience with cancer into the promise of future advancements in research, education, and patient care. This chair supports an outstanding leader in the field of head and neck oncology who represents the highest standards of excellence.


John A. Ridge, MD, PhD, FACS

John A. Ridge, MD, PhD, FACS

Chief, Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Ridge came to Fox Chase in 1991.

As a researcher, he has played a major role in the development and execution of important clinical trials that have led to improvements in quality of life for many patients with head and neck cancer.

How the Della Penna chairs were created. (May, 2013)

For information about how to support Fox Chase's endowed funds, please contact:


Rich Santoro
Senior Director, Major and Planned Gifts
Institutional Advancement
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Tel: 215-728-3192
Fax: 215-728-2759
rich.santoro@fccc.edu