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Gynecologic Oncologist Burger Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center's Department of Surgery

PHILADELPHIA (October 8, 2008) — Fox Chase Cancer Center’s department of surgery has added Robert A. Burger, MD, FACOG, FACS - Attending Surgeon, Gynecologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology; Director, Womens Cancer Center; Associate Director for Research, Section of Gynecologic Oncology, to its gynecologic oncology staff.  He treats women with ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers and related problems.  He also serves as co-director of the ovarian cancer research program at Fox Chase.

“I came to Fox Chase because of the collegial working environment; the comprehensive, leading-edge approach to patient care; and the integration of research, which has already led to advances in our understanding of how cancers develop, how they may be prevented and how they can be treated more effectively,” Burger said.

Burger has a research interest in targeted therapy for ovarian cancer, risk assessment and prevention for ovarian cancer, and developmental therapeutics for gynecologic cancers.  He is also a member of many professional organizations such as the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Gynecologic Oncology Group, American College of Surgeons, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Burger earned his MD at New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.  He held a four-year fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of California’s Irvine Medical Center.  He then served on the faculty there, most recently as associate professor.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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