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Dr. Natalie Joseph Joins Surgical Oncology Staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (October 24, 2003) — Surgical oncologist Natalie E. Joseph, MD, of Villanova, Pa., joined Fox Chase Cancer Center's department of surgical oncology in October as an attending surgeon. A former fellow at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Joseph most recently was an assistant professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She was also an attending surgeon in the surgical oncology division of Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Her primary clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal and liver cancers. She also has a clinical interest in breast cancer. She is a co-author of several professional publications, including papers focusing on colorectal cancer and immunology of the gastrointestinal tract.

Joseph earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in the biological basis of behavior. She received her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine in 1993. Temple awarded her its 1993 W. E. Burnett Award in Surgery. She was also elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

As an undergraduate at Penn, she served as a research assistant in the School of Medicine's department of biochemistry and biophysics. Before beginning her medical training, she was a psychology research assistant for Philadelphia's Veterans Administration Drug Dependency Treatment Unit and a clinical research associate at ICI Pharmaceuticals research and development division in Wilmington, Del.

Joseph completed her residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she was an Allen Surgical Research Scholar in the department of gastroenterology and a clinical instructor in the department of surgery. She received the 1995 Dudley P. Allen Surgical Research Scholarship awarded by University Hospitals of Cleveland.

She then held a fellowship in surgical oncology at Fox Chase from 2000 to 2002 and also served one year as a research fellow in the chemoprevention laboratory. At the same time, she was a clinical instructor in Temple's department of surgery. In 2001, she received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award.

Joseph is active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology, ASCO, the American College of Surgeons, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.


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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