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Heller Joins Fox Chase's Department of Medicine

PHILADELPHIA (September, 2008) — Stephen J. Heller, MD, a gastroenterologist and therapeutic endoscopist, has joined Fox Chase's department of medicine as an attending physician in the gastroenterology section.

"As therapeutic endoscopists, we have the ability to intervene in precancerous conditions and early cancers, thereby preventing cancer from taking hold," Heller explains.  "At Fox Chase, with our unique patient population, access to state-of-the-art technology, and the support and expertise of my colleagues, there will be ample opportunity to do so—for example, in patients with premalignant disease of the esophagus, large polyps of the colon and rectum, and early tumors of the stomach."

Board-certified in gastroenterology, Heller received his MD from Columbia University in New York. He completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital.

Heller held fellowships in gastroenterology at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Wellesley.

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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