Christopher Fundakowski, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
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Head and Neck Oncology
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head and neck cancer treatment team
- Management and treatment of cancer of the neck/ear/face/nose/mouth/throat/voice box
- Neck masses (including parapharyngeal space / paraganglioma)
- Salivary gland cancer
- Skull base cancer (open and endoscopic)
- Thyroid cancer
- Microvascular reconstructive surgery
It is my goal to work closely with each patient to make sense of their diagnosis and how it will affect their life. Head and neck cancer is difficult in that it may interfere with the ability to speak, breath, or swallow; all of which will have an impact on a patient’s living and daily activities. I believe in taking the time to explain these complicated issues so that my patients can make informed decisions. I also feel strongly about working together to create the best possible individualized treatment plan, aimed to cure your cancer while never losing sight of the importance of your quality of life.
I came to Fox Chase Cancer Center because it is an environment where patients can receive the highest quality cancer care, and take advantage of both the newest therapies and research. We have an excellent multidisciplinary team that is dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable about head and neck cancer patients.
Rush Medical College, 2008, Chicago, Illinois
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine / Jackson Memorial Hospital
Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery / Microvascular Reconstruction (Caridad Bolivar Bacardi Fellow), Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Honors and AwardsResident Teaching Award, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
Temporal Bone Competition –first place, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
Chandler Society Research Award – third place, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
Head and Neck Surgery Leadership Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology, 2012
In-Service Examination Award, Department of Otolaryngology, Miami, 2013
Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2008
Dean’s Research Fellowship, Rush Medical College, Chicago, 2005
Biochemistry Prize, Knox College, 2004
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Research Fellowship, 2003
American College of Surgeons
The American Laryngological
American Rhinologic Society
American Otological Society
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
- Head and neck cancer patient quality of life outcomes
- Disfigurement and disparities in head and neck cancer
- Imaging techniques for the head and neck
- Surgical margins in head and neck surgery
- Development of guidelines for cancer treatment
Fundakowski CE, Jean-Pierre P, Sargi Z. The role of physician perception of patient disfigurement in the prediction of mental health and quality of life status in the head & neck cancer patient. Cancer Causes & Control, Submitted for publication, August 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Moon S, Chapman JR, Younis R. Primary Extranodal Lymphoblastic Lymphoma of the Pediatric Parotid Gland. Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal, Submitted for publication, August 2013.
Abouyared M, Fundakowski CE, Gomez-Fernandez C, Castano J, Rivera A, Ojo R, Sargi Z. False fine needle aspiration cytology in parotid malignancy. Diagnostic Cytology, In review, July 2013.
Leibowitz J, Fundakowski CE, Abouyared M, Rivera A, Rudd J, Civantos FJ. A comparative analysis of surgical techniques for Zenker’s diverticulum. Laryngoscope, In review, July 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Ojo R, Younis R. Rhinosinusitis in the pediatric patient with cystic fibrosis. Current Pediatric Reviews, In review, July 2013.
Abouyared M, Ojo R, Fundakowski CE, Lo K, Sargi Z. Transoral CO2 laser partial laryngectomy in previously irradiated patients. Head & Neck, In review, July 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Jean-Pierre P, Sargi Z. Psychological Distress, Socio-demographics, and Self- perception: a Multicultural Sample of Patients with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Psycho-Oncology, In review, July 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Castanzo J, Rivera A, Abouyared M, Ojo R, Sargi Z. The role of indeterminate fine needle aspiration biopsy in clinical decision-making for parotid masses. Laryngoscope, Accepted for publication, July 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Rudman J, Moon S, Civantos F. Cutaneous Manifestation of Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm. International Journal of Case Reports in Medicine, Accepted for publication, June 2013.
Fundakowski CE, Chapman JR, Sargi Z. Lipogranuloma of the head & neck. International Journal of Case Reports in Medicine, Vol. 2013 (2013), Article ID 410335, DOI: 10.51712013/410335.
Jean-Pierre P, Fundakowski CE, Perez ER, Melillo AB, Libby R, Sargi Z. Latent Structure and Reliability Analysis of the Measure of Body Apperception: Cross-Validation for Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2013;21:591-598.
Fundakowski CE, Moon S, Torres L. Snare technique: A novel atraumatic approach for the removal of difficult nasal foreign bodies. Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2013;44:104-106.
Fundakowski CE, Chapman JR, Thomas G. Middle Ear Carcinoid with Distant Osseous Metastasis. Laryngoscope. 2013;123:779-782.
Fundakowski CE, Anderson J, Angeli SI. Cross Sectional Vestibular Nerve Analysis in Vestibular Neuritis. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology. 2012;121:466-70.
Camp AA, Fundakowski CE, Petruzzelli GJ, Emami B. Functional and oncologic results following transoral laser microsurgical excision of base of tongue carcinoma. Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. 2009;141:66-69.
Brown DB, Cai S-R, Fundakowski CE, Zamboni WC, McLeod HL. Pharmacokinetics after Endovascular Lung Perfusion with Cisplatin. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2006;17:883-888.
Becker DB, Fundakowski CE, Govier D, Deleon V, Marsh JL, Kane AA. Long-term Osseous Morphological Outcomes of Surgically Treated Unilateral Coronal Craniosynostosis. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2006;117:929-935.
Brown DB, Pilgram TK, Darcy MD, Fundakowski CE, Lisker-Melman M, Chapman WC, Crippin JS. Hepatic Arterial Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Comparison of Survival Rates with Different Embolic Agents. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2005;16:1661-1666.
Brown DB, Fundakowski CE, Lisker-Melman M, Crippin JS, Pilgram TK, Chapman WC, Darcy MD. Comparison of MELD and Child-Pugh Scores to Predict Survival after Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2004;15:1209-1218.
Petersen JD, Becker DB, Fundakowski CE, Marsh JL, Kane AA. Cranial molding Helmet Therapy for Calcifying Cephalohematoma. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2004;113:1404-1409