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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

David Topolsky, MD

Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

CTCA Philadelphia

"I am proud to serve cancer patients and their families at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. I strive to provide the best care possible."

- David Topolsky, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
73 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • Hahnemann University, Philadelphia

Internship / Residency

  • Internal Medicine - Hahnemann University

Certification(s)

  • Medical Oncology & Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • Hematology & Oncology - Hahnemann University

Practicing since: 1988

Dr. David Topolsky believes empowering patients to make educated decisions about their treatment is a critical part of his role as an oncologist. He says, “I empower my patients by giving them the knowledge to make treatment decisions they feel are best for them.”

In July 2011, Dr. Topolsky became a member of our integrated team of cancer experts at our Philadelphia hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia. The seasoned hematologist-oncologist and medical oncologist brings nearly 30 years of experience to his position at CTCA®.

Dr. Topolsky is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, he earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a hematology-oncology fellowship at Hahnemann University. He also served as chief fellow.

For several years, Dr. Topolsky was an associate professor of hematology-oncology at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. While with the university hospital, he served as medical director of its national marrow donor transplant center and as co-medical director of its stem cell processing lab.

Dr. Topolsky has been published extensively. His research has been published in leading clinical journals, such as the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and the American Journal of Hematology.

He is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the American Medical Association.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/10/2018
Doctor answers any and all questions and takes the time to explain everything. He always takes as much time as necessary to make me feel comfortable.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/6/2018
*Dr. Topolsky is personable, and easy to talk to. He informs me of my diseases status, and the treatment plan and options, in straight forward talk - _____ I can make informed decisions.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/27/2018
I would definitely recommend.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/24/2018
Explained my diagnosis so I can understand. Well informed and would recommend him to anyone in my situation.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/20/2018
*Dr. Topolsky is the absolute best! So easy to talk to, makes me feel so comfortable to explain any problems I had - he's a #1.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/5/2018
Very nice and knowledgeable. Explains everything and answers all questions. Takes time to talk to you like a person.

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/15/2018
he is great!!!!!

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/31/2018
Dr. Topolsky is very thorough, gives me all my options and answers all my questions, I would recommend him to anyone !

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/31/2018
I believe I have the best oncologists there is. [...] and Dr Topolsky are wonderful. They make you feel very comfortable. Explains everything so I understand. They have been my doctors since I started to CTCA in [...]. [...] They have brought me through tuff times and made so many right decisions with my treatments. I love my doctors.

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/25/2018
I had more answers from the doctors on each of my 3 trips to the center then I ever had anywhere else!

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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