Practice Contact Information
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Phone: 215 728 3517
Web Site: http://www.fccc.edu/physicians/team/surgical/ridge.html?keyword=ridge
Areas of Interest in Head and Neck Surgery
Head and Neck Research, Head and Neck Surgeon
John Andrew ‘Drew’ Ridge, M.D., Ph.D. is Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgical Oncology, Chief of the Head and Neck Surgery Section, Professor of Surgical Oncology and of Molecular Therapeutics, and Senior Member at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He is a professor of Surgery and of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery in the Temple University School of Medicine and the first incumbent to the Louis Della Penna Family Chair in Head & Neck Oncology.
He has been a member of numerous federal advisory groups, including National Cancer Institute (NCI) Program Project Grant review panels, Special Emphasis Panels for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the NIH/NCI Institutional Review Group SPORE committee, and head & neck cancer ‘think tanks’ for the NCI and NIDCR. Drew has also been as a member of several CTEP committees (including Common Data Elements and Surgical Effects). He has helped to organize three Clinical Trials Planning Meetings; one for HPV related head & neck cancer, one on transoral resection of oropharynx cancer, and a third on early thyroid cancer. A former ECOG Head & Neck Committee Co-chair and member of the RTOG Head & Neck Steering Committee, he was in his second term as Co-chair of the Previously Untreated, Locally Advanced Task Force (PULA) of the NCI Head and Neck Steering Committee when elected to Co-chair the Steering Committee itself.
Drew has been influential in the design and devoted to the execution of prospective trials. A member of many professional organizations, he is a Past-President of the American Head and Neck Society, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
After they met at Sloan-Kettering, he married Elin Sigurdson in 1989. A prominent academic surgical oncologist interested primarily in colorectal cancer, she too is a Professor and Senior Member at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Their three children have shown no interest whatsoever in medical or scientific careers.A fencer, Drew competes internationally. He has had respectable results on the World Cup circuit and been a member of seven US Fencing Association Veteran World Championship Teams.
All cooperative group trials for head and neck cancers.
Numerous additional ongoing studies developed at Fox Chase Cancer Center or through collaborations.
I have published more than 100 research papers, reviews, and chapters in books.