Why Northwestern?

At the Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute, our physicians adopt the personalized, multidisciplinary approach to care that flourishes at Northwestern Medicine, and our scientists are committed to driving transformative new insights and successes in urologic cancer research, education and discovery. It is our goal to give patients the best chance of overcoming urologic cancer and future generations the hope of never developing it.

#1Top urology program in Illinois in U.S. News & World Report rankings for over 26 straight years
#4Fourth in NIH funding for urologic research
185kCitations by faculty, including three of the top-cited articles in urology
2000+Patients enrolled in Urologic Research Studies

Clinical Activities



The institute consists of expert physicians and scientists who are dedicated to making Northwestern the world’s leader in diagnosing, advancing research breakthroughs and creating revolutionary treatments for urological cancers.

The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute is a multidisciplinary access point for cancer care, including imaging, surgery, chemo-, radio- and immunotherapy as well as a resource for cancer genetics, survivorship and lifestyle management.”

Edward “Ted” Schaeffer, MD, PhD; Professor and Chair, Department of Urology; Program Director, Genitourinary Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD

Vice Chair for Research, John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research, Professor of Urology and Pathology, Vice Chair of Research, Director, SPORE in Prostate Cancer, Department of Urology

William Catalona, MD

Professor, Department of Urology

Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO

Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director and GU Oncology Program Leader, Lurie Cancer Center

Ashley Ross, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Director, Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute, Department of Urology

Our Thanks

Michael Polsky and Edward Schaeffer

The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute owes its creation to a generous gift from energy entrepreneur and longtime Northwestern Medicine supporter Michael Polsky, CEO of Invenergy. Polsky says the gift “symbolizes my family’s commitment to help others facing cancer come out on the winning side.” To make your own gift in support of our urologic cancer programs, please contribute today.


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