Magnanimous Gift from the Polsky Family Creates a Urologic Cancer Institute to Transform How Urologic Cancers are Treated in Chicago and Worldwide

Northwestern Medicine has created a new multidisciplinary institute dedicated to treating urologic cancers, including prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute) was made possible by the philanthropy of longtime friends to Northwestern Medicine, Michael and Tanya Polsky and their children.

Led by Edward “Ted” Schaeffer, MD, chair of Urology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Edmund Andrews Professor of Urology at Feinberg, the institute will provide personalized, integrated and innovative care to individuals with urologic cancers through a program of research, education and discovery. “We are extremely excited to partner with the Polsky family in forming this institute to transform how we treat urologic cancers in Chicago and worldwide. We believe that a patient-centric program that inspires leading-edge research will transform our field,” said Dr. Schaeffer. “The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute will become a multidisciplinary access point for cancer treatments including surgery, chemo-, radio- and immunotherapy as well a resource for genetic counseling, nutritional guidance and lifestyle management.”

The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute will expand its current location in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Galter Pavilion, providing patients with streamlined access to specialized treatment, new technologies and one-of-a-kind support programs. The Institute brings together a multidisciplinary team of renowned physicians and scientists to leverage their expertise-driving breakthroughs in treatment and accelerating new discoveries. Patients now have access to some of the country’s leading urologic cancer specialists and a wide range of services—in one central location.

Northwestern Medicine Urology has been the top urology program in Illinois in U.S. News & World Report rankings for 21 straight years and is second in National Institutes of Health (NIH) Urology program funding. The Northwestern Medicine Urology Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital prides itself on its service to patients. The Department of Urology at the medical school has a longstanding tradition of providing state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approaches to the evaluation and management of urologic cancers with recognized specialists in each branch of cancer care.

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*Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Urology program is ranked No. 26 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, 2018-2019.

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