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Northwestern Medicine Urology Program

The Northwestern Medicine Urology Program ranks amongst the nation’s most experienced and well respected, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, including state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities for men, women and adolescents.


The Northwestern Medicine Urology Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital prides itself on its service to patients. Our Northwestern Medicine urologists offer comprehensive care and work with patients to find the best individualized treatment for their urologic conditions.

The Department of Urology has a longstanding tradition of providing state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approaches to the evaluation and management of the urologic cancers with recognized specialists in each branch of cancer care.

The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Urology Program is ranked No. 13 in the country for 2019–2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, discusses how our physician scientists are always on the lookout for new discoveries in the lab.

Coordinated care

Patients with urologic conditions are evaluated and managed with emphasis on an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. All of the team members are recognized leaders in their field of expertise, and all potential therapeutic options are considered and discussed with each patient, including:

  • Observation (no active treatment)
  • Medical management
  • Surgery

Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Urology Teams offer comprehensive care and work with patients to find the best individualized treatment for their urologic conditions.

Areas of Care

Benign Prostate Diseases and Male Voiding Dysfunction

Our urologists offer comprehensive urologic care focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, incontinence and other male bladder conditions.

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Incontinence
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency

Bladder Cancer

Our urologic oncologists offer advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques in addition to multidisciplinary treatment in collaboration with Northwestern Medicine's medical and radiation oncologists.

Female Pelvic Medicine and Bladder Health

Our program offers comprehensive and compassionate care for women's urological conditions.

  • Fistula
  • Incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urethral diverticula
  • Voiding dysfunction

Infections and Chronic Pelvic Pain

Our urologists are specialists in diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic urologic pain disorders and infectious diseases.

  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Prostatitis
  • Urinary tract infections

Kidney Cancer

Our kidney cancer specialists provide personalized treatment plans based on the severity of the cancer and the patient's needs and preferences.

Male Fertility

Our urologists offer full medical evaluations and treatment options for male infertility in addition to fertility preservation for men with cancer.

  • Hypogonadism
  • Klinefelter's syndrome
  • Testicular failure

Male Sexual Dysfunction

Our men's health specialists provide a complete evaluation to restore sexual function and intimacy for men struggling with sexual dysfunction.

  • Ejaculatory disorders
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low testosterone
  • Peyronie's disease

Prostate Cancer

Our Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program offers multidisciplinary diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services for prostate cancer, working with patients to provide individualized treatment tailored to their condition.

Reconstructive Surgery

Our urologists offer surgical reconstruction of the genitourinary tract when normal function of one or more of its components are impaired.

  • Genitourinary trauma
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Urethral strictures
  • Urinary fistulas

Stone Disease

Our urologists are dedicated to the thorough evaluation and minimally invasive treatment of stones in the upper and lower urinary tract, including kidney stones.

Testicular Cancer

Our urologic oncologists provide patients with individually tailored treatment plans and the most effective therapies available.

Transitional Urology

Our team of urologists has specialized training to facilitate uninterrupted care for all patients with long-term urologic problems diagnosed in childhood (congenital genitourinary disorders).



Northwestern Memorial Hospital U.S. News & World Report Best National Hospital, Urology 2019-2020

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Nationally recognized in Urology (13th)

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Prostate Cancer Disparity Research Podcast

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 Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, discusses his prostate cancer disparity research. He explains why African American men with prostate cancer are twice as likely to die than Caucasian men and how his research can impact patients, physicians and improve the medical community’s understanding of prostate cancer.