Urologist speaking with patient

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. The urologists at Northwestern offer comprehensive urologic care for sensitive conditions, working 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 Medicine Urology Program is ranked 26th in the country for 2018–2019 by U.S. News & World Report.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


Excluding cancers of the skin, prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Most of the time prostate cancer is detected before a man develops symptoms, with approximately 85% of prostate cancers detected by abnormalities in either bloodwork (PSA screening test) or by rectal exam.


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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

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