Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD

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Primary Specialty

Urologic Oncology

Secondary Specialty

  • Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
  • Urology

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, PhD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine - 2001
Internship:
Johns Hopkins University - 2007
Residency:
Johns Hopkins University - 2007

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology - Urology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

1296 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

83 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

83 Reviews

August 30, 2023

5.0

Professional and his track record of patient recovery and % of patients not having urinary leakage. I have had 2 close friends that have been under his care and are very happy with their results.

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August 23, 2023

5.0

He is so knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated.

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August 18, 2023

5.0

He is outstanding and professional. Excellent guidance thru my prostrate cancer.

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August 17, 2023

5.0

As mentioned above, he is very knowledgeable and confident. I feel very comfortable in his care.

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August 12, 2023

5.0

Well met, smart, thorough, good listener, well dressed, Experienced and explained everything we wondered about Caring and even shared his cell number

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August 08, 2023

5.0

He excels at his craft and he relates to patients. He is real.

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August 07, 2023

5.0

Although my biopsy was unavoidably unpleasant, Dr. Schaeffer did a great job of keeping me informed about each step in the process, which made it easier to tolerate

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August 04, 2023

5.0

He explains everything thoroughly, and is very knowledgeable.

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July 28, 2023

5.0

Simply put, He is the best at what he does!

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July 28, 2023

5.0

Kind and considerate and happy to explain each process in the proceedure

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July 26, 2023

5.0

top notch doctor

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July 24, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer took his time and was very informative. He gave his opinion and then followed up with why he thought the treatment program he recommended was best for me.

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July 24, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable, professional, very highly regarded in the field.

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July 24, 2023

5.0

The best

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July 22, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer is caring and concerned for my health

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July 18, 2023

5.0

Confident in his knowledge & experience Appreciate his patience and ability to explain the situation and paths forward.

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July 17, 2023

5.0

He is an amazing doctor, and a great person. He cares

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July 14, 2023

5.0

Obviously an excellent doctor Took time to explain options to me

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July 05, 2023

5.0

Confident and direct

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July 03, 2023

5.0

Very informative, explains procedures thoroughly. He provides care from a positive perspective,

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July 03, 2023

5.0

Efficient, friendly, explained things well

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July 02, 2023

5.0

True Professional. Doesn't overreact.

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July 02, 2023

5.0

He impressed me greatly.

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June 17, 2023

5.0

He is a good natured caring and highly experienced doctor

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June 16, 2023

5.0

Very good communicator, very clear and knowledgeable. Took the time to explain my options. Clear about what is known and what is not known regarding treatments.

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June 16, 2023

5.0

Great surgeon

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June 14, 2023

5.0

I felt assured that he was at the top of his profession

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June 13, 2023

5.0

Extremely professional, knowledgable and great communicator. Very comfortable with the plan laid out for me.

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June 12, 2023

5.0

Dr. Schaeffer leads a great urology team that delivered beyond my expectations on all levels. I feel fortunate to be taken care of by the NM Urology team.

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June 12, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer was helpful

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June 10, 2023

5.0

Excellent reputation and Dr Schaeffer has a great bedside manner.

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June 09, 2023

4.0

Excellent physician with good communication skills with patients.

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June 06, 2023

5.0

Superb technical and communicative skill sets and his calm demeanor promotes patient confidence for what is sometimes a very scary process (for me).

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June 05, 2023

5.0

He's an excellent physician

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June 05, 2023

5.0

The best

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May 26, 2023

5.0

Total pro

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May 23, 2023

5.0

100% best in class. Substance and compassion. I have extraordinarily tough family history. Dr is very mindful of that. His nurse PA is fantastic too

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May 23, 2023

5.0

He is knowledgeable and explains everything very well

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May 22, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer was very encouraging and explained what was going on with my PSA and took a lot of my concerns away.

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May 22, 2023

5.0

He's #1!

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May 22, 2023

5.0

Dr. Schaeffer was very informative and reassuring. He makes me feel totally confident in my care.

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May 19, 2023

5.0

Dr. Schaeffer’s knowledge is extensive and he easily brings the knowledge to the care he provides.

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May 19, 2023

5.0

Very satisfied with my surgery.

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May 17, 2023

5.0

Excellent knowledge and bed side manner

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May 15, 2023

5.0

I feel like the medical care I receive through Dr. Schaeffer and his staff is the best.

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May 15, 2023

5.0

Kept me informed total professional

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May 15, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer is very thorough and i feel comfortable with him treating me.

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May 12, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable and caring

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May 10, 2023

5.0

An expert who takes the time to explain things in detail. Support staff is cheerful and attentive.

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May 08, 2023

5.0

Very thorough and caring

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May 08, 2023

5.0

I am impressed by his credentials and the aura of no-nonsense competence in his manner

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May 08, 2023

5.0

Great bedside manner, knowledge, experience and wonderful man.

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May 08, 2023

5.0

We’ll explain and great team! Thank you for making this whole process for my father much easier. It is a very difficult time for the family to watch a strong person go through these process and your team made it easy to understand.

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May 05, 2023

5.0

very informative

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May 02, 2023

5.0

Great bedside manner Thorough exam

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May 02, 2023

5.0

Tops in the business

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May 01, 2023

5.0

Excellent Surgeon I have recommended Dr. Schaeffer to others

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April 29, 2023

5.0

Very experienced in this surgery and recommended by a fraternity brother.

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April 24, 2023

5.0

The best

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April 24, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer displays a great sense of humour as well as expert medical service

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April 21, 2023

5.0

Top notch, extremely knowledgeable, to the point. Good listener. Shows Concern for the patient.

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April 21, 2023

5.0

First rate, professional and approachable.

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April 21, 2023

5.0

Excellent physician ,up to date on my condition.Appreciate his comprehensive treatment recommendations.

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April 17, 2023

5.0

Expertise , confidence and reputation for excellence

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April 17, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable and kind.

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April 17, 2023

5.0

Dr. Schaeffer was very complete in the information he provided me for my situation. He was good about going over my options and what he is recommending be done next. The steps were clear and I left with a good understanding of what is needed moving forward

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April 16, 2023

5.0

expert in field

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April 12, 2023

5.0

His knowledge is beyond exceptional and he is a nice person

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April 09, 2023

5.0

Again I did research on Dr Schaeffer and I found him to be what I believed he would be as a doctor I could trust and talk to. I’m these trying times it is extremely rare to have a doctor call you and have a meaningful discussion about your condition. Again I have to put the doctors I have dealt with and even the interns and support staff in this category attentive at Northwestern Hospital.

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April 07, 2023

5.0

Excellent explanation of my questions and prompted appointment

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April 07, 2023

5.0

He did a great job explaining what he was doing.

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April 07, 2023

5.0

Great bedside manner. Dr. Schaeffer arrived quickly, explained everything thoroughly. Listen to my concerns and made sure I was comfortable.

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April 07, 2023

5.0

The doctor performed my appointment an hour early and gave me all the time necessary for questions. He is an expert in his field.

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April 07, 2023

5.0

Dr. Schaeffer answered all of my questions, explained the situation and why he wanted to do certain things, and had a good manner. I was very impressed.

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April 03, 2023

5.0

Confident in his ability

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April 03, 2023

5.0

The best, experienced performing so many of these prostrate surgeries.

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April 03, 2023

5.0

Clearly extremely competent with a great personal manner. I feel confident that I am getting the best care possible.

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April 01, 2023

5.0

He is just the best.

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April 01, 2023

5.0

He explained the condition and the whole process thoroughly

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March 31, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer seems to be an expert in his field of expertise, Urology and prostate health.

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March 31, 2023

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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March 29, 2023

5.0

Dr Schaeffer is in a class alone. Knows everything and responsive to patients

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March 28, 2023

5.0

Very comfortable speaking to his patients and in an understandable format.

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Industry Relationships

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Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities

  • Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. (Astellas Pharma US, Inc.)
  • Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • PinnacleCare Health Advisors
  • Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO)

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