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Internationally Recognized Urologist and Prostate Cancer Specialist

Dr. Schaeffer is a worldwide leader in urology and prostate cancer care. With over 430 peer-reviewed publications, his prostate cancer program sets the gold standard for personalized, compassionate care, featuring pioneering initiatives in survivorship and sexual medicine.

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Drs Meeks and Schaeffer award ceremony

Edward M. Schaeffer, M.D., Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Urology at Feinberg School of Medicine, Urologist in Chief at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Director of the Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute and Program Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Schaeffer is a clinically active urologist with a specialized practice in prostate cancer. He has published more than 430 peer-reviewed publications emphasizing at-risk populations, diagnosis, treatment outcomes, and the molecular biology of lethal prostate cancer. His discoveries have advanced the basic scientific understanding of biologic differences in prostate cancers in men of African descent, and molecular features that influence metastatic disease risk. Schaeffer, an internationally recognized clinician, is a pioneer in robotic prostatectomy who has made tissue-sparing modifications to the procedure that preserve continence and sexual function. 



MD: University of Chicago (2001)

PhD: University of Chicago (2001)

Intern: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, General Surgery (2002)

Resident: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Urology (2007)


Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, is a globally recognized speaker with expertise and insights in urology and urologic oncology. He enjoys conversations that redefine the future of medical practice and patient care.


Dr. Schaeffer has published over 43peer-reviewed publications, and he is the author of several books, including:

  • Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men and Their Families

  • The Prostate Cancer Answer Guide

  • Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients


Dr. Edward Schaeffer sees patients for the following areas of practice:

  • Prostate cancer: Dr. Schaeffer is a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. He offers a full range of management options for prostate cancer, including Active Surveillance and Surgery.  The team at Northwestern also offers focal therapy, radiation therapy, and management of advanced prostate cancer. 

  • Elevated PSA: Dr. Schaeffer is a leading expert in the diagnosis and management of elevated PSA. PSA is a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. An elevated PSA level can be a sign of prostate cancer, but it can also be caused by other conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Dr. Schaeffer will work with you to determine the cause of your elevated PSA and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • Robotic prostatectomy: Dr. Schaeffer is an expert in robotic prostatectomy, a minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer.  He has performed thousands of robotic prostatectomies and is continuously refining his technique to improve patient outcomes.  ​


Dr. Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD is a global expert in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. He is a clinically active urologist with a specialized practice in prostate cancer.

Leadership positions include:

  • Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Networks Prostate Cancer Guidelines.  (Downloaded >660,000 times annually)

  • Member - National Cancer Institute's Genitourinary Oncology steering committee

  • Member American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons

  • Member Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons

  • Member of additional professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, the Society of Urologic Oncology, and the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

  • Schaeffer is a leading clinician/researcher in the field of prostate cancer. His research has focused on at-risk populations, diagnosis, treatment outcomes, and the molecular biology of lethal prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Master Class

Explore of cutting-edge treatments and innovations in the field of prostate health and prostate cancer.

Edward Schaeffer`s Master Class


Dr. Schaeffer has contributed to numerous publications and is a recognized thought leader in the healthcare. Click on the link below to view more and purchase his latest book -- Dr Patrick Walsh's Guide to Survivng Prostate Cancer

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer.


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Comprehensive Urologic Expertise at Northwestern Medicine

If you're in need of assistance or guidance in the field of Urology beyond Dr. Schaeffer's specialized expertise, the Northwestern Medicine Urology Program and the Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute at Northwestern Medicine  offer access to world-class experts. 

The Northwestern Medicine Urology Program offers leading-edge, personalized care using a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of urologic cancers and benign urologic conditions. The program ranks amongst the nation’s most experienced and is a destination for those requiring specialized urologic care, including second opinions. 


Male Fertility

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Complex Urologic infections


Stone Disease

The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute is home to a diverse team of  specialists, each with their unique areas of proficiency. Whether you require consultation, diagnosis, treatment, or a second opinion, the Polsky Institute offers world class experts.  


Kidney Cancer


Bladder Cancer


Testicular Cancer

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