Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D.

Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., Co-Chief of the Urologic Oncology Division, is a leading authority on renal (kidney) cancer and the various methods used to treat it, including laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy (removal of all or part of a kidney), immunological management using cancer vaccines, laparoscopic cryoablation, and nephron-sparing kidney surgery. In the field of prostate cancer, Dr. Sawczuk and his colleagues in the Division of Urologic Oncology achieved an astounding 95 percent usage rate in 2005 with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy to treat localized prostate cancer when the national rate was only 20 percent.

Active in many professional organizations, Dr. Sawczuk is a past board member of the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund, was co-director of the International Cooperative Urological Education Program of the American Urological Association, and co-director of the Chipovsky Grant for International Urologic Exchange. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the American Urological Association and the Society of Urologic Oncology. He has authored/co-authored almost 300 abstracts, articles, and book chapters.


  • Professor of Surgery (Urology), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Adjunct Professor of Urology College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • Previous Vice Chairman of Urology College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • Medical Education: Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Internship/Residency:
    • St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center
    • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Special Interests: Urologic Oncology, Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Specializations: the surgical and immunological management of renal (kidney) cancer, robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, nephron-sparing kidney surgery, bladder reconstruction, cryosurgery
  • Research interests: treatment of renal cancer, robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, prostate cancer, including:
    • using the robotic daVinciTM Surgical System to perform radical prostatectomy
    • performing nephron-sparing surgery to treat renal cancer
    • developing cancer vaccines to treat renal cancer
  • Significant honors: Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Burroughs Wellcome Scholar of the American Urological Association, E.R. Squibb and Sons National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator, Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Education Award from the American Foundation of Urologic Disease, "Best Doctors in New York" (New York magazine), "Best Doctors: NY Metro Area," BestDocs.com, "Top Docs" (New Jersey Monthly magazine), "Best Doctors in America," and awards from the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, the Society of Basic Urological Research, the National Kidney Foundation, the Kidney Cancer Association, and the Office of the First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton for his Chernobyl relief work.