William J. Catalona

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

William J Catalona, M.D. is Professor of Urology and Director of the Clinical Prostate Cancer Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A graduate of Yale Medical School, Dr. Catalona trained in surgery at the Yale and UCSF, in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, and in urology at Johns Hopkins. He was the first to show that PSA could be used as a screening test for prostate cancer. Currently, he is conducting research in prostate cancer tumor markers and in the genetics of prostate cancer. He specializes in nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy, having performed more than 7,000 of these operations. He has served on advisory boards of the American Cancer Society and the editorial boards of the Journal of Urology and Urology. He has been principal investigator on grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, American Cancer Society, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and is currently PI on Northwestern’s SPORE in Prostate Cancer, PI of the Northwestern site of the International Consortium of Prostate Cancer Genetics, Collaborating Investigator on Northwestern U54 Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence grant, co-investigator on a Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award, and consultant and collaborating investigator for Beckman Coulter and deCODE genetics. He is author of 626 publications.


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