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Schaeffer Joins the Lurie Cancer Center

Edward (Ted) M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD

Edward (Ted) M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized physician-scientist with deep expertise in urologic oncology, will join the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Schaeffer has been named chair of the department of Urology at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, effective December 1.

A respected clinician with expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic treatment of urologic malignancies, Dr. Schaeffer is currently director of the prostate cancer program, director of international urology and co-director of the Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  He is an active member of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he participates in multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of genitourinary cancers. Dr. Schaeffer is the R. Christian B. Evensen Professor of Urology, Oncology and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and founder and chief medical officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Norway.

Dr. Schaeffer’s discoveries have greatly advanced the basic scientific understanding of prostate cancer and clinical care pathways. His groundbreaking prostate research, featured in more than 175 publications, emphasizes at-risk populations, diagnosis, treatment outcomes and the molecular biology of lethal prostate cancer.

“Ted is an outstanding clinician, investigator, and leader in the field of urologic oncology,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center. “His extensive experience and multidisciplinary approach to research will intensify our efforts to apply scientific discoveries to personalized treatment for prostate cancer. I am excited that he is joining the Lurie Cancer Center and look forward to working with him.”

Dr. Schaeffer’s lab, which has had funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, specifically focuses on the molecular biology of locally aggressive prostate cancers and the impact of race on the biology of prostate cancer.

“It is an honor to be named the next Chair of Urology at Northwestern,” Dr. Schaeffer said. “I am really looking forward to working with Dr. Platanias and the great team of scientists and clinicians at the Lurie Cancer Center.”