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Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D.
Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D.

Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D.

  • Cissy and W. Plack Carr, Jr. Professorship in Medical Education
  • Urology
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancer

Biography

Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D., is a Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with joint appointments in the Departments of Urology and Surgery. He is the holder of the Paul C. Peters Chair in Urology in Memory of Rumsey and Louis Strickland.

Dr. Sagalowsky specializes in all aspects of urological malignancies and related urinary tract reconstruction. He has unique surgical experience with:

  • Radical cystectomy and continent urinary diversion with orthotopic neobladders and cutaneous reservoirs
  • Open nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy, and, in select cases, nerve-sparing cystoprostatectomy for patients with prostate cancer or bladder cancer
  • Complex partial nephrectomy for patients with large localized kidney tumors where preservation of renal function by nephron sparing surgery is important; radical nephrectomy for large kidney tumor debulking; and resection of  tumors with tumor thrombus into the vena cava (and even into the heart)
  • Debulking retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testis cancer

His research interests involve translational studies on bladder cancer and kidney cancer involving clinical diagnosis and treatment, and translational studies on molecular pathways as predictors of disease behavior and risk for recurrence, progression, response to treatment and disease-related mortality. He has published and spoken widely on these topics and has extensive experience in clinical trials.

Dr. Sagalowsky is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Urological Association, the Society of Urologic Oncology, and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

In 2018, he was honored by Texas Monthly as a Super Doctor, and he is listed in America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.

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Meet Dr. Sagalowsky

Professor of Urology

When you’re faced with life-threatening diseases like bladder cancer and kidney cancer, you want an experienced surgeon as your ally. Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D., offers surgical expertise that few can match for urologic cancers.

“We all are proud to improve the quality of our patients’ lives.”

Texas Monthly Super Doctor and a U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor, Dr. Sagalowsky has one of the largest referral practices in the United States for patients with bladder cancer or kidney cancer. He was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform a continent urinary diversion for patients who need their bladder removed. The procedure creates a pouch inside the body that acts like a bladder.  

Dr. Sagalowsky is also well known for performing open partial nephrectomy for patients with complex kidney tumors that may not be amenable to nephron-sparing surgery by minimally invasive surgical techniques. These complex techniques allow both control of the tumor and maximize preservation of renal function. 

He and his colleagues also help patients with large kidney tumors as well as those with tumor thrombus that grows out of the renal vein and into the vena cava – in some cases, as far as into the heart. Dr. Sagalowsky has helped UT Southwestern Medical Center become the largest regional referral destination for such patients.

Dr. Sagalowsky also works with the Urologic Oncology team at UT Southwestern to pioneer cancer treatments. The team has been involved in a 10-year project investigating unique panels of molecular markers in bladder cancer that affect tumor behavior in terms of risk for recurrence, progression, and mortality.

Identification of such high-risk features may improve patient care through more frequent follow-up, earlier treatment, and potential development of specific treatments that attack the related features of the tumors.

Dr. Sagalowsky may be known for his experience with complex surgeries, but he stresses that it’s the multidisciplinary Urologic Cancer team – including medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and diagnostic radiology – that makes UT Southwestern a unique place for cancer care in Texas.

“Our multidisciplinary team approach is necessary to provide patients with optimal care,” he says.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1978-1980), Pharmacology
  • Residency - Indiana University Hospitals (1975-1978), Urology
  • Internship - Indiana University Hospitals (1973-1974), Medical/surgical
  • Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine (1969-1973)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • American Urological Association
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for Cancer Research
Honors & Awards
  • NIH Research Fellow Training Grant, No.5-T32-GM07247-03/1978-1980
  • Dr. Paul Peters Chair in Urology in Memory of Rumsey and Louis Strickland, 1994- Present
  • American Urological Association Research Scholar Program, Wyland F. Leadbetter Scholarship Recipient/1978-1980
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1969, Indiana University
  • CIRCON/ACMI GOLD CYSTOSCOPE AWARD of the American Urological Association 1987, The most outstanding achievement within 10 years of residency
Books & Publications
Research
  • Translational studies on molecular predictors of kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer diagnosis, behavior, and treatment
  • Clinical trials in urological oncology

Clinical Focus

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Genitourinary Surgery
  • Surgery for Genitourinary Cancer

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Q&A by Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D.

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