Thomas J. Polascik, MD Thomas J. Polascik, MD

Thomas J. Polascik, MD

Urologic Oncologist

4.65 out of 5  (336 ratings, 36 reviews)
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919-684-4946 Office number
919-684-5220
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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
Profile
ABOUT ME

I am a urology surgeon and researcher who specializes in prostate and kidney tumors. I’ve been in practice for 24 years, and at Duke for 17. I always wanted to become a surgeon. I grew up as a classical pianist and wanted to get into a field where I used my hands and could help make a big difference in people’s lives. I had excellent mentors who specialized in urology, so I followed in their footsteps when it came time to choose a specialty. When I see a new patient, I first try to determine how fast their tumor is growing. When treating those who have fast growing tumors, I try to use the least invasive method possible. I enjoy being able to treat patients and get them back to a point where they can resume a high quality of life.

School of Medicine Department
School of Medicine Division
LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English, Spanish
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Illinois), 1991
RESIDENCY
General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1991-1993
Urology, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1993-1997
FELLOWSHIP
Urologic Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1997-1998
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Urology, Urology
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

I study minimally invasive surgical outcomes (robotics, laparoscopy) for prostate and kidney cancers. I perform and research needle-based outpatient treatments called “focal therapy,” which removes the cancer while preserving the remainder of the prostate and a man’s sexual/urinary function. I also study imaging techniques for prostate cancer (e.g. MRI) and prostate cryosurgery for primary and recurrent prostate cancer. In 2008, I founded the first international meeting on focal therapy in prostate and kidney cancer. I conduct research into minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer. We aim to optimize functional outcomes, such as preservation of erections and urinary control for men while curing prostate cancer. Patients can benefit by having minimally invasive robotic surgery or cryotherapy, thereby optimizing their cancer outcomes, potentially preserving their bodily functions and minimizing their stay in the hospital setting. My research team has an interest in kidney cancer ranging from minimally invasive treatments to handling complex kidney tumors, often involving several tumors in one or both kidneys. We conduct research on outcomes, development of new treatments and imaging methods to characterize kidney tumors. Patients benefit by having access to minimally invasive treatments such as needle ablation approaches, cryotherapy, robotics and laparoscopy.

PUBLICATIONS
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.65 out of 5 (336 ratings, 36 reviews)
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.