Meet Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu
Dallas Urologist and Pioneering Laparoscopic Surgeon

Holder of the:
Ralph C. Smith, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery

When Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D., was recruited to UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1999, he came because he thought it would be a good place to practice medicine and offer opportunities to do groundbreaking work in the field of urology. He hasn’t been disappointed, nor have his patients, who have gained access to leading-edge procedures pioneered by Dr. Cadeddu.

We’re not resting on our laurels. We’re continuing to develop new technologies and new techniques. My goal is to continue to push the envelope.”

A recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Dr. Cadeddu was the first surgeon in the U.S. to successfully remove a patient’s kidney through the belly button, reducing both scarring and recovery time; the first in North Texas to repair a malfunctioning kidney laparoscopically through the belly button; the first in North Texas to perform laparoscopic prostatectomy for prostate cancer; and the first in Texas to destroy kidney tumors by burning them – known as radiofrequency ablation – rather than removing them through surgery.

“I do a lot of research in novel technologies for treating patients with kidney problems and kidney cancer,” he says.

With 20 years’ experience as a urologist, Dr. Cadeddu treats both kidney and prostate conditions. “The kidney and the prostate are the two most complex, challenging operations we do, but both are particularly amenable to minimally invasive techniques,” he says. “With the kidney, the difference between minimally invasive and regular surgery is three to four less days in the hospital and a month to a month-and-a-half quicker recovery.”

Developing groundbreaking techniques and producing good outcomes and quicker recoveries keep Dr. Cadeddu at the forefront of his field. But, he says, it’s grateful patients who ultimately are the source of his greatest satisfaction.

Clinical Interests/Specialties

Dr. Cadeddu’s clinical interests include:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Robotic surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Kidney tumor ablation
  • Kidney blockage
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Kidney mass
  • Elevated PSA