Ganesh Raj, M.D., Ph.D.
Urologist Ganesh Raj, M.D., Ph.D., helps people put urologic cancers in their past.
Dr. Raj is one of the nation's leading urologic cancer surgeons and specializes in high-risk procedures for prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, and penile cancers. He has particular expertise in nerve-sparing techniques and in complex salvage procedures – surgeries for cancers that persist despite radiation or previous surgery.
"We can put these cancers in the rearview mirror for our patients."
Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of cancer, he wants patients with aggressive urologic cancers like prostate cancer and bladder cancer to think, "I had cancer, I treated it, and I moved on."
He brings a compassionate approach to each patient he sees and tries to find the best treatment for every individual.
"I approach every patient from a simple standpoint of, if this patient were my father, what would I do for him?" Dr. Raj says.
He promotes a multimodality approach to urologic cancers, meaning a mix of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy – whatever treatment option UT Southwestern Medical Center's urologic cancer team believes will work best for each patient. When possible, he will recommend minimally invasive robotic surgery to help patients get back to living their lives as soon as possible.
"For me, it's more about giving patients multiple choices and making sure they understand what they are going into – the pros and the cons of a treatment," he says.
In his research lab, Dr. Raj and his team focus on developing new therapeutics for prostate and bladder cancer. Among other work, his team has created a drug that uniquely targets androgen receptors in prostate cancer. That drug is moving toward clinical trials to test its effectiveness for patients.