Clinical Faculty: Ithaar H. Derweesh, M.D.

Dr. Ithaar Derweesh received his medical degree from The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1995. He served his internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, under the direction of Dr. Robert Weiss. Dr. Derweesh has been engaged in urologic research since 1996. He performed a year-long molecular pharmacology postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Weiss at Yale and from 2001 to 2003 became an American Foundation for Urologic Disease Scholar under the direction of Dr. Andrew Novick at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, investigating kidney tumor immunology and clinical aspects of renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Derweesh also went on to complete a clinical fellowship in Renal Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic, which also included experience in upper urinary tract laparoscopic procedures including laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy.

Dr. Derweesh was a clinical instructor in the Section of Urology at Yale University School of Medicine and also held attending level responsibility at the Glickman Urological Institute of the Cleveland Clinic from 2002 to 2005.

Since joining the faculty of the Department of Urology in 2005 as Chief of urology at the Regional Medical Center of Memphis and Assistant Professor of urology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Dr. Derweesh has built an academic practice in urologic oncology and kidney surgery, specializing in laparoscopic surgery and kidney preserving treatment for kidney cancer (partial nephrectomy). Dr. Derweesh’s research interests also include kidney trauma and reconstruction, as well as the development of new techniques and technologies for minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Derweesh is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of University Urologists, Southwest Oncology Group, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, European Association of Urology and the Endourological Society. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology and the Journal of Endourology and was recently selected to serve on the AUA Guidelines Committee for Management of the Incidentally Discovered Renal Mass. He was Program Director of the Department of Urology from July 1, 2006 through July 14, 2008.

Dr. Derweesh has transitioned to the University of California, Department of Urology, San Diego, and will continue his academic affiliation and research collaboration with the department and the Memphis Veteran Administration Medical Center as a clinical faculty.

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Robert W. Wake, M.D.

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