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Thomas James Polascik, MD

Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship
Professor of Surgery
Office: Room 1080 Yellow Zone, Duke South DUMC, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 2804 Med Ctr, DUMC, Durham, NC 27710

Prostate cancer imaging
Focal therapy of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer outcomes
Kidney cancer outcomes
Minimally invasive surgery
Nerve sparing cryotherapy

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, 1997 - 1998
  • Assistant Chief of Service, Urology, Johns Hopkins University, 1997 - 1997
  • Chief Resident, Urology, Johns Hopkins University, 1996 - 1997
  • Resident, Urology, Johns Hopkins University, 1993 - 1996
  • Assistant Resident in General Surgery, Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1992 - 1993
  • Intern in General Surgery, Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1991 - 1992
  • M.D., The University of Chicago, 1991

In the News

Publications

Nobuhara, Chloe K., W Michael Bullock, Thomas Bunning, Brian Colin, Mary Cooter, Michael J. Devinney, Michael N. Ferrandino, et al. “A protocol to reduce self-reported pain scores and adverse events following lumbar punctures in older adults.” J Neurol 267, no. 7 (July 2020): 2002–6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-020-09797-1.

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Westphalen, Antonio C., Charles E. McCulloch, Jordan M. Anaokar, Sandeep Arora, Nimrod S. Barashi, Jelle O. Barentsz, Tharakeswara K. Bathala, et al. “Variability of the Positive Predictive Value of PI-RADS for Prostate MRI across 26 Centers: Experience of the Society of Abdominal Radiology Prostate Cancer Disease-focused Panel.” Radiology 296, no. 1 (July 2020): 76–84. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2020190646.

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Lebastchi, Amir H., Arvin K. George, Thomas J. Polascik, Jonathan Coleman, Jean de la Rosette, Baris Turkbey, Bradford J. Wood, et al. “Standardized Nomenclature and Surveillance Methodologies After Focal Therapy and Partial Gland Ablation for Localized Prostate Cancer: An International Multidisciplinary Consensus.” Eur Urol, June 9, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2020.05.018.

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Tan, Wei Phin, Ahmed ElShafei, Alireza Aminsharifi, Ahmad O. Khalifa, and Thomas J. Polascik. “Salvage Focal Cryotherapy Offers Similar Short-term Oncologic Control and Improved Urinary Function Compared With Salvage Whole Gland Cryotherapy for Radiation-resistant or Recurrent Prostate Cancer.” Clin Genitourin Cancer 18, no. 3 (June 2020): e260–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2019.11.009.

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Tan, Wei Phin, Ariel A. Schulman, Gregory J. Barton, Christina Sze, and Thomas J. Polascik. “Renal Thermal Ablation Trends of American Urologists.” J Endourol 34, no. 4 (April 2020): 409–16. https://doi.org/10.1089/end.2019.0774.

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Zhao, Hanson, Lauren E. Howard, Amanda De Hoedt, Martha K. Terris, Christopher L. Amling, Christopher J. Kane, Matthew R. Cooperberg, et al. “Racial Discrepancies in Overall Survival among Men Treated with 223Radium.” J Urol 203, no. 2 (February 2020): 331–37. https://doi.org/10.1097/JU.0000000000000524.

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Tourinho-Barbosa, R. R., B. J. Wood, A. L. Abreu, B. Nahar, T. Shin, S. Guven, and T. J. Polascik. “Current state of image-guided focal therapy for prostate cancer.” World Journal of Urology, January 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-020-03254-4.

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Tan, Wei Phin, and Thomas J. Polascik. “Re: Association of Black Race with Prostate Cancer-specific and Other-cause Mortality Dess RT, Hartman HE, Mahal BA, et al JAMA Oncol 2019;5:975-83.” Eur Urol 77, no. 1 (January 2020): 129–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2019.08.036.

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Mayes, J. M., V. Mouraviev, L. Sun, J. F. Madden, and T. J. Polascik. “Retraction Note: Can the conventional sextant prostate biopsy reliably diagnose unilateral prostate cancer in low-risk, localized, prostate cancer? (Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, (2008), 10.1038/pcan.2008.31).” Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, January 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/pcan.2008.31z.

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