Michael Stifelman, MD

Michael Stifelman, M.D.

Chairman of Urology HUMC
Chief of Urologic Oncology, JTCC
Men's Urology
Robotic Surgery
UPJ and Reconstruction

When I received my training in urology in the 1990s, most major urological procedures were performed using a traditional open surgical technique. Since that time I have been committed to improving patient care and outcomes by advancing better, less invasive surgical approaches to performing complex urological procedures.

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About Me

When I received my training in urology in the 1990s, most major urological procedures were performed using a traditional open surgical technique. Since that time I have been committed to improving patient care and outcomes by advancing better, less invasive surgical approaches to performing complex urological procedures.

My passion for surgical innovation led me to the use of robotic-assisted technology. It was immediately clear that this technology was transformative, and it would allow me to expand my use of minimally invasive techniques to the most complicated surgeries. By embracing this technology early in 2003, I have performed more robotic partial nephrectomies and upper urinary tract reconstructions than any surgeon in the area. I am also one of the top 10 urologists in the state and the region for performing robotic prostate removal, known as prostatectomy.

My enthusiasm for innovative surgery and improved patient outcomes extends to education, training and mentoring. Each year I travel nationally and internationally to teach advanced robotic surgical techniques to improve outcomes for patients around the world. I also collaborate with physicians in other institutions to pursue research initiatives that that help us develop best practices in the field of robotic-assisted surgery.

With my passions for patient care, research, education and innovation, Hackensack University Medical Center is the perfect place for me to achieve my goal of leading a world-class urology department. As chairman of the Department of Urology, I have the privilege of working with some of the best urologists in the country while having access to both a top-notch research facility and a full spectrum of specialists in other medical fields. Our department also provides excellent fellowship and residency opportunities.

I am proud to have been recognized by Castle Connolly’s New York Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors, and Top Doctors for Cancer, as well as in the annual “Top Doctors” issue of New York Magazine.

Conditions and Procedures

robotic surgery, kidney cancer, partial nephrectomy, prostate cancer, urinary tract cancer, pyeloplasty, hydronephrosis, surgical removal of the prostate, nephroureterectomy, cystectomy, nephrectomy, urinary tract malformation, surgery, genitourinary neoplasm, ureter cancer, reconstructive surgery, pheochromocytoma, adrenal tumor, ureteral stricture



  • Chairman of Urology, HUMC
  • Chief of Urologic Oncology, JTCC

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology, Urology, 2002

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Cornell University Medical Center, Minimally Invasive Urology, 2000
  • Residency, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Urology, 1999
  • Residency, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, General Surgery, 1995
  • Medical Doctorate, Albert Einstein College Of Medicine, 1993


  • Urology

My Research

My research parallels my clinical focus and expertise and serves as the underpinning for my academic productivity. My three major areas of research have been:

  • Management of kidney cancer
  • Upper urinary tract reconstruction
  • Evaluation of innovative surgical technologies

To date, my research activities have led to:

  • 87 peer-reviewed publications
  • 10 book chapters
  • 8 review articles
  • 62 abstracts presented at national and international meetings

I have also created over 30 educational videos, which have been distributed by the American Urologic Association, European Association of Urology and World Congress of Endourology. My videos have received first prize and have been ranked among the top-10 videos at these society’s annual meetings.

Accomplishments include:

  • Organizing the largest robotic partial nephrectomy consortium in the world with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Washington University in St. Louis and Henry Ford Hospital. Together, we have published seminal papers on outcomes following partial robotic nephrectomy for renal cancer.
  • Developing and launching multiple IRB databases, protocols and multi-institutional projects that have been the source of several important advances in the field.
  • Developing innovative techniques to minimize warm ischemia during partial nephrectomy and developing novel robotic surgical techniques for upper urinary tract reconstruction.
  • Pioneering two novel techniques that have been adopted by surgeons worldwide. The first uses near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging during robotic surgery to minimize trauma to the kidney during partial nephrectomy and confirm adequate perfusion of tissue during reconstructive surgery. The other utilizes buccal mucosa tissue to replace and repair strictures within the ureter. For this work, we were awarded the title of Best Laparoscopic and Robotic Paper at the World Congress of Endourology meeting in London.
  • Numerous retrospective and prospective outcome studies related to management of kidney cancer and upper tract reconstruction that have helped define optimal management of these conditions. I currently have reported the largest single surgeon series on robotic upper urinary tract reconstruction.
  • Engagement by numerous companies as a recognized leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery to evaluate new technologies designed to facilitate minimally invasive surgery.

Recent Publications

Near-infrared fluorescence imaging with intraoperative administration of indocyanine green for robotic partial nephrectomy

Bjurlin, Marc A; McClintock, Tyler R; Stifelman, Michael D
Current urology reports. 2015 Apr 16 (4): 20-20

Outcomes of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Upper Urinary Tract Reconstruction: 250 Consecutive Patients

Marien, Tracy; Bjurlin, Marc; Wynia, Blake; Bilbily, Matthew; Rao, Gaurav; Zhao, Lee C; Shah, Ojas; Stifelman, Michael D
BJU international. 2015 Jun 16. 116 (4): 604-611

A prospective comparative analysis of the accuracy of HistoScanning and multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging in the localization of prostate cancer among men undergoing radical prostatectomy

Orczyk, Clement; Rosenkrantz, Andrew B; Deng, Fang-Ming; Melamed, Jonathan; Babb, James; Wysock, James; Kheterpal, Emil; Huang, William C; Stifelman, Michael; Lepor, Herbert; Taneja, Samir S
Urologic oncology. 2015 Aug 31. 34 (1): 3.e1-3.e8


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