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Your Medical Team for Testicular, Prostate, and Urologic Cancers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center use a team approach to your care.

Each physician at the Grampsas Urologic Oncology Center has a different area of expertise in treating testicular, prostate, and urologic cancers. These specialists combine their considerable skills to determine and provide the best treatment plan for you.

Since we partner with the physicians of the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine you’ll be treated by a varied and valuable pool of specialists and experts. And our elite, Magnet-designated nursing corps take personal, knowledgeable care to a whole new level.

Doctors who practice – and teach

Medical knowledge, as you might know, doubles every four years. Keeping up with it all is often hard for a community physician. But each attending physician at UCH is on the faculty of the medical school – so they're always at the forefront of new developments.

Urologists

Urologists are doctors who practice urology, the care of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive system.

 

Our staff urologists include:

 

E. David Crawford, MD, a professor, is the director of our Urologic Oncology Program. Dr. Crawford is an internationally recognized expert in prostate cancer. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and testicular cancer. His clinical interests include testicular cancer, early-state prostate cancer, advanced bladder cancer, metastatic adenocarcinoma of the prostate, hormone-refractory prostate cancer, and other areas of urological infections and malignancies.

 

Al Barqawi, MD, an assistant professor, is the director of research in Urologic Oncology at University of Colorado Denver. His specialties and research interests include clinical imaging and treatment of prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia and men’s health.

 

Shandra Wilson, MD, is a board-certified urologist. Her primary clinical interest is urologic oncology with an emphasis on bladder, testicular and prostate cancer.

 

Paul Maroni, MD, is a board-certified urologist. His academic and surgical interests include prostate, bladder and testicular cancer.

 

Fernando Kim, MD, is an associate professor of urology. His academic and surgical interests include urologic oncology (kidney and prostate diseases), laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.

Medical Oncologists

Medical oncologists are doctors who have specialized training in diagnosing and treating patients with cancer. Our staff medical oncologists include:

 

Thomas Flaig, MD, an assistant professor, is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. His clinical interests include urologic oncology (prostate, testicular, kidney and bladder cancer), and developing new cancer therapies.

 

L. Michael Glode, MD, a professor, is medical director of the Grampsas Urologic Cancer Center. His specialties include bladder and prostate cancer. His clinical interests include research in prostate and urologic malignancies.

 

Elaine Lam, MD, an assistant professor, is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Her research interests include early developmental therapeutics and clinical trials for patients with prostate, renal, bladder, and testicular cancers.

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation oncologists are doctors who specialize in treating cancer using radiation therapies.

 

Our radiation oncology team includes:

 

Brian Kavanagh, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist whose expertise includes urologic cancers. He is vice chair of our Radiation Oncology Group, a nationally recognized group with significant expertise in genitourinary cancers, as well as other cancer types.

 

David Raben, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist who serves as the director of the Radiological Sciences core at the CU Cancer Center. He is nationally recognized for his work in targeted therapies and radiation, which includes blocking the ability of cancer cells to repair and invade after treatment with radiation.

Pathologists

Pathologists are doctors who have specialized training in diagnosing diseases. They identify diseases by viewing tissue under a microscope. Our team of pathologists include:

 

Scott Lucia, MD, is our on-staff pathologist. He is recognized internationally as an expert in prostate cancer pathology. Dr. Lucia serves as the director of the of Pathology Residency Program and director of the Prostate Diagnostic Laboratory. He is a board-certified pathologist whose research interests include mechanisms of carcinogenesis, cancer chemoprevention, prostate cancer, growth factor regulation and regulation of telomerase activity.

 

Francisco La Rosa, MD, is an assistant professor and board-certified pathologist. His specialties include surgical pathology of the lower urinary tract.

 

Other Team Members

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) – Professionals who work as part of the care team under the direction of clinical research associates and principle investigators. Their responsibilities include screening and enrolling clinical study participants, arranging follow-up visits and ensuring that good clinical practice guidelines are followed.

 

Complementary Integrative Medicine Specialists – Health professionals who offer doctor-managed care that emphasizes the wellness and healing of the entire person, drawing on both conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

 

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) – Registered nurses who have completed advanced nursing education (generally a master’s degree) and training about medications and treatment guidelines.

 

Nurses or Registered Nurses (RNs) – A health care professional who serves as the primary point of contact for patients during the care and recovery process.

 

Nutritionists – An expert in food and health who can show you how to improve nutrition and overcome nutritional problems from treatment, such as decreased or absence of appetite, altered taste, nausea and swallowing difficulty.

 

Oncology Social Workers – A professional who helps patients and their families manage the stress associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and direct them to appropriate resources.

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