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Panelist: Ganesh Palapattu, MD
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Episodes in which Ganesh Palapattu, MD appears

Assistant Professor of Urology
Surgeon-Scientist
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Dr. Ganesh S. Palapattu, a surgeon scientist specializing in urologic oncology, who is involved in translational research as well as teaching and clinical practice.

He says his current laboratory research involves, among other things, "examining the underpinnings of prostate cancer recurrence through the isolation and characterization of human prostate cancer stem cells.  Cancer cells that possess the potential to re-grow the tumor despite conventional therapy have been termed "cancer stem cells." He states that "perhaps the key to curing prostate cancer lies in targeting these cells."

As a patient centered physician, he says he is "truthful, compassionate, and caring, and provides as much information as possible to his patients.  I want to give my patients all the treatment options available – whether I provide them or not." Of course he probably can provide them, considering he has expertise in virtually all forms of urologic cancer surgery, including traditional, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery as well as radioactive seed implantation. Still, he says, "I give them my proposed treatment plan with accompanying rationale, but recognize that in the end it's their choice." In addition, he states, "I treat people with urologic cancers and feel that it is a privilege to have a person's cancer care entrusted to me. I take this responsibility extremely seriously."

All this might keep an ordinary person busy enough, but Dr. Palapattu's interests are even broader. As a young man in Houston, he was deeply involved in music. "I played the French horn for over 10 years as a member of numerous musical groups, including the Houston Youth Symphony," he says.  In fact, he was a Texas state champion for French horn soloists. In college, at the University of Texas in Austin, he was a Humanities major with a concentration in South Asian Studies. "I wanted to learn more about my own cultural background.  But I always had an interest in medicine and helping people. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor." He obtained is medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and received his urological training at UCLA. He then completed a fellowship in urologic cancer at Johns Hopkins before joining Strong and the University of Rochester School of Medicine in September 2005.

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