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Dr. Peter Carroll is a surgeon specializing in urological oncology. He is internationally known for his expertise in managing patients with cancers of the urinary system.

In research, Carroll's areas of interest include early detection and patient-centered management of urological cancers, most notably prostate cancer. He is principal investigator or co-investigator of many studies that received peer-reviewed research grants as well as author or co-author of more than 700 publications.

Carroll earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. He completed training in general surgery and a residency in urology at UCSF. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before returning to UCSF. He also has a master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

At UCSF, he holds both the Ken and Donna Derr-Chevron and Taube Family distinguished professorships.

  • Education

    Georgetown University, MD, 1979

  • Fellowships

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Urologic Oncology, 1986

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title


Video visits for North Bay patients

UCSF and Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) have teamed up to offer convenient telemedicine appointments with Dr. Carroll. Patients in the Sonoma area can now consult with Carroll from the comfort and safety of home. Any needed lab work or imaging tests may be completed at SVH for him to review.

To refer a SVH patient to Carroll, please call (877) 827-3226 or fax our referral form to (415) 514-8253.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    548 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 22, 2023
    Represented UCSF as the place I needed to be at.
    Jun 22, 2023
    Dr Carroll was very clear and super caring! We instantly felt that we were in great hands!!
    Jun 17, 2023
    Really everything was exceptional!
    Jun 15, 2023
    Dr Carroll is exceptional!
    Jun 11, 2023
    Knowledgeable caring Dr provided excellent explanation of my condition and clear guidance on a proposed treatment plan and follow up.
    Jun 02, 2023
    Incredible kindness and expertise.
    Jun 01, 2023
    Had my prostate cancer removed many years ago and Dr. Carroll has helped me several times since then with urological related problems. He's the greatest.
    May 25, 2023
    I have already recommended DR Carroll to several people. He has an incredibly positive reputation in the community and the reason is obvious.
    May 21, 2023
    Ultimately Dr. Carroll passed me on to another doctor. My issues remain unaddressed. As well I was not asked ANY questions about the concerns I expressed in the pre-visit questionnaire I was asked to complete before my appointment.
    May 21, 2023
    Dr. Carroll is an excellent doctor and human being..
    May 18, 2023
    I could not be more grateful to be in the care of this extraordinary Doctor. In just my first appointment it was obvious Dr. Carroll is the caregiver everyone would like to have that he and his team will get me the best and most appropriate treatment for me and that I will be well informed. It is a huge relief to be with Dr. Carroll. He was crystal clear in his explanations and I trust him absolutely.
    May 05, 2023
    Great experience.
    May 04, 2023
    In fact I did recommend Dr Carroll to a friend withProstate cancer.
    Apr 29, 2023
    Excellent Dr. Knowledgeable great communicator invested a great deal of time to listen to my concerns and explain next steps.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Learned many things that will help me
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr Carroll took a real interest in solving my issues. Also listened to my wife's concerns.
    Apr 23, 2023
    Dr Carroll was absolutely magnificent
    Apr 20, 2023
    Very good.
    Apr 17, 2023
    The best experience I could imagine having.
    Apr 15, 2023
    Dr. Peter Carroll is the best in the world in urologic oncology and related fields. And a wonderful gentleman
    Apr 13, 2023
    I've only met Dr. Carroll twice but he absolutely gave me his full attention even though obviously he's a very busy man.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr. Carroll is one of the best doctors I ever met. He is very thorough and detail oriented in looking at the reports and diagnosing the condition of the disease.
    Apr 09, 2023
    Dr Carroll is the best
    Apr 06, 2023
    Careprovder (assume thei means the doctor?) was outstanding.
    Mar 25, 2023
    I was recommend to Dr Carroll and he exceeded my expectation with his knowledge and professionalism.
    Mar 14, 2023
    Doctor Carroll did a great job!
    Mar 02, 2023
    Very sure I was talking to the best.
    Feb 26, 2023
    Dr. Carroll was equal parts knowledgable reassuring humble and warm. My delay was unfortunate but he's well worth the wait!
    Feb 14, 2023
    Very professional meeting that lasted about 30 minutes. My wife was able to join as well so that all our questions could be addressed.
    Feb 13, 2023
    Outstanding experience in all ways. Dr. Carroll is the consummate physician.
    Feb 08, 2023
    Dr Carroll is an incredible doctor and I'm so fortunate to be under his care
    Feb 04, 2023
    Dr. Peter Carroll is incredible!
    Feb 03, 2023
    Excellent service. Extremely kind staff.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Always a great experience to speak with Dr. Carroll.
    Feb 02, 2023
    I had a very very excellent experience with Dr. Carroll and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody that needed his care.
    Jan 26, 2023
    This was my initial visit and resulted in scheduling a prostate biopsy. Peter Carroll was exceptional in every respect.
    Jan 23, 2023
    A totally positive experience I felt that he had reviewed my case. Knew my history. And was very helpful and concerned.
    Jan 19, 2023
    This was the excellent care that I have come to expect at UCSF and was worth the 6 hours on the road round-trip to have the 30 minutes of expert care.
    Jan 13, 2023
    An absolutely amazing experience with a world class doctor. I couldn't be happier to be under his care.
    Jan 09, 2023
    Plain English. No jargon. Paused to listen to questions and provided rational and alternatives for his recommendations. All done in about 15 minutes. And a friendly guy to boot.
    Jan 07, 2023
    This long distance visit would have been more productive if the doctor had seen from my records before I traveled 1000 miles round trip that I had not had a biopsy needed prior to deciding on a course of treatment if any. Communicating that to my referring urologist BEFORE making this appointment would have been a good idea. Having to either stay longer in San Francisco to have this done there or returning again to have it done later seems not well thought out.
    Jan 06, 2023
    This was a referral from the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. Dr. Carroll was amazing in his communication. It is clear to see why he is held in such high esteem.
    Dec 12, 2022
    Dr. Carroll was tremendous: very reassuring very open about his thought process and very good at using data to explain his thinking around the different options.
    Dec 10, 2022
    Very good
    Dec 06, 2022
    Dr. Carroll helped us make the decision for treatment and to feel good about the decision.
    Dec 01, 2022
    I've been a patient of Dr. Carroll for 10 years. Could not be in better hands.
    Dec 01, 2022
    All my responses are regarding Dr Carroll
    Nov 27, 2022
    Excellent consultation. Answered all my questions
    Nov 24, 2022
    Dr. Carroll's the best urologist I've ever been to he's the man
    Nov 18, 2022
    Professional direct wise and reassuring.
    Nov 12, 2022
    Top shelf service
    Oct 28, 2022
    Had my concerns addressed
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr. Carroll explained details about my condition far better than my previous doctors and I learned a number of helpful facts. He was excellent!
    Oct 15, 2022
    Would like to be provided with an after visit summary of what we discussed during appointment. As a patient I like to review what was discussed because I can't remember everything the doctor recommended.
    Oct 07, 2022
    Excellent visit
    Oct 02, 2022
    Dr Carroll was awesome. Very informative
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr.Carroll's experience and expertise was very helpful in diagnosing the issues with my prostate the best treatment plan and completing the surgery with a high level of skill.
    Sep 16, 2022
    Dr Carroll did an outstanding job.
    Sep 09, 2022
    The only glitch was that I asked Peter if he could give me permission to record. He apparently did not know how to allow me to record and ended up recording the session on his end. His staff are going to try to find and email me the recording. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    Aug 13, 2022
    Dr Carroll is sensational. He helped calm me and then assisted me in thinking through treatment options
    Aug 12, 2022
    Dr Carroll and his staff have been outstanding.
    Aug 01, 2022
    Paid close attention to the details of my case. Did not assume I was "average.
    Jul 29, 2022
    Best Doctor and Nurse experience I have ever had
    Jul 28, 2022
    The provider mixed my chart with another chart and described my health as poor on evaluation without an explanation
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr Carroll and staff are wonderful!
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr. Peter Carroll is an exceptionally and outstandingly expert in his field of urological surgery. His knowledge of and surgery experiences is unmatchable. He is through in his study of his patients cases ready to explain the medically complicated concepts and procedures in a simple and understandable language is friendly and genuinely caring about his patient . I believe both me and UCSF are honored have Dr. Carroll on our side. Thank you Dr. Carroll.
    Jul 18, 2022
    Dr Carroll and his staff were attentive comprehensive and answered all of my questions and we were able to end the call 5 minutes early
    Jul 17, 2022
    Very responsive communicative and efficient
    Jul 11, 2022
    Dr Carroll is the absolute best!!
    May 25, 2022
    Dr. Peter Carroll is well known and respected.
    Mar 30, 2022
    He is exceptionally knowledgeable and outstanding surgeon who has extended best possible and tender loving care support to me . I am sincerely obliged.
    Mar 12, 2022
    I wish I had more time to discuss my situation with the doctor about my prostate cancer.
    Mar 06, 2022
    Dr. Carroll and his team have been very attentive & helpful!
    Feb 25, 2022
    Dr Carroll has a fantastic reputation and his diagnosis and presentation of treatment options are complete and understandable
    Feb 24, 2022
    Dr Carroll is an excellent compassionate physician
    Jan 31, 2022
    An excellent experience in all respects.
    Jan 22, 2022
    Dr. Carroll referred a couple of times to MRI images of my prostate that needed to be "overread". I did not understand this and I probably should have asked. But I know that he has an enormous caseload so I am not want to hold him up. I later clarified this issue with his staff.
    Jan 16, 2022
    Dr. Carroll is an expert in this field and his advice is always top notch. Dr. Carroll gave us a feeling of being rushed and wanting to finish the conversation as quickly as possible. In previous conversations there have been times where he has been more friendly and giving of his time and others where he has been relatively short and quick with me. That behavior was not too distracting from the goals of the visit which were achieved.
    Jan 15, 2022
    This was a 2nd opinion consult
    Dec 21, 2021
    Care Provider is exceptionally knowledgeable and wise He provided expert guidance and support I am obliged .
    Dec 20, 2021
    Dr Carroll was always on time (or even slightly early!) for video consults very professional thorough and caring.
    Dec 10, 2021
    Can't wait to have a follow-up in January
    Dec 05, 2021
    I think provider will provide me with a radiation doctor in his organization
    Dec 05, 2021
    Dr. Carroll is an excellent physician. Too bad there aren't physicians accepting new patients.
    Nov 20, 2021
    No follow up appointment given. No instruction on getting a biopsy done but rather someone (who is someone??) will contact me (when??). The UCSF system is remote uncaring and unfriendly admittedly based on my experience with urologic oncology.
    Nov 20, 2021
    Very good follow up. Incredibly responsive to questions and changes in condition.
    Nov 11, 2021
    Not bad but a little overly clinical
    Oct 22, 2021
    I am Lucky and Grateful to be a patient of Dr. Carroll and his wonderful Team at UCSF.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Dr. Peter Carroll was excellent!!
    Oct 02, 2021
    Feel lucky to be under his care
    Sep 25, 2021
    I appreciate how lucky I am to have Dr. Carroll for a doctor.
    Sep 18, 2021
    We are out of state now & UCSF was great in scheduling a local MRI & special blood test requiring a blood draw kit sent to us directly. Very happy!
    Sep 14, 2021
    Very satisfied - excellent execution.
    Sep 13, 2021
    My wife and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to receive advice and treatment via Dr. Carroll and his Care Team. This was our first exposure to a medical video conference (and meeting with Dr. Carroll) and we were very happy with the outcome and the efficiency of communicating and accomplishing the many next steps that are leading up to my procedure and future follow up care.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Dr. Carroll clearly explained why a particular course of treatment had been recommended over other options for me.
    Sep 13, 2021

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