Raj S. Pruthi


Chair, Department of Urology
Urologic cancer surgeon
Dad of three, fan of Duke and UNC hoops and Stanford football

About me

Dr. Raj S. Pruthi is a urologic surgeon who specializes in treating cancer, with an emphasis on prostate and bladder cancers. He has pioneered certain robotic surgical techniques and employs them in surgeries for patients with prostate and bladder cancers. He uses new developments in imaging and molecular diagnostics – finding abnormalities in blood or tissue molecules – for early detection and risk assessment. He believes that taking a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to treating patients improves outcomes and quality of life. He is chair of the UCSF Department of Urology.

Pruthi's research focuses on surgical innovations for urologic cancers, as well as surgical outcomes and improvements in quality of care associated with better outcomes. He is also interested in issues impacting the urologic medicine workforce, such as compensation, productivity and burnout. His work in these areas has been recognized nationally and has influenced the way the practice of urology is understood.

Pruthi earned his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. At Stanford Medicine, he completed his postgraduate training in the urology department, including through a fellowship in prostate ultrasound and cancer. He earned a master's degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Education

    Duke University School of Medicine, MD, 1992

  • Residencies

    Stanford Medicine, General Surgery, 1994

    Stanford Medicine, Urology, 1998

  • Fellowships

    Stanford Medicine, Prostate Ultrasound and Cancer, 1996

  • Academic Title