Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD

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Age 47
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Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD
Since he joined UC San Diego, Dr. Derweesh has established one of the highest volume single incision laparoscopic urologic surgery programs in the world, with several first in California and first in the world procedures. Watch Dr. Derweesh perform ground breaking single incision laparoscopic surgery for advanced kidney cancer and kidney preserving surgery. Dr. Derweesh has also teamed with Dr. Frederick Millard of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center to lead a multi-disciplinary program of one of the largest nationwide experiences of multi-modality targeted therapy for advanced kidney cancer. Dr. Derweesh offers an innovative approach to kidney preserving treatment of kidney cancer utilizing single incision laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and open surgery to achieve a kidney preservation rate that is among the highest in the country. Dr. Derweesh also has extensive experience in adrenal surgery and in bladder and prostate cancer treatment including robotic and brachytherapy (prostate seed) surgery. He also has a clinical trial for scarless kidney surgery. His research interests also include outcomes of kidney ischemia and reconstruction, as well as the development of new techniques and technologies for minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Derweesh was a member of the groundbreaking AUA kidney cancer guidelines whose recently published findings further supported the increasing utilization of kidney preserving and minimally invasive treatments. More recently, he was asked to be on another AUA kidney cancer panel. Dr. Ithaar Derweesh received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1995. He served his internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, under the direction of Dr. Robert Weiss. Dr. Derweesh has been engaged in urologic research since 1996. He performed a year-long molecular pharmacology postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Weiss at Yale, and became an American Foundation for Urologic Disease Scholar under the direction of Dr. Andrew Novick at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, investigating kidney tumor immunology and clinical aspects of renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Derweesh also went on to complete a clinical fellowship in Renal Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic, which also included experience in upper urinary tract laparoscopic procedures including laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. Dr. Derweesh was a clinical instructor in the Section of Urology at Yale University School of Medicine and also held attending level responsibility at the Glickman Urological Institute of the Cleveland Clinic from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Derweesh joined the Department of Urology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005 as Chief of Urology at the Regional Medical Center of Memphis and Assistant Professor of Urology. In 2006 he became Program Director. Dr. Derweesh built an academic practice in urologic oncology and kidney surgery, specializing in laparoscopic surgery and kidney-preserving treatment for kidney cancer (laparoscopic and open partial nephrectomy, cyroablation). Dr. Derweesh has joined the Department of Surgery/Division of Urology at UC San Diego Medical Center as an Associate Clinical Professor with his practice centered at the Moores Cancer Center, where he will continue his clinical and investigative work on kidney and other urologic Cancers and draw upon UC San Diego's world-class clinical and research facilities to provide compassionate, cutting-edge urologic cancer care. Dr. Derweesh is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of University Urologists, Southwest Oncology Group, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, European Association of Urology, Endourological Society, and Societe Internationale d'Urologie. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology, Canadian Journal of Urology and BMC Urology, and also serves on the AUA Guidelines Committee for Management of the Incidentally Discovered Renal Mass.

9300 Campus Point Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD

Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Derweesh's Experience

Dr. Derweesh's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Urology
  • Board certified in Urology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Urology

Board Certifications

  • Urology
    Accredited by: American Board of Urology*

Conditions Treated

  • Balanoposthitis
  • Bedwetting
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Diseases
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bladder Stones
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Chronic
  • Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
  • Kidney Stones
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Ureteral Stones
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)


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  • Adrenalectomy
  • Adrenalectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Complete Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Kidney Cryosurgery
  • Kidney Removal
  • Kidney Stone Removal
  • Kidney Stone Removal, Closed
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Kidney and Ureter Removal
  • Laparoscopic Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Lithotripsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Orchiectomy
  • Partial Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Percutaneous Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Prostate Radioactive Seed Implants
  • Prostate Removal
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Total Cystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Ureteroneocystostomy
  • Varicocelectomy or Hydrocelectomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Yale
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Yale
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Cleveland Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Foundation of Urological Disease Scholarship, 2001
  • Magna Cum Laude, 1991
  • Outstanding Faculty Educator, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Answers Questions
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in Santa Monica, CA |
I had to wait close to two months to then wait nearly two hours to have this doctor tell me I probably had cancer. He spent five minutes with me! 5minutes!!! I got an appointment within two weeks at UCLA to find out it was just post-menopausal bleeding.
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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    Cigna PPO
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