Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD
Accepting
New Patients

Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD

Save

Urology | Male

Biography

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.

Read Less

Learn about this doctor

Dr. Derweesh's Experience

0ExperienceMatch
Experience Match

See how Dr. Derweesh's experience matches your preferences.

1
Specialties

For the best healthcare for your needs, choose a doctor who specializes in your medical condition.

1
Board Certifications

Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which they practice.

41
Conditions Treated

Check to see that this provider treats your medical condition.

27
Procedures Performed

Check to see that this provider performs the procedure that you need.

Background Check

Check to see if your provider has any malpractices, board actions, or sanctions.

Education

Learn more about where this provider went to medical school, residency, and more.

Awards & Recognition

View information about special awards and recognition for this provider.

Languages Spoken

Check to see what languages this provider and/or staff speak.

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

View memberships and affiliations associated with this provider.

Visiting Dr. Derweesh

Dr. Derweesh accepts 7 insurance carriers

Dr. Derweesh's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Derweesh to family and friends
4.1
based on 10 total surveys (1 with a review)
Dr. Derweesh's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (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.
Have you seen Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, MD?
Are you Dr. Derweesh?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Compare Dr. Derweesh

Compare this Doctor
View other doctors with similar experience to find the right doctor for you.
View all 10 matches
}

Dr. Derweesh says...

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.

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

Awards & Recognition

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

    What is medical malpractice
  • 0
    Sanctions

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

    What is a sanction or disciplinary action
  • 0
    Board Actions

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

    What are board actions

Board Certifications

Why It Matters: Dr. Derweesh's Board Certifications

Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More

  • 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)

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1995

  • Internship Hospital
    Yale

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    Yale

    Completed in 2000

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic

    Completed in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

Dr. Derweesh does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Derweesh and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your free profile.

Specialties

  • Urology

Procedures Performed

  • 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