Dr. Michael D. Stifelman, MD

Dr. Michael D. Stifelman, MD

Urology  |  
Male  |  
49 y/o
52 reviews

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  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Connecticare
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HealthFirst
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Dr. Stifelman specializes in Urology and practices in Hackensack, NJ. He practices at 1 location.

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Patient Reviews (34)
in Hoboken, NJ |
I came to Dr. Stifelman by way of recommendations of two other physicians - another surgeon who had performed a prior prostatectomy and my primary care physician who told me that Dr. Stifelman is the Dr. he would use for himself and, in fact, had done so in the past. He performed a partial nephrectomy for me and the results and recovery time were excellent. Especially important to me is that he has made sure that i understood my condition and options and let me participate in the decisions.
in Summit, NJ |
During my stay at the Hackensack University Medical Center I experienced kindness and understanding from your Urology Group. I experienced the competent, sensitive and open dialog between patient and doctor.The surgeons that collaborated with you like as well as your team of doctors and staff carried the same high level of performance and keeping an on-going dialogue with me and my family. Physicians like you and your staff are the prize of the medical profession.
in East Rutherford, NJ |
I was diagnosed with a fistula from my colon into my bladder.This condition was previously unknown to me, so I had many questions & concerns. I had very successful surgery due to the very capable hands of Dr. Stifelman & Dr. M Karpeh.They explained everything in detail,answered all my questions, & calmed my fears. I had excellent care from the nurses & staff as well. I highly recommend these surgeons & hospital.
in Montclair, NJ |
I was referred to Dr. Stifelman by two other well regarded doctors regarding a kidney mass. A robotic partial nephrectomy was suggested to remove the mass. This was done late last year with excellent results. Dr Stifelman and his staff were on top of all aspects from pre to post surgical. There were no gaps in professionalism or care throughout. I would highly recommend him and his team.
New York, NY |
Dr Stifelman is the best urologist oncologist in the region! I highly recommend him for urologic robotic surgery. He is down to earth, follows through, easy to talk to, , and is the expert in his field.His staff is friendly and helpful.
in Bridgewater, NJ |
Dr. Stifelman was referred to me by my urologist after repeated attempts/procedures to remove a blockage by my kidney failed (including a failed pyeloplasty). My urologist had heard Dr. Stifelman speak at a conference about a new procedure called "robotic buccal mucosa ureteroplasty, omental wrap." Dr. Stifelman discussed the procedure in great detail with me. He preformed the successful procedure and the recovery went exactly like he described. I would highly recommend Dr. Stifelman.
in Pomona, NY |
I was diagnosed with a left kidney carcinoma on 12/23/16; I saw Dr. Stifelman on 1/3/17 for a second opinion and on 1/11/17, Dr. Stifelman performed a robotic partial nephrectomy. Due to the location of the mass, Dr. Stifelman explained to us that he would perform the surgery in an unconventional manner by going through the back and side of the kidney to get to the mass using the shortest distance. Only a luminary with his gifts and skills could've executed this complex surgery- the best!
in Wayne, NJ |
Dr. Stifelman performed a partial nephrectomy to remove a RCC mass from my kidney on Dec 28, 2016. The month prior, I had finished chemo treatment for Non-hodgkins Lymphoma. You can imagine, the stress and anxiety I was feeling from a 2nd mass. Dr. Stifelman was incredible! Within a few minutes he had our total confidence that he would be able to remove the mass and handle any of the potential issues. Our confidence was not misplaced! He is a brilliant doctor with a great bedside manner.
in Hamilton, NJ |
I was referred to Dr. Stifelman after being diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma in my Right Kidney. Dr. Stifelman was confident he could perform a Robotic/Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy. He successfully performed the procedure even though the tumor was more complex than shown. He was able to save 2/3 of my kidney. During my post-op recovery one of the two possible surgical complications arose. He expedited an immediate Renal Arteriogram which corrected the issue. We think he is the best!
in NJ |
1 week ago my daughter got Robot assisted Pyeloplasty surgery with Dr. Stifelman at Hackensack Hospital to address UPJ obstruction. It was disappointing news to us first and after long research we came across Dr. Stifelman who was able quickly to make us feel confident and comfortable with surgery. He is brilliant surgeon with excellent people skills and knows exactly what/how needs to be done. You will be in good hands with Dr. Stifelman.
in Livingston, NJ |
I am an octogenarian referred to Dr. Stifleman after a series of procedures aimed at addressing a very old and large stone attached to my ureter not only failed but left me susceptible to infection requiring multiple hospitalizations.. He is highly regarded by his peers worldwide including one of my acquaintance who happens to be urologist to a very famous Queen. He also has very fine human qualities that go a long way toward making the patient more comfortable even when you know you are bein
in Short Hills, NJ |
I saw Dr Stifelman for a UPJ Obstruction at Hackensack. Dr. Stifelman is one of the best Doctors I've ever seen. He is brilliant, patient and has a great beside manner. He performed a robotic Pyleplasty on me 2 weeks ago. I was extremely nervous but Dr Stifelman walked me through the whole procedure and made me feel at ease. He visited me the next day in the hospital and was always accessible when i needed him. I'm so happy i did my research and found him. He saved my kidney
in New York, NY |
I came to Dr. Stifelman two years ago. A CT scan had revealed I had an obstruction between my kidney and my bladder and Dr. Stifelman came highly recommended. I had a laparoscopic surgery correct the issue and and all symptoms I had relating to the blockage (pain etc) are now all gone. I would recommend him to anyone
in Boca Raton, FL |
We live in Southeast Florida. When diagnosed with probable kidney cancer, we fid our homework and decided to travel to NJ to have Dr. Stifelman perform surhery. Dr. Stifelman is a very professional and knowledgeable physician. He is also kind and compassionate.
in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ |
After a CT Scan had shown I developed a tumor on my kidney, I just wanted the best surgeon possible to treat me. I was referred to Dr. Michael Stifelman. He patiently answered every question and concern I had and I never felt rushed. I found him to be totally honest, sincere, caring, focused and most of all very confident. My surgery went extremely well. My recovery couldn't be going any better thanks to Dr.Michael and his competent staff. The Lord has blessed this doctor with "Golden Hands"
in Middlesex, NJ |
Dr. Stifelman can come across as very self-confidant, which some may find off-putting, but he walks the talk. He was able to remove my tumor, in a very precarious position, using the robot, taking clean margins, and leaving me with full functionality. By opting for robotic, versus traditional surgery, my recovery time is measured in weeks instead of months. Dr. Stifelman tells you exactly what he plans to do, and, after surgery explains exactly what was done. No one better in our area.
in Belgrade, Serbia |
My RP Fibrosis was solved w/robotic ureterolysis -it required experienced surgeon. Research led to Dr Stifelman. I live in Europe- to save my kidney, Dr Stifelman & his team organized my surgery ASAP. Dr S. is smart, kind, competent doctor, he gave me confidence that all will be well. 24h after surgery I ws up and walking - 2 mths on, my kidney is almost completely recovered, I am stent, prednisone & pain free. Brilliant doctor, carrying person. I highly recommend him. Many thanks, Dr. Michael
in Woodcliff Lake, NJ |
I was diagnosed with early stage prostrate cancer (Gleason 6) in August, 2016. I was offered options including active surveillance, radiation, and robotic prostatectomy. I elected surgery. Dr.Stifelman was recommended to me by a colleague of mine who is an oncologist (I am a physician). From the moment I met with him, I felt comfortable and confident. The surgery went well. I had minimal discomfort requiring only Tylenol following surgery. Dr. Stifelman is compassionate, smart, and honest.
in Tel Aviv, ISRAEL |
My renal carcinoma was particularly complicated as it required an especially delicate and expert removal. I ?had to find a surgeon with experience, one whom I could trust blindly. I embarked on an in-depth research ?into the world of urological surgeons, and there was no doubt about my surgeon of choice - Dr. Michael ?Stifelman.? The surgery was successful, as foreseen. I am so grateful to Dr. Stifelman and his staff. Their level of ?healthcare and professionalism is no less than outstanding.?
in Hackensack, NJ |
Dr. Stifelman is a rock star surgeon. Underwent a robotic ureterolysis with omental wrap surgery in July 2016 and just completed a follow-up. Everything looks great. Highly recommend Dr. Stifelman and his excellent staff in UHMC.
in Allendale, NJ |
Obviously, competence is of primary concern when selecting a surgeon. Researching and meeting Dr. Stifelman left me no doubt that I would have the best area surgeon operating on me. The fact that he was engaging and clearly communicated with me made the entire surgical experience remarkably anxiety-free and successful. His associates, who also visited me in the hospital, also get the highest grades. Dr. Stifelman and his office have my strongest recommendations.
in New York, NY |
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Stifelman. He is the absolute BEST surgeon for robotic surgery, and for kidney surgery in general. I had cancer on both my left and right kidneys. He was calm and reassuring, and put us at ease knowing we were in the best hands. Both surgeries went well - he saved both of my kidneys and I am now cancer-free. Thank you, Dr. Stifelman. My husband and I both agree - you saved my life and we are eternally grateful to you.
Clifton, NJ |
I was diagnosed with renal carcinoma. Dr Stifelman's office scheduled me for an appointment within the week I called. His staff worked to find an opening for my surgery which he performed within 10 days, even though they were booking out 2 months. Dr Stifelman was highly recommended by several of my doctors who described him as "brilliant". He's excellent and did a great job explaining my condition, surgery, recovery, pathology report and follow up visits/testing. He's also very personable.
in Highland Lakes, NJ 07422 |
It has been three weeks since my surgery and I can not thank Dr. Stifelman enough for all he did and said. Cancer is a scary word but under his care I felt my life moved in the right direction. He was open and honest with me and discussed our options. The surgery went well and recovery happened the way he said it would. His nurse, Jane Tregores, was very professional and helped put my mind at ease during recovery. They worked as a team with the hospital and staff.
in Teaneck, NJ |
Hice una cita para ver al Dr. Stifleman para una consulta y tan pronto que lo conocí supe que estaba en buenas manos. Dr. Stifelman es el mejor urólogo y lo recomiendo mucho. He visto un montón de doctores y nunca he conocido a un doctor como a el Dr. Stifelman. Él es único en su clase, es un doctor increíble.
in Eatontown, NJ |
My regular Urologist referred me to Dr. Stifelman, by telling me that "if he had to have the same procedure, Dr. Stifelman would be the doctor he would have do it." Dr. Stifelman is probably the most professional doctor I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He performed a robotic partial nephrectomy, and because of my size, it was a more complicated procedure. within two days, although a little uncomfortable, I was up, mobile and on the road to recovery.
in Beach Haven, NJ |
I picked Dr Stifelman for my robotic assisted prostatectomy and was very glad I did. He and the whole team are terrific. He does a great job explaining the process, his methodology and what to expect. More importantly he is very skilled. My surgery was successful and recovery was better than expected. Jane is the nurse that works with Dr Stifleman. She is equally impressive. Professional, thorough, caring and responsive. Lastly Hackensack Hospital is definitely the place to go for this.
in Rumson, NJ |
Trust is the most important word to use in describing Michael Stifelman. From my first meeting with him ten years ago it is that trust together with his professional medical training that defines him. I interviewed several top urologists before selecting Michael and have never regretted my choice. On every level, Ten years ago I put my life in Dr. Stifelman's able hands and I am glad that I did and I would make the same choice all over again today.
in Woodbury, CT |
A god sent cured me saved my life!
in Watchung, NJ |
Dr. Stifelman is the epitome of what a doctor should be ! Aside from his knowledge and professionalism, he is incredibly caring and devoted to his patients. On 2/25/16 he performed a radical prostatectomy on me. My tumor was a Gleason 9 and my recent 90 day follow up indicates my PSA is undetectable ! I've experienced none of the feared side effects because of Dr. Stifelman's skill as a surgeon. I would highly recommend him.
in Middletown, NJ |
As someone who spent decade avoiding doctors and with some fear of the worst case scenarios they may uncover, I truly feel blessed to have met Dr Stifelman. He was incredibly patient with my many questions (as a researcher, this is my nature), honest about his expectations and the potential course of treatment. He was thorough, methodical, honest, and gave me every confidence that through this approach I would recover. If you are considering seeing Dr Stifelman, I cannot give higher recommen
in New Rochelle |
Used the least invasive procedure and was able to save my kidney. He was very confident and was up front regarding all possible scenarios. He made me feel I was in the best possible care. Including his staff I feel I had the best care. I am recuperating quickly with no adverse reactions. Iam already getting back to normal. His bedside manners are impeccable and really cares. I'm beyond satisfied.
in New York |
Over a year ago , I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and I taught it was the end , until I came into contact with this gentleman. It's because him I'm now cancer free and could live a normal life. Thank you Dr Stifelman for your wonders and compassion. May God bless you and your family and wonderful staff.
in Lawrenceville, NJ |
I was referred to Dr. Stifelman by a local urologist who told me I had kidney cancer. This Dr. said I needed to have my kidney removed right away. I went to Dr. Stifelman for a 2nd opinion. He looked at the same ct scan and told me it wasn't kidney cancer at all. It was Lymphoma. The other dr. was so smug too. Dr.Stifelman is just the opposite. He has a warm, friendly disposition for a surgeon of his stature. He referred me to a colleague at NYU a specialist in Lymphoma.Im on my way to recovery
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  • Urology

Conditions Treated

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Obstruction of Ureterovesical Junction
  • Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux


  • Medical School
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center
  • Residency Hospital
    New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center
  • Fellowship Hospital
    New York Hospital

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Urology
  • Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Robotic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Adrenalectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Complete Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Partial Cystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Partial Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Prostatectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Ureteroneocystostomy With Robotic Assistance