Dr. Thomas Polascik, MD

Urology •  Male • Age 55
  
Dr. Polascik
Accepting new patients

Durham Office

1 DUKE MEDICAL CTR Durham, NC 27710

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(919) 684-8111

Dr. Thomas Polascik, MD is a Urology Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Polascik has more experience with Urologic Surgery, Urologic Care, and Calculi (stones) than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with Duke University Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Polascik to book an appointment.


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Dr. Polascik accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Humana
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MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Practice Areas

Urologic Surgery

Urologic surgery treats conditions affecting the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive system through procedures including cystectomy (bladder removal), prostatectomy (prostate removal), and pelvic reconstruction.Compare with other Urologic Surgery specialists.

Typically treats 62% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Kidney and Ureter Removal
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik performs Kidney and Ureter Removal more than 84% of their peers

Dr. Polascik performs this procedure more than 84% of their peers

Bladder Surgery
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik performs Bladder Surgery more than 74% of their peers

Dr. Polascik performs this procedure more than 74% of their peers

Uroflowmetry
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik performs Uroflowmetry more than 72% of their peers

Dr. Polascik performs this procedure more than 72% of their peers

Urologic Care

Urologic care focuses on the health and treatment of the male and female urinary tract, as well as the male reproductive system.Compare with other Urologic Care specialists.

Typically treats 70% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Urinary Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Urinary Disorders more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Bladder Diseases
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Bladder Diseases more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Enlarged Prostate (BPH) more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Calculi (stones)

Urologists or nephrologists diagnose and treat kidney stones, small pieces of hard, crystallized material that form in the kidney and typically pass naturally, but may require shock wave therapy, a catheter procedure, or surgery.Compare with other Calculi (stones) specialists.

Typically treats 56% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Urinary Stones
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Urinary Stones more than 86% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 86% of their peers

Kidney Stones
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Kidney Stones more than 48% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 48% of their peers

Bladder Stones
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polascik treats Bladder Stones more than 36% of their peers

Dr. Polascik treats this condition more than 36% of their peers

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Dr. Polascik's conditions and procedures:

  • Adrenalectomy
  • Balanoposthitis
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Diseases
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Blood in Semen (Hematospermia)
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Complete Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Congenital Obstruction of Ureteropelvic Junction
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystometry
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroplasty With Repair of Bladder Neck With Robotic Assistance
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypospadias
  • Kidney and Ureter Removal
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Lesion Marsupialization
  • Kidney Stone Pain (Renal Colic)
  • Kidney Stones
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lithotripsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Open Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Orchiectomy
  • Orchiopexy for Undescended Testicle
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Partial Cystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Partial Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Penile Cancer
  • Percutaneous Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Polyuria
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cyst
  • Prostate Removal
  • Prostatectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Prostatitis
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spermatocele
  • Syphilis Infections
  • Testicular Atrophy
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Ureteral Stones
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Urethral Dilation
  • Urethral Stones
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stone Removal (Litholapaxy)
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
  • Vasectomy
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux
  • Wound Repair

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I was informed by a PA at Duke Cancer that Dr Polascik failed to perform an MRI in a timely manner and my cancer has spread from my prostate bed and I will now need radiation. The PA stated, "sometimes, I don't know why he does what he does, but he should not have put off the MRI." I informed Dr. Polascik that my Urologist had discovered cancer and recommended I have it removed. I was told by Dr. Polascik that that was “old thinking” and that I was “not a candidate for surgery.” I asked Polascik why my Urologist would recommend removal while he believed I was not a candidate for surgery. The doctor replied, “did he really tell you that?” I again confirmed that this was the recommendation. I again was told that, “that was old thinking and that I needed to come back in 6 months.” I was told that I have the “exact same cancer that every man in his 80's has, only a lot less of it.” I was they would “do an MRI in 6 months." Failure to do an initial MRI has ruined my life.
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Feel very lucky that my PCP recommended Dr Polascik to me. I feel he and his team saved my life and I'm grateful. Urologists in VA that I had seen who diagnosed bladder cancer told me they could not treat me because medicine was not available and I could basically do nothing. They closed their practice so I knew it was time to see someone else. Best decision I ever made. I only wish I had come to Duke earlier. Full confidence in Dr Polascik's care decisions.
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Gary D in Daleville, VA – Jan 18, 2017
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I was extremely fortunate to wind up in Dr. Polascik's care. Two urologists, using conventional detection techniques, could not find evidence of cancer. My second urologist actually referred me to Dr. Polascik, stating that he was conducting research at Duke Cancer Center for early detection of prostate cancer. Dr. Polascik's technique not only detected the cancer, but he was able to pinpoint sites to obtain hot biopsies which opened the door for insurance to cover surgery. I'm cured.
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Biography

Dr. Thomas Polascik, MD is a Urology Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Polascik has more experience with Urologic Surgery, Urologic Care, and Calculi (stones) than other specialists in his area. ...

Specialties

  • Urology

Board Certifications

Education

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1991
University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

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Locations

Durham Office

Durham Office1 DUKE MEDICAL CTR Durham, NC 27710
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Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)