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Northwestern Medicine Receives $10 Million Gift to Create Urologic Cancer Institute


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Northwestern Medicine has received a $10 million gift to fund the creation of a new multidisciplinary institute dedicated to urologic cancers. The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute) will offer the most comprehensive approach to treating urologic cancers. The institute is expected to open early in 2019.

The new Institute is being made possible by a commitment of $10 million from the Polsky family—Michael Polsky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invenergy, and Tanya Polsky, philanthropist and former finance executive, and their children.

“This gift to create a Urologic Cancer Institute at Northwestern Medicine symbolizes my family’s commitment to help others facing cancer come out on the winning side—and to ultimately eradicate the disease. With this gift, we support Northwestern Medicine’s vision to be the world’s leader in diagnosing, advancing research breakthroughs, and creating revolutionary treatments for urologic cancers,” said Mr. Polsky.

Edward Schaeffer, MD

Edward Schaeffer, MD

Led by Edward Schaeffer, MD, Chair of Urology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Professor of Urology at Northwestern University, the institute will provide personalized, integrated, and innovative care to individuals with urologic cancers through a disease-centric program of research, education, and discovery.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the Polsky family in forming this institute to transform how we treat urologic cancers.… We believe that a patient-centric program that inspires leading-edge research will transform our field,” said Dr. -Schaeffer. “The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute will become a multidisciplinary access point for cancer treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy as well a resource for genetic counseling, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle management.”

The institute will expand its current location in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Galter Pavilion, providing patients with streamlined access to specialized treatment, new technologies, and support programs. 


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