Raj S. Pruthi, MD, FACS

Chair, Department of Urology
John Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Urology

Dr. Raj Pruthi, Professor and Chair of the UNC Department of Urology, graduated from Stanford College and Duke Medical School. He completed his residency in urologic surgery at Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Dr. Pruthi spent one year as a fellow specializing in prostate cancer in the Department of Urology. He joined the Division of Urology at UNC in 2000 and in 2011 was appointed Division Chief. In July 2013, Dr. Pruthi became Chairman of the newly established Department of Urology.

Dr. Pruthi specializes in urologic oncology and robotic surgery. Committed to compassionate, comprehensive, and innovative patient-centered care, he has been consistently selected to be named among the Best Doctors in America. He is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center where he serves as co-director of the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Group. He is also a member of the Perioperative Leadership Group with UNC Health Care.

Dr. Pruthi’s research interests are in urologic oncology, including bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. His research has included the study of inflammatory pathways in the development and treatment of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers as well as the development and study of minimally-invasive and robotic treatments for urologic malignancies. In addition he is a leader in the study of workforce issues in urology.

Dr. Pruthi currently serves in a number of institutional, regional, and national teaching and professional capacities. He serves as Chair for the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Forum for Urology and also serves on the organization’s Committee on Video-based Education. He is a member of the ABU/AUA Examination Committee and served on the Abstract Review Team for the 2013 AUA Abstract Review Process.  Dr. Pruthi serves as a consultant and reviewer for numerous publications, and is on the editorial board for several journals including the Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology, World Journal of Urology, Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, amongst others.


Residency: Urologic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1994-1998
Residency: General surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1992-1994
MD: Duke University, Durham, NC, 1992


Urologic Oncology

UNC Hospitals Affiliations

Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Member, CARES Advisory Board

Board Certifications

Urology - Board certified 2002, re-certified 2009

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