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Dr. Raj Satkunasivam is a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist with a focus on minimally invasive and robotic approaches to the treatment of genito-urinary malignancies. His practice includes minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques for kidney, bladder, prostate, adrenal and testicular cancers. He is the Director of Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE).

Dr. Satkunasivam received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his urology residency also at the University of Toronto. He pursued sub-specialty fellowship training in urologic oncology, advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Southern California, where he developed novel techniques for robotic kidney-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy) and robotic bladder cancer surgery with entirely robotic (intra-corporeal) urinary reconstruction.

Research interests

Prior to joining Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Satkunasivam was an Assistant Professor and Surgeon Investigator at the University of Toronto's Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Hospital. He holds a Master of Science in Health Services Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California. His research is focused on the clinical epidemiology of genito-urinary malignancies, specifically in identifying novel risk factors, improving individualized risk assessment and in assessing the comparative effectiveness of treatments. His research also examines outcomes and quality of surgical care, and novel strategies to improve the care of complex surgical patients. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Houston Methodist Academic Institute and a Health Services Researcher in the Center for Outcomes Research at Houston Methodist Hospital.

External positions

Assistant Professor of Urology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Jul 1 2019 → …

Free-text keywords

  • Urologic oncology

Research Area Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Outcomes, Quality & Health Care Performance
  • Clinical Translation & Trials
  • Clinical Care

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Research Output

Analysis of Heterogeneity in Survival Benefit of Immunotherapy in Oncology According to Patient Demographics and Performance Status: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Overall Survival Data

Butaney, M., Satkunasivam, R., Goldberg, H., Freedland, S. J., Patel, S. P., Hamid, O., Pal, S. K., Klaassen, Z. & Wallis, C. J. D., Mar 1 2020, In : American Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials. 43, 3, p. 193-202 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Association between PD-L1 status and immune checkpoint inhibitor response in advanced malignancies: a systematic review and meta-analysis of overall survival data

    Wallis, C. J. D., Lawson, K., Butaney, M., Satkunasivam, R., Parikh, J., Freedland, S. J., Patel, S. P., Hamid, O., Pal, S. K. & Klaassen, Z., Jul 9 2020, In : Japanese journal of clinical oncology. 50, 7, p. 800-809 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis of Novel Androgen Receptor Inhibitors in Non-metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer

    Hird, A. E., Magee, D. E., Bhindi, B., Ye, X. Y., Chandrasekar, T., Goldberg, H., Klotz, L., Fleshner, N., Satkunasivam, R., Klaassen, Z. & Wallis, C. J. D., Jan 1 2020, In : Clinical Genitourinary Cancer.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Canadian Update on Surgical Procedures (CUSP) Urology Group consensus for intraoperative hemostasis during minimally invasive partial nephrectomy

    on behalf of the Canadian Update on Surgical Procedures (CUSP) Urology Group, Aug 2020, In : Canadian Urological Association Journal. 14, 8, p. E387-E393

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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