Peter T. Scardino, MD, FACS

Chair, Department of Surgery; David H. Koch Chair
Pictured: Peter Scardino

Peter Scardino, Chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Surgery, discusses the variety of treatment strategies offered by the prostate cancer team, from active surveillance to removal of the prostate gland – a procedure called radical prostatectomy.


As Chairman of the Department of Surgery, I oversee a department widely recognized for its expertise and innovation in cancer surgery. In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I am a surgeon specializing in prostate cancer. My expertise is in early detection, prognosis, and surgical treatment of prostate cancer. Radical prostatectomy — complete removal of the prostate — can cure many men with prostate cancer. Our team has developed surgical techniques to preserve urinary and sexual function after prostatectomy, and we continue to seek ways to improve quality of life for patients after treatment.

Not all prostate cancers progress in the same way. Many cancers pose little or no threat to life and health, while others grow aggressively and are resistant to treatment. My colleagues and I have pioneered the use of statistical models to predict both the natural progression of prostate cancer and how it will respond to treatment. These predictive tools (nomograms) help us tailor treatment for individual men according to the specific characteristics of their cancer. Today, nomograms are being used to help physicians and patients make medical decisions regarding a variety of other cancers as well, including pancreatic, lung, and breast cancer.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Urologic Oncology; Prostate Cancer

Languages Spoken

MD, Duke University School of Medicine


Massachusetts General Hospital; University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine

Board Certifications


Publications by Peter T. Scardino

Selected Books and Book Chapters

Peter Scardino's Prostate Book: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Prostate Cancer, Prostatitis, and BPH. 2nd ed.  Scardino PT, Kelman J. New York: Penguin Group; 2010.

Comprehensive Textbook of Genitourinary Oncology. 4th ed. Scardino PT, Linehan MW, Zelefsky MJ, Vogelzang NJ, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

Interventional Techniques in Uro-oncology. Ahmed HU, Arya M, Scardino PT, Emberton M, eds. London: Blackwell Publishing; 2011.

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