Meet MSK Urologic Surgeon Alvin Goh


Alvin Goh is the Director of Robotic Urologic Surgery Technology and Education at MSK. He specializes in treating bladder, prostate and kidney cancers.

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“Hey, nice to see you. Thanks for coming in. I just wanted to see how things have been going.”

When patients come to see me, naturally, they’re anxious. They want to know that they’re getting the best treatment available. They want a surgeon with experience because experience results in outcomes.

My name is Alvin Goh. I’m a urologic oncologist, and I specialize in minimally invasive surgery for bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

“It’s been an improvement in quality of life that I can’t believe.”

Patients should come to MSK specifically because they are looking for an expert in the field — someone who knows their cancer well and how to develop the best form of treatment.

“We’re going to be doing a teaching today for this patient.”

Here at MSK, we take a team approach — a multidisciplinary approach — that really looks at all aspects of the care.

One of the advantages that we have here is really specialists across the board — from surgery to radiation oncology, pathology, and medical oncology. We have experts across the field, and that’s really reassuring to our patients.

Some of the advantages related to minimally invasive surgery — namely, robotic surgery — is the ability to perform complex operations through keyhole incisions. With smaller incisions, usually this results in less blood loss and less pain. This allows our patients to recover faster and to get back to the activities they enjoyed before their operation

Robotics procedures are certainly increasing in numbers at MSK. We are one of the leading centers in New York performing robotic surgery for invasive bladder cancer.

“It’s perfect because there’s no signs of anything. It looks great.”

In addition to seeing patients in Manhattan, I’m able to see patients here in Nassau.

“It’s been two years now since the surgery, and I’m just so happy.”

And I think being able to see patients close to home allows us to extend the highest level of cancer care where they need it the most. This gives patients comfort. It takes a bit of the struggle of having to travel out of the equation and allows them to focus on getting the best care possible.

“Great to see you.”