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Michael Palese

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  • American Board of Urology


  • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Residency, Urology
    University of Maryland Medical Center

  • Fellowship, Urology
    New York Presbyterian Hospital


    Dr. Michael Palese is the Director of Minimally Invasive Urology and is a Board Certified Fellowship trained surgeon specializing in robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. He joined the surgical staff at Mount Sinai School of Medicine after serving as a clinical fellow in Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Urology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his urology residency at the University of Maryland Medical System, one of the largest centers in the country for laparoscopic surgery. During the time of his residency he performed research in the field of erectile dysfunction at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University.

    As the Director of Minimally Invasive Urology, Dr. Palese established the robot surgery program for the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital. He performs radical robotic prostatectomies as a treatment option for prostate cancer with success rates equal to or better than open surgical experiences. He performed the first robotic nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy at The Mount Sinai  Medical Center. He has also pioneered the use of robot surgery in other procedures such as kidney reconstructive surgery or pyeloplasty.

    He has extensive experience with laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery performing over 1,000 surgeries including laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, pyeloplasty and adrenalectomy, using both standard and hand-assisted laparoscopic techniques. He has also performed nephron sparing procedures including radiofrequency ablation and cryosurgery. He is a member of the kidney transplant team and performs living laparoscopic donor nephrectomies.

    He is  trained in the latest techniques for the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stone disease including laser, shock wave and percutaneous procedures. He offers a comprehensive medical assessment of kidney stone risks and preventive measures based on these risks.

    Dr. Palese performs the newest procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) including photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) or greenlight laser, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) and holmium laser ablation of the prostate (HoLAP).

    He currently serves as the course director for a biannual course on the advanced treatment of prostate cancer given at Mount Sinai. He is a faculty member and instructor for the basic laparoscopy course held at the headquarters of The American Urological Association in Houston. He was also recently nominated to co-direct the American Urological Association sponsored Advanced Laparoscopy Course held in New York City in April 2007.

    He currently serves on the faculty of  two international laparoscopy courses where he instructs other urologists and surgeons to perform laparoscopy. He is therecipient of many awards including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Pfizer Scholar Award and the Gerald P. Murphy Scholar Award. He has authored several book chapters and published numerous manuscripts on topics related to his field of expertise.


  • 2011 - 2013
    Best Doctors
    New York Magazine

  • 2010 - 2013
    Best Doctors
    Castle Connolly

  • 2009 - 2013


Laparoscopy, Robot Surgery, Kidney Stone Disease, Transplant Surgery, Kidney Cancer, Radio-frequency Ablation, Cryosurgery, Adrenal Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Kidney Reconstructive Surgery, Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP), Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Erectile Dysfunction, and General Urology.


Palese MA, Ferrer F , Perlman E , Gearhart JP. Metanephric stromal tumor: A rare benign pediatric renal mass. Urology 2001 Sep; 58(3): 462.

Palese MA, Burnett AL. Corporoplasty using pericardium allograft (tutoplast) with complex penile prosthesis surgery. Urology 2001 Dec; 58(6): 1049-1052.

Palese MA, Su LM, Kavoussi L. Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection after chemotherapy. Urology 2002 July; 60(1): 130-134.

Hurt KJ, Musicki B, Palese MA, Crone JK, Becker RE, Moriarity JL, Snyder SH, Burnett AL. Akt-dependent phosphorylation of endothelial nitric-oxide synthase mediates penile erection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A 2002 Mar; 99(6): 4061-4066.

Palese MA, Colonna JO, Chai TC. Donor to native ureteroureterostomy in a patient with preexisting ileal conduit during renal transplantation. Urology 2003 March; 61(3): 643.

Palese MA, Crone JK, Burnett AL. A castrated mouse model of erectile dysfunction. J Androl 2003 Sep; 24(5): 699-703.

Palese MA, Del Pizzo JJ, Munver R , Poppas DP. Robotic Assisted Adult and Pediatric Pyeloplasty. In: Textbook of Laparoscopic Urology. 2004.

Palese MA, Mulhall JP, Goldstein I . Surgical Treatments for Vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction. In: Atlas of Male Sexual Dysfunction. Philadelphia, 2004.prettyprintp115-125.

Musicki B, Palese MA, Crone JK, Burnett AL. Phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase mediates vascular endothelial growth factor-induced penile erection. Biol Reprod 2004 Feb; 70(2): 282-289.


Small AC, Gainsburg DM, Mercado MA, Link RE, Hedican SP, Palese MA. Laparoscopic Needle-Retrieval Device for Improving Quality of Care in Minimally Invasive Surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2013 May;.

Gupta M, Akhavan A, Hall M, Palese M. Negative pressure pulmonary edema after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; 16(4).

Tsao CK, Small AC, Kates M, Moshier EL, Wisnivesky JP, Gartrell BA, Sonpavde G, Godbold JH, Palese MA, Hall SJ, Oh WK, Galsky MD. Cytoreductive nephrectomy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma in the era of targeted therapy in the United States: a SEER analysis. World journal of urology 2012 Dec;.

Tsao CK, Small AC, Moshier EL, Gartrell BA, Wisnivesky JP, Sonpavde G, Godbold JH, Palese MA, Hall SJ, Oh WK, Galsky MD. Trends in the use of cytoreductive nephrectomy in the United States. Clinical genitourinary cancer 2012 Sep; 10(3).

Small AC, Tsao CK, Moshier EL, Gartrell BA, Wisnivesky JP, Godbold J, Sonpavde G, Palese MA, Hall SJ, Oh WK, Galsky MD. Trends and variations in utilization of nephron-sparing procedures for stage I kidney cancer in the United States. World journal of urology 2012 May;.

Kates M, Lavery HJ, Brajtbord J, Samadi D, Palese MA. Decreasing rates of lymph node dissection during radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. Annals of surgical oncology 2012 Aug; 19(8).

Lavery HJ, Small AC, Samadi DB, Palese MA. Transition from laparoscopic to robotic partial nephrectomy: the learning curve for an experienced laparoscopic surgeon. JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; 15(3).

Lavery HJ, Patel S, Palese M, Kasabian NG, Gainsburg DM, Samadi DB. Combined robotic radical prostatectomy and robotic radical nephrectomy. JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; 14(4).

Campbell SC, Palese MA. Laparoscopic cryoablation for a 3 cm nonhilar renal tumor. The Journal of urology 2011 Jan; 185(1).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Palese during 2013 and/or 2014. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • C.R. Bard, Inc.

Industry-Sponsored Lectures: MSSM faculty occasionally give lectures at events sponsored by industry, but only if the events are free of any marketing purpose.

  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Other Activities: Examples include, but are not limited to, committee participation, data safety monitoring board (DSMB) membership.

  • American Medical Systems (AMS); Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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