Michael Stifelman, M.D.

Dr. Michael Stifelman

Director of Robotic Surgery

Professor Urology, NYU School of Medicine
Director, Robotic Surgery Center, NYU Langone Medical Center
Chief of Service, Department Urology, Tisch Hospital Service
Chief of Urology Service, NYU Langone Medical Center
Director of Minimally Invasive Urology, NYU Langone Medical Center

“Employing robotic technology in the surgical arena helps to simplify complex procedures, with the ultimate goal of minimizing trauma to the patient and improving outcomes.”


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Dr. Stifelman is among the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons, with one of the largest and most diverse robotic uro-oncology and urinary reconstructive practices in the nation. A board-certified urologist, he is known worldwide for his contributions in robotic kidney-sparing surgery for kidney cancer and his work in developing robotic urinary reconstructive procedures to correct obstructions of the upper urinary tract, and also has one of the largest robotic prostatectomy series in New York City. Dr. Stifelman is recognized as one of New York’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and is also listed among Consumer Research Council of America’s Top Physicians and Top Surgeons.

Academically, Dr. Stifelman’s main areas of focus are the development and evaluation of new surgical technologies and the creation of standardized teaching methods to help train residents and practicing surgeons in the latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques. He serves on the faculty of numerous continuing medical education courses, including those offered by the American Urologic Association and the International Robotic Urologic Symposium, and directs his own course on robotic renal surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Stifelman also travels widely each year, both nationally and internationally, to disseminate advanced robotic techniques, and has demonstrated robotic-assisted surgery to a national television audience on Good Morning America.


Dr. Stifelman has conducted ground-breaking research on a range of minimally-invasive procedures. He is the author of over 100 scientific articles and abstracts on robotic and laparoscopic surgery, as well as numerous book chapters on advanced robotic and laparoscopic procedures.

View a detailed summary of Dr. Stifelman's research.

View a Reuters Health video about Dr. Stifelman's research on the advantages of robotic partial nephrectomy compared to laparoscopic surgery.

View a Reuters Health video about Dr. Stifelman's research on the excellent safety rate of robotic partial nephrectomy.

Education and Training

After earning his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Stifelman went on to complete his general surgery and urologic training at New York Presbyterian–Columbia University Medical Center, followed by an Endourology/Laparoscopic Fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. In 2000, he joined NYU Langone Medical Center as Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery. Since then, he has also been appointed Chief of the Urology Service at Tisch Hospital and Director of Robotic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Diseases and Conditions that Dr. Stifelman Treats with Robotic Surgery

Patient Testimonials

Video Library

To watch a video of a procedure being performed by Dr. Stifelman, click on a link below.

For information on Dr. Stifelman's CME course on robotic renal surgery, to be presented on December 4, 2010 at NYU Langone Medical Center, click here