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Tracy M. Downs, MD
 

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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Downs is a urologic surgeon and fellowship-trained specialist in urologic oncology. He performs specialized surgery for complex cancers of the genitourinary tract, including robotic cystectomy and other minimally invasive procedures. He has a special interest in the treatment of bladder cancer, and directs the UW Bladder Cancer and Intravescial Therapy Programs. 

Specialties

Urology

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

English
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Urology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Urology
Fellowship Urologic Oncology, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2003
Residency Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Medical School University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, 1993

Awards/Honors

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011


Procedures

Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Research

Dr. Downs has a joint appointment with the UW Carbone Cancer Center where his translational research focuses on discovery of molecular and urinary biomarkers for bladder cancer and his clinical research focuses on developing new therapies for genitourinary cancers.


PubMed Articles
Potretzke A Hillman L Wong K Shi F Brower R Mai S Cetnar JP Abel EJ Downs TM . NLR is predictive of upstaging at the time of radical cystectomy for patients with urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. Urol Oncol. 2014 Mar 12;
[PubMed ID: 24629498]
Shapiro DD Potretzke A Downs TM . Leukemoid reaction: a rare paraneoplastic syndrome in bladder cancer associated with a grave prognosis. Urology. 2014 Feb;83(2):274-7
[PubMed ID: 24044914]
Truong M Slezak JA Lin CP Iremashvili V Sado M Razmaria AA Leverson G Soloway MS Eggener SE Abel EJ Downs TM Jarrard DF . Development and multi-institutional validation of an upgrading risk tool for Gleason 6 prostate cancer. Cancer. 2013 Nov 15;119(22):3992-4002
[PubMed ID: 24006289]
Downs TM . Editorial comment. Urology. 2013 Jun;81(6):1278
[PubMed ID: 23528914]
Cetnar JP Hampton JM Williamson AA Downs T Wang D Owen JB Crouse B Jones N Wilson JF Trentham-Dietz A . Place of residence and primary treatment of prostate cancer: examining trends in rural and nonrural areas in Wisconsin. Urology. 2013 Mar;81(3):540-6
[PubMed ID: 23332992]
Potretzke AM Wong KS Downs TM . Intravesical Foreign Body via a Vesicoperineal Fistula. Case Rep Urol. 2013;2013:659582
[PubMed ID: 23653880]
Ewald JA Downs TM Cetnar JP Ricke WA . Expression microarray meta-analysis identifies genes associated with Ras/MAPK and related pathways in progression of muscle-invasive bladder transition cell carcinoma. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e55414
[PubMed ID: 23383328]
Woldrich JM Silberstein JL Saltzstein SL Derweesh IH Downs TM . Penile Kaposis sarcoma in the state of California. Can J Urol. 2012 Apr;19(2):6178-82
[PubMed ID: 22512961]
Bazzi WM Raheem OA Stroup SP Kane CJ Derweesh IH Downs TM . Partial orchiectomy and testis intratubular germ cell neoplasia: World literature review. Urol Ann. 2011 Sep;3(3):115-8
[PubMed ID: 21976922]
Downs TM Burton DW Araiza FL Hastings RH Deftos LJ . PTHrP stimulates prostate cancer cell growth and upregulates aldo-keto reductase 1C3. Cancer Lett. 2011 Jul 1;306(1):52-9
[PubMed ID: 21444150]
Silberstein JL Millard F Mehrazin R Kopp R Bazzi W DiBlasio CJ Patterson AL Downs TM Yunus F Kane CJ Derweesh IH . Feasibility and efficacy of neoadjuvant sunitinib before nephron-sparing surgery. BJU Int. 2010 Nov;106(9):1270-6
[PubMed ID: 20394613]
Derweesh IH Silberstein JL Bazzi W Kopp R Downs TM Kane CJ . Laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery for radical and cytoreductive nephrectomy, renal vein thrombectomy, and partial nephrectomy: a prospective pilot evaluation. Diagn Ther Endosc. 2010;2010:107482
[PubMed ID: 20631830]
Downs TM Schultzel M Shi H Sanders C Tahir Z Sadler GR . Renal cell carcinoma: risk assessment and prognostic factors for newly diagnosed patients. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2009 Apr;70(1):59-70
[PubMed ID: 18993080]
Orom H Penner LA West BT Downs TM Rayford W Underwood W . Personality predicts prostate cancer treatment decision-making difficulty and satisfaction. Psychooncology. 2009 Mar;18(3):290-9
[PubMed ID: 18821530]
Lu Q Nunez E Lin C Christensen K Downs T Carson DA Wang-Rodriguez J Liu YT . A sensitive array-based assay for identifying multiple TMPRSS2:ERG fusion gene variants. Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Nov;36(20):e130
[PubMed ID: 18794177]
Saxe GA Major JM Westerberg L Khandrika S Downs TM . Biological mediators of effect of diet and stress reduction on prostate cancer. Integr Cancer Ther. 2008 Sep;7(3):130-8
[PubMed ID: 18815144]
Silberstein J Downs T Goldstein I . Penile injection with silicone: case report and review of the literature. J Sex Med. 2008 Sep;5(9):2231-7
[PubMed ID: 18657262]
Sandhu A Sethi R Rice R Wang JZ Marcus L Salem C Downs T Parsons JK Millard F Pawlicki T Mundt A . Prostate bed localization with image-guided approach using on-board imaging: reporting acute toxicity and implications for radiation therapy planning following prostatectomy. Radiother Oncol. 2008 Jul;88(1):20-5
[PubMed ID: 18524399]
Arredondo SA Downs TM Lubeck DP Pasta DJ Silva SJ Wallace KL Carroll PR . Watchful waiting and health related quality of life for patients with localized prostate cancer: data from CaPSURE. J Urol. 2008 May;179(5 Suppl):S14-8
[PubMed ID: 18405740]
Stafford HS Saltzstein SL Shimasaki S Sanders C Downs TM Sadler GR . Racial/ethnic and gender disparities in renal cell carcinoma incidence and survival. J Urol. 2008 May;179(5):1704-8
[PubMed ID: 18343443]