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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

Bladder Cancer

Cystoscopy

Genitourinary Cancer (Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Testicular)

Kidney Cancer

Nephrectomy

Orthotopic Neobladder

Prostate Brachytherapy

Prostatectomy

Robotic Cystectomy

Robotic Prostatectomy

Testicular Cancer

Ureteroscopy

Urinary Reconstruction Surgery

Uroflowmetry

Clinics

University Hospital
(608) 263-4757 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2900 | (888) 703-2778 | Map

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 Medical Center, 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

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
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
Ravvaz K Weissert JA Downs TM American Urological Association Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Risk Model Validation: Should patient age be added to the risk model? J Urol . 2019 Jun 12;:101097JU0000000000000389
[PubMed ID: 31188732]
Lotan Y Bivalacqua TJ Downs T Huang W Jones J Kamat AM Konety B Malmström PU McKiernan J O'Donnell M Patel S Pohar K Resnick M Sankin A Smith A Steinberg G Trabulsi E Woods M Daneshmand S Blue light flexible cystoscopy with hexaminolevulinate in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: review of the clinical evidence and consensus statement on optimal use in the USA - update 2018. Nat Rev Urol . 2019 Jun;16(6):377-386
[PubMed ID: 31019310]
Wang JH Sierra P Richards KA Abel EJ Allen GO Downs TM Jarrard DF Impact of bilateral biopsy-detected prostate cancer on an active surveillance population. BMC Urol . 2019 Apr 23;19(1):26
[PubMed ID: 31014300]
Etheridge T Liou JI Downs TM Abel EJ Jarrard DF Richards KA The Impact of Agent Orange Exposure on Prostate Cancer Outcomes. J Urol . 2019 Apr;201(4):742-750
[PubMed ID: 30321553]
Anderson-Carter I Posielski N Liou JI Khemees TA Downs TM Abel EJ Jarrard DF Richards KA The impact of statins in combination with androgen deprivation therapyin patients with advanced prostate cancer: A large observational study. Urol Oncol . 2019 Feb;37(2):130-137
[PubMed ID: 30528885]
Smith AB Daneshmand S Patel S Pohar K Trabulsi E Woods M Downs T Huang W Taylor J Jones J O'Donnell M Bivalacqua T DeCastro J Steinberg G Kamat A Resnick M Konety B Schoenberg M Jones JS Lotan Y Flexible Blue Light Study Group Collaborators. Patient-reported outcomes of blue-light flexible cystoscopy with hexaminolevulinate in the surveillance of bladder cancer: results from a prospective multicentre study. BJU Int . 2019 Jan;123(1):35-41
[PubMed ID: 29979488]
Richards KA Liou JI Cryns VL Downs TM Abel EJ Jarrard DF Metformin Use is Associated with Improved Survival for Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer on Androgen Deprivation Therapy. J Urol . 2018 Dec;200(6):1256-1263
[PubMed ID: 29940252]
Downs TM Weissert JA Ravvaz K Can We Improve Nonmuscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Guideline Adherence With Smarter Risk Stratification? J Urol . 2018 Oct;200(4):706-708
[PubMed ID: 29906436]
Flaig TW Spiess PE Agarwal N Bangs R Boorjian SA Buyyounouski MK Downs TM Efstathiou JA Friedlander T Greenberg RE Guru KA Hahn N Herr HW Hoimes C Inman BA Jimbo M Kader AK Lele SM Meeks JJ Michalski J Montgomery JS Pagliaro LC Pal SK Patterson A Petrylak DP Plimack ER Pohar KS Porter MP Preston MA Sexton WJ Siefker-Radtke AO Tward J Wile G Johnson-Chilla A Dwyer MA Gurski LA NCCN Guidelines Insights: Bladder Cancer, Version 5.2018. J Natl Compr Canc Netw . 2018 Sep;16(9):1041-1053
[PubMed ID: 30181416]
Washington SL 3rd Baradaran N Gaither TW Awad MA Murphy GP Downs TM Breyer BN Racial distribution of urology workforce in United States in comparison to general population. Transl Androl Urol . 2018 Aug;7(4):526-534
[PubMed ID: 30211043]
Maciolek KA Best SL Lopez V Posielski N Knoedler M Bushman WA Jarrard DF Downs TM Abel EJ Richards KA Effectiveness of a transrectal prostate needle biopsy protocol with risk-tailored antimicrobials in a veterans cohort. Urol Oncol . 2018 Aug;36(8):363.e13-363.e20
[PubMed ID: 29887242]
Etheridge T Liou J Downs TM Abel EJ Richards KA Jarrard DF The impact of celecoxib on outcomes in advanced prostate cancer patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy. Am J Clin Exp Urol . 2018;6(3):123-132
[PubMed ID: 30038944]
Harshman LC Tripathi A Kaag M Efstathiou JA Apolo AB Hoffman-Censits JH Stadler WM Yu EY Bochner BH Skinner EC Downs T Kiltie AE Bajorin DF Guru K Shipley WU Steinberg GD Hahn NM Sridhar SS Contemporary Patterns of Multidisciplinary Care in Patients With Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer. Clin Genitourin Cancer . 2018 Jun;16(3):213-218
[PubMed ID: 29289519]
Daneshmand S Patel S Lotan Y Pohar K Trabulsi E Woods M Downs T Huang W Jones J O'Donnell M Bivalacqua T DeCastro J Steinberg G Kamat A Resnick M Konety B Schoenberg M Jones JS Flexible Blue Light Study Group Collaborators. Efficacy and Safety of Blue Light Flexible Cystoscopy with Hexaminolevulinate in the Surveillance of Bladder Cancer: A Phase III, Comparative, Multicenter Study. J Urol . 2018 May;199(5):1158-1165
[PubMed ID: 29203268]
Richards KA Ruiz VL Murphy DR Downs TM Abel EJ Jarrard DF Singh H Diagnostic evaluation of patients presenting with hematuria: An electronic health record-based study. Urol Oncol . 2018 Mar;36(3):88.e19-88.e25
[PubMed ID: 29169843]
Shore ND Boorjian SA Canter DJ Ogan K Karsh LI Downs TM Gomella LG Kamat AM Lotan Y Svatek RS Bivalacqua TJ Grubb RL 3rd Krupski TL Lerner SP Woods ME Inman BA Milowsky MI Boyd A Treasure FP Gregory G Sawutz DG Yla-Herttuala S Parker NR Dinney CPN Intravesical rAd-IFNα/Syn3 for Patients With High-Grade, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin-Refractory or Relapsed Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: A Phase II Randomized Study. J Clin Oncol . 2017 Oct 20;35(30):3410-3416
[PubMed ID: 28834453]
Spiess PE Agarwal N Bangs R Boorjian SA Buyyounouski MK Clark PE Downs TM Efstathiou JA Flaig TW Friedlander T Greenberg RE Guru KA Hahn N Herr HW Hoimes C Inman BA Jimbo M Kader AK Lele SM Meeks JJ Michalski J Montgomery JS Pagliaro LC Pal SK Patterson A Plimack ER Pohar KS Porter MP Preston MA Sexton WJ Siefker-Radtke AO Sonpavde G Tward J Wile G Dwyer MA Gurski LA Bladder Cancer, Version 5.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw . 2017 Oct;15(10):1240-1267
[PubMed ID: 28982750]
Ravvaz K Walz ME Weissert JA Downs TM Predicting Nonmuscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Recurrence and Progression in a United States Population. J Urol . 2017 Oct;198(4):824-831
[PubMed ID: 28433642]
Blute ML Jr Kucherov V Rushmer TJ Damodaran S Shi F Abel EJ Jarrard DF Richards KA Messing EM Downs TM Reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR &lt;60 mL/min/1.73 m<sup>2</sup> ) at first transurethral resection of bladder tumour is a significant predictor of subsequent recurrence and progression. BJU Int . 2017 Sep;120(3):387-393
[PubMed ID: 28464520]
Tobert CM Hamilton-Reeves JM Norian LA Hung C Brooks NA Holzbeierlein JM Downs TM Robertson DP Grossman R Nepple KG Emerging Impact of Malnutrition on Surgical Patients: Literature Review and Potential Implications for Cystectomy in Bladder Cancer. J Urol . 2017 Sep;198(3):511-519
[PubMed ID: 28286066]