January 9, 2001



UCSD Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, has recruited a specialist in urologic oncology and urinary reconstruction to head its new multidisciplinary Urologic Cancers Unit. Urologic cancers include bladder, prostate, testicular, renal (kidney), urethral, ureteral and penile cancers.

SalemCarol E. Salem, M.D., brings to San Diego innovative surgical techniques that are at the forefront of urological care, such as techniques for creating a new bladder, allowing the patient to void in the usual fashion without the need for a stoma appliance. For many patients with testicular cancer she is able to offer a new technique for removing abdominal lymph nodes that spares the sympathetic nerves necessary for normal fertility. Further, she has particular interest in retroperitoneal surgery for any malignancy type.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Salem to the Cancer Center and to UCSD,” said David Tarin, M.D., Ph.D., director of UCSD Cancer Center. “The surgical skill and innovative techniques she brings enhance the depth and breadth of services we are able to offer to patients with genitourinary malignancies.”

Salem joins the UCSD School of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in the division of urology. Her research centers primarily on bladder and prostate cancer. She has spent several years investigating the role of DNA methylation as a potential prognostic marker in bladder cancer and as a potential therapeutic avenue for bladder cancer in the future. She has written several chapters on urologic malignancies, including male and female urethral cancers and pelvic sarcomas, and on the molecular biology of bladder cancer.

She was recognized as a research scholar by the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases in 1997, and in 1998 for her work on molecular biological studies in bladder cancer.

An alumnus of UCSD with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she went on to earn her medical degree from USC and there also completed a six-year urological surgery residency. Following this she studied with USC’s Dr. Donald Skinner, world renowned for his contributions to urologic oncology.

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