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Professional Statement

  • Dr. Michael A. Palese is an Associate Professor and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Urology. He is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained surgeon specializing in robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. He joined the surgical staff at the The Mount Sinai Medical Center after serving as a clinical fellow in Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery 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 also performed research in the field of minimally invasive surgery and 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 in 2004. He has extensive experience with robotic & laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery performing over 2,500 surgeries to date. He performed the first robotic nephrectomy and robotic 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/pyeloplasty.
  • His other areas of expertise include kidney stone surgery amd BPH. He is one of the leaders and educators in Greenlight Laser PVP procedures for BPH.


  • Medical School - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • University of Maryland, Residency in Urology
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Fellowship in Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology

Awards and Publications

  • Palese MA, Crone JK, Burnett AL. A castrated mouse model of erectile dysfunction. J Androl 2003 Sep; 24(5): 699-703.
  • 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, Ferrer F , Perlman E , Gearhart JP. Metanephric stromal tumor: A rare benign pediatric renal mass. Urology 2001 Sep; 58(3): 462.
  • 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. pp115-125.
  • Palese MA, Su LM, Kavoussi L. Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection after chemotherapy. Urology 2002 July; 60(1): 130-134.
  • 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.
  • Palese MA, Burnett AL. Corporoplasty using pericardium allograft (tutoplast) with complex penile prosthesis surgery. Urology 2001 Dec; 58(6): 1049-1052.
  • 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.
  • Harvey KA, Palese MA. Ablative Therapies for Small Renal Masses. Contemporary Oncology. 2013 May; 5(1):10-14.
  • 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. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Sep; 217(3):400-405.
  • Gupta M, Akhavan A, Hall M, Palese MA. Negative pressure pulmonary edema after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. JSLS. 2012 Oct-Dec; (16)4:647-649.
  • 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 J Urol. 2012 Dec 8.
  • 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. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2012 Sep;10(3):159-63.
  • 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 J Urol. 2012 May 24
  • Kates M, Lavery HJ, Brajtbord J, Samadi D, Palese MA. Decreasing Rates of Lymph Node Dissection During Radical Nephrectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug;19(8):2693-9.
  • Iberti CT, Mohamed N, Palese MA. A review of focal therapy techniques in prostate cancer: clinical results for high-intensity focused ultrasound and focal cryoablation. Rev Urol. 2011;13(4):e196-202.
  • Leapman MS, Jibara G, Tabrizian P, Franssen B, Yang MJ, Romanoff A, Hall SJ, Palese M, Sarpel U, Hiotis S, Labow D. Genitourinary Resection at the Time of Cytoreductive Surgery and Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Is Not Associated with Increased Morbidity or Worsened Oncologic Outcomes: A Case-matched Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Apr;21(4):1153-8.
  • Lavery HJ, Small AC, Samadi DB, Palese MA. Transition from laparoscopic to robotic partial nephrectomy: the learning curve for an experienced laparoscopic surgeon. JSLS. 2011 Jul-Sep;15(3):291-297.
  • Palese MA. Opposing views: Laparoscopic cryoablation for a 3cm nonhilar renal tumor. J Urol. 2011 Jan; 185(0):1-3.
  • Lavery HJ, Patel S, Palese MA, Kasabian NG, Gainsburg DM, Samadi DB. Combined robotic radical prostatectomy and robotic radical nephrectomy. JSLS. 2010 Oct-Dec; 14(4):603-607.
  • Wedmid A, Palese MA. Diagnosis and treatment of the adrenal cyst. Curr Urol Rep. 2010 Feb; 11(1):44-50.
  • Chin EH, Hazzan D, Edye M, Wisnivesky JP, Herron DM, Ames SA, Palese MA, Pomp A, Gagner M, Bromberg JS. The first decade of a laparoscopic donor nephrectomy program: effect of surgeon and institution experience with 512 cases from 1996 to 2006. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Jul;209(1):106-113.
  • Maniar KP, Kalir TL, Palese MA, Unger PD. Endosalpingiosis of the Urinary Bladder: A Case of Probable Implantative Origin With Characterization of Benign Fallopian Tube Immunohistochemistry. Int J Surg Pathol. 2009 Mar 11.
  • Simon DR, Palese MA. Clinical update on the management of adrenal hemorrhage. Curr Urol Rep. 2009 Jan; 1-(1):78-83.
  • Mufarrij PW, Woods M, Shah OD, Palese MA, Berger AD, Thomas R, Stifelman MD. Robotic dismembered pyleoplasty: A 6-year, multi-institutional experience. J of Urol. 2008 Oct; 180:1391-1396.
  • Muller A, Akin-Olugbade Y, Deveci S, Donohue JF, Tal R, Kobylarz KA, Palese M, Mulhall JP. The Impact of Shock Wave Therapy at Varied Energy and Dose Levels on Functional and Structural Changes in Erectile Tissue. Eur Urol. 2008 March 53(3):635-642.
  • Simon DR, Palese MA. Noninvasive adrenal imaging in hyperaldosteronism. Curr Urol Rep. 2008 Jan; 9(1):80-87.
  • Disick GI, Palese MA. Extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma: diagnosis and management. Curr Urol Rep. 2007 Jan; 8(1):83-88.
  • Raman JD, Palese MA, Ng CK, Boorjian SA, Scherr DS, Del Pizzo JJ, Sosa RE. Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy for Upper Urinary Tract Transitional Cell Carcinoma. JSLS. 2006 Dec; 10(4):432-438.
  • Deveci S, Palese MA, Parker M, Guhring P, Mulhall JP. Erectile function profiles in men with Peyronie's disease. J Urol. 2006 May; 175(5):1807-11; discussion 1811.

Professional Memberships

  • American Urological Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Urological Association, New York

Language Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish