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Viraj Master, MD, PhD, FACS

Professor of Urology
Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs
Department of Urology


Dr. Master's full profile and curriculum vitae 

Dr. Master is a Professor of Urology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, and Director of Clinical Research Unit.

Following his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, Dr. Master attended medical school at the University of Chicago where he received both MD and PhD degrees. He completed his urology residency and two fellowships training at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) before joining the Department of Urology at Emory University in 2005. Dr. Master is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology (2006) a Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS).

Dr. Master’s primary clinical interest is urologic oncology, in particular kidney cancer, adrenal tumors, testicular cancer, high-risk prostate cancer and penile cancers. Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart. He also has a special interest in minimally invasive laparoscopic technique that removes of cancerous lymph nodes with minimal interference with the patients’ quality of life.

As the Director of Clinical Research, he is active in investigating the role of inflammation in cancers and in researching “host” (patient) interaction with the disease. In his role as Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, he works closely with all faculty members towards a common goal of providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Emory University Hospital (EUH) ranks number one hospital (out of 187) in both Georgia and metro Atlanta (2013-2014 U.S. News & World Report), and the Department of Urology ranks as one of Emory’s top ten high-performing adult specialty areas.

Dr. Master serves as an expert advisor to the American Cancer Society on prostate cancer and to the International Consultation on Urologic Diseases on kidney cancer. He has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents and post-graduate fellows. He has authored multiple book chapters and scientific journal articles.

In addition to his dedication to Emory patients, Dr. Master is also involved in humanitarianism outside Emory. On an annual basis, he volunteers his time to join a team of Emory medical students to Haiti. The team provides free urologic care including surgical treatment to indigent Haitian patients with urologic conditions.

Undergraduate Education
Northwestern University – BA (1988)

Graduate & Postgraduate Degrees
University of Chicago – PhD (1995)

Medical School
The University of Chicago (1997)

Urology Residency
University of California San Francisco (1997-2003)

Fellowship in Urologic Oncology, University of California San Francisco (2003-2004)
Fellowship in Reconstructive Urology & Trauma, University of California San Francisco (2004-2005)

Board Certification
American Board of Urology (2006)

Clinical and Academic Appointments
University of California San Francisco (2003-2005)
Emory University School of Medicine (2005-current)