Joseph Del Pizzo, M.D.


Joseph Del Pizzo, M.D.

Joseph J. Del Pizzo, M.D. is the Director of Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Department of Urology at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He joined the surgical staff at The New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2000 after serving as a clinical fellow in Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Urology. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his urology residency at the University of Maryland, one of the largest centers for urologic laparoscopy in the country, where he helped to establish some of the anatomical landmarks for performing laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. At the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Del Pizzo has established one of the most active and effective centers for laparoscopy in urology. He has a vast experience with laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery, having done over 400 cases including laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy and adrenalectomy, using both standard and hand-access techniques. He directs the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy program in conjunction with the Rogosin Institute of Transplantation, and performs approximately 100 of these procedures a year. Dr. Del Pizzo is especially active in the minimally invasive treatment of kidney tumors, including laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, and both laparoscopic and laser treatment of transitional cell carcinoma of the kidney. He currently serves on the faculty of the AUA Hand Access Laparoscopy Course, where he instructs other urologists in learning laparoscopic surgery. In addition, he travels extensively around the country teaching other surgeons the techniques of laparoscopic kidney surgery. Dr. Del Pizzo's clinical expertise also includes the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stone disease. He has experience using both laser therapy and sound wave therapy to remove kidney stones without the need for surgical incisions. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an Outstanding Achievement Award from The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He works closely with surgical instrument companies and is actively involved in the development of new therapies for minimally invasive urologic surgery. He has authored many book chapters and published numerous manuscripts on topics related to his field of expertise. He is an internationally recognized speaker on subjects of laparoscopic surgery and the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones. Dr. Del Pizzo is currently licensed to practice medicine in the states of New York and Maryland. To contact Dr. Del Pizzo, an appointment can be made by calling his office at (212) 746-5250. He can be contacted by mail at the Department of Urology, The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 525 E 68th Street, Room Starr 924A, New York, N.Y 10021 or by fax at (212) 746-0412 or by email at


The New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University - New York, NY

Associate  Professor of Urology

Director, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Urology

Director, Laparoscopic Living Kidney Donor program



Diplomate, The American Board of Urology, 2003



National Board of Medical Examiners

State of New York

State of Maryland



M.D. - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY #150; 1994

B.S. Biology #150; State University of New York - Binghamton, NY - 1990



The New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University - New York, NY

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery Laparoscopy/Endourology - 2000


University of Maryland School of Medicine - Baltimore, Maryland

Urologic Surgery Chief Resident, 1999-2000

Urologic surgery resident, 1996-99

General surgery second year resident, 1995-96

General surgery internship, 1994-95



Introduction to Laparoscopy Course

Faculty instructor, AUA Annual Meeting 2002-04


AUA Hand Assisted Laparoscopy Course

Faculty instructor, AUA Office of Education, Houston, Texas, 2001-04



Current Urology Reports, Adrenal Diseases Section



American Urological Association - Candidate member

American Academy of Clinical Urologists

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons



Endourology and Laparoscopy

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