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Tracy M Downs, MD

Contact Dr. Downs

E-mail:
downs@urology.wisc.edu

Phone:
(608) 263-9534

Mail:
UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building
1685 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2281

Tracy M Downs, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
Director, Bladder Cancer and Intravesical Therapy Programs

Education

  • MD, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1993
  • Internship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard), Boston, MA, 1995
  • Clinical Nutrition Fellowship, Harvard, Boston, MA, 1999
  • Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard), Boston, MA, 2001
  • Research Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2003

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Downs is certified by the American Board of Urology. He specializes in the surgical treatment of urologic cancers and treats all forms of urologic cancers including bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, testis cancer and penile cancer. He has a special interest in the treatment of bladder cancer, where he performs robotic cystectomy (da Vinci robotic system), along with complex urinary reconstruction to make a new internalized bladder (orthotopic neobladder). Dr. Downs’ clinical care philosophy is to provide compassionate, cutting-edge urologic cancer care to his patients.

Research Interests

Dr. Downs has a joint appointment with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and his clinical research emphasizes developing new therapies for genitourinary cancers.

Research Focus
Chemoprevention – Bladder cancer, prostate cancer
Screening Programs – Bladder cancer screening for high-risk subjects
Outcomes Research – Patient outcomes of treatments for non-muscle invasive (superficial) bladder cancer and radical cystectomy
Translational Research – Discovery of molecular and urinary biomarkers (bladder cancer)
Quality of Life Outcomes – Bladder cancer, prostate cancer

Recent Publications
  • Cowan NG, Chen Y, Downs TM, Bochner BH, Apolo AB, Porter MP, La Rochelle JC, Amling CL, Koppie TM. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy use in bladder cancer: a survey of current practice and opinions. Adv Urol 2014; 2014():746298.
    [PubMed ID: 24982672, PMCID: 4058463]
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  • Downs TM. Reply. Urology 2014 Jun; 83(6):1216.
    [PubMed ID: 24751190]
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  • Downs TM, Rayford W, Davis DE, Nakada SY. Richard Francis Jones--opening doors and diversifying the urologic workforce: a pioneer in the training of African urologic surgeons in North America. Urology 2014 Jun; 83(6):1213-6.
    [PubMed ID: 24751189]
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  • Potretzke A, Hillman L, Wong K, Shi F, Brower R, Mai S, Cetnar JP, Abel EJ, Downs TM. NLR is predictive of upstaging at the time of radical cystectomy for patients with urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. Urol. Oncol. 2014 Jul; 32(5):631-6.
    [PubMed ID: 24629498]
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  • Abel EJ, Bauman TM, Weiker M, Shi F, Downs TM, Jarrard DF, Huang W. Analysis and validation of tissue biomarkers for renal cell carcinoma using automated high-throughput evaluation of protein expression. Hum. Pathol. 2014 May; 45(5):1092-9.
    [PubMed ID: 24746216]
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  • Abel EJ, Wong K, Sado M, Leverson GE, Patel SR, Downs TM, Jarrard DF. Surgical operative time increases the risk of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in robotic prostatectomy. JSLS 2014; 18(2):282-7.
    [PubMed ID: 24960494, PMCID: 4035641]
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  • Shapiro DD, Potretzke A, Downs TM. Leukemoid reaction: a rare paraneoplastic syndrome in bladder cancer associated with a grave prognosis. Urology 2014 Feb; 83(2):274-7.
    [PubMed ID: 24044914]
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  • Truong M, Slezak JA, Lin CP, Iremashvili V, Sado M, Razmaria AA, Leverson G, Soloway MS, Eggener SE, Abel EJ, Downs TM, Jarrard DF. Development and multi-institutional validation of an upgrading risk tool for Gleason 6 prostate cancer. Cancer 2013 Nov 15; 119(22):3992-4002.
    [PubMed ID: 24006289]
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  • Potretzke AM, Wong KS, Downs TM. Intravesical Foreign Body via a Vesicoperineal Fistula. Case Rep Urol 2013; 2013():659582.
    [PubMed ID: 23653880, PMCID: 3638681]
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  • Downs TM. Editorial comment. Urology 2013 Jun; 81(6):1278.
    [PubMed ID: 23528914]
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