Khaled Samir Hafez, MD, PhD

Valassis Professor of Urologic Oncology
Associate Chair for Education, Urology
Professor, Urology


Khaled S. Hafez, MD Valassis Professor of Urologic Ocology and Associate Chair of Education.   He is a native of Egypt who received his Doctoral Degree (Board Certification) in Urology, his Masters of Science in Urology and his Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Cairo University School of Medicine. After his residency, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Urology at the Cairo University School of Medicine. In 1994, Dr. Hafez joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio where he completed a 3-year fellowship in renal cancer surgery and kidney transplantation. He was trained in general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and completed his third year of residency in urology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center prior to joining the urology residency program at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Hafez joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Urology Center in July 2004 – initially splitting his time between the Medical School and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His clinical research focuses on renal cancer and the role of nephron sparing surgery as well as bladder and testicular malignancies. He has multiple basic science projects investigating renal physiology, oncology and immunology as well as multiple clinical trials for adjuvant therapy in high risk localized renal cancer patients. Dr. Hafez held the positions Chief of Urology and associate Chief of General Surgery at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. He continues to be actively involved in patient care over the last fifteen years and was a member of the National Urology VA Advisory Committee. In 2013 he accepted the position of the Urology Residency Program Director. As Program Director, he is fully committed to provide the best possible training, education and career opportunities for residents. It is his mission to assure that the program is one of the best, if not the best in the Country. In 2018 he transitioned to be the Associate Chair of Education and Outreach, he is focused on mentoring undergraduate and medical students. He continues to volunteer in medical education missions both regionally and globally.

After rising quickly in a number of intramural and extramural positions within the VA, Dr. Hafez has settled spending the majority of his time at Michigan, where colleagues say he has become an “epicenter” for complex renal surgery – some of which are performed at the Cardiovascular Center, due to the concomitant bypasses related to renal cell carcinomas with venacaval thrombi – that he has become adept at handling. Dr. Hafez also handles difficult bladder cancers, urinary diversions.

In addition to his technical skill and sophistication, Dr. Hafez is also widely recognized as a humble and extraordinarily compassionate surgeon, and is frequently found at the bedside of patients in distress, throughout the night or over the weekend, being there for them during difficult recoveries and even through difficult end-of-life passages. Those who work with him stress that Dr. Hafez is loved by his patients, their families, faculty, nurses and many others.

In October 2012 Dr. Hafez was awarded the very prestigious University of Michigan Clinician of the Year Award. Dr. Hafez was nominated by his peers and was the first Urologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center to receive this award. Below are the excerpts from nationally recognized physicians, spanning varied disciplines, who nominated Dr. Hafez.


Urologic Oncology
VA Ann Arbor Section of Urology

Areas of Interest


Adjuvant therapy for renal cancer

Honors & Awards


  • 2012-2013, 2016-2018: Patient Choice Award
  • 2012-2013, 2015-2018: Top Doctors Award
  • 2013, 2017: Compassionate Doctor Award


  • 2005: Outstanding Achievement Award Department of Urology, University of Michigan
  • 2007, 2009, 2011: Silver Cystoscopy Award (Outstanding Teacher Award) Department of Urology, University of Michigan
  • 2012: Outstanding Clinician Award University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2013: League of Educational Excellence University of Michigan
  • 2017: Julian Wan Award for Excellence in Resident Mentorship
  • 2018: Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Award - Michigan Chapter
  • 2018: Michigan Medicine Making a Difference Award - Presented for Excellent Patient Care
  • 2019: Julian Wan Award for Excellence in Resident Mentorship


Medical School or Training

  • Cairo University School of Medicine, 1988


  • Urology, Cairo University School of Medicine, 1993
  • General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 2000
  • Urology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2001
  • Urology, University of Michigan Health System, 2004


  • Urology, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 1997

Board Certification

  • Urology

Web Sites

Cancer Center Floor B1 Reception C
1500 E Medical Center Dr SPC 5913
Ann Arbor MI 48109