The central theme of Dr. Edward Schaeffer’s practice is in the diagnosis and treatment of men with prostate cancer. Dr. Schaeffer is an international expert in the surgical management of prostate cancer. A culmination of his clinical acumen and reputation is reflected in his authorship of the chapter on prostatectomy for the fields’ definitive textbook, editorship of a textbook on surgical approaches to prostate cancer and the management of prostate cancer cases for multiple heads of state and celebrities.
Dr. Schaeffer oversees the clinical prostate practices of the Northwestern surgeons diagnosing and treating men with prostate cancer. His work managing this group has resulted in modifications in several key areas: (1) He helped develop directed antibiotic prophylaxis for prostate biopsy leading to safer prostate biopsies with reduced infection. It is now departmental policy that all prostate biopsies are performed only after directed antimicrobial prophylaxis is initiated. (2) He has oversees MRI – Ultrasound fusion biopsies in the clinic to increase the precision of prostate cancer diagnosis and lastly, (3) He has implemented several programs directed at improvements in the quality of the prostate surgery offered at Northwestern. Together, these initiatives have improved the safety and quality of care administered to prostate cancer patients at Northwestern. Additionally, Dr. Schaeffer has elevated the translational sciences in the prostate cancer program substantially.