Arieh L. Shalhav, MD

Urology, Urologic Oncology (Urologic Cancer) | More

Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Urology
Director, Minimally Invasive Urology
Director, Robotic Surgery

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Arieh Shalhav, MD, is a pioneer in minimally invasive laparoscopic/robotic urologic surgery. He has extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery of the kidney. He is also an expert in performing prostate cancer surgery with the Da Vinci Surgical System – a robotic device used to perform minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Shalhav was the first urologic surgeon in the region to use this advanced technique for prostate cancer surgery.

A skilled physician scientist, his research has enhanced medical professionals' understanding of the effects of renal ischemia — oxygen deficiency in the kidney — and ways to avoid its related damage during surgery. Additionally, Dr. Shalhav is working with researchers from the Argonne National Laboratories to develop an ice slurry — a fluid containing ice and salt water that would be used to protect the kidney during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.

Dr. Shalhav also conducts extensive clinical outcome studies investigating minimally invasive surgery options for the treatment of urologic cancer. He has received awards for his clinical work, research, and teaching from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Endourological Society.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School


  • Sheba Medical Center


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Endourological Society
  • American Urological Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1998

Board Certifications

  • Urology (Israel)

Languages Spoken

  • Hebrew
  • English
Advances in Prostate Cancer: Expert Q&A

Urologists Ariel Shalhav, MD, and Scott Eggener, MD, answer questions about new treatment options for prostate cancer, including focal therapy and HIFU, as well as specialized care programs for men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer or at high risk for the disease.

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