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Project Investigator Biography

Edward E. Partridge, M.D. Willie Underwood III, M.D., M.Sci., M.P.H.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Office of Cancer Health Disparities
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo NY 14263
phone: (716) 845-5814
fax: (716) 845-8487

Willie Underwood III, M.D., M.Sci., M.P.H., was appointed to the faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 2008. He serves in the Department of Urologic Oncology, providing clinical care to prostate cancer patients and their families, and in the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research where his academic efforts focus on methods to improve the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer in medically underserved New Yorkers.

Dr. Underwood came to RPCI from Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI, where he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology. He earned his medical degree in 1994 from the State University of New York at Syracuse, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY and completed residency training in General Surgery in 1996 and Urology in 2000 at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT.

He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2002 at the University of Michigan. He earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Management and Policy in 2004 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and then served as Assistant Professor in Urology from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Underwood is certified by the American Board of Urology. His research interests include factors influencing the racial treatment disparities in and novel therapies for prostate cancer. His research is funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Urological Association. He has been selected as one of seven "rising stars" in urology by the American Urological Association Foundation. Dr. Underwood is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Urology Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, and the National Medical Association. Dr. Underwood has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed publications, books, and abstracts.

Updated: 05/22/13