Dr. Michael A. Palese is an Associate Professor and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Urology. He is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained surgeon specializing in robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. He joined the surgical staff at the The Mount Sinai Medical Center after serving as a clinical fellow in Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his urology residency at the University of Maryland Medical System, one of the largest centers in the country for laparoscopic surgery. During the time of his residency he also performed research in the field of minimally invasive surgery and erectile dysfunction at the Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Cornell University.
As the Director of Minimally Invasive Urology, Dr. Palese established the robot surgery program for the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2004. He has extensive experience with robotic & laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery performing over 2,500 surgeries to date. He performed the first robotic nephrectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has also pioneered the use of robot surgery in other procedures such as kidney reconstructive surgery/pyeloplasty.
His other areas of expertise include kidney stone surgery amd BPH. He is one of the leaders and educators in Greenlight Laser PVP procedures for BPH.