Wayne C. Waltzer, MD, FACS, Chair of Urology and Director of Transplantation Services at State University of New York at Stony Brook, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Penn State University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his internship in Internal Medicine with an interest in nephrology and the kidney. Dr. Waltzer then completed urologic surgical residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and received fellowship training in renal transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
In his clinical practice, Dr. Waltzer specializes in the fields of renal transplantation, renal failure, and urologic oncology. Under the tutelage of Dr. Felix T. Rapaport, Dr. Waltzer was one of the pioneers of renal transplantation at Stony Brook University Hospital, performing the first living-donor transplant in Long Island in 1981. Together, they co-edited Angioacccess: Principles and Practice in 1984. Since then, Dr. Waltzer has burgeoned an active department that has performed more than two thousand renal transplants. Moreover, Dr. Waltzer has been a proliferative scholar in the fields of allograft rejection, histocompatibility, and post-operative management of transplant recipients with more than 120 articles in scientific journals. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Geriatric Nephrology and Urology and as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Urology, Journal of American Medical Association, and Transplantation.
Dr. Waltzer has received many honors and awards including, New York Magazine: Top Doctors, Top Doctors New York Metro Area: 2016-2020, Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors for Cancer: 2016-2020, Newsday’s Top Doctors on Long Island, and National Kidney Foundation’s National Medical Award. He has served on the board of directors for the New York Organ Donor Network since 1997. Under his chairmanship, the Department of Urology at Stony Brook University Hospital has been awarded U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals for Urology in 2007, 2014, and 2022.
Reflecting on his career, Dr. Waltzer said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in Urology, including the fantastic mix of challenging cases, working closely with much respected medical peers, and the appreciation of patients and families.”
Arshia Aalami Harandi, MD