Meet the Bladder Cancer Center Team
At the Bladder Cancer Center, our team of expert specialists uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat bladder cancer that is coordinated and seamless. Along with offering minimally invasive surgical options, we provide oncology services in conjunction with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
Every patient meets with a team consisting of a urological surgeon, urological oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematology oncologists, social workers and nutritionists to create a personalized treatment plan. In addition, patients are assigned to a nurse navigator who is an experienced registered nurse with special expertise and experience in cancer care, and provides guidance support throughout all stages of care.
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, Ph.D., Director of Robotic-assisted Surgery Program and Chief of Urology
Ingolf A. Tuerk, MD, PhD, is a world renowned expert in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery and has pioneered several laparoscopic techniques including, radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, right side donor nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and radical cystectomy with continent urinary diversion.
As director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Charite Hospital in Berlin (1997-2002) and at Lahey Clinic in Burlington (2003-2008), Dr. Tuerk established successful programs focused on using laparoscopy and robotics to treat cancers of the kidney, testis, bladder, and prostate. Since November 2006, Dr. Tuerk has become an expert in the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, and has performed 1,500 robotic-assisted radical prostatectomies in the past two years, the most performed by a single surgeon in New England during that time period.
He and his team are highly experienced in performing extensive and complicated bladder surgery using a robotic-assisted minimally invasive approach.
Olga Kozyreva, MD, Oncologist/Hematologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Olga Kozyreva, MD, joined St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center as an attending physician in the division of hematology oncology in 2010. Board certified in internal medicine and hematology and oncology, Dr. Kozyreva earned her medical degree from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy in Russia. She completed her residencies at St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies in Russia and Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Mass. Dr. Kozyreva completed her fellowship in hematology and oncology at Tufts Medical Center. She is fluent in English and Russian and has special clinical interests, which include gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies.