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The Palapattu Era (2019)

The Start of a New Century
A renewed focus on discovery, wellness, diversity and philanthropy

Ganesh S. Palapattu, MD, FACS

  • Chair, Department of Urology (2019-present)
  • Chief of Urologic Oncology, Michigan Medicine (2012-2019)

Palapattu earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and moved to Los Angeles to complete his urologic training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a second-year urology resident, he met David Bloom for the first time when Bloom was a visiting professor at UCLA (where Bloom also trained). Palapattu went on to complete a laboratory fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following appointments at University of Rochester and Houston Methodist Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, he was recruited in 2012 to the University of Michigan by James Montie to serve as the new Chief of Urologic Oncology in the Department of Urology here at Michigan Medicine.

In February 2019, Palapattu started as Chair of the Department of Urology. As he starts his role as the 9th Chair of Urology at Michigan Medicine, he has pledged to continue the Department’s tradition of excellence in clinical care, education and research. In addition, sensing an opportunity, he has challenged the Department to lead, both institutionally and nationally, in two critical areas: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Wellness. Further, Palapattu intends to bring back a focus on research within our residency training program. With support from the Department, Palapattu has set the Department’s long-term vision: To eliminate suffering from urologic disease…Forever.


Also happening around the world in 2019

  • The 116th US Congress included a record-breaking 125 women in office.
  • The UK is on the brink of leaving the EU with Brexit.
  • Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, UAE to become the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula in February 2019.
  • Venezuelan President Maduro cuts ties with the US as the country’s economic crisis worsens.

Also happening at Michigan Medicine

  • 2019: Michigan Medicine named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of the World’s Best Hospitals 2019. The list recognizes the best 1,000 hospitals across 11 countries: U.S., Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Israel.