Viraj Master, MD, PhD, FACS



In collaboration with Dr. Keith Delman, Dr. Master has pioneered a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique for the removal of cancerous lymph nodes with minimal interference with the patients' quality of life.

Titles and Roles

Professor and Fray F. Marshall Chair in Clinical Urologic Research, Department of Urology
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Integrative Oncology and Survivorship
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Director of Clinical Research, Department of Urology
Emory University School of Medicine
Adrenal Cancer
Bladder Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Penile Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Testicular Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Viraj Master, MD, PhD, FACS is Professor and Fray F. Marshall Chair in Clinical Urologic Research in the Department of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, and Director of Clinical Research Unit. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Dr. Master's primary clinical interest is urologic oncology, in particular kidney cancer, adrenal tumors, testicular cancer, high-risk prostate cancer and penile cancers.

As Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Urology, he is active in investigating the role of inflammation in cancers and in researching "host" (patient) interaction with the disease. In his role as Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality, he works closely with all faculty members towards a common goal of providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Emory University Hospital ranks as the number one hospital, out of 187, in both Georgia and metro Atlanta (U.S. News & World Report), and the Department of Urology ranks as one of Emory's top ten high-performing adult specialty areas.

Dr. Master serves as an expert advisor to the American Cancer Society on prostate cancer and to the International Consultation on Urologic Diseases on kidney cancer. He has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents and post-graduate fellows.

In addition to his dedication to Emory patients, Dr. Master is also involved in humanitarianism outside Emory. On an annual basis, he volunteers his time to join a team of Emory medical students to Haiti. The team provides free urologic care including surgical treatment to indigent Haitian patients with urologic conditions.


Following his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, Dr. Master attended medical school at the University of Chicago where he received both MD and PhD degrees. He completed his urology residency and two fellowships training at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) before joining the Department of Urology at Emory University in 2005.


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Dr. Master has authored multiple book chapters and scientific journal articles, and currently serves as the genitourinary cancer section editor for the journal Cancer.
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Awards and honors for Dr. Master include:

  • Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors", 2016-2020
  • Best Young Investigator Award, American Urological Association (AUA) Research Foundation, 2013
  • Scientific Research Prize, American Urological Association/Olympus Prize Essay Contest, 2010 and 2011
  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation (Clinical/Epidemiology/Healthcare), American Medical Association (7th Annual), 2009
  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation (Public Health Award), National Student Research Forum (50th Annual), 2009
  • Best Scientific Essay Award (Transitional Medicine), National Student Research Forum (49th Annual), 2008
  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation, American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Convention, 2007

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