Dr. Michael J. Lazar

About Dr. Michael J. Lazar

Michael J. Lazar, M.D. graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1978 and completed postgraduate training in surgery and urology at LSU in 1983. He is four-time board certified by the American Board of Urology and is Managing Physician Director of Santa Rosa Surgical Management Co., LLC, which manages Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Redwood Health Services and is a member of the American Urological Association. Dr. Lazar is married with 3 children, and has been active in Boy Scout leadership and coaching soccer. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, alpine skiing, and the occasional fly-fishing outing. Dr. Lazar also enjoys living in the wine country, which affords cultivation of a love of wine, and proximity to San Francisco allows enjoyment of its theater and fine arts. Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU, a medical procedure that applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to locally heat and destroy diseased or damaged tissue with prostate cancer through ablation. Dr. Lazar is working closely with SonaCare to bring this innovative service to Americans with this disease.

Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU Selected by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey

Santa Rosa urologist and prostate cancer expert Dr. Michael Lazar recognized in the field of Urology as one of the best physicians in Sonoma County. Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey polled Sonoma County doctors and medical specialists for physicians they most often recommend to a loved one. More than 300 professionals are noted in the September issue as “the crème de la crème” in more than 50 categories. Dr. Lazar was recognized by his medical peers in the field of urology, an opinion also supported by Dr. Lazar’s patients. "Dr. Lazar treated my prostate cancer, and I have been cancer free for three years. If you have been diagnosed with PC (prostate cancer) then you're used to seeing many doctors. Dr. Lazar is the first [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

How to Know When HIFU is the Right Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

Is HIFU Prostate Cancer Treatment for You? HIFU is an FDA approved precise and targeted therapy that reduces the risk of complications caused by surgery and radiation. HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. At the focal point of the sound waves (like a magnifying glass focusing the rays of the sun to burn a leaf), the tissue temperature is raised to 90 degrees Celsius, destroying the targeted tissue. When HIFU is the best option HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. However, at the [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

Cyclist is back doing what he likes best after HIFU procedure

Matthew Hoffman, 59, was having regular annual physical exams that included blood tests. In 2010 one test showed that the Prostate-­Specific Antigen (PSA) was high. Dr. Michael Lazar advised him to have a biopsy, which was negative. However, precursors for cancer were present, meaning that his situation had to be watched closely. A year later, his PSA level had risen to 7. Another biopsy confirmed that something should to be done. “Dr. Lazar explained various options, including surgery, radiation and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Most of the alternatives had side effects I didn’t like, so I chose HIFU. Overall, it was a pretty good experience.” As an engineer involved with developing software to test cell phones, Matthew was intrigued by the fact that high intensity sound waves could be used as medical therapy. As this happened before HIFU became FDA approved, [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

After 20 years of scrutiny researchers confirm surgery for early prostate cancer may not save lives

Dr. Michael Lazar Director of California HIFU discusses HIFU for Prostate Cancer and the findings of latest study which reveals that radical surgery is not the best way to treat early stage prostate cancer. New treatment options are available and patients need to know.  A 20-year-long study by a national research team including Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and led by the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System overwhelmingly supports growing evidence that prostate cancer surgery performed on men in the early stages of the disease offers very few if any benefits. In the cases involved with this study, surgery did not prolong life and often caused serious complications including; infection, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. “As treatments for prostate cancer continue [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

HIFU Patient Returns to the Life He Loves Following Procedure

Over a period of five years, Chris Lockheed’s PSA numbers had been going up. Then, a biopsy revealed that he had two tumors on his prostate. Chris, 68, started doing research into what kind of options for treatment were available to him. When a radiation specialist in Rohnert Park told him about Dr. Michael Lazar and the HIFU procedure, he did more homework. He found that Dr. Lazar had done hundreds of these procedures in Puerto Vallarta, and the treatment was given FDA approval for use in the U.S. in 2015. What is HIFU? HIFU is an FDA approved precise and targeted therapy that reduces the risk of complications caused by surgery and radiation. HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

Prostate cancer increasingly targeting younger men

It’s a procedure called HIFU, with a device that uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to destroy cancerous prostate tissue. 94 percent of patients are cancer-free after 5 years, with no further treatments. Read the full story below. HIFU has many proven advantages over traditional treatment modalities for prostate disease. Call (707) 546-5553 to make an appointment with Dr. Lazar. Visit our website: www.californiahifu.com#hopeforprostatecancer #HIFU #DrLazar #cancertreatment Prostate cancer is aggressively targeting our younger generations of men at an alarming rate and when there aren't signs in the early stages, it’s up to you to get ahead of it. More than 26,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That was not an option for John DeCamillis. “As I tell people Brooke, it wasn’t a matter of if I was going to be diagnosed. I’d [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

Serious Side Effects Noted in Commonly Prescribed Prostate Cancer Drug

Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction. Physicians should be fully aware of these new findings according to the researchers, and to discuss with their patients the potential adverse side effects of Avodart on metabolic and sexual function before prescribing it. The study appears in the journal Hormones Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigations. As men age, their prostate enlarges. This condition often results in urinary retention or other lower urinary tract symptoms, such as reduced urinary flow which results in waking up several times at night to urinate. To help improve symptoms, men are often prescribed an alpha blocker, such [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 July 4th, 2017|

It’s Men’s Health Month – Is prostate cancer prevention possible?

Urologist and prostate cancer specialist Dr. Michael Lazar talks about prevention and options for maintaining health after a cancer diagnosis. June is Men’s Health Month and the focus is on prostate cancer. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. and the third most common cause of cancer related death today; lung cancer remains in the number one spot. Currently it is estimated that one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Those at highest risk are men who have a family history of prostate cancer and black men, who are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as any other group. Although experts will say that there's [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

Key ingredients to thwart the growth of prostate cancer found in certain foods

When you dine on curry and baked apples, enjoy the fact that you are eating something that could play a role starving -- or even preventing -- cancer. New research from The University of Texas at Austin identifies several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer, the most common cancer afflicting U.S. men. Published online this week in Precision Oncology, the new paper uses a novel analytical approach to screen numerous plant-based chemicals instead of testing a single agent as many studies do, discovering specific combinations that shrink prostate cancer tumors. "After screening a natural compound library, we developed an unbiased look at combinations of nutrients that have a [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Hal & Mary: Another Happy HIFU Story

Posted on HIFU Prostate Services 5/27/2017 If you ask Hal Plimpton, he will tell you that he is a semi-retired, international logistics consultant who has owned and operated his own business for many years. If his wife, Mary, happens to hear him say he is “semi” retired, she will laugh and probably roll her eyes. “He was supposed to retire 15 years ago, but he’s still working,” said Mary. However, one thing that Hal and Mary can agree on is that they made a good treatment decision several years ago when Hal was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “I could tell that he felt really good about HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound). He had confidence in the technology that it was going to work. I was a [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|