Dr. Michael Lazar

Santa Rosa Urologist Dr. Michael Lazar is Making History with a Nonsurgical, Outpatient Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves target cancer cells with precision in a one-to-four-hour procedure that has little or no side affects and a quick recovery rate, giving those diagnosed with prostate cancer another choice over surgery or radiation. HIFU has been used in other countries for years, and Dr. Lazar has been instrumental in bringing this innovative treatment to the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last October, and he has since been performing the procedure at San Francisco Surgery Center for patients who travel from across the country to receive this leading edge treatment. “The oncological results for HIFU are broadly [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 April 26th, 2016|

HIFU San Francisco – Meet Dr. Michael Lazar

Michael J. Lazar, MD was an early user of the HIFU technology dating back to 2007.  He was credentialed as proctor in 2010 and participated in editing the user manual for the Sonablate HIFU system. Lazar trained FDA investigators on HIFU patient care and was commissioned by SonaCare Medical to proctor FDA clinical trial cases.  He has treated or been involved with over 200 patients and is also site director for SonaCare Medical’s international training site in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Dr. Lazar has been certified by the American Board of Urology four times and has practiced in Santa Rosa, Calif. since 1983.  He is chairman of the Board of Redwood Health Services, Inc. providing insurance products for employee groups. Dr. Lazar is also CEO and managing director [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 April 12th, 2016|

HIFU Center of Excellence in San Francisco

Sonablate HIFU is available now with Dr. Michael Lazar at HIFU Center of Excellence In San Francisco located in downtown San Francisco, 450 Sutter Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94108 HIFU Center of Excellence offers patients a state-of-the-art facility in downtown that is convenient to hotels and the airport for patients interested in traveling from around the country for this recently FDA-cleared treatment. For more information about HIFU treatment which is now available in San Francisco, or to make an appointment call: (707) 546-5553. Visit us online to learn more at: www.californiahifu.com Physician Practicing HIFU in San Francisco: Dr. Michael Lazar See more on the HIFU Prostate Services Website.

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 April 12th, 2016|

HIFU Prostate Services Expands Management Team with Chief Operating Officer

John McLean brings significant amount of experience in HIFU, operations, marketing and medical imaging. CHARLOTTE, N.C. March 9, 2016. HIFU Prostate Services, LLC, a leading provider of minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments using high intensity focused ultrasound (“HIFU”), is pleased to announce the addition of John McLean as chief operating officer. McLean brings 17 years of experience in healthcare marketing and management to HIFU Prostate Services and will be responsible for managing treatment teams, training programs and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining HIFU Prostate Services, McLean spent eight years at SonaCare Medical where he was involved in approximately 600 HIFU cases. While at SonaCare Medical, McLean served as product manager, business manager and service engineer; he brings experience in all areas of running a successful [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

Prostate cancer targeted with ultrasound ‘could transform treatment’

The study - on the effectiveness of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat men with localized prostate cancer - featured at the European Association of Urology Congress (EAU16) in Munich, Germany, March 11-15, 2016. Led by University College Hospital (UCH) in London, UK, the study followed 625 men between 2004-2015, who were treated in the UK and who had localized, non-metastatic tumors; the tumors were in one part of the prostate and had not spread beyond the gland. Hashim Ahmed, a consultant urological surgeon at UCH, told the meeting that 93% of patients who underwent HIFU alone to remove their prostate tumor were still cancer-free and did not need any surgery or radiotherapy 5 years after treatment. The results follow those of an earlier study [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

HIFU: Taking the UK By Storm

A treatment that uses sound waves to blast away prostate tumors has been proven to cure as many men of the disease as that of the surgery that removes the gland – while causing significantly fewer side effects. Until now the new procedure, called high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), has been considered experimental. This has meant that the majority of British men diagnosed with the condition – including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman – have only been offered the more invasive operation called radical prostatectomy, which has a clear track record despite the risk of impotence and incontinence. HIFU is a treatment that uses sound waves to blast away prostate tumours has been proven to cure as many men of the disease as surgery that removes [...]

2016-09-23T11:35:58+00:00 March 15th, 2016|

Best-selling Author John Grisham Turns HIFU Advocate

John Grisham Turns Promoter for Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Takes a break from legal thrillers to tout HIFU's benefits Best-selling author John Grisham has a side job. When the legal thriller writer is taking a break from stories of tort reform and multi-million dollar trials, or of small town justice gone awry and blackmailed jurors -- or any of the other legal topics he's covered in the roughly one book a year he's written since 1988 -- he thinks about high-intensity focused ultrasound. Or rather, he's busy raising money and awareness for the technology as part of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, where he sits on the board. He "still doesn't understand the technology" behind focused ultrasound, he said in a recent TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, Va., [...]

2016-09-23T11:40:42+00:00 March 1st, 2016|

Study Supports Hemiablation HIFU for Prostate Cancer

Story source: Renal & Urology News. Jody A. Charnow, Editor. February 10, 2016 High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) hemiablation offers mid-term promising functional and oncologic outcomes in carefully selected patients with clinically localized prostate cancer (PCa), according to researchers. In a prospective cohort study of 50 patients who underwent HIFU ablation of a single lobe of the prostate, the 5-year actuarial metastases-free survival, cancer-specific survival, and overall survival rates were 93%, 100%, and 87%, respectively, Roland van Velthoven, MD, and colleagues at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Belgium, reported in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases (2016;19:79-83). The researchers documented complete continence (no pads) and erections sufficient for intercourse in 94% and 80% of patients, respectively. “Our study suggests that hemiablation HIFU is a valid mini-invasive focal therapy strategy, feasible [...]

2016-09-23T11:17:14+00:00 February 25th, 2016|

The Press Democrat: Santa Rosa doctor one of few using new treatment for prostate cancer

by Martin Espinoza | The Press Democrat | December 3, 2015 Santa Rosa urologist Michael Lazar has been traveling to Puerto Vallarta since 2007, though not exactly for sun and fun. Lazar is part of a vanguard of urologists who are treating prostate cancer with a newly approved procedure in the United States that uses ultrasound to zap cancerous tissue. The procedure, known as high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, is used in more than 30 countries around the world. Until this fall, it had not been cleared for use in the United States. Lazar, who has traveled to Mexico six to eight times a year since 2007 to treat American men diagnosed with prostate cancer, is now one of a handful of doctors expanding use [...]

2016-02-25T11:21:31+00:00 December 7th, 2015|

First Prostate Cancer Patient Treated with Minimally Invasive HIFU on West Coast

Dr. Michael Lazar performing first HIFU surgery on the West Coast at San Francisco Surgery Center November 18, 2015. San Francisco, CA – HIFU Prostate Services, LLC, a leading provider of minimally- invasive prostate cancer treatment, using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), announced that physician partner and Medical Director, Michael J. Lazar, MD treated the first prostate cancer patient in California with minimally invasive HIFU on November 18, in San Francisco at the San Francisco Surgery Center (SFSC). This will be the second patient ever treated in the country using Sonablate HIFU technology. HIFU Prostate Services has partnered with Lazar and SFSC to establish a HIFU Center of Excellence where patients can receive the recently FDA-cleared Sonablate HIFU treatment. SFSC is located in [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:54+00:00 November 18th, 2015|