Faculty Profile

Viraj Master, MD, PhD

Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Clinical Research, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine

Email: vmaster@emory.edu


American Board of Urology


Following his undergraduate education at Northwestern University, Dr. Master received both his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Chicago. He completed his urology residency and two urologic fellowships at the University of California in San Francisco before joining Emory Urology in 2005.

Dr. Master's primary clinical interest is urologic oncology, particularly in the areas of kidney cancer, adrenal tumors, testicular cancer, high-risk prostate cancer, and penile cancers. Dr. Master is nationally known for specializing in the surgical treatment of a complex variety of kidney cancer that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart. In collaboration with Emory surgical oncologist Dr. Keith Delman, Dr. Master has pioneered a laparoscopic technique for the removal of cancerous lymph nodes known as minimally invasive groin dissection that causes minimal interference with the patient's quality of life.

As the director of clinical research for Emory Urology, Dr. Master is actively investigating both the role of inflammation in cancers and "host" (patient) interaction with the disease.

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; is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents, and post-graduate fellows; and has authored multiple book chapters and scientific journal articles.

In addition to his dedication to Emory patients, Dr. Master is also involved in humanitarian pursuits outside of Emory. He has made several surgical trips to Haiti with the Emory Haiti Alliance, a volunteer consortium of Emory medical students, surgery and anesthesiology residents, faculty physicians, and mid-level practitioners that journey to Haiti in the summer to provide surgical care in the Central Plateau region, the poorest and most medically underserved area in the country.


View Dr. Master's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1995

  • MD, University of Chicago Medical Center, Class of 1997

  • Surgery Internship, University of California Medical Center, 1999
  • Urology Residency, University of California Medical Center, 1999-2003

  • Fellowship in Urologic Oncology, University of California Medical Center, 2003-2004

  • Fellowship in Reconstructive Urology and Trauma, University of California Medical Center, 2004-2005

Honors and Awards

  • Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors," 2016, 2017

  • Best Young Investigator Award, American Urological Association Research Foundation, 2013

  • Scientific Research Prize, American Urological Association/Olympus Prize Essay Contest, 2010, 2011

  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation, Clinical/Epidemiology/Healthcare, 7th Annual American Medical Association Meeting, 2009

  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation Public Health Award, 50th Annual National Student Research Forum, 2009

  • Best Scientific Essay Award, Transitional Medicine, 49th Annual National Student Research Forum, 2008

  • Best Scientific Poster Presentation, American Urological Association Annual Convention, 2007

Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Special Interests

  • Adrenal masses

  • Adrenal tumors

  • Kidney cancer

  • Penile cancer

  • Renal cancer

  • Robotic surgery

  • Testicular cancer

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