Thomas E. Ahlering, M.D.

Dr.-Thomas-Ahlering-UCI Prostate Cancer Center

E. Ahlering, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chairman

Dr. Ahlering specializes in Urologic Oncology and is a highly regarded surgeon in the field of urologic cancers with years of experience in treatment of testicular, bladder, prostate, and kidney cancers. His focus is on the development of radical prostatectomy that is assisted by the da Vinci robot. Dr. Ahlering has performed more than 1,500 robotic surgeries, including the very first robotic prostatectomy surgeries in Australia, Canada, and Denmark.

  • His clinical practice is dedicated to urologic cancer
  • Trained under Dr. Donald G. Skinner at USC in urinary diversion and reconstruction
  • One of the original American’s Best Doctors since his membership in 1994

Dr. Ahlering continues to lead innovation to the Indiana pouch and Ileal Neo-bladder reconstructions. He has received recognition on the local, national, and international levels for his expertise in urologic oncology and more specifically, urinary diversion. Dr. Ahlering has active research projects in bladder and prostate cancer and has produced over 85 publications of book chapters and journal articles.


Dr. Thomas Ahlering is a highly regarded surgeon in Urologic cancers. He received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in urology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a two-year fellowship in urologic oncology under the clinical training of Dr. Donald G. Skinner. Following his training he was the Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology at the City of Hope (1986-1992) when he was recruited as Chief of the Division of Urology at UC Irvine in 1992-2002. His years of experience in treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular cancers has placed him as one of the original America’s Best Doctors since his selection in 1994. He has received local, national, and international recognition for his expertise in urologic oncology, particularly in the development of Robotic radical prostatectomy with the da Vinci robot. He has performed more than 2500 such surgeries, including the first robotic prostatectomy surgeries in Southern California, Denmark, Australia, and Canada.

Since 2002, Dr. Ahlering’s research efforts have concentrated on maximizing functional recovery and patient-reported outcomes following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. His work has been highly regarded among the scientific community, with over 400 published abstracts and journal articles. Dr. Ahlering has consistently been recognized as top 1-2% experts in academic prostatectomy research, and most recently was recognized as a Top 2% of Medical Scientist in the World in a Stanford Study. Dr. Ahlering is highly awarded and acknowledged amongst his peers including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Robotic Surgery at North American Robotic Urology Symposium; the Outstanding Faculty Achievement – Lauds and Laurels Awards from the University of California Irvine Alumni Association and Mentor of the Year from the UCI Institute of Clinical and Translational Science.

Roles & Memberships:

Dr. Ahlering is a member of the editorial boards of the journals: Urology, and the Journal of Urology, and the Societies of the American Urological Association, and its Wester Section Treasurer. He was an invited speaker at Senator Barbara Boxer’s Prostate Cancer Forum in 1996 and has lectured at the American Cancer Society’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Forum in Southern California. He became a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology in 1998.

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Los Angeles County/University of Southern California
Fellowship Training: Urologic Oncology / University of Southern California

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