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. Ahlering majored in chemistry at the University of California, Berkley. He received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently completed residency in urology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Next, Dr. Ahlering completed a two-year fellowship in urologic oncology under Dr. Donald G. Skinner and completed laboratory training under Peter Jones, Ph.D. Dr. Ahlering was the Chief of the Division of Urology from 1992 to 2002, when he became the Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology after establishment of the new department.

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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