Elias Hyams, MD
Dr. Elias Hyams, Associate Professor of Urology at CUIMC, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various urological cancers, male voiding dysfunction, and urinary tract obstruction. His clinical focus is in “risk-based” screening for prostate cancer, state-of-the-art diagnosis techniques such as image-guided biopsy, and minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer. Dr. Hyams performs a high volume of robotic prostatectomies, a minimally invasive procedure to reduce morbidity and hasten recovery following prostate cancer treatment. Dr. Hyams also treats a range of benign and malignant urological conditions with endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic procedures.
Dr. Hyams received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, then completed a urology residency at New York University-Langone Medical Center in New York, NY. He pursued a fellowship in minimally invasive urological surgery at the Brady Institute of Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, then worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH for five years prior to joining the faculty at Columbia.
Dr. Hyams’ goal is to understand men’s preferences for screening and treatment of prostate cancer, and incorporate diverse types of testing (e.g. blood and urine biomarkers, prostate imaging, genetic testing) to determine the need for further care. He has contributed to the development of multiple “decision-aids” to improve screening and treatment decisions, and brings this expertise to the clinic. This experience is critical to ensure men understand trade-offs and risks associated with prostate cancer detection and treatment, and make decisions that are best for them. Dr. Hyams works closely with other cancer providers at CUMC, such as medical and radiation oncologists, in multi-disciplinary treatment of prostate cancer, as well as urology colleagues to optimize sexual and urinary function after treatment.
Dr. Hyams is co-director of the Genito-urinary Disease Management Team (DMT) at New York Presbyterian-Lawrence Hospital, working to develop clinical and educational programs to prevent and more effectively treat urological cancers. He was named a Westchester County Doctor of Distinction by Westfair Communications in 2018.
Dr. Hyams is an active researcher in prostate cancer epidemiology, shared decision-making, and quality improvement in urology. He has an extensive record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written numerous scientific reviews and book chapters, and has lectured and presented his research both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Hyams provides mentorship and research opportunities for medical students and residents at Columbia with the goal of training the next generation of providers to deliver high quality, evidence-based and compassionate care.