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Klaassen, Zachary, MD

Administrative Title: 
Urologic Oncology, Director of Clinical Urologic Research, Assistant Residency Program Director
Specialties: 
Urologic Oncology/Robotic Surgery/MIS
Urology
Cancer Surgery
Office 706-721-7000
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Faculty Title

  • Assistant Professor

Medical Degree

  • St. George's University School of Medicine

Internship

  • Surgery - Medical College of Georgia

Residency

  • Urology - Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Fellowship

  • Urologic Oncology - University of Toronto/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Research

  • Dr. Klaassen's research interests include:
  • 1) Mental health and cancer survivorship
  • 2) Clinical epidemiological aspects of urologic malignancies
  • 3) Clinical trials
  • 4) Translational research focusing on biomarkers for early detection of cancer and predictors of response to treatment

Languages

  • English

Philosophy of Care

  • Dr. Klaassen believes in taking the cancer journey together with his patients and their families. He focuses on the treatment of not only the cancer, but other side effects of diagnosis/treatment, which may include physical and emotional aspects.

Board Info

  • American Board of Urology

Dr. Klaassen was born in rural Canada and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Following an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, he attended medical school at St. George's University in Grenada, followed by clinical rotations and a research fellowship in the metro New York area. After completing his Urology residency in Augusta, he spent two years in Toronto as a Society of Urologic Oncology fellow, also obtaining a Masters of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Clinical Epidemiology. Away from the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids (preferably on a golf course). He is a rabid fan of college and professional sports, including hockey, golf, football and baseball.
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