Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Urology Research
Address: New York Medical College
Basic Science Building, Room A3
Valhalla, New York 10595
Dr. Sato received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1991 and is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Urology Research in the Department of Urology (NYMC). His research initially focused on finding reliable and specific markers for prostate cancer. Dr. Sato found two potential markers (cathepsin D and glyoxalase I) and such work has been well received and published. His focus was then shifted to the therapeutic modalities for urological cancers. Due to the unsatisfactory outcomes of current therapies, he explored unconventional approaches using natural products, such as fruits, plants, flowers, vegetables, mushrooms, etc. Particularly, Dr. Sato studied on the extract of maitake mushroom against prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer cells. These studies demonstrated its anticancer effect on these cancer cells and also its combination with certain chemotherapeutic drugs led to significantly improved drug efficacy.
Dr. Sato also worked on the prevention/treatment of kidney stones or renal ischemia/reperfusion injury (RIRI) with “antioxidants” because they could be primarily triggered by oxidative stress. A significant reduction (~70%) in chemically-induced crystal formation in rats was observed with potent antioxidants. Similarly, postoperative RIRI induced in rats was also significantly reduced with preoperative antioxidant intervention.
While doing research, one of his important academic duties is to give my guidance to our urology residents to successfully complete the mandatory 3-month research rotation. Actually, he has been doing this basic science research since 1995 and is proud of what he have accomplished in the past 25 years. Furthermore, Dr. Sato is a member of the three professional societies, American Urological Association (AUA), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He also serve as a peer-reviewer for several scientific/medical journals as well as a moderator at the foremost meetings.
Dr. Sato teaches General Concepts of Urologic Cancers and Research in Urology and speaks Japanese.