Tony Finelli


Chief of Urology, University Health Network
GU Site Lead, Princess Margaret Cancer Center
Associate Professor
University of Toronto


(416) 946-2851



Dr. Tony Finelli is a urologic oncologist and surgeon investigator at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Chief of Urology, GU Site Lead at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the inaugural GU Oncology Lead for the province of Ontario (Cancer Care Ontario).

Dr. Finelli conducts health services research in urologic oncology with an interest in identifying gaps in care and designing knowledge translation strategies to overcome them. He is also actively involved in clinical trials. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and holds peer-reviewed funding for research in prostate and kidney cancer.

Dr. Finelli’s clinical practice focuses on the management of urologic malignancies with minimally invasive and robotic techniques. He has performed live surgery for instructional purposes in more than 10 countries. Dr Finelli is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to minimally invasive urologic oncology.

Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

Affiliated Hospital(s)

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (UHN), Toronto General Hospital (UHN)

Latest Publications

The Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic: a biopsychosocial clinic for sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy.

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The Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic: a biopsychosocial clinic for sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy.

Curr Oncol. 2018 12;25(6):393-402

Authors: Matthew A, Lutzky-Cohen N, Jamnicky L, Currie K, Gentile A, Mina DS, Fleshner N, Finelli A, Hamilton R, Kulkarni G, Jewett M, Zlotta A, Trachtenberg J, Yang Z, Elterman D

Purpose: The most prevalent intervention for localized prostate cancer (pca) is radical prostatectomy (rp), which has a 10-year relative survival rate of more than 90%. The improved survival rate has led to a focus on reducing the burden of treatment-related morbidity and improving the patient and partner survivorship experience. Post-rp sexual dysfunction (sdf) has received significant attention, given its substantial effect on patient and partner health-related quality of life. Accordingly, there is a need for sdf treatment to be a fundamental component of pca survivorship programming.
Methods: Most research about the treatment of post-rp sdf involves biomedical interventions for erectile dysfunction (ed). Although findings support the effectiveness of pro-erectile agents and devices, most patients discontinue use of such aids within 1 year after their rp. Because side effects of pro-erectile treatment have proved to be inadequate in explaining the gap between efficacy and ongoing use, current research focuses on a biopsychosocial perspective of ed. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of literature describing the components of a biopsychosocial program designed for the post-rp population and their partners.
Results: In this paper, we detail the development of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic (pcrc), which emphasizes multidisciplinary intervention teams, active participation by the partner, and a broad-spectrum medical, psychological, and interpersonal approach.
Conclusions: The goal of the pcrc is to help patients and their partners achieve optimal sexual health and couple intimacy after rp, and to help design cost-effective and beneficial rehabilitation programs.

PMID: 30607114 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]