Marek Filipek, MD, PhD

The medical team at the HIFU CLINIC Prostate Cancer Treatment Centre is headed by Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, specialist in urology and general surgery. Dr M. Filipek is the first urologist in Poland who in 2012 was certified as Ablatherm® HIFU operator by the equipment manufacturer (EDAP TMS, France). Dr Filipek, as the only operator in Central and Eastern Europe, can train surgeons and medical teams at other centres in the HIFU method. At the same time as the Head of the Team at the HIFU CLINIC Prostate Cancer Treatment Centre, he cooperates with the Medicover Hospital in Wilanów, Warsaw.

Dr Filipek is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University in Krakow, where in 1977 he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, in 1980 completed the basic specialist training in general surgery, and in 1986 completed the second-level specialist training in urology. In 1999 he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Urology Unit at the Independent Specialist Zachodni Hospital in Grodzisk Mazowiecki. He created from the scratch one of the most modern and the best equipped urology units in Poland.

For many years Dr Filipek had cooperated with the Urology Clinic, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, where he worked as a senior research assistant and lecturer. He participated in many research and refreshing courses. He did various internships and stayed at scholarships at numerous prestigious urology centres, including the Department of Urology headed by Professor F. Debruyne in Nijmegen. From 2000 to 2006 he was a head of the Urology Unit at the St. Lucas Voivodeship Hospital in Tarnów.

Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, is a promoter of innovative treatment methods and surgical techniques. He specialises in diagnostics and treatment of prostate disorders.

Scientific activities

Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, is a member of the Polish Urological Association (PTU) (in 1997 he was a Vice-Chairman of the PTU Krakow Branch). He is also a full member of the European Association of Urology. He also received numerous awards for his research activities and achievements in the area of urology (including the first prize of PTU and the Professor Zev Wajsman award). 

Scientific achievements of Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, encompass several dozen publications and papers presented at meetings and conferences in Poland and abroad. He is an author of over 30 publications and papers published in various journals, including Urologia Polska, or presented at conferences of the Polish Urological Association and the European Association of Urology. He also participated in numerous international multicentre clinical studies. Each year Dr Filipek also attends meetings of the American urological Association.

Scientific activities

Selected participation in conferences and publications of Dr Filipek:

  • Original papers at EAU 14th Central European Meeting (CEM), (Krakow, 2014)
    • The assessment of PSA concentration dynamics in prostate cancer patients treated with radical-HIFU in own material - preliminary findings.
    • The role of TURP in the assessment of T-staging of prostate cancer in a group of patients undergoing primary radical-HIFU in own material.
    • Prostate biopsy in patients following high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for prostate cancer in own material preliminary results.
  • Certificate of Attendance in the Masterclass NMIBC (Amsterdam, 2014r.)
  • Original publications based on own research at the Polish Urological Association Conference (2014)
    • The role of TURP in the assessment of T-staging of prostate cancer in a group of patients undergoing primary “radical-HIFU” in own material.
    • The assessment of PSA concentration dynamics in prostate cancer patients treated with “radical-HIFU” in own material - preliminary findings.
    • Prostate biopsy in patients following high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for prostate cancer in own material – preliminary results.
  • Lecture "Use of HIFU in prostate cancer treatment" during the Scientific Conference of the Polish Urological Association (2013)
  • Paper published in Przegląd Urologiczny 2013/5 (81) "Zastosowanie ogniskowej wysokoenergetycznej terapii ultradźwiękowej (HIFU) w raku stercza" (Use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in prostate cancer patients) (2013) (co-author)
  • Lecture „Termiczna przezodbytnicza ablacja ultradźwiękowa stercza (HIFU) – metoda leczenia wznów raka gruczołu krokowego? Wznowa raka gruczołu krokowego po leczeniu radykalnym” (Ultrasound transrectal thermal ablation of prostate (HIFU) - method for treatment of prostate cancer recurrence? Recurrence of prostate cancer after radical treatment") at Centrum Olimpijskie (Warszawa, 2013) 33rd Congress of the Societe Internationale d'Urologie, (Vancouver, Canada, 2013)
  • 11th Urological Scientific Forum (Porto, Portugal, 2012)
  • 32nd Congress of the Societe Internationale d'Urologie (Fukuoka, Japan 2012)
  • Chairing of a scientific seminar in Grodzisk Mazowiecki on possibilities for using focused ultrasounds (HIFU method) in treatment of prostate cancer in Polish patient (2012)
  • SIU World Meeting on Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (Marrakesh, Morocco 2010)
  • 12th European Prosthesis Urology Workshop at Fundacio Puigvert (Barcelona, Spain 2011)
  • Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society /ICS/ and International Urogynecological Association /IUGA (Toronto, Canada, 2010)
  • Annual Meeting of the America urological Association in Chicago (Illinois, 2009)
  • 24th Annual EAU Congress (Stockholm, Sweden, 2009)
  • 30th Congress of the Societe Internationale d'Urologie (Shanghai, China 2009)
  • Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, Annual Scientific Meeting (Adelaide, Australia, 2007)
  • Global Prostate Cancer Summit (Athens, Greece, 2005r.)
  • XIV ESPU Congress March IFEMA (Madrid, Spain, 2003r.)
  • Chair and Department of Urology, Medical University of Warsaw: First Warsaw Seminar of Neurology (2002)
  • 10th World Congress of the International Society for Sexual Impotence Research, Montreal (2002r.)
  • Global Medical Conference, Lilly: "Changing the nature of ED treatment”, Indianapolis GMC/Lilly (2002)
  • School of Urology, PTU Education Committee: "Cancer of urinary bladder" - Centre of Oncology, Kielce (2002)
  • Training conducted by the Minister of Health for health care managers: "Psychosocial skills of a manager useful in a process of a change" (2001)
  • Laparoscopy training course at the Urology Unit Dr Jan Biziel Memorial Hospital in Bydgoszcz: "Laparoskopia w Urologii” (Laparoscopy in Urology) (2001)

Cooperation with units abroad

Marek Filipek, MD, PhD, highly values cooperation and exchange of experience with medical centres abroad, specialising in modern methods for prostate cancer treatment. Since 2011, the medical team at the HIFU CLINIC Prostate Cancer Treatment Centre cooperates with Stefan Thüroff, MD, PhD, from Klinikum Harlaching in Munich, where the HIFU procedure has been used for treatment of prostate cancer for over 18 years. The most difficult medical cases are frequently discussed by specialists from HIFU CLINIC and the team from Munich.

Since 2013, the specialists from the medical centre HIFU CLINIC Prostate Cancer Treatment Centre have been cooperating with Professor Mark Emberton and Dr Hashim Ahmed, concerning Sonablate 500 HIFU at the University College in London. They are specialists in the focal therapy of prostate cancer.

In 2014, Dr Filipek underwent a training in Focal-One HIFU with Dr Albert Gelet, at Hospices Civils de Lyon Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France. In the same year, in April, the Doctor also participated in a training course "Focal therapy in prostate cancer” organised by the European School of Urology in Stockholm.

Dr Filipek speaks fluent English.