SURF is an independent 501(c)3 housed at Urology of Virginia. The Foundation was established to unify and support local clinicians and scientists to develop more accurate diagnostic tests and successful treatment strategies for patients with diseases of the urogenital system, particularly prostate cancer. Originally named the Virginia Prostate Center when founded by Dr. Paul Schellhammer, the foundation later expanded its scope to include other cancers and benign urological diseases. It has since gained acclaim by supporting researchers and educators at one of the nation’s largest urology practices and advancing the field of urology through the work of its world renowned physicians.
The Foundation later became the Schellhammer Urological Research Foundation to honor its founder, Paul Schellhammer MD, who remains active with the Foundation today. Funding from SURF enables researchers to focus on insights, inclusion and innovation.
Who We Are
SURF’s mission is to improve urological care in our community and beyond through excellence in education, compassionate innovative health care, transformative research, and humanitarian medical missions.
SURF does this by:
- supporting patient education and community outreach
- providing direct patient support that eliminates barriers to care
- advancing innovative research by funding graduate medical research, expanding access to clinical trials and facilitating research opportunities
- funding humanitarian medical missions that serve the world’s neediest patients.
Learn more at SURF’s website.