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"Our vision includes excellence in all three arms of academic urology:  .. 

                                    -  Eila C. Skinner, MD


John Leppert promoted to Professor of Urology & appointed Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System

The Department of Urology is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. John Leppert to Professor of Urology in the University Medical Line. Dr. Leppert has been on faculty since he joined us here at Stanford in 2008 and has been full time at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.  Dr. Leppert also was appointed this October as the new Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, succeeding Dr. Liao who had successfully led the VA in that position for the past 15 years. 

Dr. Leppert has been the leader of our urologic oncology team at the VA, taking on the most complex robotic and open surgeries for kidney, prostate, testis and bladder cancers, along with multidisciplinary surgeries with the general and colorectal surgery teams. He also runs a very successful multidisciplinary urologic oncology clinic along with Dr. Brian Dietrich from medical oncology. 

In his research, Dr. Leppert has utilized the detailed VA clinical database to address some key questions in urologic cancer that can only be answered with this type of large population studies.    He has focused on understanding predictors of life expectancy in this patient population using both comorbidities and specific lab abnormalities to assist in decision making around treatment of localized prostate cancer.  Similarly, he has studied predictors of progression of renal disease following surgery for kidney cancer.  He has also developed a very large specimen bank of localized and metastatic kidney cancer and with many collaborators at Stanford have added significantly to our understanding of the behavior of these tumors, the immune microenvironment, and response to specific treatments. 

Dr. Leppert has also been a key educator in our department, mentoring a long list of our urology residents and fellows, med students, fellows in nephrology and international scholars.  He is one of the most popular teachers and research mentors on our faculty, and prides himself on this reputation.



Stanford Urology Highlights from AUA 2021 Annual Meeting

AUA 2021: Ramon Guiteras Lecture: Three Decades of Bladder Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise

The 2021 Ramon Guiteras Lecture at the 2021 American Urologic Association (AUA) annual meeting was provided by Dr. Eila Skinner, professor and chair of urology, who provided her perspective on three decades of bladder cancer treatment and advances.

WSAUA 2021 Annual Meeting

Urology faculty Drs. Rustin Massoudi, Katie Kan, and Harchi Gill at WSAUA 2021.

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Elliott who won the Joseph McCarthy Physician Essay Contest (for the second time!) for his paper "Adoption of single use clean intermittent catheterization policies do not appear to effect genitourinary outcomes in a large spinal cord injury population"at the WSAUA 2021 Annual Meeting.

Prostate cancer virtual tumor board video with Dr. Geoff Sonn

Urology faculty, Dr. Geoff Sonn participated in this virtual tumor board reviewing pT2N0M0 localized prostate cancer on October 27th. 

The Department of Urology gathered together at Saratoga Springs for its first in-person event since COVID and to celebrate Rosie Nolley and Michelle Ferrari's retirements and combined 75 years of service to the department

Alison Holmes-Tisch, NP awarded best APP leader

Congratulations to Alison Holmes-Tisch, NP on her well deserved award for best APP leader during Inaugural National APP Week!

Wendy Fantl, PhD's research on ovarian cancers and the immune system featured in SCOPE Magazine & Stanford Daily

Cancer biologist Dr. Wendy Fantl's recent research on how ovarian cancers evade the immune system was recently published in Stanford Medicine's SCOPE Magazine and Stanford Daily. Working closely with immunologist and cancer biologist Veronica Gonazalez, PhD, their research shows that ovarian tumors thrive by convincing nearby immune cells that the cancer cells are those of a developing fetus.


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