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Patrick C Walsh, MD

Professor of Urology

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  • Professor of Urology

Centers & Institutes

  • James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute


Prostate Cancer, Urology, Urology / Urologic Surgery

Research Interests

Prostate Cancer


Dr. Patrick C. Walsh is a professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr. Walsh is best known for his pioneering work in the development of "the anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy," which involves nerve-sparing techniques that have reduced the probability of impotence and incontinence, and for his 30 years as director of the Brady Urological Institute. He has also made major contributions to the basic understanding of benign and malignant neoplasms of the prostate. Along with co-workers, he was the first to describe the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme deficiency, to develop an experimental technique for the induction of benign prostatic hyperplasia, to demonstrate the influence of reversible androgen deprivation on BPH, and to characterize hereditary prostatic cancer.

Dr. Walsh received his undergraduate and medical training at Case Western Reserve University. After an internship and junior residency in surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, he conducted an assistant residency in pediatric surgery at The Children''s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and a residency in urology as well as a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1974. In 2004 he was named University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology.

Dr. Walsh has received dozens of national and international awards and honors. He has authored or co-authored more than 600 articles and three books, including a best-seller for lay people titled The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them. For 25 years he was the editor-in-chief of Campbell''s Textbook of Urology, which has been renamed in his honor. He is on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine, is a member of numerous international professional organizations and has served as the president of both the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.


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American Academy of Achievement

American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons

American Surgical Association

American Urological Association

American Urological Association, Mid-Atlantic Section

American Fertility Society

American Society of Andrology

Baltimore Monthly Medical Society

Clinical Society of Genito-Urinary Surgeons

Comite Internacional de Andrologia (CIDA)

Endocrine Society

Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1976-1980

Irish Society of Urology

Peripatetic Club

Society of University Surgeons

Society of Urologic Oncology

Urological Investigators Forum

U.S. Section, Societe Internationale d’Urologie

Honorary member, Urological Society of Australasia

Honorary member, German Society of Urology

British Association of Urologic Surgeons, Honorary Member, 1998

Paul Harris Fellow, International Rotary Foundation, 1999

Honorary Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 2004

Honorary Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2004

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  • Education +


    • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland OH ) (1964)


    • UCLA Medical Center / Urology (Los Angeles CA ) (1971)
    • Childrens Hospital / Pediatric Surgery (Boston MA ) (1967)
    • Peter Bent Brigham Hospital / Surgery (Boston MA ) (1967)


    • UCLA Harbor Medical Center / Endocrinology (Torrance CA ) (1970)


    • Urology, American Board of Urology (1975)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Walsh PC. “Re: prostate-specific antigen screening trials and prostate cancer deaths: the androgen deprivation connection.” J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Feb 1;106(2):djt432. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djt432. Epub 2014 Jan 7. No abstract available.
    2. Mohler JL, Kantoff PW, Armstrong AJ, Bahnson RR, Cohen M, D'Amico AV, Eastham JA, Enke CA, Farrington TA, Higano CS, Horwitz EM, Kawachi MH, Kuettel M, Lee RJ, Macvicar GR, Malcolm AW, Miller D, Plimack ER, Pow-Sang JM, Richey S, Roach M 3rd, Rohren E, Rosenfeld S, Small EJ, Srinivas S, Stein C, Strope SA, Tward J, Walsh PC, Shead DA, Ho M. “Prostate cancer, version 1.2014.” J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Dec 1;11(12):1471-9.
    3. Walsh PC. “Survival in the prostate cancer prevention trial.” N Engl J Med. 2013 Nov 14;369(20):1967. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1311498#SA1. No abstract available.
    4. Murphy DG, Ahlering T, Catalona WJ, Crowe H, Crowe J, Clarke N, Cooperberg M, Gillatt D, Gleave M, Loeb S, Roobol M, Sartor O, Pickles T, Wootten A, Walsh PC, Costello AJ. “The Melbourne Consensus Statement on the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer.” BJU Int. 2013 Nov 8. doi: 10.1111/bju.12556. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.
    5. Teerlink CC, Thibodeau SN, McDonnell SK, Schaid DJ, Rinckleb A, Maier C, Vogel W, Cancel-Tassin G, Egrot C, Cussenot O, Foulkes WD, Giles GG, Hopper JL, Severi G, Eeles R, Easton D, Kote-Jarai Z, Guy M, Cooney KA, Ray AM, Zuhlke KA, Lange EM, Fitzgerald LM, Stanford JL, Ostrander EA, Wiley KE, Isaacs SD, Walsh PC, Isaacs WB, Wahlfors T, Tammela T, Schleutker J, Wiklund F, Grönberg H, Emanuelsson M, Carpten J, Bailey-Wilson J, Whittemore AS, Oakley-Girvan I, Hsieh CL, Catalona WJ, Zheng SL, Jin G, Lu L, Xu J; International Consortium for Prostate Cancer Genetics, Camp NJ, Cannon-Albright LA. “Association analysis of 9,560 prostate cancer cases from the International Consortium of Prostate Cancer Genetics confirms the role of reported prostate cancer associated SNPs for familial disease.” J Hum Genet. 2013 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Francis Amory Prize, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012

    Doctor Honoris Causa, Medical School of the University of Athens, 2010

    Heritage Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, 2009

    Honorary member, Turkish Association of Urology, 2008

    Honorary member, American Urological Association, 2007

    Johns Hopkins University Diversity Recognition Award, 2007

    National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence by America''s Top Doctors®, 2007

    King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2007

    Doctor Medicinae Honoris Causa, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno, Czech Republic, 2007

    Honorary Member, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2004

    Ramon Guiteras Award, American Urological Association, 2004

    Clifford J. Voght Alumni Service Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2004

    John Carroll Society Medal, 2004

    75th Abraham Colles Lecturer, Honorary member - Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland, 2003

    Charles Huggins Award, Society of Urologic Oncology, 2003

    Irish American Magazines Top 100, 2002

    Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Medal, University College, Galway, Ireland 2000

    Distinguished Service Award, American Urological Association, 2000

    Featured in Alpha Omega Alpha Leaders in American Medicine Videotape Series, 1999

    Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, 1997

    The Charles F. Kettering Medal, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, 1996

    Hugh Hampton Young Award, American Urological Association, 1996

    Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 1995

    Barringer Medal, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, 1995

    Dornier Innovative Research Award, American Foundation for Urologic Disease, 1994

    Ramon Guiteras Lecturer, American Urological Association Meeting, 1993

    Ellen Browning Scripps Society Medal, 1993

    Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold, The Kingdom of Belgium (Presented by King Baudoin), 1992

    Distinguished Alumnus Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1991

    Johns Hopkins Minority Faculty Association Award for Outstanding
Support of the Minority Medical Community, 1990

    The Academy of Medicine of New Jersey Award for Distinguished Contributions to Urology, 1990

    Triennial Eugene Fuller Prostate Award, American Urological Association, 1986

    The Golden Eagle Award, Council on Nontheatrical Events, 1985

    William R. Smart Film Award, American Urological Association, 1985

    Gold Cystoscope Award, American Urological Association, 1978

    First Prize for Clinical Research, American Urological Association, 1974

    First Prize for Laboratory Research, American Urological Association, 1970

    Alpha Omega Alpha, 1964

    Professional Activities

    Member, Editorial Board, New England Journal of Medicine

    President, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons

    President, Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons

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