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Partin Named New Director of Urology at Johns Hopkins

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Nov. 12, 2004

Partin Named New Director of Urology at Johns Hopkins

Alan Partin, M.D., Ph.D., a world-renowned expert in the study and treatment of prostate cancer, will be the new director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Urology and the Brady Urological Institute, and the new urologist in chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as of Nov. 15.  He succeeds Patrick Walsh, M.D., who led the department for three decades and will remain on the urology faculty devoting his full time to patient care, surgery and research.

Partin is one of the world’s leading investigators into the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.  His laboratory, clinical and surgical interests are focused on developing and testing new and existing methods for predicting the aggressiveness of prostate cancers so that rational treatment decisions can be made by both patients and physicians.  He is renowned for his role in developing the Partin tables, which have given thousands of men with prostate cancer an accurate prediction of their likelihood of being cured.

The recipient of numerous professional honors, he was awarded the prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award by the American Urological Association, given yearly to the urologist who makes the greatest impact within the first 10 years after residency.  Partin was the first urologist to receive this award after only five years of practice.

 A native of Newton Falls, Ohio, Partin is a Johns Hopkins-trained physician and surgeon.  After receiving his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and graduating first in his class, he came to Johns Hopkins for his medical training, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1988 and his M.D. in 1989.  He served a surgical internship in 1989, a surgical junior residency in 1990, and his urology residency in 1991, before being named to the faculty as an instructor of urology in 1994.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1995 and then to professor of urology in 1999.  He is the Bernard L. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Urologic Oncology.

The author of more than 350 scientific papers, he is also editor in chief of the journal Urology, editor of the leading urology textbook, Campbell-Walsh Textbook of Urology, associate editor of Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, associate editor of Urology Reviews, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Andrology, Urology Research and Treatment, Current Urology Reports, Clinical Prostate Cancer and the British Journal of Urology.

He is married to Paula Partin and has two sons.

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