Patrick C Walsh, M.D.

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  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology
  • Professor Emeritus of Urology


Prostate Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Urology

Research Interests

Prostate Cancer

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-6100
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3377 | Fax: 410-502-7711

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-6100
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3377 | Fax: 410-614-8096


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. more


  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology
  • Professor Emeritus of Urology

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  • MD; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1964)


  • Pediatric Surgery; Childrens Hospital (1967)
  • Surgery; Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (1967)
  • Urology; Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (1971)


  • Endocrinology; UCLA Harbor Medical Center (1970)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology (Urology) (1975)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • Joseph A. Smith Mentoring Award, Society of Urologic Oncology, 2021
  • Honorary Member, European Association of Urology, 2017
  • Giants of Cancer Care: Prostate Cancer, 2014
  • 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
  • Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins University, 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
  • Honorary Member, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2003
  • 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
  • National Academy of Medicine, 1995
  • Barringer Medal, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, 1995
  • Dornier Innovative Research Award, American Foundation for Urologic Disease, 1994
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1964


  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Academy of Achievement
  • American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons
  • American Surgical Association
  • American Urological Association
  • British Association of Urologic Surgeons, 1998
    Honorary Member
  • Clinical Society of Genito-Urinary Surgeons
  • Endocrine Society
  • German Society of Urology
    Honorary member
  • Honorary Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2004
  • Honorary Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 2004
  • International Rotary Foundation, 1999
    Paul Harris Fellow
  • Irish Society of Urology
  • National Academy of Medicine, 1995
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • Urological Society of Australasia
    Honorary member

Professional Activities

  • President, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons
  • President, Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons

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