James McKiernan, MD, the John K. Lattimer Professor of Urology, was named chair of the Department of Urology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and urologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, effective July 1, 2014.The Department of Urology, one of the oldest and most distinguished in the nation, consistently ranks among the top in New York and throughout the United States. NewYork-Presbyterian's urology program ranked No. 5 in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of America's best hospitals. In 2014, the department ranked No. 8 in NIH grant funding among academic Urology departments in America.
Dr. McKiernan graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in biology and received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his training in urology and general surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a urologic surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. McKiernan specializes in urologic oncology, particularly surgical therapy in high-risk patients with bladder and kidney cancers. His research, funded by NIH and biotechnology industry grants, focuses on developing novel therapeutics for bladder cancer treatment as well as comparative effectiveness reseach in urologic oncology. In the management of kidney and bladder cancer, he has special expertise in organ preservation and reconstructive surgery to maximize quality of life. Dr. McKiernan's research has been published in Cancer, Cancer Research, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Journal of Urology, Urologic Oncology, and Urology. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters on urologic oncology.
For the past 10 years, he has directed a research team at Columbia University Medical Center investigating quality outcomes and effectiveness in urologic cancer surgery. He has served as the Vice Chairman for the AJCC TNM Staging Task Force, CO-Chair of the AUA Guidelines Panel on non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, as well as on the American Board of Urology and Society of Urologic Oncology Examination Committees. In addition, Dr. McKiernan is the principal investigator of the NIH-funded clinical trials program of experimental therapeutics in bladder cancer at Columbia, which is investigating new agents for bladder preservation in patients whose cancer has recurred after standard therapy. In collaboration with researchers at Columbia's Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, his team continues to develop new therapeutic strategies for managing bladder cancer.
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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
MD, 1993 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY