A winner of the Patients' Choice Award by the popular doctor-rating website Vitals.com, Dr. Judson M. Brandeis is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and specializes in minimally invasive treatments for benign prostate enlargement including Prolieve, Prostiva and the PVP Green Light laser. Another area of his expertise is minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones, including lithotripsy and ureterscopy. Dr. Brandeis performs a high volume of vasectomies and has performed over 2,000 no-scalpel vasectomies.
Dr. Brandeis grew up in Manhasset, New York, and attended Brown University, majoring in American history and pre-medical studies. While at Brown, he competed on the track and cross country teams, as well as participating in triathlons, bartending for Brown Catering, and working as an EMT for a private ambulance company.
After college, Dr. Brandeis moved to Washington, D.C., to perform research on organ preservation for kidney transplantation at the American Red Cross. Later he attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he continued to compete in triathlons and hosted a weekly radio show on the Vanderbilt station, WRVU.
During medical school, Dr. Brandeis was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship in Kidney Transplantation Immunology. He subsequently spent a year at Harvard Medical School developing new medications to prevent kidney transplant rejection. This experience attracted him to the field of urology, and he was accepted into the UCLA Department of Urology in 1995.
After two years of training in the UCLA Department of General Surgery, he spent four years as a urology resident, performing kidney transplants and developing an interest in urologic oncology. Dr. Brandeis spent a year on research, working with Dr. Mark Litwin on quality-of-life issues relating to the treatment of prostate cancer, winning multiple awards and more than $800,000 in grants for studies on the impact of treatment for early stage prostate cancer on quality of life.
Dr. Brandeis also learned from Dr. Shlomo Raz, the pioneer and father of the field of female urology, who taught Dr. Brandeis new and innovative techniques to treat female incontinence and to perform pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Joining Pacific Urology in 2001, Dr. Brandeis helped pioneer the robotic surgery program at Mount Diablo Hospital and became the first urologist in the Bay Area to perform a robotically assisted cystectomy.
At John Muir Hospital he has served as the Chief of the Urology Division and is active on the Oncology, Information Technology, Surgery and Communication committees.
Dr. Brandeis is married with four children, including twins. His wife is a dentist in Walnut Creek. He enjoys mountain and road biking, snowboarding, basketball and running.
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