The Bernard W. Godwin Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer
Chairman, Department of Urology
Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Leonard Gomella is the Bernard W. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Jefferson Medical College. Originally from New York, Dr. Gomella completed medical school, general surgery and urology training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. After a Urologic Oncology Fellowship in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland he joined the faculty of Jefferson Medical College in 1988 and was appointed Chair in 2002.
Dr. Gomella is involved in both basic science and clinical research in the development of new diagnostic techniques and treatments for prostate, bladder and kidney cancer through Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Gomella's team was first to use RT-PCR to detect micrometastasis in patients with prostate cancer, a finding that led to a new field of investigation in this disease. He serves as Associate Director of Clinical Affairs for Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson and Urology Chair for RTOG. Dr. Gomella is also recognized as a contributor to urologic laparoscopy, initiating the program at Jefferson in 1990.
He has given over 400 presentations at local, national and international meetings, written over 250 papers, book chapters and monographs in the field of Urology. Journal appointments have included serving as member of the Editorial Board of the Investigative Section of the "Journal of Urology", as co-editor in chief of "Techniques in Urology", the board of "Urologic Oncology", and "Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery". He is a consultant to numerous journals in the field of urology and oncology and is Associate Editor of the "Canadian Journal of Urology".
Dr. Gomella has authored and edited over forty books for medical students, house officers, and practicing physicians, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. He is the editor of the "5 Minute Urology Consult" and co-editor of "Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery", the field's first color atlas. Currently he is the laparoscopy editor for "Glenn's Urologic Surgery". "Recovering From Prostate Cancer" was the first book for the public dedicated to this topic. In the field of medicine, Dr. Gomella is known for the "Clinician's Pocket Reference", now in its 11th edition. It is a widely used reference for medical students and health care providers. He is the series editor for McGraw-Hill's "On Call" resident series. "Best Doctors in America","Top Doctors for Cancer", Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors" have recognized him for many years for urologic oncology and prostate cancer. In 2007, Men's Health Magazine listed him as one of the 20 top urologists in the US. He has been the recipient of many awards including a Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Cancer Society "Volunteer Achievement Award" and a "National Cancer Institute Achievement Award". In 2005-2006, he served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA.