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Department of Urology

Leonard G. Gomella, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Bernard W. Godwin Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer
Chairman Department of Urology
and Director of Clinical Affairs, Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Prostate and Bladder Cancer

Dr. Leonard Gomella is the Bernard W. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Jefferson Medical College and Associate Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Originally from New York, Dr. Gomella completed his 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 and 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. He serves as Director of Clinical Affairs for Kimmel Cancer and Urology Chair for RTOG. Dr. Gomella is also recognized as an expert in urologic laparoscopy, having initiated the program at Jefferson in 1990.

In addition to having given over 400 presentations at local, national and international meetings, he has written over 250 papers, book chapters and monographs in the field of Urology and has served as member of the Editorial Board of the Investigative Section of the “Journal of Urology”, as co-editor in chief of "Techniques in Urology”, is on 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 in 2006 was appointed 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 fields 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, 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. He has been recognized for many years in “Best Doctors in America”, Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for Urologic Oncology and received a "Volunteer Achievement Award" in 2000 from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Cancer Society and an “NCI Achievement Award”. In 2006, he served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urologic Association.

If you have any questions or would like to refer a patient to Dr. Gomella, please contact him at:

Department of Urology

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

833 Chestnut Street, Suite 703

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone (215) 955-1000

Fax (215) 923-2275

Jefferson Faculty Interest Page

Web page revised: March 19, 2007