|| Frederic N. Schwentker Professor and Chairman|
Department of Urology
University of Pittsburgh School of
University of Pittsburgh
Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Prostate and Urologic Cancer Center
Joel B. Nelson received a BA in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983. He receiving his medical degree in 1988 and completed his urology residency in 1994, both at Northwestern University Medical School. He was awarded an American Foundation for Urological Disease Scholarship for fellowship training in basic research and oncology at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins from 1994 to 1996. After joining the faculty of the Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins in 1996, Dr. Nelson was named the Director of Urological Oncology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In 1999, at the age of 39, Dr. Nelson was appointed the first Frederic N. Schwentker Professor and first Chairman of the newly formed Department of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Under his leadership, the Department has grown from five to 23 full-time faculty members, with a several-fold increase in clinical volumes and research funding, placing it in the top ten nationally for NIH funding. Dr. Nelson’s area of clinical interest is focused on prostate cancer, maintaining a surgical practice of about 250 radical prostatectomies per year. He research interest has been on novel treatments for advanced prostate cancer, most notably as the first to identify the endothelin axis as a possible target for treatment in prostate cancer bone metastases. Dr. Nelson has published over 150 papers and chapters and is a member of several editorial boards. He is the member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons and a recipient of many clinical and basic science awards. He is the Chief of Surgery at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.