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David Josephson, MD


Tower Urology

(310) 854-9898

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Dr. David Josephson, a pioneer and expert in robotic surgery is unique in that he is one of very few urologic surgeons in the country who have extensive fellowship training in both open and minimally invasive techniques for the management of complex urologic disorders. He completed a urologic oncology and reconstructive urology fellowship at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center where he was also a Clinical Instructor of Urology. He subsequently had fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery at City of Hope. He was recruited to stay at City of Hope, and became the Program Director of the Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship. Prior to being recruited to the Tower Urology Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, he served as the Surgical Director of the Kidney Cancer Program at City of Hope helping establish innovative techniques to perform nephron- sparing surgery with minimal or no ischemia.

Clinically, he has performed and published several series that are among the world’s firsts in robotic assisted surgery, including robotic assisted inguinal lymph node dissection, robotic assisted cystoprostatectomy with urinary diversion, and robotic RPLND. Having done over 1100 robotic procedures, he is a recognized leader in nerve-sparing and endopelvic fascia sparing techniques to improve on potency and continence outcomes after robotic prostatectomy. His collaborative research with Intuitive Surgery has also focused on the use of intra-operative fluorescence markers to reduce positive surgical margins.

Academically, his studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy. Clinically, he has been recognized on lists as Los Angeles Best Doctors, Cambridge’s Who’s Who, and doubly awarded by Consumers Research Council as one of America’s Top Urologists since 2007 and as America’s Top Surgeons for Robotic surgery for the past three years.

Dr. Josephson is a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, American Urologic Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American College of Surgeons. He has also holds advisory positions for ASCO/ and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Kidney and Testis Cancer Guideline Committees. For further information, please see below.

University of California at Los Angeles
Bachelors of Science in Anthropology
Departmental Honors & summa cum laude

Medical School
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York
Doctor of Medicine degree

University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine
Department of General Surgery

University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine
Department of Urology
Resident Physician
Chief Resident Physician
University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine
Department of General Surgery
Resident Physician
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Department of Urology/Urologic Oncology
Fellow in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Oncology
University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine
Department of Urology/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Fellow in Genitourinary Oncology and Reconstructive Urology

Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Scholar Award, 1995
Departmental Scholar in Anthropology, UCLA, 1995
Golden Key National Honors Society, 1991- 1995
Student Teaching Award, Department of Urology, 2002
House Staff Teaching Award, USC Keck School of Medicine, 2002
Cleveland Clinic National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Laparoscopic Surgery, 2004
Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award, 2004
David A. Cofrin Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology, University of Southern California, 2005-2006
“Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” – Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2007-2010
Cambridge Who’s Who – Healthcare edition, 2008
Best Doctor’s – Pasadena Magazine, 2008-2010
Los Angeles Magazine/Southern California Super Docs – 2010
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) – Kidney Cancer Panel
NCCN – Testicular Cancer Panel
Society of Urologic Oncology
American Urological Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology (89519)
Western Section, American Urological Association (ACTIVE)
American College of Surgeons (Fellow-03101678)
American Association of Clinical Urologists
Los Angeles Urologic Society
Endourological Society
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Journal of Robotic Surgery – Reviewer

Academic Appointment
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Department of Surgery/Division of Urology
Assistant Professor
Fellowship Director, Robotic and Urologic Oncology

University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine
Department of Urology/Urologic Oncology
Clinical Instructor

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