James F. Smith, MD, MS
James F. Smith, MD, MS
James Smith, MD, MS received his undergraduate training from the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a degree in molecular biology with high honors. He then enrolled in the University of California's Joint Medical Program, a partnership between Berkeley's School of Public Health and San Francisco's School of Medicine where he earned a master's degree in health and medical science in 2000 and a medical degree in 2002. Smith completed his general surgery and urology training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, returning to the University of California, San Francisco as an Andrology Fellow in 2007 for advanced clinical and clinical research training in male reproductive and sexual health under the guidance of Tom Lue, MD and Ira Sharlip, MD. In 2009, he was awarded a K12 MRHR (Male Reproductive Health Research) grant to continue his investigation into male reproductive health.
As Director of Male Reproductive Health at UCSF, Smith directs the multidisciplinary team providing male fertility preservation counseling and treatment; evaluates and treats men with male reproductive health problems, desire for vasectomy, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and testicular pain. He specializes in the use of minimally invasive vasectomy, microsurgical vasectomy reversal, advanced sperm retrieval techniques, microscopic varicocele repair, and spermatic cord denervation. Smith is an active member of the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, American Society of Andrology, and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.
Smith’s primary research seeks to improve the understanding of clinical, translational, and basic mechanisms of male reproductive biology with particular emphasis on the effect of cancer treatment on male fertility and improving the ability of men to preserve their fertility prior to cancer treatment. A wide range of therapies are used to treat cancer. He seeks to understand the ways in which these treatments affect fundamental properties of human sperm. Smith’s research is highly collaborative and studies a range of problems centered on this goal. Ultimately, he seeks novel treatments to protect and improve the ability of men to father children.
For Urology patients contact
400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 610
San Francisco CA 94143
For Male Infertility patients contact
499 Illinois Street, 6th floor
San Francisco CA 94158
Fertility Preservation Contact Information
All cancer patients evaluated within 24 to 48 hours by calling the fertility preservation hotline at: 415.353.7475
Department of Urology
San Francisco, CA 94143-1695