Stacey Kenfield, ScD Promoted to Full Professor of Urology

Submitted by UCSF Urology on July 11, 2023 at 2:13 pm
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Stacey Kenfield

Stacey Kenfield, ScD, Helen Diller Family Chair in Population Science for Urologic Cancer, has been promoted to full Professor within the Department of Urology. Dr. Kenfield has distinguished herself as an expert in clinical research and education. Her research portfolio is focused on behavioral science, digital health, and epidemiology, cancer prevention and survivorship, and urologic health outcomes.

Dr. Kenfield serves as one of the Associate Chairs of Research in Urology and oversees the Urology Clinical Trials Office. She has been awarded competitive grant funding to study lifestyle modifications to improve prognosis and quality of life and help people that have been diagnosed with urologic cancer live healthier, longer lives. She recently received highly competitive funding from National Institutes of Health to expand these interventional studies to men with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). She has over 110 peer reviewed publications in her field.

"Dr. Kenfield’s promotion is most deserved.” Said Department of Urology Chair, Dr. Benjamin N. Breyer Taube Family Distinguished Professorship in Urology. “Her work is particularly important and has significant impact on Men’s Health. Across multiple domains she has demonstrated the importance of diet and exercise to improve health, including ways to motivate men to be healthier.”

Recent highlights of Dr. Kenfield’s work include:

  • Funded NIH R01 on Prescription Exercise for Older Men with Urinary Disease (PROUD) pilot study, to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and fidelity of an established remote exercise intervention and health education control among sedentary older men with LUTS/BPH.
  • Funded NIH R03 to study a plant-based diet index and other prostate health behavior scores in the Multiethnic Cohort Study and whether these associations differ across racial or ethnic groups.
  • Publication providing evidence for an acute effect of high-intensity interval aerobic exercise on serum myokine levels in exercise-trained patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer and a tumor suppressive effect of acute exercise-conditioned serum from these advanced cancer patients:
  • Publication demonstrating that a healthy lifestyle may provide a way to offset the genetic risk of lethal prostate cancer using her 6-factor lifestyle score.

Dr. Kenfield also helped author a resource web page for healthy living for cancer patients