Benjamin N. Breyer, MD, MAS, FACS

Dr. Ben Breyer

Benjamin N. Breyer, MD, MAS, FACS

Chair and Professor of Urology
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Taube Family Distinguished Professorship in Urology
Chief of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF Health


BS, 1999, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, Cell and Structural Biology
MD, 2003, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago IL, Medicine
MAS, 2011, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Clinical Research


At graduation from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Breyer was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, achieved campus wide honors and was given the John Van Prohaska Award for outstanding potential in teaching, research, and clinical medicine. After residency at UCSF, Breyer completed a fellowship in complex male genitourinary reconstruction and trauma surgery under the direction, of Jack W. McAninch, MD. Breyer joined the faculty in 2011. From 2014 to 2024 he was Chief of Urology, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where Dr. Breyer is passionate about leading the Department’s lean quality and safety initiatives. In 2015, Dr. Breyer became Residency Program Associate Director. In 2017, he became a Vice-Chair of the Department. In 2020, Dr. Breyer became the Residency Program Director and he also earned his professorship position in urology. He is a member of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. In 2023, Dr. Breyer became Chair of the Department. 

Clinical Interests

Breyer is internationally known as clinical expert in performing complex urethral and penile reconstruction for urethra stricture and cosmetic disfigurement, male incontinence, male fistula, and surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. He is expert in both minimally invasive and complex open reconstructive surgery. He has a high-volume reconstructive practice based primarily at the UCSF- Parnassus Heights Campus and is the Director of the UCSF Genitourinary Reconstructive Society Male Genitourinary Reconstruction Fellowship. He has served on the American Urologic Association Guideline Panel Committees for Male Incontinence and Urotrauma.

Research Interests

Breyer’s research group is focused on outcomes in reconstructive urology, prostate cancer survivorship and trauma and how to improve urinary and sexual wellness. He studies disparities in urology including LGBTQ urinary and sexual wellness and gender issues in urology. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Breyer is the Past President of the Trauma and Urinary Reconstructive Network of Surgeons (TURNS - UCSF is one of 14 centers that collaborate in the study of patients treated for a variety of conditions in reconstructive urology, prostate cancer survivorship and trauma. This network is designed to collect centralized data and provide sophisticated analysis of both surgical and patient reported outcomes from urethral stricture surgery, male incontinence and a variety of other conditions.

Patient Contact

For appointments, please contact:

415.476.3372  (Phone)

415.206.5153  (Fax)

Clinic Office:
UCSF ACC 6th floor
400 Parnassus Suite A610
San Francisco, CA 94143

Academic Contact

San Francisco General Hospital

1001 Potrero Ave, Suite 3A20

San Francisco, CA 94110-1444

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