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Jim Hu, MD


Jim Hu, MD

UCLA Physician Jim Hu, MD specializes in Urology.
Preferred Name
Jim Hu
Language Spoken
English, Mandarin Chinese
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 794-7700 Appointments and information
Email Address
Voted Super Doctor
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200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 140
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Urology, American Board of Urology, 2007
Urologic Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center, 2004 - 2005
Urology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999 - 2004
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1998 - 1999
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 1998
Adrenal Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Elevated Prostate Serum Antigen, Hematuria, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Robotic Surgery-Bladder, Robotic Surgery-Kidney, Robotic Surgery-Prostate Cancer
Department Affiliation
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Provider, Urology, Urologic Oncology




Research Interest
Technical refinement for robotic assisted surgeries, Comparative effectiveness research.
Additional Information
  • 2010-2012 Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • 2009-2012 Director of the Prostate Cancer Center, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
  • 2008-2012 Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Oncology Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 2007-2012 Director of Urologic Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 2007-2010 Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • 2005-2007 Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Education (cont.)

  • Brigham Leadership Program, Harvard Business School
  • Master of Public Health Degree, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Arts and Sciences
Awards & Recognition
  • 2014 Third Place Jackson Hole Seminars
  • 2014 Castle Connolly Top Urologist
  • 2013 Super Doctor
  • 2013 US News and World Report Top Doctor
  • 2012 US News and World Report Top Doctor
  • 2012 Henry E. Singleton Chair Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 2011 US News and World Report Top Doctor
  • 2010 Academic Exchange Program American Urological Association / Chinese Urological Association
  • 2008-2012 Prostate Cancer Physician Training Award, Department of Defense
  • 2008-2009 Brigham Leadership Program, Harvard Business School
  • 2008 Best Poster Epidemiological Trends & Socioeconomics Session, American Urologic Association Annual Meeting
  • 2008 Clinical Innovation Award, Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization
  • 2007-2009 Young Investigator Award, Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • 2006-2007 Prostate Cancer SPORE Career Development Award Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center
  • 2005 Second Place, Joseph F McCarthy Physician Essay Contest Western Section American Urological Association
  • 2002-2004 CaPSURE Scholar
  • 2002 Second Place, Miley B Wesson Resident Essay Contest Western Section American Urological Association
  • 2002 3rd Place, Los Angeles Urologic Association Residency Essay Contest, Los Angeles Urologic Association
  • 1998 Medical Student Fellowship, American Cancer Society
  • 1998 Arnold Award Outstanding Medical Student Baylor College of Medicine
  • 1997 Summer Fellowship American Foundation for Urologic Disease
  • 1993 Graduated with Honors Johns Hopkins University
Selected from 102 publications
  1. Hu JC, Gold KF, Pashos CL, Mehta SS, Litwin MS. Role of surgeon volume in radical prostatectomy outcomes. J Clin Oncol. 2003;21(3):401-5.
  2. Hu JC, Wang Q, Pashos CL, Lipsitz SR, Keating NL. Utilization and outcomes of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26(14):2278-84.
  3. Berry A, Korkes F, Hu JC. Landmarks for consistent nerve sparing during robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. J Endourol. 2008;22(8):1565-7.
  4. Berry AM, Korkes F, Ferreira M, Hu JC. Robotic urethrovesical anastomosis: combining running and interrupted sutures. J Endourol. 2008;22(9):2127-9.
  5. Freire MP, Weinberg AC, Lei Y, Soukup JR, Lipsitz SR, Prasad SM, Korkes F, Lin T, Hu JC. Anatomic Bladder Neck Preservation During Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy: Description of Technique and Outcomes. Eur Urol. 2009; 56(6): 972-80.
  6. Freire MP, Choi WW, Lei Y, Weinberg AC, Carvas F, Hu JC. Overcoming the learning curve for robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Urol Clin of North AM. 2010;37(1):37-47.
  7. Hu JC, Gu X, Lipsitz SR, Barry MJ, D'Amico AV, Weinberg AC, Keating NL. Comparative effectiveness of minimally invasive vs open radical prostatectomy. JAMA. 2009;302(14):1557-64.
  8. Prasad MP, Prasad SM, Hevelone ND, Gu X, Weinberg AC, Lipsitz SR, Palapattu GS, Hu JC. Utilization of pharmacotherapy for erectile dysfunction following treatment for prostate cancer. J Sex Medicine. 2010 Mar;7(3):1062-73.
  9. Williams SB, Alemozaffar M, Lei Y, Hevelone N, Lipsitz SR, Plaster BA, Hu JC. Randomized Controlled Trial of Barbed Polyglyconate Versus Polyglactin Suture for Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Anastomosis: Technique and Outcomes. Eur Urol. 2010 Dec;58(6):875-81.
  10. Lei Y, Alemozaffar M, Williams SB, Hevelone N, Lipsitz SR, Plaster BA, Amarasekera CA, Ulmer WD, Huang AC, Kowalczyk KJ, Hu JC. Athermal Division and Selective Suture Ligation of the Dorsal Vein Complex During Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy: Technique and Outcomes. Eur Urol. 2011 Feb;59(2):235-43.
  11. Choi WW, Freire MP, Soukup JR, Yin L, Lipsitz SR, Carvas F, Williams SB, Hu JC. Nerve-sparing technique and urinary control after robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. World J Urol. 2011 Feb;29(1):21-7.
  12. Huang AC, Kowalczyk KJ, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Yu HY, Plaster BA, Amarasekara CA, Ulmer WD, Lei Y, Williams SB, Hu JC. The impact of prostate size, median lobe, and prior benign prostatic hyperplasia intervention on robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy: technique and outcomes. Eur Urol. 2011 Apr;59(4):595-603.
  13. Choueiri TK, Schutz FA, Hevelone ND, Nguyen PL, Lipsitz SR, Williams SB, Silverman SG, Hu JC. Thermal ablation vs surgery for localized kidney cancer: a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database analysis. Urology. 2011 Jul;78(1):93-8.
  14. Kowalczyk KJ, Huang AC, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Yu HY, Ulmer WD, Kaplan JR, Patel S, Nguyen PL, Hu JC. Stepwise approach for nerve sparing without countertraction during robot-assisted radical prostatectomy: technique and outcomes. Eur Urol. 2011 Sep;60(3):536-47.
  15. Kowalczyk KJ, Weinburg AC, Gu X, Yu HY, Lipsitz SR, Williams SB, Hu JC. Comparison of outpatient narcotic prescribing patterns after minimally invasive versus retropubic and perineal radical prostatectomy. J Urol. 2011 Nov;186(5):1843-8.
  16. Nguyen PL, Je Y, Schutz FA, Hoffman KE, Hu JC, Parekh A, Beckman JA, Choueiri TK. Association of androgen deprivation therapy with cardiovascular death in patients with prostate cancer: a meta-analysis of randomized trials. JAMA. 2011 Dec 7;306(21):2359-66.
  17. Yu HY, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Kowalczyk KJ, Nguyen PL, Hu JC. Hospital volume, utilization, costs and outcomes of robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. J Urol. 2012 May;187(5):1632-8.
  18. Kowalczyk KJ, Alemozaffar M, Hevelone ND, Ulmer WD, Plaster BA, Lipsitz SR, Yu H, Hu JC. Partial Clamping of the Renal Artery During Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy: Technique and Initial Outcomes. J Endourol. 2012 May;26(5):469-73.
  19. Prasad SM, Drazer MW, Huo D, Hu JC, Eggener SE. 2008 US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and prostate cancer screening rates. JAMA. 2012 Apr 25;307(16):1692-4.
  20. Yu HY, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Kowalczyk KJ, Nguyen PL, Choueiri TK, Kibel AS, Hu JC. Comparative Analysis of Outcomes and Costs Following Open Radical Cystectomy Versus Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy: Results From the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Eur Urol. 2012 Jun;61(6):1239-44.
  21. Alemozaffar M, Duclos A, Hevelone ND, Lipsitz SR, Borza T, Yu HY, Kowalczyk KJ, Hu JC. Technical refinement and learning curve for attenuating neurapraxia during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy to improve sexual function. Eur Urol. 2012 Jun;61(6):1222-8.
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