Education

Residency
Urology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1978
Fellowship
Urology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1976
Residency
Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, 1974
Internship
Medicine, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1973
Degree
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1972

Medical Board Certifications

Urology
American Board of Urology, 1980

State License

G24703
  • About Me

    About Me

    Jacob Rajfer, M.D. has made UCLA one of the top basic science research centers in the field of impotence, specializing in the molecular events surrounding the production of nitric oxide, the chemical responsible for the erectile process. Since 1980, Dr. Rajfer has headed the clinical and teaching programs in Urology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Many specialties within Urology-- including pediatrics, renal transplantation, oncology and andrology--have been expanded at Harbor and a number of important discoveries have resulted from the clinical and research activities at Harbor under Dr. Rajfer's guidance. It was these research activities that led to the discovery at UCLA of what chemicals cause an erection and explained in detail how drugs like Viagra work in helping men with impotence.

    In addition to serving as Chief of Urology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Rajfer is a Professor of Urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine's Department of Urology. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and completed his Internship at LA County-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Rajfer completed a Surgery Residency at St. Josephs Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and served as Senior Assistant Resident in Urology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, where he went on to become Chief Resident in Urology. Dr. Rajfer also served as Research Fellow in Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology and holds a number of important patents for medical discoveries related to the field of urology.

    Professional Memberships

    • American Fertility Society
    • Kidney Foundation of Southern California
    • Society for the Study of Reproduction
    • Los Angeles Urological Society
    • Southern California Transplant Society
    • Society of University Urologists
    • Pacific Coast Fertility Society
    • Western Section, American Urological Association, Inc.
    • UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • American College of Surgeons - Fellow
    • American Urological Association
    • American Society of Andrology
    • Urologic Society for Transplantation and Vascular Surgery
    • California Urological Society
    • Western Association of Transplant Surgeons
    • The Endocrine Society
    • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    • Society for the Study of Impotence
    • Society of Pediatric Urology
    • Western Urologic Forum
    • American Academy of Pediatric

    Academic & Medical Staff Appointments

    • Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1989 to present
    • Associate Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1983-89 
    • Assistant Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1980-83
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1978-80

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  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Urology
    American Board of Urology, 1980

    Education

    Residency
    Urology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1978
    Fellowship
    Urology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1976
    Residency
    Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, 1974
    Internship
    Medicine, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1973
    Degree
    MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1972
  • Clinical Interests
    • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • Male Infertility
    • Peyronie's Disease
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Urethral Stricture
    • Vasectomy
  • Research

    Research Interest

    Dr. Rajfer has made UCLA one of the top basic science research centers in the field of impotence. It was these research activities that led to the discovery at UCLA of what chemicals cause an erection and explained in detail how drugs like Viagra work in helping men with impotence.

    During Dr. Rajfer's tenure as Chief of Urology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, many clinical aspects of Urology including pediatrics, renal transplantation, oncology and andrology have been expanded and a number of important discoveries have been made.

    Publications

  • News & Awards

    Awards

    • America’s Top Doctors, 2001
    • Best Doctors in America, 1992-2001 
    • Certificate of Achievement Award, AUA, Orlando, Fl., 1996 
    • Honorary Fellowship, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996 
    • President, Los Angeles Urological Society, 1995
    • Honorable Mention, Research Prize, Section on Urology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, D.C., 1986 
    • 1st Prize, Joseph F. McCarthy Essay, Western Section, American Urological Association, Anaheim, CA, 1985 
    • 1st Prize, Joseph F. McCarthy Essay, Western Section, American Urological Association, Reno, NV, 1984
    • 2nd Prize, Joseph F. McCarthy Essay, Western Section, American Urological Association, Vancouver, B.C., 1983
    • 1st Prize, Laboratory Research, Grayson Carroll Essay, American Urological Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1978 
    • 3rd Prize, Laboratory Research, Grayson Carroll Essay, American Urological Association,Chicago, Illinois, 1977