J. Kellogg Parsons

Title(s)Professor, Urology
SchoolHealth Sciences
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    Translational epidemiology of prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and bladder cancer; diffusion of new surgical technologies into clinical practice; and patient safety.

    Research Topics

    • Cancer

    • Epidemiology

    • Health Systems/Policy/ Economics

    • Outcomes

    • Policy

    Current Project Titles

    • The Men's Eating and Living (MEAL) Study: A Randomized Trial of Diet to Alter Disease Progression in Prostate Cancer Patients on Active Surveillance

    • Risk Factors for Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Progression Among Older Men

    • The Diet Intervention in Bladder Cancer Study: A Pilot Trial of Diet for Bladder Cancer

    • Patient Safety and Diffusion of Minimally-Invasive Radical Prostatectomy


    Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons is associate professor of surgery at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. He specializes in prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), bladder cancer, and kidney cancer.

    He is an expert in robotic-assisted surgery, prostate laser surgery, and cryosurgery. Dr. Parsons has been elected to the San Diego County Medical Society/San Diego Magazine's Top Doctors list for five consecutive years (2010 to 2014) and to America’s Best Doctors®.

    Dr. Parsons has extensive expertise in treating prostate cancer using the da Vinci robotic system. He trained to perform nerve-sparing prostate cancer surgery with Dr. Patrick C. Walsh, one of the nation’s leading urologic surgeons, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Dr. Parsons is an internationally recognized expert in prostate disease and urologic oncology. He has published over 120 scientific research articles, edited three medical textbooks (including a 1,000-page textbook of prostate cancer), and received research grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense. He currently serves as a consulting editor for European Urology and as an associate editor for Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, and is an editorial board member for the new journal European Urology Focus.

    He has won numerous awards for his scientific research, lectures extensively across the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, and serves on the American Urological Association Western Section Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Genitourinary Surgery Committee, NCI Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and the Vice Chair, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Expert Panel on Clinical Guidelines for the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer.

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    1. Parsons JK, Pierce JP, Natarajan L, Newman VA, Barbier L, Mohler J, Rock CL, Heath DD, Guru K, Jameson MB, Li H, Mirheydar H, Holmes MA, Marshall J. A randomized pilot trial of dietary modification for the chemoprevention of noninvasive bladder cancer: the dietary intervention in bladder cancer study. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2013 Sep; 6(9):971-8. PMID: 23867158; PMCID: PMC3857028.
    2. Parsons JK. Words of wisdom. Re: dutasteride in localised prostate cancer management: the REDEEM randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Eur Urol. 2013 Jul; 64(1):167. PMID: 23746318.
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    3. Kopp RP, Marshall LM, Wang PY, Bauer DC, Barrett-Connor E, Parsons JK. The burden of urinary incontinence and urinary bother among elderly prostate cancer survivors. Eur Urol. 2013 Oct; 64(4):672-9. PMID: 23587870; PMCID: PMC3938018.
    4. Parsons JK, Palazzi K, Chang D, Stroup SP. Patient safety and the diffusion of surgical innovations: a national analysis of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Surg Endosc. 2013 May; 27(5):1674-80. PMID: 23239306.
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    5. Parsons JK, Carter HB, Partin AW, Windham BG, Metter EJ, Ferrucci L, Landis P, Platz EA. Metabolic factors associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Jul; 91(7):2562-8. PMID: 16608892.
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    6. Parsons JK, Partin AW. Clinical interpretation of prostate biopsy reports. Urology. 2006 Mar; 67(3):452-7. PMID: 16504268.
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