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Leonard Gabriel Gomella

The Bernard W. Godwin Professor of Prostate Cancer
Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson Medical College
Chairman, Department of Urology
Associate Director, Kimmel Cancer Center
Mailing Address
1025 Walnut Street, Suite 1112
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
United States
Contact Information
Phone: 215-955-1706
Fax: 215-923-1884

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine (1980)

Residency: General Surgery, University of Kentucky - General Surgery (1980-82), Urology (1982-1986)

Fellowship: National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch, Urologic Oncology (1986-1988)
Expertise and Research Interests


The Bernard W. Godwin Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer
Chairman, Department of Urology
Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Leonard Gomella is the Bernard W. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Prostate Cancer and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Jefferson Medical College. Originally from New York, Dr. Gomella completed medical school, general surgery and urology training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. After a Urologic Oncology Fellowship in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland he joined the faculty of Jefferson Medical College in 1988 and was appointed Chair in 2002.

Dr. Gomella is involved in both basic science and clinical research in the development of new diagnostic techniques and treatments for prostate, bladder and kidney cancer through Jefferson''s Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Gomella''s team was first to use RT-PCR to detect micrometastasis in patients with prostate cancer, a finding that led to a new field of investigation in this disease. He serves as Associate Director of Clinical Affairs for Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson and Urology Chair for RTOG. Dr. Gomella is also recognized as a contributor to urologic laparoscopy, initiating the program at Jefferson in 1990.

He has given over 400 presentations at local, national and international meetings, written over 250 papers, book chapters and monographs in the field of Urology. Journal appointments have included serving as member of the Editorial Board of the Investigative Section of the "Journal of Urology", as co-editor in chief of "Techniques in Urology", the board of "Urologic Oncology", and "Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery". He is a consultant to numerous journals in the field of urology and oncology and is Associate Editor of the "Canadian Journal of Urology".

Dr. Gomella has authored and edited over forty books for medical students, house officers, and practicing physicians, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. He is the editor of the "5 Minute Urology Consult" and co-editor of "Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery", the field''s first color atlas. Currently he is the laparoscopy editor for "Glenn''s Urologic Surgery". "Recovering From Prostate Cancer" was the first book for the public dedicated to this topic. In the field of medicine, Dr. Gomella is known for the "Clinician''s Pocket Reference", now in its 11th edition. It is a widely used reference for medical students and health care providers. He is the series editor for McGraw-Hill''s "On Call" resident series. "Best Doctors in America","Top Doctors for Cancer", Philadelphia Magazine''s "Top Doctors" have recognized him for many years for urologic oncology and prostate Cancer. In 2007, Men''s Health Magazine listed him as one of the 20 top urologists in the US. He has been the recipient of many awards including a Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Cancer Society "Volunteer Achievement Award" and a "National Cancer Institute Achievement Award". In 2005-2006, he served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA.

Biological Response Modifiers; Bladder; Growth Factors; Kidney Cancer; Molecular Biology; Prostate; Urology
  • Publications/Abstracts
  • 1. *Gomella, LG. The Efficacy of Sildenafil Citrate Following Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Temporal Considerations, Editorial Comment Ohebshalom et al Editorial Comment , J Of Urol July 2005.
  • 2. *Ives EP, Burke MA, Edmonds PR, Gomella LG, Halpern EJ. Quantitative computed tomography perfusion of prostate cancer: correlation with whole-mount pathology. Clin Prostate Cancer. 2005 Sep;4(2):109-12.
  • 3. *Ives EP, Gomella LG, Halpern EJ. Effect of Dutasteride Therapy on Doppler US Evaluation of Prostate: Preliminary Results. Radiology. 2005 Oct;237(1):197-201.
  • 4. Gomella, LG Hormonal Therapy: New Uses for an Old Treatment, AUA News December 2005.
  • 5. *Brown JA, Strup SE, Chenven E, Bagley D, Gomella LG. Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy: analysis of distal ureterectomy technique, margin status, and surgical outcomes. Urology. 2005 Dec;66(6):1192-6.
  • 6. *Halpern EJ, Ramey JR, Strup SE, Frauscher F, McCue P, Gomella LG. Detection of prostate carcinoma with contrast-enhanced sonography using intermittent harmonic imaging. Cancer. 2005 Dec 1;104(11):2373-83.
  • 7. Kalra P, Glassman DT, Gomella LG, Strup SE, McGinnis DE, Simon DR, Chang MF, Byrne DS, Kuo RL. Outcomes of hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy in technically challenging cases. Urology. 2006 Jan;67(1):45-9.
  • 8. Trabulsi, EJ, Merriam, W and Gomella, LG. New Imaging Techniques in Prostate Cancer Curr Urol Rep. 2006 May;7(3):175-80.
  • 9. Gomella, L. Targeting the genetic basis of transitional cell carcinoma. (Editorial) J Urol. 2006 Jun;175(6):1986
  • 10. Brown JA, Garlitz CJ, Hubosky SG, Gomella LG. Hand-assisted laparoscopic ureterolysis to treat ureteral obstruction secondary to idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis: assessment of a novel technique and initial series. Urology. 2006 Jun 24; [Epub ahead of print].
  • 11. Monami,G ,Gonzalez,EM, Hellman,M, Gomella, LG, Baffa R, Iozzo, RV, Morrione A. The Role of Proepithelin in Bladder Tumor Invasion. Cancer Res 2006; 66: (14). July 15, 2006.
  • 12. Baffa R, Letko J, McClung C, Lenoir J, Vecchione A, Gomella, LG Molecular Genetics Of Bladder Cancer: Targets For Diagnosis And Therapy (In Press 2006 J Experimental And Clinical Cancer Research).
  • 13. Vecchione, A, Gottardo F, Gomella LG, Wildemore B, Fassan, M, Bragantini E, and Baffa R. Molecular Genetics Of Prostate Cancer: Clinical Translational Opportunities (In Press J Exp Clin Res 2006).
  • 14. Targeted Biopsy of the Prostate: Utility of Gray Scale, Color Doppler, and Elastography for the Detection of Prostate Cancer E J Halpern, MD,, C B Slotoroff, MD; E P Ives, MD; I Waldman, MD; M Grogan; Gomella, LG, MD RSNA 2005.
  • 15. Nelson, ED., Slotoroff, SB., Gomella, LG., Halpern, EJ. Targeted Biopsy with Color Doppler and Elastography: A Comparison of Gleason Scores, The 6th SUO/NCI Winter Meeting December 2-3, 2005.
  • 16. LeNoir, J, DArca, D, Gottardo, F, Bragantini, E, Wildemore, B, Shupp-Byrne, D, Zanesi, N., Croce, CM, Gomella, LG, Baffa, R. Prevention Of Bladder Cancer In The FHIT Knock-out Mouse Model With Rofecoxib, A COX-2 Inhibitor. The 6th SUO/NCI Winter Meeting December 2-3, 2005.
  • 17. Pre-treatment with Dutasteride prior to prostate biopsy: Effect on Doppler flow patterns, E J Halpern; P R Gittens; E D Nelson; C B Slotoroff,; E Trabulsi; L G Gomella, MD Submitted RSNA 2006.
  • 18. Monami, G, Gonzalez, EM, Hellman, M, Gomella, LG, Baffa, R, Iozzo,RV, Morrione, A. A role of proepithelin in tumor invasion: Promotion of cell migration and invasion of bladder cancer cells through the activation of ERK1/2 and the formation of paxillin/FAK/ERK complex. American Association Cancer Research April 6, 2006.
  • 19. Brown, J.J., Garlitz, C.J., Hubosky, S., Gomella, LG Hand-assisted laparoscopic ureterolysis to treat ureteral obstruction secondary to retroperitoneal fibrosis: an assessment of an initial series. 101th Annual AUA Scientific Meeting. J Urol. 175 (4): 28, April 2006 Atlanta, GA.
  • 20. Merriam, W.G., Glassman, D.T., Trabulsi,E.J., Gomella, LG Risk of post-operative rhabdomyolysis in patients undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy. 101th Annual AUA Scientific Meeting. J Urol. 175 (4): 343, April 2006 Atlanta, GA.
  • 21. Nelson, E.D., Slotoroff, C.B., Waldman, I., Ives, E.P., Gomella, LG, Halpern, E.J. Grey scale, color doppler and elastography for the detection of prostate cancer. 101th Annual AUA Scientific Meeting. J Urol. 175 (4): 500, April 2006 Atlanta, GA.
  • Book Chapters
  • 1. Ramey, JR, Halpern, EJ, Gomella, LG Chapter 92: Ultrasonography and Biopsy of the Prostate in Campbell Walsh Urology, 9th Edition Wein, AJ Editor (In Press 2006).
  • 2. Ramey, JR, Gomella, LG Transrectal and Transperineal Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of the Prostate in Prostate Cancer Principles and Practice Kirby, R, et al Eds. Martin Dunitz, London (in Press 2006).
  • 3. Nelson, E and Gomella, LG Polycystic Kidney Disease in 5 Minute Clinical Consult, Dambro M ed LWW, Philadelphia (2006).
  • 4. Nelson, E and Gomella, LG Testicular Cancer in 5 Minute Clinical Consult, Dambro M ed LWW, Philadelphia (2006).
  • 5. Nelson, E and Gomella, LG Polycystic Kidney Disease in 5 Minute Clinical Consult Dambro M ed LWW, Philadelphia (2006).
  • Books
  • 1. Gomella, LG, Haist SA, Gelhot-Adams A, Smith K (eds) Clinicians Pocket Drug Reference: 2005 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY (2005) (and PDA).
  • 2. Lefor, AT, Gomella, LG, Wiebke, EA, Fraker, DL Surgery On Call 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY (2005).
  • 3. Haist S.A., Robbins J.R. Gomella, LG (eds), Internal Medicine On Call, 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY (2005) (and PDA).
  • 4. Pohl, CA, Bradford, K, Callahan, C, Gartner, JC, (Eds) Gomella, LG Series Editor. Pediatrics On Call 1st Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY (2006).
  • 5. Pollachek, J (eds), Gomella, LG. Consulting Editor Nurse's Pocket Drug Guide 2006 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, (2006).
  • 6. Gomella, LG, Haist SA, Gelhot-Adams A, Smith K (eds) Clinicians Pocket Drug Reference: 2006 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, NY (2006).
  • Monographs/Media
  • 1. Gomella, LG and Allen, F., "What's New on the Horizon, Treatment Choices for Men Living with Advanced Prostate Cancer". Cancer Care Foundation, New York, July 2005.
  • 2. Ashish M. Kamat, Michael S. Cookson, Michael A. ODonnell, MD Leonard G. Gomella, MD,Bladder Cancer Options: State-of-the-Art Patient Care Two Part Monograph PharmAdura, Orangeburg, New York (October/November 2005).
  • 3. Gomella, LG, Lallas, C and Trabulsi E. Live webcast: Robotically Assisted Radical Prostatectomy January 19, 2006.

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