In August, 2002, Dr. Leonard G. Gomella was appointed the Bernard Godwin Professor of Prostate Cancer and the 8 th Chairman of the Department. Dr. Gomella, originally from New York, graduated from Queens College, City University of New York and completed medical school, general surgery and urology training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. This was followed by a two year Urologic Oncology Fellowship with Drs. Marston Linehan and Steven Rosenberg at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been on the faculty since 1988 and in 1994, the Board of Trustees appointed him the first Bernard W. Godwin Associate Professor in Prostate Cancer, the first prostate cancer specific chair in the U.S.
Dr. Gomella, working with then resident Dr. Jose Moreno and others, were first to use RT-PCR to detect micrometastasis in patients with prostate cancer, in 1991. Dr. Gomella also serves as Urology Chair for RTOG and is an active leader in many organizations including the Mid Atlantic Section of the AUA and the Society of Urologic Oncology. In 2004 he became the President Elect of the Mid Atlantic AUA. Dr. Gomella's reputation as an effective teacher and lecturer has him in constant demand as a speaker. In addition to having given over 300 presentations at local, national and international meetings, he has written over 250 papers, book chapters and monographs in the field of Urology and has served as a member of the Editorial Board of numerous journals in the field of urology and oncology.