J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, FACS

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Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher is the William L. Valk Distinguished Professor and former chair of the Department of Urology and the Co-Director of Operative Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. A native of South Carolina, he completed his Medical Degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., and his urology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He subsequently completed a urologic oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He served for three years as Program Director for the Urology Residency Program at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and after completing his military obligation, he was appointed as Chair in 1998.

He is a Past-President of the American Urological Association (AUA), Past-President of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors, Past-President of the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), and a previous member of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. He has served as the Vice-President of the American Board of Urology and as the President of the South Central Section of the AUA.  He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and a member of the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the AUA in 2015, for 15 years of service to academic and organized urology and was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the SUO, in 2017. He stepped down as Chair of the Department of Urology in June 2016, to assume the Presidency of the American Urological Association.

In addition to giving over 400 presentations at local, national, and international meetings, he has written over 200 manuscripts, book chapters, and monographs in the field of urology. He currently serves as Coordinating Editor for Practical Reviews in Urology, an Associate Editor for the book, “The 5-Minute Urology Consult;” and as an Editorial Consultant for Urology Times.