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Edward M. Schaeffer

SchaefferEdwardEDWARD M. SCHAEFFER, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology, Director of Prostate Cancer Programs at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Co-Director of the Prostate Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Clinic and Director of International Urologic Services is the inaugural recipient of the R. Christian B. Evensen Professorship. In 2001, Dr. Schaeffer graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with degrees in medicine and science. He was recruited to Johns Hopkins by Dr. Patrick Walsh and studied under Dr. John Cameron in the Department of Surgery and Dr. Alan Partin in Urology. In 2007 he joined the Brady Urological Institute faculty and in 2010 was promoted to Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology. Dr. Schaeffer’s clinical practice and research laboratory are focused on prostatic diseases and exemplify the mission of the Brady Urological Institute by combining surgical acumen and scientific discovery. He has a large oncologic practice with a national and international referral pattern; annually he performs over 220 major oncologic cases. The central theme of his research involves understanding the clinical, biologic and molecular features of the most aggressive types of prostate cancer. His laboratory is supported by funding from the NIH, Howard Hughes Institute, Department of Defense and Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Schaeffer’s scientific training began in immunology and cell signaling and over time evolved to focus on the prostate — from organogenesis through prostate cancer initiation and progression. Dr. Schaeffer’s laboratory efforts have resulted in the development of several novel approaches to unraveling the molecular programs of prostate carcinogenesis. Dr. Schaeffer’s clinical-translational scientific endeavors concentrate on prostate cancer with an emphasis on molecular features that drive aggressive high-risk prostate cancer and populations at high risk for aggressive disease. His most recent work on disparities in outcomes for African Americans with prostate cancer was honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as a 2013 Clinical Cancer Advance. Dr. Schaeffer’s accomplishments in both medicine and science have been acknowledged with several awards and multiple international speaking engagements, including the American Urological Association Astellas “Rising Star” award and a Howard Hughes Clinician-Scientist Early Careers Award. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and has edited and contributed to multiple medical textbooks. Dr. Schaeffer and his wife, Andrea, met at Johns Hopkins in 2002 and have been married for 9 years. They enjoy their three wonderful children, Winston, Beatrice and Theodore.