Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher is the William L. Valk Distinguished Professor in the Department of Urology and 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, 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 to his present position in 1998.
He is president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors, immediate past president of the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) and a member of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. He served as the South Central Section representative to the American Urological Association (AUA) Board of Directors and is the president-elect of the AUA. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology, fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. This year, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the AUA, for 15 years of service to academic and organized urology.
Dr. Thrasher has served on numerous national committees, including the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and as Kansas state representative to the board of directors of the South Central Section of the AUA, as chair of the Fellowship Committee for the SUO and member of the American College of Radiology Expert Advisory Panel on Prostate Cancer. He has served as chair of the Metropolitan Kansas City Committee on fellowship applicants for the American College of Surgeons, the past president of the South Central Section of the AUA, chair of the Public Media, Practice Guidelines and Prostate Cancer Guidelines (vice-chair) Committees, former member of the AUA Board of Directors. He has also served as a mentor for the AUA Leadership Program, member of the Best Practice Policy Panel on Cryotherapy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer, chair of the Prostate Cancer Literature Review Panel and on the Audio-Visual Committee of the AUA.
In addition to giving more than 400 presentations at local, national and international meetings, he has written more than 190 manuscripts, book chapters and monographs in the field of urology. He currently serves as coordinating editor for Practical Reviews in Urology, member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of American Family Physician, associate editor for the book The 5-Minute Urology Consult and as an editorial consultant for Urology Times.
Dr. Thrasher’s basic science research interests are in the area of prostate cancer, and he is currently a co-investigator or consultant in research funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense. His clinical research interests are in the area of prostate, bladder and renal cancer, as well as reconstruction. In addition, he serves as the principal investigator on numerous investigator-initiated, industry-funded and institutionally funded protocols.