J Brantley Thrasher, MD, FACS

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 immediate 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, 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 South Central Section Representative to the AUA Board of Directors.  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 Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), in 2017. He stepped down as Chair of the Department of Urology in June 2016, in order to dedicate more time to his position and service for the AUA.  He is currently Executive Director of the American Board of Urology.


Dr. Thrasher has served on numerous national committees, including the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), as the Kansas State Representative to the Board of Directors of the South Central Section of the American Urological Association (AUA), as the Chair of the Fellowship Committee for the Society of Urologic Oncology, and as a member of the American College of Radiology Expert Advisory Panel on Prostate Cancer. He has served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Kansas City Committee on fellowship applicants for the American College of Surgeons, President of the South Central Section of the AUA, the South Central Section representative of the AUA Board of Directors, and the South Central Section Health Policy Committee.  He was previously the Chair of the Public Media, Practice Guidelines and Prostate Cancer Guidelines (vice-chair) Committees, a mentor for the AUA Leadership Program, a member of the Best Practice Policy Panel on Cryotherapy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer, the Chair of the Prostate Cancer Literature Review Panel and the Audio-Visual Committee of the AUA. 


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.


The American Board of Urology (ABU) is organized to encourage study, improve standards, and promote competency in the practice of Urology. The Board evaluates candidates who are duly licensed to practice medicine, and arranges and conducts examinations for the purpose of certification, subspecialty certification, recertification, and ongoing Lifelong Learning. Certificates are conferred by the Board to candidates who successfully complete all requirements for a given certificate...

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