Dr. Jim Hu is a urologic oncologist, with his undergraduate degree in Economics, his Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University and his Medical Degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Urology Residency at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and his Urologic Oncology Fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center.
He began his career as the Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School and was quickly promoted to Director of the Prostate Cancer Program at Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and Associate Professor. He was then recruited back to UCLA as the Henry Singleton Chair of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and was promoted to Professor before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College as the Director of the LeFrak Center for Robotic Surgery and the Ronald P. Lynch Chair in Urologic Oncology.
Dr. Hu is internationally renown as a surgical innovator and health services researcher. His comparative effectiveness research interests have been funded by the Department of Defense, National Cancer Institute and the Livestrong Foundation. His areas of clinical and research expertise include prostate and kidney cancer. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Hu has performed thousands of robot-assisted prostatectomies, among over 4000 laparoscopic, robotic and open procedures.
"After a diagnosis of a relatively aggressive form of prostate cancer we did our homework. After considering all options, we chose radical prostatectomy. Dr. Hu was an integral part of that decision-making process. He encouraged us to explore the alternatives, and was consistently clear about possible outcomes, side effects, and most importantly, survivability of this disease that has completely blind-sided us. One always wants a doctor who is empathetic, and who listens to and understands your concerns. He is all that, even personally answering emailed questions immediately. More importantly, our inquiries left no doubt that he was one of, if not the, best in the field. He is a star at robotic surgery for prostate cancer. For me that mattered most. My outcome – no cancer present – is a testament to his skill. My recovery was quick and uneventful. I highly recommend him!" - Anonymous via Vitals on March 30, 2017
"Dr. Hu advised me not to undergo surgery for my low risk cancer, rather that surveillance was best. Being a health professional as well, I respected this. Ultimately, I felt it best to proceed given my young age. I had a quick recovery from surgery and was functionally back to normal within 2 months. Caring doctor and outstanding technique. Prompt response to my answers and very caring. Top in the field." - Anonymous via Vitals on April 26, 2016
"Dr Hu performed a radical prostatectomy on me after a diagnosis of cancer. In consultations with me prior to surgery, he was warm and kind, and extremely informative. He showed great patience, answered all of my questions, met with my wife, and left me feeling that I had made a fully-informed decision. And then the real skills shine through - Dr. Hu's surgical abilities left me with truly minimal side effects. I was walking within hours after surgery and my overall recovery has been swift." - Michael L.
"Dr. Hu performed a robotic radical prostatectomy. Long and short term outcomes were better than I anticipated. Only missed 7 days of work. He is a highly competent surgeon, a great doctor and a truly nice person. I highly recommend Dr. Hu." - John M.
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