A Century of Progress in Urologic Cancers 1915-2015 - MSKCC

Peter Scardino, Chair, Department of Surgery; David H. Koch Chair, shares the illustrious history of urologic oncology at MSKCC and discusses the upcoming Memorial Sloan Kettering Centennial Conference, Modern Management of Urologic Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 

Thomas Keane interviews Peter Scardino about the contrubtions and accomplishments to the field of urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Dr. Scardino shares that the specialty of urologic oncology in this country began at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the leadership of Willet F. Whitmore, Jr. Known as the “father of urologic oncology,” Dr. Whitmore was named Chief of Urology in 1951 and served for more than 30 years. He had superb surgical skills, a brilliant understanding of the biology and natural history of genitourinary cancers, and a remarkable teaching ability. Dr. Whitmore initiated the first fellowship program specializing in urologic oncology, which attracted many leading young urologists to train as fellows at Memorial Hospital.

He went on to say that when Dr. Whitmore retired in 1984, William R. Fair was appointed Chief of Urology, and he expanded the scope of the fellowship to include a program of basic research within the Urology Service.  

We note that Peter T. Scardino was appointed Chief of the Urology Service in 1998 and was awarded an NCI T32 research training grant in 1999, which has been continually funded. The T32 award cemented our commitment to training future generations of physician-scientists to conduct translational research in urologic oncology. James A. Eastham was appointed Chief of the Urology Service in 2009.

Dr. Scardino tells us that over the past 50 years Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has trained more than 200 graduate urologists from around the world as fellows in urologic oncology. Many of the world’s leaders in this specialty, who have contributed immensely to the field, have studied here. See all former fellows from the program.