The 2018 James E. Montie, MD Visiting Professor
Dr. Penson obtained his MD from Boston University and completed his urology residency at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship at Yale University and also obtained an MPH at Yale. He currently maintains a clinical practice in urologic oncology at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
His specific research interests include the comparative effectiveness of treatment options in localized prostate cancer and the impact of the disease and its treatment on patients’ quality of life. He previously chaired the National Institutes of Health’s Health Services Outcomes and Delivery study section, which reviews almost all health services research grants submitted to the NIH. He also maintains a strong interest in health policy and quality improvement.
He currently serves as Chair of the American Urological Association’s Science and Quality Council and has previously served on the National Advisory Council of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.