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Our Physicians and Clinical Staff - James M. McKiernan, M.D.

John and Irene Given Professor of Urology Director of Urologic Oncology

Dr. James M. McKiernan

Clinical Training and Expertise:
Urologic Oncology (Urologic Cancer Therapy)

Dr. James M. McKiernan graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993. He has remained affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for the past 22 years, completing his training in urology and general surgery at the Medical Center in 1999. Dr. McKiernan then completed a two-year urologic surgical oncology fellowship studying at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2001 Dr. McKiernan was appointed as Assistant Professor of Urology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. In 2006 Dr McKiernan was named to the John and Irene Given endowed Chair in Urology and in 2007 was named Associate Professor of Clinical Urology and . In 2010 Dr McKiernan was promoted to Professor of Clinical Urology and has served as the Vice Chairman of Urology and Director of Urologic Oncology since 2006.

Dr. McKiernan's practice is limited exclusively to urologic oncology including surgical therapy of bladder, kidney, prostate, and testicular cancer. He has a specific interest in treating patients diagnosed with recurrent or high risk cancer diagnoses. In the management of kidney and bladder cancer Dr McKiernan has developed specific expertise in organ preservation and reconstructive surgery to maximize quality of life.

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Research and Discovery:

Dr. McKiernan is actively involved in research and discovery with ongoing programs focused on improving patient clinical outcomes with kidney, prostate, and bladder cancer His research and discoveries have been published in Urology, Journal of Urology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Urologic Oncology, British Journal of Urology, Cancer, and Cancer Research. He has authored and co-authored more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of Urologic Oncology. For the past 10 years he has directed the research efforts at Columbia University in quality outcomes and effectiveness research in urologic cancer surgery. In addition, Dr. McKiernan directs the experimental clinical trials program in intravesical therapy for bladder cancer. This program has helped develop promising new agents for bladder preservation in patients whose cancer has recurred after the use of BCG therapy. In collaboration with the research scientists in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center this team continues to develop new therapeutic strategies for managing bladder cancer.


Dr. McKiernan is currently the director of urologic medical student education in the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and is the John and Irene Given Professor of Urology at Columbia University. He is the director of the third and fourth year medical student course in urology and lectures annually to the first and second year medical student class. In addition since 2002 he has served as the mentor and director of the medical student Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scholars Research Fellowship in Urology. Through this position Dr McKiernan has had the honor of mentoring 16 research fellows over the past 10 years who have gone on to become future leaders in the field of urology. Dr McKiernan is also the Dean's advisor for career counseling in urology for students in the College of Physician's and Surgeon's and serves on the Curriculum development committee for the College. In 2004 Dr McKiernan was voted Teacher of the Year by the Residents of the Urology Department.

Professional Associations:

American Urology Association; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; American Urologic Association; American Society of Clinical Oncology; American Association for Cancer Research; Society or Urologic Oncology. New York Clinical Society, New York Medical Surgical Society, Fellow New York Academy of Medicine Section of Urology.


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Insurance Accepted

Empire BCBS

Aetna (CU Only)

Cigna (CU Only)


Medicare RR

National Health Administrators

United Healthcare (CU Only)


Board Certification

American Board of Urology

Medical Licenses

New York


Doctor of Medicine
Columbia University
New York, NY