James A. Eastham, MD, FACS

Chief, Urology Service; Florence and Theodore Baumritter/Enid Ancell Chair of Urologic Oncology
Pictured: James Eastham

James Eastham, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Urology Service, talks about how our prostate cancer experts collaborate to maximize the likelihood of curing the cancer and limiting the side effects of treatment.


I am a surgeon who specializes in nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer, and “salvage” radical prostatectomy in patients with prostate cancer in whom radiation therapy has failed.

My clinical research focuses on improving outcomes (such as cancer control, urinary continence, and sexual function) following surgery for prostate cancer. Together with my colleagues in medical oncology and radiation oncology, we attempt to tailor therapy more accurately to each individual's cancer in order to control cancer spread and decrease treatment-related side effects.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Prostate Cancer; Nerve-Sparing Techniques; Salvage Radical Prostatectomy; Robotic Prostatectomy

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Southern California


University of Southern California Medical Center


Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications


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Publications by James A. Eastham

Books and Book Chapters
“Salvage radical prostatectomy for recurrence of prostate cancer after radiation therapy.” Eastham JA, Scardino PT. In: Comprehensive Textbook of Genitourinary Oncology. 3rd ed. Vogelzang NJ, Scardino PT, Shipley WU, DF Coffey, eds. Baltimore:  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2006: 306-314.

“Nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy.” Eastham JA, Jarrard DF. In: Atlas of the Prostate. 3rd ed. Scardino PT, Slawin KM, eds. Philadelphia: Current Medicine; 2006: 145-161.

“Preservation of sexual function after treatment for prostate cancer.” Eastham JA. In: Prostate Cancer: Principles and Practice. Kirby RS, Partin AW, Feneley M, Parsons JK, eds. Abington, UK: Taylor & Francis; 2006: 675-682.

“Expectant management of prostate cancer.” Eastham JA, Scardino PT. In: Campbell’s Urology. 9th ed. Kavoussi LR, Novick AC, Partin AW, Wein AJ, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2007.

“Cancer of the prostate.” Zelefsky MJ, Eastham JA, Sartor AO. In: DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s: Cancer Principles & Practice of Oncology. DeVita VT Jr., Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, eds. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011: 1220-1279.

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