Leppert Lab in the department of urology

Welcome to the Leppert Lab

Our research aims to improve the global quality of care for patients with Urologic cancer, with a particular focus on kidney cancer. We are evaluating the comparative effectiveness of various kidney cancer surgeries and their impact on chronic kidney disease and its downstream effects. We are investigating nanofluidic proteomic assays to diagnose kidney cancer and identify signatures of response to therapy. We are also applying epidemiology, bioinformatics, and health services methods to urologic conditions. Finally, we are evaluating surgical technologies that are applicable to endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery.

We are part of the Department of Urology in the School of Medicine at Stanford University and are members of the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Bio-X program, and the Stanford Kidney Cancer Research Program.

Lab News


Palo Alto VA Cancer Survivors Day
8/11/2014:The Palo Alto VA Health Care System held its Cancer Survivor Day. This year's theme centered around laughter while addressing survivorship issues for the many cancer survivors. Dr. Leppert shared the future impact of "patient-centered" and "personalized" cancer care.



Bay Area Kidney Cancer Patient and Survivor Conference
8/9/2014: The Kidney Cancer Association is sponsering the Bay Area Kidney Cancer Patient and Survivor Conference. This year, the event will be held at the Stanford Cancer Institute and includes presentations by Dr. Leppert. Please join us.



Welcome Dr. Lamberts!
7/1/2014: Dr. Remy Lamberts has joined the Leppert Lab for his resident research year. Dr. Lambert's interests include factors associated with kidney function following urologic cancer and resident surgical education.



Dr. Barbosa receives resident research award
4/5/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Barbosa. For the third straight year, one of our Stanford residents has received first prize in the clinical research category at the Northern California Research Program. His analysis of the survival of clinically localized prostate cancer in the VA health care system was recognized with 1st place in this year's NorCal resident research competition. More »



Dr. Weinberg receives resident research award
4/5/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Weinberg. Her analysis of the impact of diabetes on urinary incontinence in women was recognized with 3rd place in the NorCal resident research competition. More »



Dr. Leppert et al publish work in Urology

2/18/2014: Dr. Leppert is lead author on a project that evaluated how many, and which, patients with kidney cancer underwent a renal mass biopsy as part of their treatment. This project was completed through The Urologic Diseases in America Project.

4/3/2014: This study was highlighted in Renal and Urology News!

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Dr. Leppert discussing the use of renal mass biopsy at a San Francisco kidney cancer support group.
1/28/2014: Dr. Leppert presenting at a 2013 kidney cancer support group in San Francisco discusses current and future research surrounding the use of renal mass biopsy. (Filmed and published by the Kidney Cancer Association)


Dr. Liu publishes work in Urologic Oncology
1/22/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Liu. Her analysis of complications following kidney cancer surgery was published in Urologic Oncology. More »



Dr. Ngo publishes work in Canadian Journal of Urology
1/22/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Ngo. His analysis of factors associated with the development of chronic kidney disease following radical nephrectomy was published in the Canadian Journal of Urology. More »



11/22/2013: Dr. Fan sharing our nano-proteomics work at the 2013 International Kidney Cancer Symposium



11/22/2013: Dr. Leppert presenting our work evaluating cytoreductive nephrectomy in the targetted therapy era at the 2013 International Kidney Cancer Symposium



Biomarker study rapidly accruing patients
11/14/2013: Congratulations to Thomas Metzner, who enrolled his 101st patient this week in our study of kidney cancer biomarkers!

Dr. Conti publishes work in the International Journal of Cancer
10/30/2013: Congratulations to Dr. Conti. His analysis of utilization and survival benefit of cytoreductive nephrectomy in the targeted therapy era was published in the International Journal of Cancer. More »



Dr. Weinberg publishes work in the Journal of Sexual Medicine
9/11/2013: Congratulations to Dr. Weinberg. Her analysis of diabetic severity, metabolic syndrome and the risk of erectile dysfunction was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. More »



Lab welcomes Dr. Barbosa
7/1/2013: Dr. Phil Barbosa will join the lab in July to complete his resident research year. Dr. Barbosa will be evaluating tools to estimate outcomes for Veterans with urologic cancers. More »



Dr. Lee receives best poster award at the 2013 AUA
Dr. Lee discussing her poster.
5/5/2013: Dr. Lee received a best poster award for her presentation at the AUA on EWAS methodology for prostate cancer. More »



Dr. Weinberg receives best poster award at the2013 AUA
Dr. Weinberg standing with her AUA poster.
5/4/2013: Dr. Weinberg received a best poster award for her presentation at the AUA on diabetic severity and kidney stone risk. More »



Dr. Weinberg receives resident research award
4/13/2013: For the second straight year, one of our Stanford residents has received first prize in the clinical research category at the Northern California Research Program. Dr. Weinberg presented her analysis of measures of diabetic severity and the risk of kidney stone disease. More »



Dr. Weinberg publishes work in European Urology
3/3/2013: Congratulations to Dr. Weinberg. Her analysis of diabetic severity and kidney stone risk was published in European Urology. More »



Dr. Leppert Completes Epidemiology Program
1/15/2013: Dr. Leppert has completed his M.S. degree in Epidemiology as part of the Graduate Program in Clinical Epidemiology at Stanford University. This work was part of the career development plan established in the NIDDK K23 Award studying kidney disease outcomes following kidney cancer surgery. More »



Lab Welcomes Two Members
1/7/2013: Welcome Thomas Metzner and Jinn Thomas to the Leppert Lab! Thomas will serve as a hydrbid life sciences research assistant and clinical research coordinator focusing on kidney cancer translational projects. Jinn joins the lab as a statistician and programmer working with VA data for kidney cancer. More »



Lab Receives NCI Grant
7/24/2012: Drs. Felsher and Leppert have been awarded a R21 award to study "Nanoscale proteomic profiles of hypoxia pathways to develop biomarkers of renal cell carcinoma." More »



Lab Receives Stanford Cancer Institute Grant
7/18/2012: Drs. Rhoads and Leppert have been award a Developmental Cancer Research Award. This funding will support a new collaboration to study patient and hospital characteristics that contribute to variation in surgical care for kidney cancer in California. More »



Stanford Biodesign Team Wins Business Competitions
The Stanford Biodesign Red Team
5/9/2012: Congratulations to the Stanford Biodesign "Red" Team, winners of multiple business plan competitions while developing a novel device to treat kidney stones. More »



Dr. Liu receives resident research award
4/14/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Jen-Jane Liu (Resident, Stanford Urology) who was awarded first prize in the clinical research category at the Northern California Urology Research Program. Her research evaluated the survival and outcomes for Veterans with bladder cancer using the VA Central Cancer Registry.



Collaborator Receives Stanford Translational Medicine Grant
10/3/2011: Collaborator Dr. Harshman (Stanford, Oncology) has received a Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM) pilot grant for the project, "Development of blood biomarkers for diagnosis and monitoring of renal cell carcinoma." More »



Lab Receives Stanford Cancer Institute Grant
9/6/2011: Our group has been awarded a Developmental Cancer Research Award. This funding will support the development biomarkers used to diagnose kidney cancer and monitor the response of tumors to treatment. More »



Lab Receives NIDDK Grant
9/15/2010: Dr. Leppert has been awarded a Career Development Award to study the comparative effectiveness on kidney cancer surgery on downstream clinical outcomes. More »


About Us

John Leppert

John T. Leppert, MD MS

BA, Biology, Northwestern University
› MD, Northwestern University Medical School
› MS, Epidemiology, Stanford University
› Assistant Professor of Urology

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Stanford Department of Urology
Room S-287
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 849-0112


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