Seth P. Lerner, MD

Seth P. Lerner, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas

Seth P. Lerner, MD, is a Professor of Urology and holds the Beth and Dave Swalm Chair in Urologic Oncology in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also Director of Urologic Oncology and the Multidisciplinary Bladder Cancer Program and Faculty Group Practice Medical Director for the Urology Clinic at Baylor. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed a surgical internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, and returned to Baylor for his residency training. He completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Southern California in Urologic Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery under Peter Jones and Don Skinner before returning to join the full-time Baylor faculty in 1992. His clinical practice, education, and research activities are devoted to urologic oncology, particularly lower and upper tract urothelial cancer. Dr. Lerner is an author on over 190 peer-reviewed articles, and co-editor of the comprehensive Textbook of Bladder Cancer. He is the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Bladder Cancer journal. He established and directs the multi-disciplinary Bladder Cancer Research Program at Baylor, and his research interests include the use of selective estrogen receptor modulators for the treatment of bladder cancer, gene therapy, integrated genomic analysis of bladder and upper urinary tract cancers, and outcomes of radical cystectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy. He has 25 years of experience as a clinical investigator for both NCI and industry-funded clinical trials. He is the PI of the ongoing SWOG NCI Phase III trial comparing extended vs. standard pelvic lymphadenectomy at the time of radical cystectomy. He is Chair of the Local Bladder Cancer Committee of SWOG, founding and former Co-Chair of the NCI Bladder Cancer Task Force and current Co-Chair of the NCI CTEP Genitourinary Steering Committee, and he has co-chaired the Analysis Working Group of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project for muscle-invasive bladder cancer for the past decade. He is very active in the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) as a member of the Board of Directors, and is Past Chair of the Bladder Cancer Think Tank and Co-Chair of the Management Committee of the Bladder Cancer Research Network. Dr. Lerner is an active member of the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and is listed routinely among “America’s Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America.”

Articles by Seth P. Lerner, MD

A Review of The OLYMPUS Trial: Nephron Sparing for UTUC

Seth P. Lerner, MD, Professor of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, reviews the results of the Optimized DeLivery of Mitomycin for Primary UTUC Study (OLYMPUS) trial, of which he was the principal investigator. In this study, a thermal, reversible gel was used as a kidney-sparing treatment of low-grade upper tract urothelial cancer (UTUC). He discusses the difficulty of managing UTUC, the function of UGN-101, and the dramatic results in patient outcomes from this trial.

Read More

Neoadjuvant/Adjuvant Chemotherapy: Are We Ready to Accept NAC as the Gold Standard?

Seth P. Lerner, MD, provides the rationale for integrating perioperative chemotherapy and radical cystectomy, describes the evidence supporting neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), and reviews the limited evidence supporting adjuvant therapy for patients with bladder cancer. He then discusses the future of predictive biomarkers and precision medicine in the management of this disease.

Read More

T1 Bladder Cancer

Seth P. Lerner, MD, provides an overview of T1 bladder cancer staging and treatment, emphasizing the importance of re-TUR. He then discusses when to offer radical cystectomy or BCG, and options for patients who have failed BCG.

Read More

Join the GRU Community

- Why Join? -