Oral Histories

Interview of Joseph J. Kaufman

UCLA professor of urology.
Subtitle:
The UCLA Division of Urology
Topic:
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Interviewer:
Casey, William
Interviewee:
Kaufman, Joseph J.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Length:
3.5 hrs.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts; education; college years at UCLA; developing interest in medicine; accepted at University of California, San Francisco; major influences in college and medical school; internship at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston; introduction of kidney dialysis; World War II service in the navy; stationed in Guam; visits to Japan, China, and the Philippines; residency in general surgery at Veterans Administration Hospital, Newington, Connecticut; decision to specialize in urology; year at Mount Sinai Hospital; return to Los Angeles; urology resident at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital; work on cancer of the prostate; going into private practice; joining UCLA clinical faculty; interest in renal lymphatics; transplantation work; work on venography; developing the uroflometer; writing and publication of Man and Sex; interest in renovascular hypertension; laboratory research; advances to full professor; Del Amo Fellowship in Madrid; skiing accident; retirement of Willard E. Goodwin; becoming chief of the Division of Urology; recruiting additional full-time faculty; residency program in urology; honorary memberships; state of urology internationally; making motion picture The Art of Retropubic Prostatectomy; Elmer Belt; grants for research; support from National Institutes of Health; Damon Runyon Memorial Fund for Cancer Research; Walter Winchell as patient and friend; establishing the Clark Urological Center; UCLA support organizations; care for indigent patients; renal hypertension: diagnosis and treatment; penile prostheses; middle aortic syndrome; developing the kidney clamp; treatment of hydroceles; treating the stages of prostate cancer; past outstanding fellows and residents; female residents in urology; honors; UCLA Professional Achievement Award; editor of Urologists' Correspondence Club Newsletter; other editorial activities; examiner for the American Board of Urology; friendship with Groucho Marx; membership in professional societies; professional and personal achievements; patients; advances in urology, past and future.