Oral Histories

Interview of Joseph J. Kaufman

UCLA professor of urology.
The UCLA Division of Urology
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of urology.
Casey, William
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.
3.5 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
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.