The VICC.ORG Investigator Directory

David F. Penson, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research
Paul V. Hamilton, MD and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology
Professor of Urologic Surgery
VICC Member
Urologic Surgeon/Oncologist

Patient Contact Information:

Fax: 615-343-9815

Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1310 24th Ave. South
Nashville , TN 37212-2637
Phone: 615-327-4751
Fax: 615-873-7901

Healthcare Provider Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1200
Nashville, TN 37203-1738
Fax: 615-875-2655


Dr. Penson is a board-certified urologic oncologist who focuses on urological malignancies, particularly bladder and prostate cancer.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the care of both of these common cancers and is also a federally funded researcher with a focus on patient-reported outcomes, survivorship and comparative effectiveness in prostate cancer.  He serves as the American Urologic Association National Vice-chair for Healthcare Policy and is the organization's representative to the Commission on Cancer.


  • M.P.H. - Yale University, 2000
  • M.D. - Boston University, 1991
  • Residency - UCLA Health System, 1997
  • Fellowship - UCLA Health System, 1993

Clincial Research Description:

My primary research interest has been in using population-based cohorts and assessing patient-reported outcomes in conditions treated with surgical procedures, specifically prostate cancer. My additional interests include (but are not limited to) cost-effectiveness analyses, exploring disparities in access and quality of care across numerous surgical conditions. I also maintain a focus on improving clinical decision-making.


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