Kenneth J. Pienta is the Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology at the Brady Urological Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Pharmacology and Molecular Science and serves as a faculty member in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Pienta is a two-time American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Award recipient. He serves as the Director of Research for the Brady Urological Institute. Opened in January 1915, The Brady Urological Institute was the only one of its kind in the country. It was the number one Urological Institute in the USA for 21 years is a row 1991 – 2011 and is currently rated the #1 Department of Urology by US News. Dr. Pienta was the Associate Vice President for Research, Health Sciences, for the University of the Michigan 2012-2013 and Director of Precision Medicine for the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology from 2008-2013.
Currently, Dr. Pienta is involved in research to define the tumor microenvironment of prostate cancer metastases, as well as developing new therapies for prostate cancer.
Between 1995-2013, Dr. Pienta was the Director of the Prostate Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) at The University of Michigan. He has a proven, peer-reviewed track record in organizing and administering a translational research program that successfully incorporates bench research, agent development, and clinical application. Dr. Pienta has international expertise in the development of novel chemotherapeutic programs for prostate cancer and has championed the concept that translational research is often best accomplished by multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and clinicians. Under his direction, the success of these endeavors led to the receipt of the 2007 first annual American Association for Cancer Research Team Science Award.
He is the author of more than 370 peer-reviewed articles, and been the principal investigator on numerous local and national clinical trials. Throughout his career, Dr. Pienta has effectively mentored more than 40 students, residents, and fellows to successful careers in medicine.