Gingrich Appointed Chief of Urology at Durham VA

Jeffrey R. Gingrich, MD, has been appointed Chief of Urology at Durham Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. He will also accept faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery at Duke. After interim coverage by Cary Robertson, MD, he replaces Philip Walther, MD, as Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Chief in Urology.

Since 2003, Gingrich has served as Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Chief of Urology at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). In Pittsburgh, Gingrich participated in cooperative group, industry-sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials.  He also served on the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board for 15 years.

“One of my main reasons for accepting this position at Duke is to step away from much of my current administrative responsibilities and redirect that effort to basic, translational and clinical research opportunities within the medical center,” says Gingrich. “My goals are to enroll patients in clinical trials both in the cancer center at Duke and to open clinical trials for veterans’ participation at the VA.”

Gingrich received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his urologic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center and his postdoctoral fellowship in urology and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine. During his career, he also served as an associate professor of urology at the University of Tennessee.

Gingrich’s extensive research background includes a primary interest in urologic oncology.. Over the years, Gingrich authored over 50 peer-reviewed research. Additionally, he held leadership positions including VAPHS Cancer Committee, Cancer Liaison Physician, Northeastern Section American Urological Research Committee, and started the Pittsburgh Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network patient support group.

“Over the past 10 years I have been trying to travel once per year to the developing world to participate in patient care and teaching,” explained Gingrich. “For the past five years, I have been traveling to Sierra Leone primarily on behalf of EduNations, a Pittsburgh-based non-governmental organization that focuses on education. We recently opened a small clinic in one rural village where we built several schools. During these trips, I have been looking for teaching and clinical opportunities, supporting clinicians and the medical infrastructure at other clinics and hospitals in the country. I would like to participate in the Duke Global Health Institute and to integrate this currently extracurricular passion more with my academic career in urologic surgery and research.”

Gingrich is also an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including: Canadian Journal of Urology, Cancer Letters, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Urology, Oncology, The Prostate, Urologic Oncology, and Urology.