MIPS Seminar - Geoffrey Sonn, MD @ Zoom - See Description for Zoom Link
May 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
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Ashley Williams

MIPS Seminar Series: Image-guided focal therapy for prostate cancer

Geoffrey Sonn, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology and, by courtesy, of Radiology (Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford)
Stanford University Medical Center


Location: Zoom
Webinar URL: https://stanford.zoom.us/s/96126703618
Dial: +1 650 724 9799 or +1 833 302 1536
Webinar ID: 961 2670 3618
Passcode: 186059

12:00pm – 12:45pm Seminar & Discussion



In recent years, prostate cancer treatment has increasingly focused on selecting patients who are most likely to benefit and reducing harms from treatment. This has been seen both in adoption of active surveillance for men with low-risk prostate cancer and emergence of image-guided focal ablative therapy. While focal therapy causes fewer sexual and urinary side effects than conventional prostate cancer treatments, many questions remain about proper patient selection, treatment planning, and follow up care.


Improvements in prostate MRI performance and interpretation have paved the way for adoption of focal therapy. However, clinical challenges remain in prostate cancer imaging. This talk will describe prostate cancer focal therapy, discuss patient selection, and highlight the research efforts of my group to improve MRI interpretation to guide biopsy and improve focal therapy performance.


Geoffrey Sonn, MD is a urologic oncologist who specializes in treating patients with prostate and kidney cancer. He has a particular interest in cancer imaging, MRI-Ultrasound fusion targeted prostate biopsy, prostate cancer focal therapy, and robotic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. He is the principal investigator of the first clinical trial in Northern California to use MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat prostate cancer. The goal of this trial is to treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects than surgery or radiation.

Dr. Sonn was born in Washington State and lived there until leaving for college at Georgetown. After graduating magna cum laude at Georgetown he returned to the West Coast for medical school at UCLA. Following medical school, Dr. Sonn completed a 6-year urology residency at Stanford where he developed particular interests in the clinical care of patients with urologic cancers and research in cancer imaging. Dr. Sonn completed a 2-year urologic oncology fellowship at UCLA. Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Sonn has been at Stanford as an assistant professor in urology. Dr. Sonn’s research is devoted to developing new cancer imaging techniques, applying artificial intelligence to find cancers on medical images, and applying new methods to treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects.


Hosted by: Katherine Ferrara, PhD
Sponsored by: Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford & the Department of Radiology