Dr. David Josephson, a pioneer and expert in robotic surgery is unique in that he is one of very few urologic surgeons in the country who have extensive fellowship training in both open and minimally invasive techniques for the management of complex urologic disorders. He completed a urologic oncology and reconstructive urology fellowship at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center where he was also a Clinical Instructor of Urology. He subsequently had fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery at City of Hope. He was recruited to stay at City of Hope, and became the Program Director of the Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship. Prior to being recruited to the Tower Urology Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, he served as the Surgical Director of the Kidney Cancer Program at City of Hope helping establish innovative techniques to perform nephron- sparing surgery with minimal or no ischemia.

Clinically, he has performed and published several series that are among the world’s firsts in robotic assisted surgery, including robotic assisted inguinal lymph node dissection, robotic assisted cystoprostatectomy with urinary diversion, and robotic RPLND. Having done over 1100 robotic procedures, he is a recognized leader in nerve-sparing and endopelvic fascia sparing techniques to improve on potency and continence outcomes after robotic prostatectomy. His collaborative research with Intuitive Surgery has also focused on the use of intra-operative fluorescence markers to reduce positive surgical margins.

Academically, his studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy. Clinically, he has been recognized on lists as Los Angeles Best Doctors, Cambridge’s Who’s Who, and doubly awarded by Consumers Research Council as one of America’s Top Urologists since 2007 and as America’s Top Surgeons for Robotic surgery for the past three years.

Dr. Josephson is a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, American Urologic Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American College of Surgeons. He has also holds advisory positions for ASCO/Cancer.net and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Kidney and Testis Cancer Guideline Committees. For further information, please see below.


  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • Bachelors of Science in Anthropology
  • Departmental Honors & summa cum laude


Medical School

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York
  • Doctor of Medicine degree



  • University of Southern California
  • Keck School of Medicine
  • Department of General Surgery



University of Southern California

  • Keck School of Medicine
  • Department of Urology
  • Resident Physician
  • Chief Resident Physician


University of Southern California

  • Keck School of Medicine
  • Department of General Surgery
  • Resident Physician



City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Department of Urology/Urologic Oncology
  • Fellow in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Oncology


University of Southern California

  • Keck School of Medicine
  • Department of Urology/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Fellow in Genitourinary Oncology and Reconstructive Urology



  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
  • UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Scholar Award, 1995
  • Departmental Scholar in Anthropology, UCLA, 1995
  • Golden Key National Honors Society, 1991- 1995
  • Student Teaching Award, Department of Urology, 2002
  • House Staff Teaching Award, USC Keck School of Medicine, 2002
  • Cleveland Clinic National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Laparoscopic Surgery, 2004
  • Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award, 2004
  • David A. Cofrin Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology, University of Southern California, 2005-2006
  • “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” – Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2007-2010
  • Cambridge Who’s Who – Healthcare edition, 2008
  • Best Doctor’s – Pasadena Magazine, 2008-2010
  • Los Angeles Magazine/Southern California Super Docs – 2010
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) – Kidney Cancer Panel
  • NCCN – Testicular Cancer Panel
  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • American Urological Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (89519)
  • Western Section, American Urological Association (ACTIVE)
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow-03101678)
  • American Association of Clinical Urologists
  • Los Angeles Urologic Society
  • Endourological Society
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Journal of Robotic Surgery – Reviewer