Geoffrey Sonn

Urologic oncologist, Urologist, Genitourinary specialist, Urologic specialist

Assistant Professor of Urology and, by courtesy, of Radiology at the Stanford University Medical Center
I was born in Washington State and lived there until I left for college at Georgetown in Washington DC. After graduating magna cum laude at Georgetown I returned to the West Coast for medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Following medical school, I completed a 6-year urology residency at Stanford where I developed particular interests in the clinical care of patients with urologic cancers and research in cancer imaging. I then spent two years at UCLA as a urologic oncology fellow where I devoted all my time to gaining additional skills and experience in clinical care and research in urologic malignancies. Since then I have been at Stanford as an assistant professor in urology where I am applying the skills I gained in residency and fellowship to provide high-quality clinical care to patients with urologic cancers, in particular prostate and kidney cancer. I also continue to work to develop new methods to better diagnose and treat urologic cancers through research.

Urologic Cancer Program

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2007) CA

Fellowship: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2013) CA

Residency: Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2011) CA

Medical Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2005) CA

Honors & Awards

Mahoney Medal (Outstanding pre med with a liberal arts major), Georgetown University (2001)

Richard K. Lo Resident Publication Award, Stanford Urology (2010)

First Place Resident essay contest, Western Section AUA (2008)

CaPSURE Scholars Program, UCSF Department of Urology (2008)

Third Place Resident Essay Contest in Clinical Research, American Urological Association (2009)

First Place in Localized Kidney Cancer Poster Session, American Urological Association (2010)

Research Award for Fluorescent Imaged Guided Surgery in Prostate Cancer, Longmire Surgical Society at UCLA (2013)

First Place in Prostate Cancer Detection & Screening Poster Session, American Urological Association (2013)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Target detection: Magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion-guided prostate biopsy
Sonn, G. A., Margolis, D. J., & Marks, L. S. (2014). Target detection: Magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion-guided prostate biopsy. UROLOGIC ONCOLOGY-SEMINARS AND ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIONS, 32(6), 903-911.

The role of magnetic resonance imaging in delineating clinically significant prostate cancer.
Chamie, K., Sonn, G. A., Finley, D. S., Tan, N., Margolis, D. J., & Reiter, R. E. (2014). The role of magnetic resonance imaging in delineating clinically significant prostate cancer. Urology, 83(2), 369-75.

Targeted Prostate Biopsy to Select Men for Active Surveillance: Do the Epstein Criteria Still Apply?
Hu, J. C., Chang, E., Natarajan, S., Margolis, D. J., Macairan, M., & Marks, L. S. (2014). Targeted Prostate Biopsy to Select Men for Active Surveillance: Do the Epstein Criteria Still Apply?. The Journal of urology.

Deletions of chromosomes 3p and 14q molecularly subclassify clear cell renal cell carcinoma
Kroeger, N., Klatte, T., Chamie, K., Rao, P. N., Birkhaeuser, F. D., & Pantuck, A. J. (2013). Deletions of chromosomes 3p and 14q molecularly subclassify clear cell renal cell carcinoma. CANCER, 119(8), 1547-1554.

Targeted Biopsy in the Detection of Prostate Cancer Using an Office Based Magnetic Resonance Ultrasound Fusion Device
Sonn, G. A., Natarajan, S., Margolis, D. Ja., Macairan, M., Lieu, P., & Marks, L. S. (2013). Targeted Biopsy in the Detection of Prostate Cancer Using an Office Based Magnetic Resonance Ultrasound Fusion Device. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 189(1), 86-91.

Target detection: Magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion-guided prostate biopsy.
Sonn, G. A., Margolis, D. J., & Marks, L. S. (2013). Target detection: Magnetic resonance imaging-ultrasound fusion-guided prostate biopsy. Urologic oncology.

Differing Perceptions of Quality of Life in Patients With Prostate Cancer and Their Doctors
Sonn, G. A., Sadetsky, N., Presti, J. C., & Litwin, M. S. (2013). Differing Perceptions of Quality of Life in Patients With Prostate Cancer and Their Doctors. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 189(1), S59-S65.

Gain of chromosome 8q is associated with metastases and poor survival of patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.
Klatte, T., Kroeger, N., Rampersaud, E. N., Birkhäuser, F. D., Logan, J. E., & Pantuck, A. J. (2012). Gain of chromosome 8q is associated with metastases and poor survival of patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Cancer, 118(23), 5777-5782.

VALUE OF TARGETED BIOPSY IN DETECTING PROSTATE CANCER USING AN OFFICE-BASED MR-US FUSION DEVICE
Sonn, G. A., Natarajan, S., Margolis, D., Macairan, M., Lieu, P., & Marks, L. S. (2012). VALUE OF TARGETED BIOPSY IN DETECTING PROSTATE CANCER USING AN OFFICE-BASED MR-US FUSION DEVICE. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 187(4), E829-E829.

Systemic therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a review and update.
Logan, J. E., Rampersaud, E. N., Sonn, G. A., Chamie, K., Belldegrun, A. S., & Kabbinavar, F. F. (2012). Systemic therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a review and update. Reviews in urology, 14(3-4), 65-78.

Dynamic Real-time Microscopy of the Urinary Tract Using Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy
Wu, K., Liu, J.-J., Adams, W., Sonn, G. A., Mach, K. E., & Liao, J. C. (2011). Dynamic Real-time Microscopy of the Urinary Tract Using Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy. UROLOGY, 78(1), 225-231.

Electrochemical immunosensor detection of urinary lactoferrin in clinical samples for urinary tract infection diagnosis
Pan, Y., Sonn, G. A., Sin, M. Ly., Mach, K. E., Shih, M.-C., & Liao, J. C. (2010). Electrochemical immunosensor detection of urinary lactoferrin in clinical samples for urinary tract infection diagnosis. BIOSENSORS & BIOELECTRONICS, 26(2), 649-654.

DYNAMIC REAL TIME MICROSCOPY OF THE URINARY TRACT: AN IMAGING ATLAS BASED ON CONFOCAL LASER ENDOMICROSCOPY
Adams, W., Wu, K., Sonn, G., Jensen, K., & Liao, J. C. (2010). DYNAMIC REAL TIME MICROSCOPY OF THE URINARY TRACT: AN IMAGING ATLAS BASED ON CONFOCAL LASER ENDOMICROSCOPY. MARY ANN LIEBERT INC.

Differing Perceptions of Quality of Life in Patients With Prostate Cancer and Their Doctors
Sonn, G. A., Sadetsky, N., Presti, J. C., & Litwin, M. S. (2009). Differing Perceptions of Quality of Life in Patients With Prostate Cancer and Their Doctors. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 182(5), 2296-2302.

Optical Biopsy of Human Bladder Neoplasia With In Vivo Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy
Sonn, G. A., Jones, S.-N. E., Tarin, T. V., Du, C. B., Mach, K. E., & Liao, J. C. (2009). Optical Biopsy of Human Bladder Neoplasia With In Vivo Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 182(4), 1299-1305.

OPTICAL BIOPSY OF HUMAN BLADDER NEOPLASIA WITH IN VIVO CONFOCAL LASER ENDOMICROSCOPY
Sonn, G. A., Jones, S.-N., Mach, K. E., Du, C. B., Jensen, K., & Liao, J. C. (2009). OPTICAL BIOPSY OF HUMAN BLADDER NEOPLASIA WITH IN VIVO CONFOCAL LASER ENDOMICROSCOPY. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 181(4), 414-415.

Fibered Confocal Microscopy of Bladder Tumors: An ex Vivo Study
Sonn, G. A., Mach, K. E., Jensen, K., Hsiung, P.- lin, Jones, S.-N., & Liao, J. C. (2009). Fibered Confocal Microscopy of Bladder Tumors: An ex Vivo Study. JOURNAL OF ENDOUROLOGY, 23(2), 197-201.

Estimating the Risk of Cancer Associated With Imaging Related Radiation During Surveillance for Stage I Testicular Cancer Using Computerized Tomography
Tarin, T. V., Sonn, G., & Shinghal, R. (2009). Estimating the Risk of Cancer Associated With Imaging Related Radiation During Surveillance for Stage I Testicular Cancer Using Computerized Tomography. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 181(2), 627-632.

Management of Wilms tumor: current standard of care
Sonn, G., & Shortliffe, L. Md. (2008). Management of Wilms tumor: current standard of care. NATURE CLINICAL PRACTICE UROLOGY, 5(10), 551-560.

Spirituality influences health related quality of life in men with prostate cancer
Krupski, T. L., Kwan, L., Fink, A., Sonn, G. A., Maliski, S., & Litwin, M. S. (2006). Spirituality influences health related quality of life in men with prostate cancer. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 15(2), 121-131.

Impact of diet on prostate cancer: a review
Sonn, G. A., Aronson, W., & Litwin, M. S. (2005). Impact of diet on prostate cancer: a review. PROSTATE CANCER AND PROSTATIC DISEASES, 8(4), 304-310.

Ethnic variation in health-related quality of life among low-income men with prostate cancer
Krupski, T. L., Sonn, G., Kwan, L., Maliski, S., Fink, A., & Litwin, M. S. (2005). Ethnic variation in health-related quality of life among low-income men with prostate cancer. ETHNICITY & DISEASE, 15(3), 461-468.