Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (1988) CA
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins University Surgery Program (1990) MD
  • Internship: Johns Hopkins University Surgery Program (1989) MD
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1997) MD
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1994) MD
  • Board Recertification, Urology, American Board of Urology (2017)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology (2000)
  • A. B., University of Chicago, Biology (1982)

Awards & Memberships
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Inc. (2004-2013)
  • Clinician Scientist Award, Doris Duke Foundation (1998-2002)
  • Dornier Research Scholar, American Foundation for Urologic Disease (1995-1997)
  • Eugene P. Schonfeld Medical Research Award, Kidney Cancer Association (2000-2002)
  • Keith and Jan Hurlbut Professor, Stanford University (2012)
  • Leutje-Stubbs Faculty Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine (2002-2003)
  • Listing in Guide to America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council (2010)

Administrative Appointments
  • Acting Chair, Department of Urology (2012 - 2012)
  • Associate Chair, Prostate Cancer Working Group EDRN (2010 - 2015)
  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine (2013 - 2019)
  • Chief, Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology (2012 - Present)
  • Co-Chair, Molecular and Cellular Characterization Centers NCI (2015 - 2017)
  • Director, U54 Stanford O'Brien Urology Research Center (2021 - Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Open Prostate Cancer Journal (2008 - 2015)
  • Editorial Board, The Prostate (2000 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Prostate Cancer (2010 - 2015)
  • Editorial Board, Andrology (2011 - Present)
  • Membership Committee, Society for Basic Urologic Research (2004 - 2008)
  • Nominating Committee, Society of Basic Urologic Research (2015 - 2017)
  • Vice Chair, Department of Urology (2014 - Present)


Practice Locations

Urologic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Great Dr. to talk and understand the medical problem. He is very humble.
Dr. Brooks is extremely knowledgeable and expert in his field and presented his analysis and recommendations in a way that I found easy to understand and convincing. He is an outstanding physician!
Excellent doctor
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Excellent and empathetic doctor! Great communicator.
I enjoyed my visit with him. I felt he was very thorough and answered all my questions.
Dr Brooks is a knowledgeable, empathetic doctor and I always appreciate the opportunity to get his perspectives on my prostate cancer. I highly recommend him to others and appreciate the opportunity for video visits as it allows me to keep him as my doctor.
Dr Brooks is caring and collaborative, and who partners with you for your health decisions. Dr Brooks is knowledgeable about all of the relevant studies and latest procedures, and therefore very well informed to help guide you to the right decisions.
Great physician!
Dr Brooks is great, always very helpful and understanding. I feel very secure being followed by him.
Dr. Brooks is a very well informed, compassionate, caring physician who communicates well and allows his patients to express their concerns. He deals with these concerns carefully and effectively, sharing his expert knowledge in a manner that patients can easily comprehend. Stanford is lucky to have him, as are his patients.
Dr. Brooks has an uncanny way of providing what feels like a safe place where a patient can feel comfortable talking about sensitive personal information both on video visit or in a treatment room. I admire Dr. Brooks for all the research and teaching.he does and am grateful to have been a patient of his for many years.
Dr.Brooks is a caring physician. He is very knowledgeable and well experienced. He provided valuable inputs to clarify my questions and understandin gof the treatment and disease itself.
Knowledgeable, friendly, articulate. His medical advice has been a tremendous asset.
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Extremely satisfied.
Discussed issues that concerned me which he felt at this time i should not be worried at this time. Dr Brooks would address my PA concerns with a letter back to her.
Dr. Brooks is a great resource for all common questions about prostate cancer, treatment options and potential consequences. Very informative and concise expertise. Thank you!
He’s terrific, the best!
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I feel very comfortable in his care and think his demeanor is outstanding.
Excellent Doctor and excellent follow-up care. MP Jr.
Absolutely excellent
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Was seen on time as scheduled, the procedure was handled in an excellent manner, and both the doctor and nurse were very friendly and kept me informed of what was going to be or was done.
Dr. Brooks is a well respected expert in his field.
Exceptional doctor, good listener, good information and very empathetic
Dr Brooks is obviously a knowledgeable and study oriented doctor. He spoke how his oponions are formed and the probability of them known thriugh studies...
Dr James Brooks is an excellent listener and communicates in a clear understandable manner. He is knowledgeable about the most current studies and clinical trials. Dr Brooks partners with you to discuss the alternatives and together think through what is best for you under your the circumstances. Can not think of a better doctor of have. I would highly recommend Dr Brooks to family and friends.
Great doctor, I have a lot of confidence in his analysis and recommendations.
Very friendly. Answered all my questions and was helpful and patient
Very good doctor as he explains things that allow the patient to understand. Very patient with me and all my questions. Very smart.
Dr Brooks is THE BEST
Dr. Brooks was excellent. He made me feel comfortable, listened to my questions and gave me insightful answers. We had a great discussion. He obviously knows his stuff but added the extra human touch that I really appreciated.
Great Doctor and I would recommend him to others.
Great doctor—listens, discusses options, summarizes, explains diagnosis/assessment in a thoughtful and understandable manner, and is personable. Appreciate having him as my doctor.
Dr Brooks was very easy to talk to. He was down to earth and spoke in terms I could understand. He was a good listener, didn't cut me short and seemed very relaxed, he didn't appear to be in a hurry to see the next patient which made me feel comfortable. He was very congenial and engaging. Additionally, I felt like I was getting the best information from a very knowledgeable guy in the field of prostate cancer. I am grateful I was able to see him.
Thank you for your time and expertise and answering all my questions.
Very professional!
Dr Brooks is excellent
Dr. James Brooks was clear and concise in the conversation he had with me regarding my reason for consultation/visit. I was able to understand the information and recommendations that he provided very well.
Dr.James Brooks discussed with me all treatment options and side effects with more than enough length. It was great discussion and very clear 👠👠Thank you so much.
Excellent physician. Explained in detail perscribed health plan going forward. Gave me ample time to ask questions and answered all in concise terms
Dr. Brooks was very informative and gave me the context that enabled me to see clearly the path I should take in the immediate future. He made it clear that I can contact him in the future if I have any questions or concerns. I was very pleased with my consultation.
James Brooks was very helpful and we discussed action plans.
He’s the greatest!
James Brooks is very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable in the field. He provided very informative examples and put me at ease throughout the meeting.
James has graduated beyond surgery and gave on personal medical view.
Very trusting, and knowledgeable, physician. I have complet confidence in his ability to handle my medical needs.
A brilliant, patient doctor!
Dr. Brooks is caring and compassionate of his patients.
I am very fortunate to have such an experienced physician like Dr. Brooks providing the care and skills to deal with my prostate cancer. This means a great deal to me and my family. Thank you!
James is the best!
Dr. Brooks provides the information I need to assist me in making the best decision at that time.
Excellent at answering my questions
Awesome doctor!
Dr. Brooks is a great doctor.
Dr Brooks PSA explanation and follow-up plan was very helpful since this was the first time I had an elevated PSA. Dr Brooks greatly relieved my concerns.
Same comment. Dr. Brooks is an excellent doctor and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone in my situation without reservation!
Very fond of Dr. Brooks. Expert in his field, great communication, Great manner
The model physician!
Dr Brooks is excellent communicator and physican.
Dr. Brooks is an excellent doctor and I strongly recommend him to my friends and family members.
I feel very fortunate to have him as my urologist.
The entire staff are tremendously helpful
Dr. Brooks is a very knowledgeable & very compassionate doctor. I feel very blessed to have him as my doctor!
Did that on previous question.
Doctor James Brooks was extremely cordial and easy to communicate with. Provided easy and helpful information about my prostrate health! Looking forward to our next meeting!
Dr Brooks was excellent. He 1. Had clearly reviewed my record and clinical data. 2. Was concise and clear about his interruption of my case, recommendations and reasoning for them. 3. Succinctly reviewed pertinent clinical studies justifying his recommendations. I greatly appreciate his expertise and concern for my situation.
This was my first meeting/'visit' with Dr. Brooks. He was friendly, patient, he listened, took the time to answer my questions in detail, and showed genuine interest in my well-being. I greatly appreciated his depth of knowledge, and professionalism. I made the right choice, and I highly recommend him to others. Thank you very much Dr. Brooks.
Really appreciated Jay, Dr. Brooks assistant, for his thorough explanation.
Dr Brooks is an exceptional Doctor. He is the reason I got to Stanford
He’s wonderful! Personally and professionally. The best
I am very thankful for the excellent consultation I had with Dr. Brooks.
Excellent advise. Trust Dr Brooks without question
Excellent visit. Very informative and helpful.
Very good/informative/professional call. Thank you
Excellent care.
THoughtful, knowledgeable, yet also lots of common sense. Easy to talk to.
Very kind and knowledgeable!
Very patient, answered my question, very good.
As already explained, Dr Brooks is exceptional and we would recommend him to anyone with urological concerns.
Dr. Brooks is an excellent doctor that listens well and provides thoughtful answers. I am fortunate to have Dr. Brooks as my doctor.
Dr. Brooks is a compassionate, caring physician and an expert in his field. I am confident in his insight and recommendations. He’s the best!
Very helpful, very good explanations and advice, Dr Brooks shows that he cares.
Dr. James Brooks knows my issue well.
Always a pleasure talking with Dr. Brooks and learning from his extensive experience.
As per normal, Dr Brooks was great... put my mind to rest..Barry
Excellent physician. Extremely knowledgeable, great communicator, very concerned for his patients' wellbeing
A great surgeon and wonderful doctor
He’s a great doctor and a very lively and warm human being. I’m so glad he’s been helping me through my treatment and post op with prostate cancer. He’s very helpful and reassuring.
Very personable and caring
Excellent Doctor. Highly recommend.
I am very grateful to have Dr Brooks as my urologist. He has saved me from having radiation!
I contacted Dr. Brooks for a second opinion. He was very helpful and I am grateful. During the discussion it was agreed that the appropriate course was to follow Dr. Feng's recommendations of Hormone Therapy & radiation.
Excellent physician
Excellent physician. Provided excellent quality & quantity of relevant info during an important video visit. Great ability to listen, respond to questions in his field immediately. Sincerely kind, supportive physician.
I have high regard for Dr. Brooks, not because he has a medical credential but because he is the epitome of a caring and sincere human being who has been blessed with the intelligence to care and assist in the individual journeys of his patients. It is my opinion that combined with a high level of professionalism, intellect and empathy Dr. Brooks is an asset not only to Stanford Medical but to the human race in general.
As the British would say, "top marks." It was a delight to speak with him.
I feel very comfortable to discuss about my health condition with Dr Brooks and have all my questions answered. Thank you Dr.
wery good
Dr Brooks is knowledgeable, and clear in his explanations. I have full confidence in his advice to me, and I am happy that he is my urologist!
As a physician, I recognize the unique challenge in caring for a colleague. He allows me to be just a patient when I need to be. Thanks.
I like Dr. Brookes he is fine. If the video visit had worked, it would’ve been OK.
He's an excellent communicator. Explains concepts very well, listens and answers questions thoroughly, and has an excellent "bedside" manner. He always provides good feedback and followup to any concerns.
He was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.
Excellent - the best.
Very good.
Jim Brooks is an exceptional physician and a testament to the quality of the Stanford Medical Program. Rational, patient, resolved.
Dr. Brooks is the best! He's extremely knowledgeable, shows great empathy and understanding, and is very personable.
On top of my problem provided concise and understandable solution/suggestion. Very courteous and attentive.
Dr. James Brooks and PA Dr. Zach and all of the urology/oncology staff are super.
Doctor Brooks is the best!!!
Highest confidence in Dr. Brooks.
Outstanding dr.! (Brooks)
I was very comfortable. Thank you dr.
Dr. Brooks is outstanding.
Dr. Brooks is a terrific physician.
Dr. Brooks was very professional, caring and considerate. He instills a sense of confidence in his patients and is reassuring in his manner.
Dr. Brooks is VERY informed & shows great interest & empathy with me!
Dr. Brooks is an A+ doctor. Confident, caring, NEVER talks down to you, knowledgeable.
Even though it was my first meeting with Dr. James Brooks, he was very personable, knew his stuff and communicated his info to me like I was a long time patient.
Dr. Brooks & clinic staff are great!
Would definitely recommend Dr. Brooks.
Excellent appt. I was the focus of his attention. He was very informative, answered all my questions, was not in a hurry, was very patient, & very concerned about me & my care. On a scale of 1-10, he's a 15!!
Dr. James Brooks is wonderful. He is very caring and explained my condition. I highly recommend Dr. Brooks to other patients.
Dr. Brooks is excellent.
Dr. Brooks is top class.
World class care!
Outstanding doctor. Knowledgeable, great manner, invites questions. Explains without ever talking down to you.
Very knowledgeable & kind, concerned but not alarming.
Had a very informative productive meeting to discuss options/alternatives etc.
Dr. Brooks was the best! As a physician I understand the special nature of managing a colleague's health.... me both patient and colleague when I needed to be. He has the "right stuff."
Dr. Brooks is the best!
All good.
Dr. Brooks is a great doctor, perfect combination of engaged caregiver and field expert.
Great doctor!
Dr. Brooks is a exemplary physician and has helped me with concerns of developing prostate cancer.
Dr. Brooks is really very good to us.
Dr. Brooks answered all of my questions very well.
Dr. Brooks communicated about options before the procedure. Following the procedure he was very direct in explaining his analysis. Will recommend Dr. Brooks to anyone facing prostate related issues.
You are the best.
Dr. Brooks is very patient, explaining clearly of my conditions & courses of actions.
My time is maybe nearly running up. But Dr. Brooks still patiently answered my questions clearly!
Truly outstanding & human! A treasure!
Dr. Brooks has been my urologist for the past 18 yrs. Not only has his conservative & careful approach to my condition spared me unnecessary biopsies & procedures, but I have been doing very well under his care. He is also always very comforting & reassuring to me. Thanks to Dr. Brooks, we have established an excellent doctor-patient rapport, & it goes without saying that, as always, my wife & I wish him & his family all the best!
Very pleased w/info provided.
Dr. Brooks ? excellent physician/explanations.
Dr. James Brooks is highly knowledgeable & extremely professional. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Brooks has been my urologist/oncologist for several yrs I have complete confidence in him and he always approaches me as an equal in all treatment decisions. That is very reassuring and confidence - inspiring.
Dr. Brooks is a great doctor. He is very skilled and communicates well with his patients.
Everyone seems to be very eager to help and or give information.
Dr. Brooks is tops - ! Excellent doctor.
Terrific in every way.
Outstanding! Outstanding.
Dr. Brooks is an outstanding doctor. I would HIGHLY recommend him to others.
Dr. Brooks is awesome.
Excellent doctor, easy to communicate with.
The professionalism, courtesy, patience, clarity, reasoning was apparent from the FNP all the way to the surgeon. It was exemplary!! Thank you for their reassurance.
1. Dr. Brooks was very clear & caring about my medical issues. I like him immediately during my initial visit. 2. I liked his PA, Kate very much. She is top.
I can't remember if we talked about the next thing to do/follow up.
He's also an excellent and committed doctor... much to his favor.
All at all times Excellent.
Usually I'm more critical but all went very well.
Gave me good confidence in understanding my problem.
Would always recommend Dr. Brooks. He is excellent!
Dr. Brooks was very helpful to explain my problem and what is my best option.
Great doctor!
Outstanding care!
Dr. Brooks is the BEST in his field.
Always outstanding care.
Dr. Brooks is the best. Keep him on your staff & I'll be a happy man.
Dr. Brooks is outstanding!
Exceptional physician.
I would recommend him to anyone!
Dr. Brooks is outstanding and I have had excellent treatment.
Dr. Brooks was absolutely first-rate.
Dr. James D. Brooks has my full confidence, the epitome of first class bedside manner. IF I ever need surgery I would happily select Dr. Brooks. I dreaded anticipating this appt. Dr. Brooks was perfect.
Dr. Brooks is SUPERB in addition, he talks with me as an adult who can think.
One of the best provider.
I would like it if all my care providers were like Dr. Brooks.
I have confidence in Dr. Brooks.
Dr. Brooks is an excellent physician. He got me through cancer and I will continue to see him.
Excellent council.
It is too bad that someone with such outstanding interpersonal skills spends most of his time in administration.
Dr. Brooks is best!
Dr. Brooks is the best; absolutely fantastic.
Great work.
My favorite doctor at Stanford Med.!
Dr Brooks is a first class physician.
Excellent experience and self satisfaction.
Perfect in every respect really!!
I think Dr. Brooks is THE BEST.
Dr. Brooks has always made me comfortable and confident with his recommendation and findings -
I was stressed out and overwhelmed but Dr. Brooks did the best he could to help me understand what is going on. I still have more questions.
Nothing to improve best care ever encountered.
Dr. Brooks is the BEST!!!
Very good. Have already recommended this care to others.
Keep up the good care.
Highly recommending to others.
My experience was very good.
Dr. Brooks was very nice and informative. He took time to get to know me which I liked.
Caring, friendly, thorough.
Dr. Brooks is passionate about his speciality and takes time to show his knowledge with me. I have great confidence in his medical opinions.
Dr. seemed stressed. The clinic was understaffed. I needed a simple procedure done during my appt. but dr. said he was alone & had no staff to perform the procedure.
James Brooks is you r best advertisement.
Again, best experience in a health - care facility including extensive experience with my parents.
Dr. Brooks is an excellent listener & articulate & patient in his responses.
Dr. visits are great, trying to talk to dr. on phone to review lab results takes an act of GOD.
I've not had better service.
Up to date on latest treatment research.

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