Judson M. Brandeis, M.D.

Dr. Judson Brandeis, Pacific Urology

Dr. Judson M. Brandeis


Pacific Urology Locations:
Walnut Creek


Dr. Judson M. Brandeis is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and specializes in minimally invasive treatments for benign prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. In 2014, he became certified to perform MRI - ultrasound fusion guided prostate cancer biopsies and is one of the first urologists in the area to receive this special training.

He is also an expert in minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones, including lithotripsy and ureterscopy.

Dr. Brandeis performs a high volume of vasectomies and has performed over 2,000 no-scalpel vasectomies. He is also specially trained in female urology, treating female incontinence and performing pelvic reconstructive surgery.

Approach to Treatment

I became a doctor because I always enjoyed science, I enjoy working with people and I enjoy working with my hands. Urology is the perfect combination of those three.

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About Dr. Brandeis

Dr. Judson Brandeis is a board-certified urologist practicing at Pacific Urology in the East Bay for the past 17 years. He has served as the Chief of Urology at John Muir Walnut Creek Hospital for the past seven years and chief of urology for the Hill Physicians Medical Group for the past five years. Dr. Brandeis was voted by the other physicians in the Bay Area as the SF Magazine Top Doctor for the past four years (2015-18).

Starting in 2002 Dr. Brandeis helped to pioneer the Robotic Surgery Program at John Muir Hospital. Recently he and Dr. Taylor introduced MRI-guided prostate biopsies to the East Bay with outstanding results. Dr. Brandeis has an expertise in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as the treatment of benign prostate enlargement. He is well trained in minimally invasive office procedures for the enlarged prostate including the Rezüm procedure.

Dr. Brandeis is an expert at kidney stone treatment and helped found the John Muir Kidney Stone Center. He also has a vast experience in female urology and pelvic reconstructive surgery after training with Dr. Shlomo Raz at UCLA. Dr. Brandeis has performed hundreds of minimally invasive sling procedures and was one of the first in the East Bay to perform robotic sacral-colpopexy.  He has also performed over 2,500 vasectomies.

Dr. Brandeis grew up in Manhasset, New York, and attended Brown University, majoring in American history and pre-medical studies. While at Brown he competed on the track and cross country teams, as well as participating in triathlons, bartending for Brown Catering, and working as an EMT for a private ambulance company.

After college Dr. Brandeis moved to Washington, D.C., to perform research on organ preservation for kidney transplantation at the American Red Cross. Later he attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he continued to compete in triathlons and hosted a weekly radio show on the Vanderbilt radio station, WRVU.

During medical school Dr. Brandeis was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship in Kidney Transplantation Immunology. He subsequently spent a year at Harvard Medical School developing new medications to prevent kidney transplant rejection. This experience attracted him to the field of urology, and he was accepted into the UCLA department of urology in 1995.

After two years of training in the UCLA department of general surgery, he spent four years as a urology resident, performing kidney transplants and developing an interest in urologic oncology. Dr. Brandeis spent a year on research, working with Dr. Mark Litwin on quality-of-life issues relating to the treatment of prostate cancer, winning multiple awards and more than $800,000 in grants for studies on the impact of treatment for early stage prostate cancer on quality of life.

Dr. Brandeis also learned from Dr. Raz, the pioneer and father of the field of female urology, who taught Dr. Brandeis new and innovative techniques to treat female incontinence and to perform pelvic reconstructive surgery. Joining Pacific Urology in 2001, Dr. Brandeis helped pioneer the robotic surgery program at Mount Diablo Hospital and became the first urologist in the Bay Area to perform a robotically assisted cystectomy.

Dr. Brandeis is married with four children, including twins. His wife is a dentist in Walnut Creek. His hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding, basketball, running and Krava Maga. He enjoys coaching his children’s Lego robotics and basketball teams and spending time with his family.

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  • Brown University
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School


  • SF Magazine Top Doctor Award recipient in 2015-2018
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award recipient
  • Patients’ Choice Award by the popular doctor-rating website Vitals.com
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship in Kidney Transplantation Immunology