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Kirsten Greene, M.D.

Urologic cancer surgeon

Dr. Kirsten Greene specializes in urologic cancers, particularly prostate and bladder cancer, at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her interests include the screening, diagnosis and management of genitourinary malignancy and minimally invasive treatment of urologic disease. She has experience with robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery and is involved in the development of new technologies and the creation of guidelines of care for urologic malignancies.

Greene earned a medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed general surgery and urology training at UCSF. She is combining her interest in urologic oncology, minimally invasive surgery and outcomes research by pursuing a master's degree in clinical research at UCSF while serving as a clinical instructor in the UCSF Department of Urology.


Prostate Cancer Center
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7171
Fax: (415) 353-7093

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Urologic Surgery and Oncology
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7171
Fax: (415) 514-6195

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center, Urology 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bucay N, Shahryari V, Majid S, Yamamura S, Mitsui Y, Tabatabai ZL, Greene K, Deng G, Dahiya R, Tanaka Y, Saini S. miRNA Expression Analyses in Prostate Cancer Clinical Tissues. J Vis Exp. 2015; (103).
  2. Jalloh M, Leapman MS, Cowan JE, Shinohara K, Greene KL, Roach M, Chang AJ, Chan JM, Simko JP, Carroll PR. Patterns of Local Failure following Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. J Urol. 2015 Oct; 194(4):977-82.
  3. Welty CJ, Cowan JE, Nguyen H, Shinohara K, Perez N, Greene KL, Chan JM, Meng MV, Simko JP, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR. Extended followup and risk factors for disease reclassification in a large active surveillance cohort for localized prostate cancer. J Urol. 2015 Mar; 193(3):807-11.
  4. Chang I, Fukuhara S, Wong DK, Gill A, Mitsui Y, Majid S, Saini S, Yamamura S, Chiyomaru T, Hirata H, Ueno K, Arora S, Shahryari V, Deng G, Tabatabai ZL, Greene KL, Shin DM, Enokida H, Shiina H, Nonomura N, Dahiya R, Tanaka Y. Cytochrome P450 1B1 polymorphisms and risk of renal cell carcinoma in men. Tumour Biol. 2014 Oct; 35(10):10223-30.
  5. Greene KL, Punnen S, Carroll PR. Evolution and immediate future of US screening guidelines. Urol Clin North Am. 2014 May; 41(2):229-35.
  6. Starobinets O, Guo R, Simko JP, Kuchinsky K, Kurhanewicz J, Carroll PR, Greene KL, Noworolski SM. Semiautomatic registration of digital histopathology images to in vivo MR images in molded and unmolded prostates. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 May; 39(5):1223-9.
  7. Majid S, Dar AA, Saini S, Deng G, Chang I, Greene K, Tanaka Y, Dahiya R, Yamamura S. MicroRNA-23b functions as a tumor suppressor by regulating Zeb1 in bladder cancer. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e67686.
  8. Glass AS, Cowan JE, Fuldeore MJ, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Kenfield SA, Greene KL. Patient demographics, quality of life, and disease features of men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer: trends in the PSA era. Urology. 2013 Jul; 82(1):60-5.
  9. Carter HB, Albertsen PC, Barry MJ, Etzioni R, Freedland SJ, Greene KL, Holmberg L, Kantoff P, Konety BR, Murad MH, Penson DF, Zietman AL. Early detection of prostate cancer: AUA Guideline. J Urol. 2013 Aug; 190(2):419-26.
  10. Punnen S, Meng MV, Cooperberg MR, Greene KL, Cowan JE, Carroll PR. How does robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) compare with open surgery in men with high-risk prostate cancer? BJU Int. 2013 Aug; 112(4):E314-20.
  11. Greene KL, Albertsen PC, Babaian RJ, Carter HB, Gann PH, Han M, Kuban DA, Sartor AO, Stanford JL, Zietman A, Carroll P. Prostate specific antigen best practice statement: 2009 update. J Urol. 2013 Jan; 189(1 Suppl):S2-S11.
  12. Blaschko SD, Weiss DA, Odisho AY, Greene KL, Cooperberg MR. Proximal bulbar periurethral abscess. Int Braz J Urol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 39(1):137-8.
  13. Tasian GE, Cooperberg MR, Potter MB, Cowan JE, Greene KL, Carroll PR, Chan JM. PSA screening: determinants of primary-care physician practice patterns. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2012 Jun; 15(2):189-94.
  14. Porten SP, Whitson JM, Cowan JE, Cooperberg MR, Shinohara K, Perez N, Greene KL, Meng MV, Carroll PR. Changes in prostate cancer grade on serial biopsy in men undergoing active surveillance. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Jul 10; 29(20):2795-800.
  15. Dall'Era MA, Cowan JE, Simko J, Shinohara K, Davies B, Konety BR, Meng MV, Perez N, Greene K, Carroll PR. Surgical management after active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer: pathological outcomes compared with men undergoing immediate treatment. BJU Int. 2011 Apr; 107(8):1232-7.
  16. Whitson JM, Porten SP, Hilton JF, Cowan JE, Perez N, Cooperberg MR, Greene KL, Meng MV, Simko JP, Shinohara K, Carroll PR. The relationship between prostate specific antigen change and biopsy progression in patients on active surveillance for prostate cancer. J Urol. 2011 May; 185(5):1656-60.
  17. Sadetsky N, Greene K, Cooperberg MR, Hubbard A, Carroll PR, Satariano W. Impact of androgen deprivation on physical well-being in patients with prostate cancer: analysis from the CaPSURE (Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor) registry. Cancer. 2011 Oct 1; 117(19):4406-13.
  18. Cooperberg MR, Cowan JE, Hilton JF, Reese AC, Zaid HB, Porten SP, Shinohara K, Meng MV, Greene KL, Carroll PR. Outcomes of active surveillance for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Jan 10; 29(2):228-34.
  19. Tasian GE, Cooperberg MR, Cowan JE, Keyashian K, Greene KL, Daniels NA, Carroll PR, Chan JM. Prostate specific antigen screening for prostate cancer: knowledge of, attitudes towards, and utilization among primary care physicians. Urol Oncol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 30(2):155-60.
  20. Greene KL, Albertsen PC, Babaian RJ, Carter HB, Gann PH, Han M, Kuban DA, Sartor AO, Stanford JL, Zietman A, Carroll P. Prostate specific antigen best practice statement: 2009 update. J Urol. 2009 Nov; 182(5):2232-41.

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