James Smith


Director, Male Reproductive Health Center
Basketball coach and fan, squash player

Dr. James Smith directs the UCSF team that provides fertility preservation counseling and treatments for men. He evaluates and cares for men with general fertility problems, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction and Peyronie's disease. He specializes in sperm retrieval, microsurgical approaches to vasectomy reversal and surgery to remove enlarged veins in the scrotum.

The overall focus of Smith's research is to improve understanding of male reproductive biology, and he seeks to translate his findings on these mechanisms into better fertility treatments.

Smith earned both his medical degree and his master's degree in health and medical science in the joint medical program of UCSF and the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in general surgery and urology at the University of Utah, returning to UCSF to complete a fellowship in andrology (the study of the male reproductive system).

Smith is an active member of the American Urological Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, and Sexual Medicine Society of North America.

A basketball fan, Smith loves coaching his daughter's team and cheering for local kids' teams as well as the Golden State Warriors.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 2002

  • Residencies

    University of Utah, Surgery and Urology, 2007

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Male Reproductive Health, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I aim to grow UCSF Male Reproductive Health into a world-class center of excellence in research and patient care.

Clinics I work with

Center for Reproductive Health at Mission Bay

499 Illinois St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Fertility Preservation Program

499 Illinois St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Male Reproductive Health Center

2356 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Male Sexual & Reproductive Health Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 610
San Francisco, CA 94143

Urology Practice

400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA 94143

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