Tom Lue, MD


Dr. Tom Lue is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of male sexual dysfunction at UCSF Medical Center. In 1983, he was one of the first urologists in the country to offer penile injection for erectile dysfunction. His research team proved that a new class of compound enhances erection in animals, which provided the scientific basis for three medications — Viagra, Levitra and Cialis, the most popular treatments for erectile dysfunction. Lue and his associates also developed the first animal model to study Peyronie's disease and introduced pentoxifylline for treatment.

Lue is vice chair of urology, medical director of the Knuppe Molecular Urology Laboratory and a professor of urology at UCSF. He graduated with highest honors from the Kaohsiung Medical College in Taiwan, completed urologic training at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was awarded the Valentine Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine to study the neurophysiology of the genitourinary tract at UCSF. He has won numerous awards, including the American Urological Association's Gold Cystoscope award and American Foundation of Urologic Disease's "Most Innovative Research Award." Lue has authored or co-authored more than 380 publications and 12 books on male sexual dysfunction.


Urology Practice
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2200
Fax: (415) 353-2641

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

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Kaohsiung Medical College 1972


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Urology 1981


UCSF Medical Center, Urology

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wang HS, Oh BS, Wang B, Ruan Y, Zhou J, Banie L, Lee YC, Tamaddon A, Tie Z, Wang G, Lin G, Lue TF. Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Ameliorates Diabetic Underactive Bladder in Streptozocin-Induced Diabetic Rats. BJU Int. 2018 Mar 30.
  2. Ruan Y, Zhou J, Kang N, Reed-Maldonado AB, Tamaddon A, Wang B, Wang HS, Wang G, Banie L, Lin G, Liu J, Lue TF. The Effect of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in an Obesity-Associated Erectile Dysfunction Rat Model. BJU Int. 2018 Mar 23.
  3. Ruan Y, Lin G, Kang N, Tamaddon A, Zhou J, Wang B, Wang HS, Wang G, Banie L, Xin Z, Liu J, Lue TF. In Situ Activation and Preservation of Penile Progenitor Cells Using Icariside II in an Obesity-Associated Erectile Dysfunction Rat Model. Stem Cells Dev. 2018 Feb 01; 27(3):207-215.
  4. Metzler IS, Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. Suspected penile fracture: to operate or not to operate? Transl Androl Urol. 2017 Oct; 6(5):981-986.
  5. Reed-Maldonado AB, Kim JS, Lue TF. Avoiding complications: surgery for ischemic priapism. Transl Androl Urol. 2017 Aug; 6(4):657-665.
  6. Wang B, Zhou J, Banie L, Reed-Maldonado AB, Ning H, Lu Z, Ruan Y, Zhou T, Wang HS, Oh BS, Wang G, Qi SL, Lin G, Lue TF. Low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy promotes myogenesis through PERK/ATF4 pathway. Neurourol Urodyn. 2018 Feb; 37(2):699-707.
  7. Hudnall M, Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. Advances in the understanding of priapism. Transl Androl Urol. 2017 Apr; 6(2):199-206.
  8. Lin G, Reed-Maldonado AB, Wang B, Lee YC, Zhou J, Lu Z, Wang G, Banie L, Lue TF. In Situ Activation of Penile Progenitor Cells With Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. J Sex Med. 2017 Apr; 14(4):493-501.
  9. Wang B, Ning H, Reed-Maldonado AB, Zhou J, Ruan Y, Zhou T, Wang HS, Oh BS, Banie L, Lin G, Lue TF. Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Enhances Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression through PERK/ATF4 Signaling Pathway. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Feb 16; 18(2).
  10. Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. The Current Status of Stem-Cell Therapy in Erectile Dysfunction: A Review. World J Mens Health. 2016 Dec; 34(3):155-164.
  11. Bushmakin AG, Cappelleri JC, Stecher V, Lue TF. Quantifying Barriers to Improvement of Treatment Satisfaction in Men With Erectile Dysfunction: Use of Person-Item Maps. J Sex Med. 2017 Jan; 14(1):152-159.
  12. Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. Editorial Comment. Urology. 2017 Feb; 100:130.
  13. Lee YC, Lin G, Wang G, Reed-Maldonado A, Lu Z, Wang L, Banie L, Lue TF. Impaired contractility of the circular striated urethral sphincter muscle may contribute to stress urinary incontinence in female zucker fatty rats. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017 Aug; 36(6):1503-1510.
  14. Wang L, Lin G, Lee YC, Reed-Maldonado AB, Sanford MT, Wang G, Li H, Banie L, Xin Z, Lue TF. Transgenic animal model for studying the mechanism of obesity-associated stress urinary incontinence. BJU Int. 2017 Feb; 119(2):317-324.
  15. Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. Re: A Meta-analysis of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Peyronie's Disease. Eur Urol. 2016 11; 70(5):895-896.
  16. Breyer BN, Fandel TM, Alwaal A, Osterberg EC, Shindel AW, Lin G, Tanagho EA, Lue TF. Comparison of spinal cord contusion and transection: functional and histological changes in the rat urinary bladder. BJU Int. 2017 Feb; 119(2):333-341.
  17. Lin G, Reed-Maldonado AB, Lin M, Xin Z, Lue TF. Effects and Mechanisms of Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound for Chronic Prostatitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Jul 01; 17(7).
  18. Lu Z, Lin G, Reed-Maldonado A, Wang C, Lee YC, Lue TF. Low-intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment Improves Erectile Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Eur Urol. 2017 02; 71(2):223-233.
  19. Reed-Maldonado AB, Lue TF. Learning Penile Anatomy to Improve Function. J Urol. 2016 Sep; 196(3):643-4.
  20. Liu B, Lee YC, Alwaal A, Wang G, Banie L, Lin CS, Lin G, Lue TF. Carbachol-induced signaling through Thr696-phosphorylation of myosin phosphatase-targeting subunit 1 (MYPT1) in rat bladder smooth muscle cells. Int Urol Nephrol. 2016 Aug; 48(8):1237-1242.

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