Scientific Advisors

Max Kates, MD

Dr. Max Kates is the Director of the Division of Urologic Oncology and an Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology in the Brady Urological Institute. Dr. Kates received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During that time, he completed a Doris Duke clinical research fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Kates has expertise in all areas of urologic oncology, including prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and genital cancers.

As the clinical director of the bladder cancer multidisciplinary clinic, Dr. Kates works with the team at the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute to deliver a personalized approach to bladder cancer utilizing cutting edge precision medicine approaches.

Dr. Kates’ research interest parallel his clinical practice, with an emphasis on novel treatments for cancers of the urinary tract. He has a particular interest in developing novel therapies for bladder cancer, and currently has a provisional patent for a novel intravesical chemotherapy he developed with nano-engineer collaborators. Additionally, Dr. Kates has made important discoveries into the mechanism of action of intravesical BCG, the most common treatment for bladder cancer.

Dr. Kates has authored more than 70 journal articles in the fields of bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer. He has won numerous awards, including the American Urologic Association (AUA) Russell Scott Award, best poster awards from the society of urologic oncology and AUA, and best reviewer from the journal Urologic Oncology.