University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
James F. Smith, MD

James F. Smith, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, UCSF

Research Summary

Dr. Smith is Director of the UCSF Male Reproductive Health practice dedicated to providing outstanding reproductive clinical care, conducting cutting edge research, and improving access to reproductive care. His research program is dedicated to helping men and boys with cancer become fathers after surviving cancer treatment. He and his partners conduct basic science investigations of sperm physiology, sperm stem cells, and semen physiology; translational research focused on fertility restoration by means of testicular and stem cell transplantation; and clinical research into reproductive effects of targeted cancer therapies such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors and MTOR inhibitors., Clinically, Dr. Smith treats men with fertility problems, need for fertility preservation, erectile dysfunction, orchalgia, and hypogonadism in the Center for Reproductive Health. Dr. Smith specializes in the use of minimally invasive vasectomy, microsurgical vasovasostomy, vasoepididymostomy, sperm retrieval techniques, spermatic cord denervation, and varicocelectomy.

Selected Publications

  1. Samplaski MK, Smith JF, Lo KC, Hotaling JM, Lau S, Grober ED, Trussell JC, Walsh TJ, Kolettis PN, Chow VDW, Zini AS, Spitz A, Fischer MA, Domes T, Zeitlin SI, Fuchs EF, Hedges JC, Sandlow JI, Brannigan RE, Dupree JM, Goldstein M, Ko EY, Hsieh TM, Bieniek JM, Shin D, Nangia AK, Jarvi KA. Reproductive endocrinologists are the gatekeepers for male infertility care in North America: results of a North American survey on the referral patterns and characteristics of men presenting to male infertility specialists for infertility investigations. Fertil Steril. 2019 Oct; 112(4):657-662.
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  2. Coward RM, Stetter C, Kunselman A, Trussell JC, Lindgren MC, Alvero RR, Casson P, Christman GM, Coutifaris C, Diamond MP, Hansen KR, Krawetz SA, Legro RS, Robinson RD, Smith JF, Steiner AZ, Wild RA, Zhang H, Santoro N. Fertility Related Quality of Life, Gonadal Function and Erectile Dysfunction in Male Partners of Couples with Unexplained Infertility. J Urol. 2019 08; 202(2):379-384.
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  3. Smith BM, Duncan FE, Ataman L, Smith K, Quinn GP, Chang RJ, Finlayson C, Orwig K, Valli-Pulaski H, Moravek MB, Zelinski MB, Irene Su H, Vitek W, Smith JF, Jeruss JS, Gracia C, Coutifaris C, Shah D, Nahata L, Gomez-Lobo V, Appiah LC, Brannigan RE, Gillis V, Gradishar W, Javed A, Rhoton-Vlasak AS, Kondapalli LA, Neuber E, Ginsberg JP, Muller CH, Hirshfeld-Cytron J, Kutteh WH, Lindheim SR, Cherven B, Meacham LR, Rao P, Torno L, Sender LS, Vadaparampil ST, Skiles JL, Schafer-Kalkhoff T, Frias OJ, Byrne J, Westphal LM, Schust DJ, Klosky JL, McCracken KA, Ting A, Khan Z, Granberg C, Lockart B, Scoccia B, Laronda MM, Mersereau JE, Marsh C, Pavone ME, Woodruff TK. The National Physicians Cooperative: transforming fertility management in the cancer setting and beyond. Future Oncol. 2018 Dec; 14(29):3059-3072.
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  4. Godoy PM, Bhakta NR, Barczak AJ, Cakmak H, Fisher S, MacKenzie TC, Patel T, Price RW, Smith JF, Woodruff PG, Erle DJ. Large Differences in Small RNA Composition Between Human Biofluids. Cell Rep. 2018 10 30; 25(5):1346-1358.
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  5. Adeleye AJ, Reid G, Kao CN, Mok-Lin E, Smith JF. Semen Parameters Among Transgender Women With a History of Hormonal Treatment. Urology. 2019 02; 124:136-141.
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  6. Gilbert K, Nangia AK, Dupree JM, Smith JF, Mehta A. Fertility preservation for men with testicular cancer: Is sperm cryopreservation cost effective in the era of assisted reproductive technology? Urol Oncol. 2018 03; 36(3):92.e1-92.e9.
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  7. Ramstein JJ, Tsai KK, Smith JF. Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and Male Reproductive Health. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Nov; 102(5):754-756.
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  8. Roan NR, Sandi-Monroy N, Kohgadai N, Usmani SM, Hamil KG, Neidleman J, Montano M, Ständker L, Röcker A, Cavrois M, Rosen J, Marson K, Smith JF, Pilcher CD, Gagsteiger F, Sakk O, O'Rand M, Lishko PV, Kirchhoff F, Münch J, Greene WC. Semen amyloids participate in spermatozoa selection and clearance. Elife. 2017 06 27; 6.
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  9. Ho JR, Hoffman JR, Aghajanova L, Smith JF, Cardenas M, Herndon CN. Demographic analysis of a low resource, socioculturally diverse urban community presenting for infertility care in a United States public hospital. Contracept Reprod Med. 2017; 2:17.
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  10. Neidleman JA, Chen JC, Kohgadai N, Müller JA, Laustsen A, Thavachelvam K, Jang KS, Stürzel CM, Jones JJ, Ochsenbauer C, Chitre A, Somsouk M, Garcia MM, Smith JF, Greenblatt RM, Münch J, Jakobsen MR, Giudice LC, Greene WC, Roan NR. Mucosal stromal fibroblasts markedly enhance HIV infection of CD4+ T cells. PLoS Pathog. 2017 02; 13(2):e1006163.
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  11. Hussein AA, Yango P, Ezz Y, Smith JF, Tran ND. Fertility preservation options for prepubertal boys facing gonadotoxic therapies. Minerva Ginecol. 2016 Dec; 68(6):668-74.
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  12. Winkelman WD, Katz PP, Smith JF, Rowen TS. The Sexual Impact of Infertility Among Women Seeking Fertility Care. Sex Med. 2016 Sep; 4(3):e190-7.
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  13. Mehta A, Nangia AK, Dupree JM, Smith JF. Limitations and barriers in access to care for male factor infertility. Fertil Steril. 2016 05; 105(5):1128-1137.
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  14. Miller MR, Mannowetz N, Iavarone AT, Safavi R, Gracheva EO, Smith JF, Hill RZ, Bautista DM, Kirichok Y, Lishko PV. Unconventional endocannabinoid signaling governs sperm activation via the sex hormone progesterone. Science. 2016 Apr 29; 352(6285):555-9.
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  15. Smith JF, Tran ND. Freezing and thawing testicular cells may not affect growth of cultured testicular cells. Fertil Steril. 2015 Nov; 104(5):1129.
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  16. Hussein AA, Tran ND, Smith JF. Fertility preservation for boys and adolescents facing sterilizing medical therapy. Transl Androl Urol. 2014 Dec; 3(4):382-90.
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  17. Yango P, Altman E, Smith JF, Klatsky PC, Tran ND. Optimizing cryopreservation of human spermatogonial stem cells: comparing the effectiveness of testicular tissue and single cell suspension cryopreservation. Fertil Steril. 2014 Nov; 102(5):1491-1498.e1.
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  18. Smith JF, Yango P, Altman E, Choudhry S, Poelzl A, Zamah AM, Rosen M, Klatsky PC, Tran ND. Testicular niche required for human spermatogonial stem cell expansion. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2014 Sep; 3(9):1043-54.
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  19. Altman E, Yango P, Moustafa R, Smith JF, Klatsky PC, Tran ND. Characterization of human spermatogonial stem cell markers in fetal, pediatric, and adult testicular tissues. Reproduction. 2014 Oct; 148(4):417-27.
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  20. Odisho AY, Nangia AK, Katz PP, Smith JF. Temporal and geospatial trends in male factor infertility with assisted reproductive technology in the United States from 1999-2010. Fertil Steril. 2014 Aug; 102(2):469-75.
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