Bringing university-level urologic services to Bakersfield, Bruce J. Joseph, M.D., joins USC Institute of Urology at Keck Medicine of USC

October 1, 2014

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Photo: Bruce Joseph, M.D./Don Milici, Keck Medicine of USC

LOS ANGELES and BAKERSFIELD, CA— Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) announced that the highly respected urologic practice of Bruce J. Joseph, M.D. is now part of the Trojan family. The practice will provide comprehensive, world-class urologic care to Kern County and the greater San Joaquin Valley area as part of the USC Institute of Urology.

Bruce Joseph, M.D., will be joining Keck Medicine of USC, and the practice, which will remain in its current Bakersfield location, will be known as USC Urology Associates – Bakersfield.

“I want the best for my patients, and now people here in Bakersfield and Kern County will have access to a range of sub-specialty expertise and treatments that only a top-flight urology team at a major institution can bring,” said Bruce Joseph, M.D. “I am pleased to join some of the nation’s best urologists that make up the talented team of physicians and surgeons at USC Institute of Urology.”

Kern County patients will have enhanced access to world-class services and treatments by the renowned specialists of the USC Institute of Urology for complex urologic conditions and advanced, comprehensive urologic cancer care for the kidney, prostate, bladder and testis. State-of-the-art, sub-specialized consultation such as for female urology, male infertility, endourology/kidney stone disease, reconstructive urology/prosthetics, genitourinary trauma and pediatric urology will be provided. USC Institute of Urology also focuses on urologic preventive medicine.

Working hand-in-hand with Bruce Joseph, M.D., USC urologists will treat patients in Bakersfield as much as possible, thus allowing patients to stay close to home while receiving the highest quality specialty urologic care.

Inderbir S. Gill, M.D., the chairman, professor and founding executive director of USC Institute of Urology and a world-renowned advanced robotic cancer surgeon, will be personally seeing and treating patients at this Bakersfield site, along with Bruce Joseph, M.D. and other USC urology faculty physicians from Keck Medicine of USC.

“We are committed to closely and collegially working along with local Bakersfield urologists and physicians to bring our innovative urologic treatments to patients in Kern County,” said Dr. Gill. “The USC Institute of Urology team is known globally for its innovative therapies, break-through research and robotic and open surgical expertise.”

The growth of Keck Medicine of USC in Southern and Central California falls under the leadership of Tom Jackiewicz, Senior Vice President & CEO of USC Health and Amar A. Desai, M.D., M.P.H., and CEO of USC Care & Ambulatory Services, part of Keck Medicine of USC.

“We aspire to bring the best of USC to more people, including our extensive expertise in complex care, by extending our reach into more communities. We are thrilled to come together with practices such as Dr. Joseph’s that are committed to the highest quality care,” said Dr. Desai. “Keck Medicine of USC is becoming the practice of choice for physicians in Southern and Central California because we partner with the community in a distinctly collaborative way.”


Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Encompassing academic, research and clinical excellence, the medical system attracts internationally renowned experts who teach and practice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the region’s first medical school; includes the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States; has a medical faculty practice, the USC Care Medical Group; operates the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital; and owns USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital. It also includes more than 40 outpatient facilities, some at affiliated hospitals, in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties. U.S. News & World Report ranked Keck Medical Center of USC among the Top 10 in ophthalmology (No. 9), and among the Top 25 hospitals in the United States for urology (No. 20) and cancer care (No. 23). The medical center was also awarded an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group in March, representing outstanding patient safety practices and overall patient outcomes.

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At the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Catherine & Joseph Aresty Department of Urology and the USC Institute of Urology, our team comprises of 65 full-time faculty researchers, surgeons, oncologists, residents, post-graduate fellows and physicians assistants. We are dedicated to the advancing and defining the state-of-the-art in the field of urology. Ranked amongst the top urology programs in the nation, USC urologists provide the complete range of treatments for various basic and advanced urologic conditions through 10 specialized clinical centers: Robotic Surgery Center, Comprehensive Urologic Oncology Center, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Center, Endourology & Stone Disease Center, Genitourinary Reconstruction & Prosthetics Center, Image-Guided & Targeted Therapies Center, Comparative Effectiveness & Preventive Urology Center, Male Infertility & Andrology Center, Men’s Health Center and a new Robotic Training and Simulation Center.