Schaeffer Named Inaugural Evensen Professor
Edward Schaeffer and Chris Evensen: One of our finest clinician-scientists
is the first recipient of the Professorship named after one of the Brady’s greatest friends.
“Chris Evensen has been selfless in his suppor t of our research. He treats this as his full-time job and his impact has been incredible.”
R. Christian B. Evensen doesn’t have prostate cancer anymore, and many men in his shoes would prefer never to think about the prostate again. Instead, Evensen has become one of the best friends the Brady Urological Institute has ever had and has giv en his time, talent, and treasure to erase this disease from the face of the earth. He is one of the charter founders of the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund; has served as the Chair of the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Advisory Board for many years; has been as a lay member on the committee that awards the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Scholarships; and now, he has endowed a professorship.
“What Chris has done is remarkable,” says Patrick Walsh, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology. “He has been selfless in his support of our research, traveling across the country from Los Angeles to meet and mentor investigators at 6 a.m. before attending long board meetings. A week does not go by when I do not receive an e-mail asking about the im - portance of some new research finding or suggesting another way that he can help. He treats this as his full-time job and his impact has been incr edible. And now he has honored one of our finest clinicians and scientists with a Professorship that bears his name.” The inaugural recipient of the R. Christian B. Evensen Professorship, dedicated in June, is Edward M. Schaeffer, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Urology and Oncology. “I am honored to be the R. Christian B. Evensen Professor,” says Schaeffer, “and I am inspired by the confidence that Chris Evensen has shown in the work we are doing.”
Schaeffer, who directs the Brady’s Prostate Cancer Program, is also Co-Director of the Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic and Director of International Urologic Services. “Ted Schaeffer exemplifies the mission of the Brady Urological Institute by seamlessly combining surgical acumen and scientific discovery,” says Walsh, who recruited Schaeffer as a resident to the Brady 13 years ago. “The central theme of his research involves understanding the clinical, biologic and molecular features of the most aggressive types of prostate cancer.” Schaeffer’s work is supported by the NIH, the Howard Hughes Institute, the Department of Defense, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
In laboratory work, Schaeffer has developed several novel approaches to finding how prostate cancer starts at the molecular level. He is particularly interested in understanding the basic processes that determine and drive aggressive prostate cancer, and in helping the men at highest risk of developing this most dangerous form of the disease. His most recent work on disparities in outcomes for African Americans with prostate cancer was honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology with a 2013 Clinical Cancer Advance award. Schaeffer has also been awarded the American Urological Association’s Astellas “Rising Star” award and the Howard Hughes Clinician-Scientist Early Careers Award.
He has written more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and has edited and contributed to multiple medical textbooks. Evensen is the Founding and Managing Partner of Flintridge Capital Investments, an algorithmic trading firm, and Flintridge Capital Technologists, which develops these technologies. He is a Trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he is a member of the Finance Committee and Investments Subcommittee; a board member of Johns Hopkins Medicine International; and also a board member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, where he is the Chair of the Discovery and Translation Committee and the Development Committee; and a board member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Norway. He and his wife, Felicia Evensen, have six children.