R. CHRISTIAN B. EVENSEN PROFESSORSHIP IN UROLOGY AT THE BRADY UROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Established in 2014 by the generosity of R. Christian B. Evensen

R. Christian B. Evensen is the Founding and Managing Partner of Flintridge Capital Investments, an algorithmic trading firm, and Flintridge Capital Technologies, which develops these technologies, located in Glendale, California. Chris has spent the majority of his career structuring corporate investments, real estate investments, and derivatives. He was Founder and Managing Partner of Canyon Partners, an alternative asset manager in equity, bonds, and real estate located in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the formation of Canyon Partners in 1990, Chris was Senior Vice President of the High Yield Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert and Director of the International Markets Group, responsible for the international markets activities of the firm. Prior to 1986, Mr. Evensen worked at Merrill Lynch, First Interstate Limited, and The Bank of New York, where he structured derivatives products and commercial and project loans. Chris is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he is a member of the Finance Committee and Investments Subcommittee. He is a board member of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, which manages the international activities of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is the Chair of the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Advisory Board at the Brady Urological Institute. Chris is 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 is a former Trustee of Chandler School in Pasadena, California, as well as the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Chris earned a B.A. in Economics with honors from Williams College. He is married to Felicia Evensen, and they are the proud parents of six children.

 

Edward M. Schaeffer, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology, Director of Prostate Cancer Programs at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Co-Director of the Prostate Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Clinic and Director of International Urologic Services is the inaugural recipient of the R. Christian B. Evensen Professorship. In 2001, Dr. Schaeffer graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with degrees in medicine and science. He was recruited to Johns Hopkins by Dr. Patrick Walsh and studied under Dr. John Cameron in the Department of Surgery and Dr. Alan Partin in Urology. In 2007 he joined the Brady Urological Institute faculty and in 2010 was promoted to Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology. Dr. Schaeffer’s clinical practice and research laboratory are focused on prostatic diseases and exemplify the mission of the Brady Urological Institute by combining surgical acumen and scientific discovery. He has a large oncologic practice with a national and international referral pattern; annually he performs over 220 major oncologic cases. The central theme of his research involves understanding the clinical, biologic and molecular features of the most aggressive types of prostate cancer. His laboratory is supported by funding from the NIH, Howard Hughes Institute, Department of Defense and Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Schaeffer’s scientific training began in immunology and cell signaling and over time evolved to focus on the prostate -- from organogenesis through prostate cancer initiation and progression. Dr. Schaeffer’s laboratory efforts have resulted in the development of several novel approaches to unraveling the molecular programs of prostate carcinogenesis. Dr. Schaeffer’s clinical-translational scientific endeavors concentrate on prostate cancer with an emphasis on molecular features that drive aggressive high-risk prostate cancer and populations at high risk for aggressive disease. His most recent work on disparities in outcomes for African Americans with prostate cancer was honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as a 2013 Clinical Cancer Advance. Dr. Schaeffer’s accomplishments in both medicine and science have been acknowledged with several awards and multiple international speaking engagements, including the American Urological Association Astellas "Rising Star" award and a Howard Hughes Clinician-Scientist Early Careers Award. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and has edited and contributed to multiple medical textbooks. Dr. Schaeffer and his wife, Andrea, met at Johns Hopkins in 2002 and have been married for 9 years. They enjoy their three wonderful children, Winston, Beatrice and Theodore.