CPDR Clinical Research

Clinical Research Program

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The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) is a DoD research and clinical care center established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to care for military service members and their families diagnosed with prostate cancer and prostate related disease. In 2010, CPDR received the prestigious distinction of being designated a DoD Prostate Center of Excellence. More recently, CPDR became a member of the Cancer Center of Excellence at Walter Reed-Bethesda (only DoD medical center to receive this distinction). In the past 20 years, the CPDR has grown into a robust program that is internationally recognized as a premier prostate patient care and research center. 


The CPDR Clinical Research Program mission is to provide state-of-the-art treatment and clinical research opportunities for military health care beneficiaries with prostate cancer and other prostate diseases.

Services Provided or Supported at our Clinical Center:

  • Multi-disciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic for Newly Diagnosed Patients
  • Recurrent Prostate Cancer Clinic
  • Clinical Trial Services
  • Preoperative Counseling Class for Surgery Patients
  • Psychological Support
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Male Sexuality Issues
  • Monthly Support Groups
  • Numerous Patient Education Forums (Guest Speakers, Newsletters, and etc.)

State-of-the-art prostate cancer treatments:

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy
  • Intensity modulated Radiation Therapy w/ Image guided radiation therapy
  • Brachytherapy


Eligibility for Care

All Active Duty, Retirees, and their family members regardless of age.


June 23, 2016

Dr. Charles XavierDr. Charles P. Xavier Takes the Robert A. Phillips Award and a Navy-wide Academic Research Competition Award

by Paula Amann
Published in the June 2016 issue of Military Medical Research News, a monthly newsletter of the Department of Research Programs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Fine-tuning facial transplants, predicting bone fractures, shrinking prostate cancers with new drugs and cutting the costs of surgical training with the right technology: These were among the problems probed by competition winners for 2016 Research and Innovation Month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).

The events, during Poster Display Week on May 11 and the Research Symposia on May 18-19, drew abstracts for 178 projects. After winnowing by pre-selection judges, 22 finalists emerged in three categories: case reports, evidence-based practice and quality improvement (a crucial non-research area).

Another 24 finalists, split evenly between laboratory and clinical research, vied for the Robert A. Phillips (RAP) and Bailey K. Ashford (BKA) Awards. The two BKA winners were LCDR Gabriel Santiago, MC (laboratory medicine), and LT Scott Wagner, MC (clinical medicine).

RAP winners included LT Daniel Griffin, MC (resident laboratory category); CPT Sarah Placek, MC (resident clinical); Charles P. Xavier, Ph.D. (staff laboratory); and Benjamin Sheffield (staff clinical).

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