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In co-author lists, Merck researchers appear in italics. Study groups were formed by Merck unless noted as GSK groups.

Gerald Andriole, MD
Division of Urology, Washington University School of Medicine; moved to Department of Urology, Johns Hopkins University

Steven Kaplan, MD
Columbia Presbyterian College of Physicians & Surgeons; moved to Mount Sinai

  • PLESS Study Group
  • MTOPS: Principal Investigator at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Paid consultant to Merck (disclosed in McConnell 2003)
  • Co-authors: Waldstreicher, Andriole, Lepor, McConnell, McVary, Roehrborn
  • Papers

Herbert Lepor, MD
Department of Urology, New York University Medical Center

  • Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Study Group
  • MTOPS: Investigator
  • Co-authors: Gormley, Andriole, Kaplan, McConnell, McVary, Roehrborn
  • Papers

John McConnell, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Kevin McVary, MD
Northwestern University; in 2013, moved to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

  • MTOPS: Principal Investigator at Northwestern University Clinical Center
    • Paid consultant and speaker
  • Co-authors: Andriole, Kaplan, Lepor, McConnell, Roehrborn
  • Papers
  • Other roles and activities
    • Retained by Merck as an expert for Propecia litigation (disclosed in Baas 2018)
    • Delivered presentation: Post-Finasteride Syndrome: An Evaluation of the FAERS Data on 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors. Fact, Fantasy or Forget About It? At: Indiana Urologic Association conference; February 24, 2018; Indianapolis, Indiana. Archived
    • Delivered presentation: Post-Finasteride Syndrome: Fact, Fantasy or Forgetaboutit? At: Advances in Urology Care symposium; October 2019; Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Archived tweet
    • Learn more about Dr. McVary’s communications regarding adverse effects of finasteride: Tapped by Merck for litigation defense, a physician-researcher sowed doubts about finasteride harms

J. Curtis Nickel, MD
Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, Canada

Claus Roehrborn, MD
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Patrick Walsh, MD
Johns Hopkins University