The Saga of the Climb to Kaiser
son of a physician, Dr. Hendricks grew up in
the Fresno-Clovis area of central California with
two older brothers and one older sister.
grade school through high school, his family
lived on a five acre "farm" where he and his
siblings took care of cows, chickens, and an orchard
with multiple types of fruits and vegetables. Dr.
Hendricks spent the majority of his
time in school sports (football and track), schoolwork,
and working on the "farm". A fair amount of his free time was spent sailing,
where he and his family were active members of the Fresno Yacht Club. They
competed both locally and regionally, winning a number of regattas.
high school, Dr. Hendricks went to Occidental
College in Los Angeles. Occidental had and still has an outstanding
pre-medical program. There he gained more enthusiam for the medical field. When
applying to medical schools, he became enamoured with Columbia
University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. While visiting Columbia,
Dr. Hendicks was amazed at the diversity of the student body, how active they
all were in other endeavors, how enthusiastic the students were, and how superb
the clinical training appeared to be. No other medical school appeared
to have such outstanding physicians that really cared and concentrated on teaching medical
students. Dr. Hendricks was thrilled to be accepted into this prestigious
Dr. Hendricks found Columbia to be everything he expected and more. He
was fascinated by just about every field of medicine. During his clinical
years, he found that Urology was the field he was most interested in. The
combination of medical and surgical treatments, the wide variety of patients
seen by Urology, and the complexities of intricate urological surgery fascinated
him. He could also see that urologists really do help patients get better
and that it is a very rewarding field.
When applying to residency programs, Dr. Hendricks interviewed at most of the
top programs in the country. While flying around the country to visit these
programs, he realized how strong Columbia's program was and decided he wanted
to stay there for residency. He was incredibly excited and grateful that
he was accepted.
Dr. Hendricks spent six years in surgical and urological residency
at Columbia Presbyterian Medial Center. During his training he gained tremendous
experience with world-leaders in all sub-specialties in Urology including urological
oncology, endourology and stone disease, female urology, erectile dysfunction,
infertility, and pediatric urology. Columbia is a high-volume program,
meaning Dr. Hendricks did more procedures during his training than most urologists
do out of other programs. The urological oncology volume was particularly
great, so that he performed a large number of radical prostatectomies (removal
of prostate for cancer), radical nephrectomies (removal of kidney for kidney
cancer), radical cystectomies and continent diversions (removal of bladder for
bladder cancer and making new bladder or pouch to hold the urine), as well as
many other cancer procedures. Columbia was also starting a new cryotherapy
program while Dr. Hendricks was there, and he was able to participate in over
a dozen prostate cryoablations during the time that the new generation cryoprobes
began being used.
After his training, Dr. Hendricks spent four years as a urologist for the United
States Navy. He spent two years as the department head of urology
at the US Naval Hospital
in Yokosuka, Japan. He then spent two years at the Naval
Medical Center in San Diego, California as a staff urologist training urological
residents. While in San Diego, Dr. Hendricks acquired further training
in laparoscopy and began doing advanced laparoscopic procedures such as laparoscopic
prostatectomy and nephrectomy (removal of prostate or kidney for cancer). He
now has over eight years of experience in these complex procedures.
Once Dr. Hendricks was honorably discharged from the Navy, he relocated to the
Bay Area and spent three years practicing in the East Bay. During that
time he began performing robotic prostatectomies with the Da Vinci robotic system,
a procedure that was relatively easy to learn with his previous laparoscopic
experience. He now has been doing that procedure for over five years
with outstanding results. He also serves as a surgical proctor, teaching
other urologists in the region how do perform da Vinci robotic prostatectomy.
Dr. Hendricks has also gained further
experience with prostate and renal cryoablation,
becoming an area leader in that field. He serves as a surgical
proctor for these procedures as well, training other urologists on
the technique of cryoablation of prostate and kidney tumors. Dr. Hendricks
is one of the busiest prostate cryotherapists in the state, and
he currently is doing more kidney cryoablation than any other
urologist in California.
Dr. Hendricks has also gained further training in female urological
procedures, most notably minimally invasive procedures for stress urinary
incontinence and pelvic prolapse. He has seen tremendous results with these procedures,
so much so that he now has one of the largest experiences in the country and
he serves as a proctor for other physicians learning these techniques.
Another area that Dr. Hendricks has gained expertise is minimally
invasive procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia. He has
been performing green light laser prostatectomy for over five
years and has done hundreds of those procedures. He
also provides microwave thermotherapy in the office for those
patients that are candidates for that procedure. He currently is now
also performing laser prostatectomy in the office using the exciting
new Biolitec diode laser, with outstanding results to date.
After three years practicing in the East Bay, Dr. Hendricks relocated
to Napa. There
he has joined with Dr. Thomas Hildreth of Napa Valley Urology Associates, a highly-regarded
practice that has been providing quality urology services for over 25 years. Together
they work in an outstanding medical community with state-of-the-art facilities. The
Queen of the Valley Hospital provides comprehensive, caring care to its' community
while providing all of the latest technology, including the Da Vinci Robotic
system. It is with great pride that Dr. Hendricks is joining such an outstanding
community. Together, they can provide the best quality care to patients
both from their community and from other areas.
Of note, Dr. Hendricks has acquired post-graduate training in
the field of bariatric medicine (the medical weight-loss field). He was trained by his father,
Dr. Ed Hendricks, at Medical Weight Control in
Roseville and Sacramento. Dr. Ed Hendricks is one of the innovative leaders
of that specialty and is the Secretary of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. Dr.
James Hendricks counsels patients at his father's office and regularly supervises
physician assistants and nurse practitioners. While he does not practice
bariatric medicine in his own office, he plans to do so in the near future.
Dr. Hendricks is a member of the American Medical Association,
the California Medical Association, the Napa County Medical Society,
the American Urological Association, the Western Section of the American
Urological Association, the California Urological Association, the
Society of Government Urologists, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic
Surgeons. He has clinical priviliges at
the Queen of the Valley Hospital, Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, and
Summitt Medical Center in Oakland.