Curtis Nickel

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  • Clinician Scientist, KGHRI
  • Professor and CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation, Department of Urology, Queen’s University


Chronic pelvic pain, prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia



Dr. Nickel has been a member of the Department of Urology at Queen’s University since 1984 and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. He maintains a clinical research institute (Center for Applied Urological Research) at Queen’s University, funded continuously by peer reviewed and industry grants. His Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinical Research Center, Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Clinical Research Center and his BPH Research Center are funded in part by concurrent grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He participates (as organizer, chairman, invited lecturer, or visiting professor) in many local, national and international university and Continuing Medical Education events. He has given invited lectures in over 40 countries. He is on the scientific or review panel of numerous granting agencies, a regular reviewer for over a dozen urological and medical journals, and on the editorial board of eight national and international urological journals. He has served on the examination committee and as an examiner for the American Board of Urology and was an examiner for the Royal College Examination Board in Canada. He has been a member of the American Association of Genito-urinary Surgeons since 2004. In November 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Canada Institute for Health Research Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation. In April 2009 he was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Urological Association for his research in Chronic Pelvic Pain in Men and Women and in 2015, the Societe d’Urologie Academy Award.  He is President-Elect of the Canadian Urologic Association (2015-16) and President in 2016-2017.

Education and honours

  • MD, Queen’s University
  • American Urologic Association Distinguished Contribution Award (2009)


Dr. Nickel’s research has been in the fields of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and benign diseases of the prostate gland. He has written over 500 scientific papers, reviews, chapters and books on these subjects. His work in chronic pelvic pain (prostatitis and interstitial cystitis) has led to new awareness of these condition, updated definitions and classifications, validated outcome parameters and recently new diagnostic paradigms for this difficult field. He has been involved in multiple clinical trials (single and multi-center) in BPH, prostatitis and interstitial cystitis (many times as one of the principal investigators) that have helped shape the evolution of medical therapy for these diseases.