Carlton-Smith Endowed Chair in Urologic Education
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, United States
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


BS from Yale University
Biology (Research Intensive Track)
PhD from Stanford University
Molecular and Cellular Physiology
M.D. from Stanford University
Internship at Baylor College of Medicine
General Surgery
Residency at Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medine
Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery


American Board of Urology

Honors & Awards

Fulbright and Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and Evaluation
Distinguished Surgeon of the Year
2015 Rising Star Clinician Award
First Prize, Annual Audio Visual Awards
“Nerve-Sparing During Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy: Adhering to the High Standards of Open Surgery”
First Prize, Essay Contest, Clinical Research Division
“Modeling the Cost of Management Options for Stage I Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumors: A Decision Tree Analysis”
Award for Excellence in Educational Program Development
“Development of a Minimally-Invasive Resident Training Program”
Staff Man of the Year Award
Outstanding Full Time Faculty Teaching Award
Fulbright and Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award for Development of Enduring Educational Materials
Academy of Distinguished Educator’s Education Grant
“Electrons to Atoms: Using Patient-Specific Digital and Physical Anatomic Models to Teach Skills Critical for Robotic Renal Surgery”
First Prize Video Award
“Laparoscopic Sacral Colpoperineopexy for the Treatment of Vaginal Vault Prolapse and Perineal Descent”
First Prize, Ambrose Reed Socio­economic Essay Contest
“Making Ends Meet: A Cost Comparison of Laparoscopic and Open Radical Prostatectomy”“Making Ends Meet: A Cost Comparison of Laparoscopic and Open Radical Prostatectomy”
Top Doctors 2015

Professional Interests

  • Endourology; Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Renal Mass
  • Ureteral Obstruction
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
  • Kidney Stones
  • Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy
  • Renal Tumors
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Living Kidney Donor
  • Donor Nephrectomy
  • Single Site Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Renal Cysts
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Nephrectomy
  • Ureteral Reconstruction
  • Molecular Biology

Professional Statement

Richard E. Link, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, is a Board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist specializing in the treatment of urologic disease affecting the kidney, ureter, and prostate. He holds the Carlton-Smith Endowed Chair in Urologic Education at BCM. He focuses on the use of laparoscopic, robotic-assisted, percutaneous, and endoscopic techniques to treat kidney tumors, renal and ureteral obstruction, and urinary tract stones. He directs the BCM Division of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery and is active, nationally, in teaching these techniques to other urologists through the American Urological Association Office of Education. He has also directed the BCM fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery since 2008. Dr. Link has been an early pioneer in the development of laparoendoscopic single-site donor nephrectomy, a less invasive laparoscopic technique in which a donor kidney can be removed via only a single, small peri-umbilical incision for transplantation. He serves as Director of Living Donor Procurement for several major kidney transplant programs in Houston, including Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Houston Methodist Hospital. He also co-directs the BCM Comprehensive Stone Clinic, which provides a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary tertiary referral center for patients with complex kidney stones.

Dr. Link completed his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. His research laboratory studies the genetic basis for renal cell carcinoma and urinary tract stone disease using a combination of genetically engineered mouse models, stem cell biology, and sophisticated whole genome molecular techniques. His clinical research interests include surgical simulation, decision analysis modeling, and the application of 3D reconstruction and printing techniques to surgical education.

Selected Publications


American Urological Association
Endourology Society
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
National Residency Review Committee for Urology, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Harris County Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
South Central Section of the American Urological Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science


Clinical skills