Dr. Basler received his undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Missouri. Between these, he completed his Ph.D. in molecular biology at the State University of New York in Buffalo. After a residency in urology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he was recipient of a three-year American Cancer Society Career Development Award in Urologic Oncology and stayed on faculty at Washington University from 1990 through 1998. In 1998, he joined the faculty at the UT Health Science Center division of urologic surgery as associate professor. After the division of urology became the department of urology, Dr. Basler was promoted to professor. He has published numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and has edited a textbook on urologic oncology in addition to serving as scientific reviewer for several prominent urologic journals. He currently serves as chief of urology at the South Texas Veterans Administration Health Care System (STVAHCS) and is program director for the UT Health Science Center department of urology. He is also currently president of Texas Urologic Society, representing over 400 member urologists.
Dr. Basler is the principal investigator of several Southwest Oncology Clinical Trials open at the Health Science Center and STVAHCS campuses and serves on the national coordinating committee for a large VA cooperative trial in treatment of advanced prostate cancer.