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The Department of Urology is committed to excellence and improving everything we do. From our innovative patient care, to our highest caliber education program, and cutting-edge research, we work together to turn discoveries into reality and improve the lives of our patients.  


Departmental News & Highlights

Faculty Activities

Dr. Geoff Sonn gave this webinar presentation on "2017 State of the Art Men's Genitourinary Health presentation" which discussed healthy choices for men – including preventative steps, symptoms of prostate disease, and new approaches to prostate cancer screening including non-surgical techniques, using MRI.

The first successful in vitro fertilization was a huge step forward for human reproduction –and we've come a long way since then. In the coming years, we may have the ability to take skin cells and generate sperm and eggs. Watch this incredible talk by Dr. Michael Eisenberg that will change your perception of reproduction and family planning.

Dr. Jay Shah chaired a Clinical Controversies in Oncology session titled, “Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Bladder Cancer” at ASCO 2017, the largest gathering of cancer doctors and health care professionals from around the world.

Dr. Michael Eisenberg spoke at the NICHD Division of Intramural and Population Health Reserach 50th anniversary event held May 15-16.

Dr. Jay Shah was honored at the AUA Leadership Academy graduation ceremony at the AUA Annual Meeting in Boston held May 12-16.

Recent Publications

News & Events

The mystery around sperm counts

The sudden rise in male infertility is a scary national crisis. According to urologist and associate professor Dr. Michael Eisenberg, "Here is direct evidence that the function of reproduction is failing. We should try to figure out why that is." What we do know about declining sperm count tells us a great deal about not only reproduction but also the overall health of men - and what it tells us isn't good. Is it simply modern life iteself - obesity, inactivity, stress, close cellphones, even older parenthood that's driving down sperm levels? It's the beginning of an answer but not the full one.

Fathers of American newborns keep getting older

Dr. Michael Eisenberg is the senior researcher on a new study in the journal Human Reproudction, which reports that the average age of today's American dad is roughly 3.5 years older than his counterpart from four decades ago, growing from 27.4 years in 1972 to 30.9 years in 2015. The new study is quickly generating media attention and buzz around the internet:

Western Section AUA 2017 – Vancouver

Essay contest and poster winners

Andrew Sun won 2nd place in the Female Pelvic Floor Reconstruction & Pediatric Urology session for his abstract "The Cost of a Catheter: An Environmental Perspective on single use clean intermittent catheterization".

Kai Dallas and Tim Chang presenting their award winning work at WSAUA

  • Tim Chang took 1st place in the Miley B. Wesson Resident Essay Contest for his entry: In Vivo Biodistribution and Toxicity of Intravesical Administration of Quantum Dots for Optical Molecular Imaging of Bladder Cancer.
  • Kai Dallas took 1st place in the Health Policy Essay Contest for his entry: Racial Disparities in Hospital Admissions in the First 30 Days After Urethral Sling Procedures in California.
  • Kai also took 2nd place in the Miley B. Wesson Resident Essay Contest for his entry: Redefining the Stone Belt: Precipitation Potentiates the Risk of Urinary Stone Disease in California.


Looking at the safety of Active Surveillance in monitoring patients with prostate cancer

Dr. James Brooks is part of a team of researchers who received funding from the National Institutes of Health to use natural language processing to mine electronic medical records to identify patients with low risk prostate cancer who are managed by Active Surveillance.  In Active Surveillance, men with small, low risk cancers are followed with PSA tests, physical examinations and biopsies with the intention that they switch to either surgery or radiation therapy if their cancer becomes more aggressive.  Dr. Brooks is part of a national study of Active Surveillance in which they have found that approximately 2/3 of patients have cancers that do not progress and do not need treatment after 5 years of monitoring.  Identifying all patients on Active Surveillance at Stanford and elsewhere will allow Dr. Brooks and colleagues to look at the safety of Active Surveillance, understand variations in care patterns (e.g. how often patients get PSA tests and biopsies) and test whether other tests such as prostate MRI scans are helpful in managing patients.

2017 Department of Urology Picnic - SCRA

Chair, Dr. Eila Skinner, hosted the annual Urology Department Picnic on Sunday, July 30th at the Stanford Campus Recreation Center. The Department's faculty, staff, and their families gathered together to have some fun in the sun.

Yes, sperm counts may be dropping, but it's not time to panic yet

Last week, a new study revealed an alarming drop in sperm counts for men Western countries. Does this mean men are becoming infertile? According to expert Dr. Michael Eisenberg, "it should be seen as a wake-up call, but not necessarily the end of days."

CPC Risk Calculator App can be used to predict cancer recurrence after surgery

Dr. James Brooks and collaborators from Denmark have developed an App (the CPC Risk Calculator) that can be used to predict cancer recurrence after surgery for prostate cancer. They have published a description of this App and examples of its utility in an article recently published online in European Urology Focus.

Grant for cancer immunotherapy project

Department of Urology's, John Leppert, MD, and OB/GYN's, Wendy Fantl, PhD, just began their 2 year grant awarded by the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy, for their project titled "Re-establishing immunotherapy as a first-line treatment for select metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients informed by multiplexed imaging cytometry".

Your sperm count may be dropping, and scientists aren't exactly sure why

A new study finds that men in North America, Australia and Europe produced less than half as many sperm in 2011 compared with 1973. Equally alarming: The quality was worse. Expert Dr. Michael Eisenberg agrees that the data have some flaws but says it’s enough to justify further investigation.



This Department of Urology is seeking qualified faculty for several open positions to join its distinguished group of medical professionals. 

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