Welcome to the Department of Urology
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
- Image-guided transurethral resection of bladder tumors - Current practice and future outlooks
- Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Albert Institute for Bladder Cancer Research Symposium
- Validity of claims data for the identification of male infertility
- Urodynamics of men with urinary retention
- Improving care with a portfolio of physician-led cancer quality measures at an academic center
- Cell sex affects extracellular matrix protein expression and proliferation of smooth muscle progenitor cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells
- The CPC risk calculator app: A validated tool to predict recurrence after radical prostatectomy
- Adoption of robotic assisted partial nephrectomies: A population-based analysis of U.S. surgeons from 2004-2013
- The sixth vital sign: what reproduction tells us about overall health. Proceedings from a NICHD/CDC workshop
- Expected next-generation drugs under development in relation to voiding symptoms
News & Events
Western Section AUA 2017 – Vancouver
Essay contest and poster winners
- 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 Picnic
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."
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.
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".
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.
OPEN FACULTY POSITIONS
This Department of Urology is seeking qualified faculty for several open positions to join its distinguished group of medical professionals.