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
- Book review: Perspectives in pediatric pathology, Manuel Nistal, Miguel Reyes-Mugica (Eds.), in: Development and pathology of the pediatric testis, vol. 30. Society for Pediatric Pathology (2017)
- Malnutrition in older patients with cancer: Appraisal of the Mini Nutritional Assessment, weight loss, and body mass index
- Outcomes of men on active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer at a safety-net hospital
- Semen Quality and pregnancy loss in a contemporary cohort of couples recruited before conception: data from the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study
- Hypertension and male fertility
- Variations in the costs of radical cystectomy for bladder cancer in the USA
- Surgeon preference of surgical approach for partial nephrectomy in patients with baseline chronic kidney disease: a nationwide population-based analysis in the USA
- Society for immunotherapy of cancer consensus statement on immunotherapy for the treatment of bladder carcinoma
- In vivo biodistribution and toxicity of intravesical administration of quantum dots for optical molecular imaging of bladder cancer
- Where do women go for revision surgeries? Geographic migration patterns after urethral sling placements in California
- Redefining the stone belt: Precipitation is associated with increased risk of urinary stone disease
- Racial and socioeconomic disparities in short term urethral sling surgical outcomes
- Image-guided transurethral resection of bladder tumors - Current practice and future outlooks
News & Events
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.
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
- 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
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.