Archived News & Events

August 2017

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

James Brooks, professor of urology, 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.

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 Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, "it should be seen as a wake-up call, but not necessarily the end of days."

July 2017

2017 Department of Urology Picnic - SCRA

Eila Skinner, professor and chair of urology, 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.

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

James Brooks, professor of urology, 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

John Leppert, associate professor of urology, and Wendy Fantl, assistant professor of OBGYN, 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 Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, agrees that the data have some flaws but says it’s enough to justify further investigation.

June 2017

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.

Donna Peehl Retirement Celebration

The Department organized a retirement celebration for Donna Peehl, professor emerita of urology, on Sunday, June 25th to celebrate her 35 years of service and dedication to the department of urology. 

BioDesign students display health care innovations

Richard Fan, PhD, instructor and biomedical engineer in the department of urology, organized the first ever Biodesign Health Technology Showcase, which gathered together students from Stanford Biodesign courses to form teams and present their identifed health care needs and solutions-in-progress.

Newly funded NIH R01 grant 

Geoff Sonn, assistant professor of urology, is a co-PI along with Richard Fan, a co-investigator, on a new NIH R01 grant for project titled "Focal Laser Ablation of Prostate Cancer using MR/US Fusion".

Newly funded NIH U01 grant

Donna Peehl, professor emerita of urology, received an NIH U01 grant for her project titled "Metabolic Imaging Comparisons of Patient-Derived Models of Renal Cell Carcinoma".

Stanford Urology Alumni Celebration

The Department hosted it's first ever Stanford Urology Alumni Celebration event on June 3, 2017, which honored Dr. Linda Shortliffe's retirement after a 35 year career on our faculty and 16 years as department chair.

New book Incontinence 6th Edition released 

Philip Hanno, clinical professor of urology, leads the Bladder Pain Syndrome Committee of the International Consultation on Incontience, whose book chapter is included in the new book, Incontinence 6th Edition, which takes on board the outcomes of the 6th International Consultation on Incontinence, held in Tokyo during Steptember 2016. The work is the result of a systematic review and update by two-hundred experts, divided into 23 chapter committees.

New article shows that there are extensive chemical modifications to the DNA of prostate cancers called DNA methylation

The changes are known to affect gene regulation, and we find that genes regulated by a specific protein, called EZH2, are particularly targeted by this chemical modification.  Furthermore, these methylation changes, since they are specific for prostate cancer, could form the basis of new tools to diagnose prostate cancer.

May 2017

Jay Shah, associate professor of urology, was honored at the AUA Leadership Academy graduation ceremony at the AUA Annual Meeting in Boston held May 12-16.

AUA 2017 Annual Meeting - Boston

Stanford Urology's "Stream Team" showed their support at the spring 2017 Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) "Amp Up" walk/Run to end bladder cancer in San Francisco on Saturday, May 6th.

April 2017

Article suggests importance of biopsy timing for men on active surveillance 

In a large study covering 10 institutions across the country, over 1400 men were enrolled with relatively low risk prostate cancer, and watched with PSA testing and periodic biopsies. The study reports that men who are obese have a higher risk for showing more cancer or higher grade cancer when they are biopsied after 1 year of surveillance.  Likewise, men who have a relatively small prostate and high PSA (high PSA density) also have a higher risk.  These men might need to undergo biopsy sooner when on active surveillance. See article highlight in the accompanying editorial in the Journal of Urology.


Article featured in Uro Today: Beyond the Abstract

Recent publication "Defining the rate of negative ureteroscopy in the general population treated for upper tract urinary stone disease" featured in Uro Today: Beyond the Abstract.

March 2017

Guys: It’s now possible to test your sperm via smartphone

Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, says men are underserved when it comes to infertility testing, partly because it's "incorrectly seen as a woman's problem." In 20 to 25 percent of infertility cases, men aren't even evaluated. That could change, Eisenberg said, with home-based testing that made it easier and less anxiety-inducing to analyze a sperm sample. 

Semen, centrifuges and a personal journey in male infertility

According to Sandstone consultant and male infertility expert Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, Trak, an at-home sperm-analysis kit, is a potential game-changer for diagnosing infertility in men.

Scientists create 3-D bladder reconstruction

Joseph Liao, associate professor of urology, was part of the team that developed 3-D computer reconstruction of a bladder that can give surgeons a better way to see tumors in order to remove them.

Important study could lead to a new diagnostic tool that could be used to determine positive surgical margins in almost real time in the operating room

Geoff Sonn's recent publication in PNAS may enable more accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer by imaging metabolites to offer a rapid, almost real-time diagnosis for men undergoing prostate biopsy.

A new imaging technique, which works on any hollow organ, could help doctors better prepare for surgery

Advanced computer imaging technology has created a three-dimensional computer reconstruction of a patient's bladder. According to Joseph Liao, associate professor of urology, these three-dimensional images could help doctors prepare for surgery. “Sometimes you don’t have a sense – where was I in the bladder?” Liao said. Seeing a three-dimensional rendering of an organ before operating, like having a map before embarking on a trip, could make the procedure easier for doctors.

Kidney cancer research paper featured on the cover of Oncotarget

Publication titled "Novel lincRNA SLINKY is a prognostic biomarker in kidney cancer" was published as a priority paper and reviewed in an accompanying editorial in the journal titled "Untangling ccRCC prognosis with SLINKY".  


February 2017

Article on urinary imaging in young infants featured in the preferred literature review of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Publication titled "Urinary Imaging Findings in Young Infants with Bacteremic Urinary Tract Infection" was written up and featured for discussion and CME in the preferred literature review of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

December 2016

When Bathroom Runs Rule the Day (and Night)

Approximately 51 million Americans have overactive bladders. Exercises and medications can help, says expert Ekene Enemchukwu.

December 2015

Infertile men have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, study finds

The study's lead author, Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford, hopes the findings will encourage more men diagnosed with infertility to seek follow-up care.

September 2015

Yahoo! Health- Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ Really a Thing?

Craig Comiter, professor of urology, explains how alcohol suppresses the body’s natural anti-diuretic hormone, leading to frequent urination.

Thomas Stamey, expert on prostate cancer and PSA, dies at 87

The founding chair of Stanford’s Department of Urology was an investigator for the controversial PSA blood test for prostate cancer, and used basic research in urology and surgery to help patients.