Urology-Training & Practice

Digital Science Press to preserve UroToday International Journal with Portico

NEW YORK, NY USA (Press Release) - December 11, 2012 - Portico is pleased to announce that Digital Science Press has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve UroToday International Journal. Through this agreement, Digital Science Press ensures that its e-journal will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

Certificate of need legislation and the dissemination of robotic surgery for prostate cancer - Abstract

PURPOSE: The uncertainty about the incremental benefit of robotic prostatectomy and its higher associated costs makes it an ideal target for state based certificate of need laws, which have been enacted in several states.

Hospitalization trends after prostate and bladder surgery: Implications of potential payment reforms - Abstract

PURPOSE: Hospital stays have decreased for patients undergoing surgery for urological cancer.

Commemorating the Journal of Andrology's distinguished history - Abstract

We hope you will enjoy this special commemorative section of the Journal of Andrology's final issue.

Flaws in the peer-reviewing process : A critical look at a recent paper studying the role of CCN3 in renal cell carcinoma - Abstract

A critical look at a recently published manuscript reporting the role of CCN3 in the regulation of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) biology raises several scientific concerns, and reveals flaws in the reviewing process which appear to have resulted in the dissemination of conclusions that are not supported by proper experimental procedures.

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, chosen to serve in new ASCO leadership position, Chief Medical Officer

ALEXANDRIA, VA USA (Press Release) - November 1, 2012 - Richard L. Schilsky, MD, Chief of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to the newly-created position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). A former ASCO president and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), Dr. Schilsky is a highly respected leader in the field of clinical oncology, specializing in new drug development and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. He will begin his new position on February 28, 2013.

Prostate brachytherapy training with simulated ultrasound and fluoroscopy images - Abstract

In this paper, a novel computer-based virtual training system for prostate brachytherapy is presented.

SIU 2012 - IYUA Symposium: The importance of mentorship and role models in urology - Slide Presentation

FUKUOKA, JAPAN (UroToday) - Presented by Richard A. Santucci, MD, FACS* at the 32nd Congress of the Société Internationale d’Urologie - September 30, 2012 - October 4, 2012 - Fukuoka International Congress Center (FICC) - Fukuoka, Japan

Roles of urology as assessed by an analysis of inpatients referred to urology - Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the necessity for professional urology treatment and the roles of urology in the treatment of inpatients referred to the urology department.

Fate of abstracts presented at the annual meeting of the Korean Urological Association - Abstract

PURPOSE: The acceptance rate for journal publication of the abstracts presented at the annual Korean Urological Association (KUA) meeting, the time to publication, and the effect of abstract characteristics on the publication pattern were analyzed and compared with data for abstracts from other major urological meetings.

Use of patient reported outcome questionnaires in the urogynecologic literature - Abstract

AIMS:We aimed to describe the current use of patient reported outcome questionnaires (PROQ) in the urogynecologic literature.

BJUI Mini Reviews - Conversion rates of abstracts presented at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting into full-text journal articles

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - The numbers and characteristics of the abstracts presented at the Annual Scientific Meetings (ASM) of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) that are converted to peer-reviewed publications have not previously been analysed and published.

Healthcare cuts will negatively impact nation's patients

TALLAHASSEE, FL USA (Press Release) - September 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Patients and Physician Unite to Protect Access to IMRT

Burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance among US physicians relative to the general US population - Abstract

Background: Despite extensive data about physician burnout, to our knowledge, no national study has evaluated rates of burnout among US physicians, explored differences by specialty, or compared physicians with US workers in other fields.

Urologic nurses to enhance practice knowledge in Washington, DC for SUNA Annual Conference

PITMAN, NJ USA (Press Release) - June 22, 2012


Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates 43rd Annual Conference
November 2-5, 2012 • Washington, DC


A dynamic education program and outstanding faculty will drive urologic nurses and associates to the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) 43rd Annual Conference, November 2-5, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

The conference provides urologic nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, technicians, medical assistants, office personnel, and others the opportunity to enhance their practice knowledge of all settings at all levels. Attendees will have the chance to see and learn what happens to their patients in pre-op and post-op, as well as in the operating room itself.

Expert faculty will speak on the latest evidence-based and clinical innovations in urologic care, pediatrics, professional development, and urodynamics. Conference attendees will also earn CNE contact hours, network with colleagues, participate in Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings, meet with vendors in the exhibit hall, and attend special events. A complete conference brochure is available online.

Advanced Practice Track

For the third year, SUNA is offering a special education track for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants. The track features hands-on workshops, dedicated education sessions, and networking opportunities, all designed specifically for advanced practice clinical knowledge and skills. The advanced practice track includes:

  • An all day cystoscopy workshop (includes lectures and hands-on training) and a new half day pre-conference on image evaluation of GU conditions
  • Rotating sessions on pelvic floor rehab and myofascial release, male and female genital exam, pessaries, penile injections for erectile dysfunction, and treating priapism.
  • Dedicated advanced practice track education sessions on pharmacology, urodynamic interpretation, metabolic stone evaluation, and an advanced update on menopause
  • Networking opportunities with other APNs and PAs throughout the conference

Conference Program

Five preconference workshops will be offered on Friday, November 2: Certification Review, Advanced Practice Diagnostic Imaging Evaluation, Basic Urology, Advanced Practice Cystoscopy, and Urodynamics.

On Saturday, November 3, Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, will present the Keynote Address, “Hot Topics for Nurses in the Current Health Care Environment;” a must-see discussion on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill.

Concurrent sessions will run Saturday, November 3, through Monday, November 5. Sessions include the following (and more):

  • Testicular Cancer in Children
  • Management of the Hostile Bladder
  • Robotic Cystectomy: Implications for Nursing Care
  • CyberKnife – Robotic Radiosurgery
  • Urologic Care for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
  • Intravesical Therapy for Bladder Cancer

View the complete conference program

The SUNA Foundation will host a Silent Auction on Saturday, November 3, during the SUNA Party. Money raised will help the Foundation fund research grants, educational scholarships, and specialized training for SUNA members.

Online Library

SUNA will offer all attendees free access to conference sessions in the Online Library after the event. Attendees will be able to print handouts prior to the conference, complete evaluations and print CNE certificates. After the conference, they can listen to recorded sessions and earn additional contact hours.

Certification Exam

The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) will offer the urologic certification exam on Saturday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pre-registration is required.) Certification applications are available at www.cbuna.org and must be postmarked by September 7, 2012.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Attendees may earn up to 14.25 contact hours during the three-day conference. Additional contact hours are available for preconference workshops.

SUNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 19 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

Registration Information

Visit www.suna.org to view the complete conference brochure and register online. For more information about SUNA, visit www.suna.org or contact the SUNA National Office: East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 1-888-TAP-SUNA; e-mail: .



The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates is a professional organization committed to excellence in patient care, clinical practice, and research through education of its members, patients, families, and community.


The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates




Great Comebacks® recognizes Joanna Burgess, RN, as National Award recipient

CHARLOTTE, NC USA (Press Release) -- /PRNewswire/ -- June 9, 2012

Burgess overcame bladder cancer and two ostomy surgeries to become a WOC nurse

Joanna Burgess, RN, CWOCN of Apex, NC, was honored today as this year's Great Comebacks® National Award recipient at a ceremony held at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society™ 44th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. The Great Comebacks® Program, now in its 27th year, annually honors outstanding individuals who inspire others to live life to the fullest after ostomy surgery.

Burgess' ostomy journey of 45 years began when she was diagnosed with a rare type of bladder cancer at only three years old. Urostomy surgery and radiation therapy saved her life, but led to a lifetime of complications. The strong cobalt radiation affected the growth of her bones, and for much of her life she has had difficulty walking. Thirty years after her urostomy surgery, she also chose to have a colostomy to end years of recurring pain due to radiation-induced colitis.

Declared "disabled" from work, Burgess nevertheless pursued her passion: becoming a nurse, initially specializing in pediatrics, and travelling on mission trips around the world. Based on her personal experiences, she developed a special interest in supporting patients with an ostomy and, in 2008, became a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. Burgess is currently working to establish an outpatient ostomy clinic at her hospital, to make it possible for more patients to work with a specialty-care nurse through all stages of their follow-up care after surgery.

"Through all of Joanna's medical challenges, her positive attitude and desire to help others kept her going. Great Comebacks is proud to recognize Joanna for everything she has done, as a patient and as a nurse, to build greater awareness and educate others about living life with an ostomy," said Rolf Benirschke, founder and chairman, Great Comebacks® Program.

Each year, the Great Comebacks® Program recognizes people who have faced challenges associated with intestinal and bowel diseases and are now leading active, productive lives. Four regional award recipients are selected by the Great Comebacks® Advisory Committee, and a national award winner is chosen from among these finalists. In addition to Joanna Burgess, the regional awardees for 2011 are Randy Henniger, Folsom, CA; Karen Lewis, Brighton, MI; and Jenn Stahl, Perryville, MD.

Great Comebacks® is sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society™ and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

"When Joanna had urostomy surgery more than 40 years ago her family had trouble finding information about ostomy surgery. Her life's goal of making sure that patients have the support and resources they need is one that ConvaTec has long shared, as a leader in providing innovative products and services in ostomy care," said Brad Barton, president, ConvaTec, U.S.

More information about all of the Great Comebacks® Award recipients is available at www.GreatComebacks.com.

About the Great Comebacks® Program

Now in its third decade, the Great Comebacks® Program raises awareness of quality of life issues for people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer and other diseases that can lead to ostomy surgery. The mission of Great Comebacks® is to provide information and inspiration to people facing the emotional and physical challenges of living with serious intestinal diseases and ostomy surgery. The program also aims to remove the stigma surrounding ostomy surgery and to educate patients, their families and friends, and the general public that ostomy surgery can be a second chance to fulfill dreams, and lead a full and productive life with joy and passion. For more information, please visit www.GreatComebacks.com.

About Ostomy Surgery

An ostomy is an artificial opening in the abdomen to the intestines or urinary system to allow for the elimination of bodily wastes. It is estimated that more than 100,000 ostomy surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and more than 700,000 Americans of all ages are currently living with an ostomy. An ostomy procedure is essential to many patients affected by colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, birth defects, and other intestinal or urinary medical conditions.

About ConvaTec

ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support health care professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit www.ConvaTec.com.

Great Comebacks and the Great Comebacks Logo are registered trademarks of ConvaTec Inc.



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NYU Langone Medical Center physicians among city’s finest on New York Magazine 2012 “Best Doctors” list

NEW YORK, NY USA (Press Release) - June 5, 2012 - New York magazine named 116 physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center among New York’s finest practitioners on its 2012 “Best Doctors” list, released earlier this week.

“We are proud to be recognized on New York magazine’s 2012 ‘Best Doctors’ listing, and we commend our passionate physicians for their unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of patient care,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. “Our dedicated faculty place patients at the center of everything they do and their efforts and outcomes are being recognized as among the best in the nation.”

Ten NYU Langone clinical department chairs are included on this year's “Best Doctors” listing:

    • Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Silvia C. Formenti, MD, the Sandra and Edward H. Meyer Professor of Radiation Oncology, chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and professor, Department of Medicine
    • Aubrey C. Galloway, MD, the Seymour Cohn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • John G. Golfinos, MD, associate professor and chair, Department of Neurosurgery, and associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology
    • Herbert Lepor, MD, professor and the Martin Spatz Chair of the Department of Urology and professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
    • Joseph McCarthy, MD, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, and chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
    • Seth J. Orlow, MD, PhD, the Samuel Weinberg Professor of Pediatric Dermatology, chair, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, and director of the NYU Center of Excellence on Cancers of the Skin
    • H. Leon Pachter, MD, the George David Stewart Professor of Surgery, and chair, Department of Surgery
    • J. Thomas Roland, MD, the Mendik Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology, chair, Department of Otolaryngology, and professor, Department of Neurosurgery
    • Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

 As part of this year’s “Best Doctors” issue, nine NYU School of Medicine graduates are also profiled in the article “The Graduates”:

  • Kimberly Atiyeh, MD, 25, Otolaryngology
  • Stephanie Culver, MD, 25, Otolaryngology
  • Gregory Katz, MD, 28, Internal Medicine
  • Syril Keena Que, MD, 26, Dermatology
  • Alon Mass, MD, 26, Urology
  • Alexandra Milin, MD, 26, Internal Medicine
  • Allison West, 26, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Hayley Wolfgruber, MD, 26, Pediatrics
  • David Zagha, MD, 26, Internal Medicine

Additionally, Dr. Flanagan and Mark Pochapin, MD, director of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone, are featured in the article “Ask a Best Doctor,” in which select physicians from the 2012 “Best Doctors” listing respond to readers’ health queries.

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2012 ASCO Annual Meeting press program announced

ALEXANDERIA, VA USA (Press Release) - May 23, 2012

 −June 1-4: Onsite Press Conferences in Chicago−

AUA 2012 - Expanding role of APNs/PAs in urology practice - Session Highlights

ATLANTA, GA USA (UroToday) - This was an insightful and productive discussion on the use of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in urology, and their expanding roles.

AUA 2012 - A bridge too far or not far enough? - Slide Presentation

ATLANTA, GA USA (UroToday) - Presented by Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD (Hon.) at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 19 - 23, 2012 - Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA USA

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