From the Editor

From the Desk of the Editor: "Advancing Medical Treatment for LUTS while Improving Patients Quality of Life"

Ben Brucker
April 20, 2018

We are in the middle of a very exciting time treating Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS).  The primary reason for this excitement is the new medical treatments that are available and on the horizon.  With most pharmacologic therapies, there are going to be "responders",  and some patients that fall short of the desired efficacy.  Some patients will tolerate therapies well, and others may have issues with unwanted side-effects. Patients can have multiple etiologies that result in their clinical symptom(s).  For these reasons, we desire varied tools in our armamentarium.  Having choices of effective medicines to provide will help alleviate our patients’ suffering, and improve their quality of life.  

The recently published article Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: What’s New in Medical Treatment? in the European Urology Focus Review explores some of these new treatments.  This was prepared, with co-authors, Dr. Peyronnet and Dr. Michel, to review


Benjamin M. Brucker, MD

Benjamin M. Brucker, MD

Dr. Brucker is a recognized expert in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), Urodynamics, incontinence and voiding dysfunction of men and women. He is an Assistant Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health in New York, New York. He is the director of the Neurourology program at the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, Associate Program Director of the Urology Residency and FPMRS fellowships. He is also the Chief Quality and Safety Officer for the Department of Urology, and Medical Directors of the Urology and Neurology Unit.

After graduating from Cornell University, he received his MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He remained at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System completing residence in Urology. From Philadelphia, he continued his post graduate work at New York University completing a FPMRS fellowship. He has a busy clinical practice at NYU Langone Health, with an academic interest in Functional Urology. He has authored numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters and edited books on the subject. He lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on these topics. He is involved with many of the American Urologic Association (AUA) education courses, and is very active member of Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) and is an original member the Young SUFU members committee. He has won numerous professional awards including recognition as a Rising Star by Super Doctors, Top Urologist by Leading Physicians of the World, and Top Doctor by Castle Connelly.