Clinical research

Clinical research in the Department focuses on evaluating new and existing therapies and diagnostic methods. By objectively measuring surgical success factors (such as blood loss and recovery time) as well as following the course of patients’ symptoms over time after their initial treatment, faculty scientifically analyze which courses of treatment lead to the best outcomes.

Because Urology faculty members see patients each day in the clinic and in the hospital, their clinical work informs their research, and likewise, their research is ultimately put to use in the clinic. In this way, they strive to continually improve the medical and surgical techniques used to treat urologic disorders.

Areas of interest

Current areas of interest include post-prostatectomy continence and erectile function; medical management and alternative treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia; methods of prostate cancer diagnosis such as novel biomarkers and biopsy strategies and emerging biopsy technologies; tools for active surveillance of prostate cancer; management of prostate cancer relapse after surgery; prostate cancer imaging; strategies for prostate cancer focal therapy; techniques of partial nephrectomy; multimodal therapies for advanced and high risk prostate and kidney cancer; minimally invasive urologic surgery, including robotic and laparoscopic surgery, for the treatment of complex urologic disorders; oncologic and functional outcomes; urinary incontinence in men and women; female pelvic reconstructive surgery; urodynamic techniques; premature ejaculation; imaging techniques for prostate cancer diagnosis; ureteral reconstruction; medical and surgical management of stone disease; chemotherapeutic approaches to bladder cancer; high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of prostate cancer; long-term effects of surgery in kidney cancer survivors; genetic etiologies of male infertility; and diagnostic methods and treatments for male infertility.