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Spring 2013 Urology Newsletter (complete issue)

Individual articles below

The Phylogeny of Medicine

William See, MD, Professor of Urology, Chairman, Department of Urology
Words are powerful tools. Contingent upon the context, the media by which they are deployed, the author and no doubt other variables, words can serve as sharp instruments through which to divide, or powerful adhesives which function to bind. The field of medicine exemplifies this concept. For example, it is possible to parse our profession into ever smaller fragments. Academic or community based, part-time or full time, employed or independent, clinician or researcher, office or hospital based, osteopathic or allopathic, physician or non-physician provider are some of the labels applied to health care professionals.

Envisioning Bright Future Pediatric Urology

John V. Kryger, MD, Professor, Urology; Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology; Medical Director, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Urology Program
I am very pleased and proud to assume the position of new medical director of Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Urology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. It is an exciting opportunity to have a leadership position in a successful, nationally recognized pediatric urology program with the support of one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation. In addition to this role, I am also actively involved in leadership of urologic societies on a state and national level.

Pediatric Urology Research

Hrair G. Mesrobian, MD, Professor, Pediatric Urology
Our research has focused on urinary biomarker discovery utilizing research technology available at The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center. We are analyzing the urinary proteome ((PROT Ein complement of the genOME). Proteomics is the study of the composition, structure, function and interactions of proteins directing the activities of cells or found in an environment or special condition (UPJO). Urinary proteome analysis has been a rapidly growing discipline with applications in biomedical research aimed at discovery of disease biomarkers, better understanding of physiology and biology, and discovery of new therapeutic modalities.

Intersex and VENUS Clinic

Anthony Balcom, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Urology
While the terminology has changed, the emergency situation of a newborn with an indeterminate (or ambiguous) gender still exists and is a very stressful circumstance for the family. The current terminology for intersex and ambiguous genitalia is now “disorder of sexual differentiation.” This classification system was introduced in 2006 by the European Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Spearheaded by Pediatric Urology, a newly formed working group at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is dedicated to the evaluation and management of children (especially infants) with disorders of sexual differentiation.

Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Travis W. Groth, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Urology
Laparoscopic surgery has been used in pediatric surgery since the 1970’s. However, these procedures were solely used for diagnostic purposes. The first laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed in 1985, and the first laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 1990. These procedures demonstrated the feasibility of laparoscopic surgery, along with the great promise it held to decrease patients’ morbidity of certain operations. In a short period of time, laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, has become the standard of care for the treatment for various surgical conditions in pediatric and adult patients. This has been made possible because of advancements in technology of endoscopic optics and miniaturization of instruments.

MCW Urology Program & Urologists Recognized

Medical College of Wisconsin Urologists Among Best Doctors in America®.
Recognized for Urology Expertise in U.S. News & World Report.

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