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News and Achievements from the Department of UrologyDecember 4, 2017

Emory Urology a Strong Presence at AUA 2017

Emory Urology had a major impact at the 112th Annual American Urologic Association Meeting in Boston, with a total of eight podium presentations, 17 poster presentations, one video presentation, and four prime-time plenary presentations that involved faculty, trainees, and staff. In the photo above, Usama Al-Qassab, MD, PGY-4 (Uro-3) resident, is shown presenting his award winning abstract, "Liquid Biopsy for Renal Cell Carcinoma."
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Milestone for Robotic Cystectomy Program
Urologic oncologist Mehrdad Alemozaffar, MD, and his team made a landmark achievement this year with the performance of their 100th robotic cystectomy and intracorporeal urinary diversion. Dr. Alemozaffar, Assistant Professor of Urology, joined Emory Urology in 2014. He had just completed a Society of Urologic Oncology-accredited fellowship at the University of Southern California, and brought his expertise in robotic cystectomy and intracorporeal urinary diversion to Emory. "Robotic cystectomy and intracorporeal diversion is a difficult operation with many steps, and requires a strong coordinated team to ensure every step is executed properly," he says. "We have learned and improved our technique to the degree that the procedure typically takes about four hours."
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An Inspiring Visit From an Influential Surgeon
Emory Urology hosted visiting professor Jack McAninch, MD, Professor Emeritus of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco, in April 2017. Dr. McAninch is a global leader in genitourinary trauma and reconstructive surgery, and authored the acclaimed textbook Traumatic and Reconstructive Urology. He served as President of both the American Urological Association and the American Board of Urology, and as a Regent of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. McAninch had dinner with our residents; delivered a Grand Rounds lecture that described his 50+ years of experience in genitourinary trauma, followed by the residents' case presentations; met with various members of the faculty; toured our clinical facilities, including Grady Memorial Hospital; and dined with the Emory Urology faculty as an enjoyable conclusion to his visit.

2017 Academic Year Closes with Graduation Banquet and Awards Celebration

The 2017 Emory Urology Residents Graduation Event was held on the evening of June 23 at Ansley Golf Club in Midtown, Atlanta. Emory Urology members gathered to commemorate the achievements of faculty and the graduating class. The graduating chief residents were Samuel David, MD, Salil Gabale, MD, Jonathan Huang, MD, and Ilan Safir, MD. The graduating pediatric urology fellow was Anthony Tracey, MD, and the graduating reconstructive urology fellow was Lindsey Hartsell, MD. Pictured above are the four graduating chiefs presenting John Pattaras, MD, with the Resident Education Award.
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Dunwoody Golfers Raise $220,000 for Winship Prostate Cancer Research
On August 21, the Dunwoody Country Club (DCC) Champions Golf Association presented Winship Cancer Institute with $220,000 raised through the club's 2017 John H. Kauffman Prostate Cancer Fundraiser. The donation will be applied to prostate cancer research funded through the Winship prostate cancer pilot grant program. The fundraising event bears the name of the late Mr. Kauffman, who was a member of both DCC and Winship's Advisory Board. All proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by Winship through its own fundraising efforts. Pictured with their eclipse glasses: John Pattaras, MD; the Champions event's co-chairs Ed Kennedy and John Mills; Martin Sanda, MD; and Melissa Childress, Winship's Vice President of Cancer Services.
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Emory Urology Inpatient Service Moves to New EUH Hospital Tower
The new Emory University Hospital Tower opened on Clifton Road on August 26th. The 450,000-square-foot, $400 million facility contains 232 patient beds, including 40 critical care beds. The building provides an additional 128 net beds to care for patients, bringing the total number of licensed beds at EUH to 733. The tower also expands the hospital's diagnostic and treatment spaces, anesthesiology pre-operative services, and radiology. Prioritizing patient- and family-centered care, staff, physicians, and patient-family advisors designed all aspects of the tower's operations to ensure the best possible patient experience and work environment. The urology service was among the first inpatient programs to move its patients to the new facility, and our residents and physician assistants have raved about the new space, which includes a workroom and lounge.

New Faculty: Jessica Hammett, Lindsey Hartsell, Thanmaya Reddy

Jessica Hammett, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed her general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, followed by a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. Her clinical interests include pelvic organ prolapse, female urinary incontinence, genitourinary fistulas, and urethral diverticulum. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Women in Urology, and the American Urological Association. Dr. Hammett holds sub-specialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Lindsey Hartsell, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, received her MD degree from the University of Tennessee, where she also completed her general surgery internship and urology residency. Her fellowship in reconstructive urology was done at Emory. Her clinical practice focuses on reconstructive and general urology, and is based primarily at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, with a secondary location at Emory University Hospital. Her clinical specialties are urethral stricture, adult buried penis, male incontinence, congenital urological anomalies, female incontinence and prolapse, and urinary diversions.

An Assistant Professor of Urology, Thanmaya Reddy, MD, attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, and completed her general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is highly dedicated to teaching and education, and works with medical students and urology residents. She received the annual Resident Research Award at UAB in 2015. Dr. Reddy has an interest in international medicine and traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2017 as an IVUmed Resident Scholar. Her clinical interests include general and office urology with an emphasis on kidney stone disease, endourology, minimally invasive surgery, and female urology. She is primarily based at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, with a concurrent practice at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Accomplishments, Happenings, and Milestones

Above photo: The Winship 5K, held on October 14, 2017, raised over $1 million for cancer research, treatment, and care at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Emory Urology's team, "Cath me if you can," had 22 participants.

Chad Ritenour, MD, Professor of Urology and Director of the Emory Urology Residency Program, was appointed Chairman of the Urology Review and Recognition Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Niall Galloway, MD, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of the Emory Continence Center, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Coulter Foundation for his work on a periurethral targeting and delivery device for stress urinary incontinence.

The SESAUA Basics in Endourology Course was held at Emory for the second consecutive year in August 2017. The course participants are pictured above. Ken Ogan, MD, Professor of Urology, and Michael Ferrandino, MD, Associate Professor of Urology at Duke University, co-direct the course. Jenny Alff, Program Coordinator for the Emory Urology Residency, was instrumental in organizing the event, which enrolled a record 31 residents from 13 SESAUA programs. The two-day course included a social event, faculty lectures, and six hands-on sessions that offered junior residents and medical students the opportunity to learn about basic techniques in endourology.

Above photo: Emory Urology Chief Dr. Martin Sanda held a welcome celebration for the new faculty, fellows, and residents at his home in late October. Since Halloween was around the corner, the get-together doubled as a costume party. Lindsey Hartsell, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, won the requisite costume contest, which was judged by the new interns.

Jeff Carney, MD, PharmD, was honored with an Emory "Hidden Gem" Award in 2017 for his indefatigable commitment to experiential education and exceptional care as Chief of Urology at Grady Memorial Hospital. "Dr. Carney has led the evolution of Urology into becoming one of the premier clinical services at Grady," says Dr. Sanda. "His clinical program in reconstructive urology has become the principal referral site for the most complex male urological reconstructive conditions in the Southeast Region."

Ashanti Allen, Patient Access Associate for Urology, was the Emory Clinic Employee of the Month for June. Ms. Allen is the first member of Patient Access to be selected for this award since the program was implemented last year. The colleague who nominated her wrote, "Ashanti is the epitome of what an Emory employee should be. She always goes above and beyond and makes sure that everyone has whatever they need to succeed in our department. I have only been here a little over a month and have seen so many good qualities in this young lady that I had to recognize her! She's always smiling even when she has not had the best day, and that makes working around her the highlight of my day!"

Nadine Stewart, OP, Clinical Nurse Manager in Urology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, was honored as the second recipient of the Adam Bailey Service Award. Her manager wrote, "Nadine regularly goes above and beyond expectations when dealing with patients and her team." Ms. Stewart stated, "As much as I appreciate this award and am grateful for it, the greatest gift I've ever been given is the simple opportunity to help my staff realize their potential, help them to think critically, and impact the patients that they come into contact with every day. I am honored to serve them and the EHC community." These sentiments speak to the values, the compassion, and the commitment to her team and overall patient and family centered care that Ms. Stewart possesses, and highlight her receipt of the award as more than deserved.

Emory Urology will host the 2017 Advances in Urology Course from December 8th through December 9th. Margaret Pearle, MD, PhD, Professor of Urology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will be the Visiting Professor and keynote speaker. Register at https://wjweis.association-service.org/securesite/emory/meetings/2017/.

Birth Announcement: PGY-2 resident Elizabeth Traoré, MD, and her husband Moussa Traoré welcomed daughter Tamadia Addie Yara Traoré on October 29th. She was 6 lbs and 20 inches.

Recent Faculty Publications

"Fertility preservation for men with testicular cancer: Is sperm cryopreservation cost effective in the era of assisted reproductive technology?" Gilbert K, Nangia AK, Dupree JM, Smith JF, MEHTA A. Urologic Oncology. 2017 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]

"Cognitive impairment and overall survival in frail surgical patients." Makhani SS, Kim FY, Liu Y, Ye Z, Li JL, Revenig LM, Vaughan CP, Johnson TM 2nd, García PS, OGAN K, MASTER VA. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2017 Nov;225(5):590-600.

"Patients with intermediate risk prostate cancer may be good candidates for active surveillance: Pro." SANDA MG. Journal of Urology. 2017 Nov;198(5):997-999.

"Variation in use of prostate biopsy following changes in prostate cancer screening guidelines." Henry MA, Howard DH, Davies BJ, FILSON CP. Journal of Urology. 2017 Nov;198(5):1046-1053.

"Pros and cons of sperm DNA fragmentation testing: Weighing the evidence." MEHTA A. Translational Andrology and Urology. 2017 Sep;6(Suppl 4):S453-S454.

"Comparative cost analysis: Teleurology versus conventional face-to-face clinics." Zholudev V, Safir IJ, Issa IM, Painter MN, PETROS JA, FILSON CP, ISSA MM. Urology. 2017 Aug 2. pii: S0090-4295(17)30784-7. [Epub ahead of print]

"Gleason score 7 prostate cancers emerge through branched evolution of clonal Gleason pattern 3 and 4." Sowalsky AG, KISSICK HT, Gerrin SJ, Schaefer RJ, Xia Z, Russo JW, Arredouani MS, Bubley GJ, SANDA MG, Li W, Ye H, Balk SP. Clinical Cancer Research. 2017 Jul 15;23(14):3823-3833.

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