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News and Achievements from the Department of UrologySpring 2017

Emory Urology Expands with New Clinic at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

The Emory Clinic opened a new urology practice at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) on November 1st, 2016. Aaron Weiss, MD (left), will lead the Emory Urology team at Johns Creek, which will include Eunice Goetz, PA-C (right). "We want to extend the highest quality and breadth of urology care here in Johns Creek that you would receive in the heart of Atlanta," says Dr. Weiss.
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Prostate Cancer Specialists Bestowed Endowed Chairs at Winship Cancer Institute
The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has selected two prostate cancer specialists to hold endowed chairs, made possible through a generous $25 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation. John G. Pattaras, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, is the James C. Kennedy Chair in Prostate Surgery, and Peter J. Rossi, MD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, is the James C. Kennedy Chair in Prostate Cancer. A chair bestowment event was held at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital on December 8th, 2016. Mr. James Kennedy, Chairman of Cox Enterprises and President of the James M. Cox Foundation, presented the endowed chairs to Dr. Pattaras and Dr. Rossi. Dr. Pattaras and Dr. Rossi will lead the Kennedy Initiative for Patient-Centered Care, aimed to build better systems of health care delivery to ensure the best outcomes in an efficient, effective, and safe manner.
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2nd Annual Hands-On Training Percutaneous Access Course for Residents
John Pattaras, MD, Kenneth Ogan, MD, and Aaron Lay, MD, led Emory Urology's second annual hands-on training course for percutaneous access for the department's residents at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital on February 4th, 2017. After didactic lectures on techniques and advances in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), residents rotated between four different stations with inanimate models for hands-on training in ureteroscopy, PCNL stone extraction techniques, and use of fluoroscopy to perform percutaneous access for PCNL. "The ability to obtain percutaneous access is an important skill-set that will be advantageous for Emory trained residents in their future practices," says Dr. Lay. This course also allowed trainees to become familiar with different products available for endoscopic stone surgery. The event was sponsored by Cook Urological and Karl Storz Endoscopy.

Emory Urology Well Represented at SESAUA Meeting

Emory Urology made its presence felt at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association (SESAUA), held in Austin, TX, on March 23-26, 2017. Emory medical students, residents, research staff, and faculty made a total of 10 podium presentations and 14 poster presentations. Additionally, several faculty members were involved in panel discussions and moderated sessions. Pictured above are our residents taking a break from the meeting to take in some Austin sights.
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Department Holds 3rd Annual Research Retreat at Carlos Museum
The Department of Urology's 3rd Annual Research Retreat at the Michael C. Carlos Museum showcased the department's diverse research interests, brought in collaborators from other departments and institutions, and hosted a Best Poster competition for residents and medical students.
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Medical Assistants Recognized as Outstanding Team Members of the Month
Cynthia Brannon and Leigha Lowe, medical assistants of The Emory Urology Clinic at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, were recognized as the February 2017 Outstanding Team Members of the Month by Emory Healthcare.
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2017-2022 Emory Urology Residents

Out of the many highly qualified applicants to the 2017 Emory Urology Match, the following four were chosen to be the department's Class of 2022 Residents: (above, left-to-right) Ian James Cooke, MD, MPH, Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine; Nourhan Ismaeel, MD, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Reza Nabavizadeh, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine; and Timothy Powers Quinn, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Accomplishments, Happenings, and Milestones

Above photo: The first robotic prostatectomy was performed at Grady Memorial Hospital on March 1st, 2017. Pictured, left-to-right: Jonathan Huang, MD, Chief Resident; Melanie Jackson, CST; Aaron Lay, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology; and Katy Pellegrino, PA-C.

Nine new practitioners and staff members have joined our team. Brendan Fels, PA-C, will primarily support Dr. Mehrdad Alemozaffar and Dr. Aaron Lay at Emory University Hospital. Katrina Dennis, RN, also joined the EUH practice as the clinic Nurse Manager. Other additions to The Emory Clinic include Ashley Scott, RN, Ruben Turcin, MA, Prakruti Hansaliya, MA, and Tiffanie Cooper, PCC. Jamaal Davis, PSC, Andrea Knox, PSC, and Nadija Halilovic, PCC, joined the team at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Viraj Master, MD, PhD, Professor of Urology, was appointed editor of the Genitourinary section of Cancer. He was also selected by the Emory School of Medicine to be highlighted on a special website in honor of Doctors' Day on March 30th.

Dr. Master and John Pattaras, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, presented research and participated in educational sessions at the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, February 16-18.

Christopher Filson, MD, has a byline in the Spring 2017 issue of Winship Magazine. Read "Living with Prostate Cancer" at https://winshipcancer.emory.edu/magazine/issues/2017/spring/features/living-with-prostate-cancer/index.html.

Kenneth Ogan, MD, was among the featured faculty selected by the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee from over 100 peer, colleague, and trainee nominations in recognition of Educator's Day.

Louis Aliperti, MD, 3rd year resident, was awarded a 2017 Men's Health Traveling Fellowship Award by the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR).

New Babies: Mersiha Torlak, MPH, Director of Clinical Trials, gave birth to Danis Torlak on November 5, 2016. Daphne Provau, NP, gave birth to Madelyn Ann Luedke on December 6, 2016. Andrew Michigan, MD (Class of 2016), and his wife, Nicole, welcomed Parker Joseph Michigan into their family on March 5, 2017.

Recent Faculty Publications

"Treatment of men with high-risk prostate cancer based on race, insurance coverage, and access to advanced technology." Gerhard RS, Patil D, Liu Y, OGAN K, ALEMOZAFFAR M, Jani AB, Kucuk ON, MASTER VA, Gillespie TW, FILSON CP. Urologic Oncology. 2017 May;35(5):250-256.

"Gaps in patient knowledge about risks and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy." Gilbert K, CIMMINO CB, BEEBE LC, MEHTA A. Urology. 2017 May;103:27-33.

"Detection of prostate cancer-specific transcripts in extracellular vesicles isolated from post-DRE urine." Pellegrini KL, Patil D, Douglas KJS, Lee G, Wehrmeyer K, Torlak M, Clark J, Cooper CS, Moreno CS, SANDA MG. The Prostate. 2017 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print]

"Role of imaging in the evaluation of male infertility." Mittal PK, Little B, Harri PA, Miller FH, Alexander LF, Kalb B, Camacho JC, MASTER V, Hartman M, Moreno CC. RadioGraphics. 2017 Apr 14:160125. [Epub ahead of print]

"Bladder cancer." Sanli O, Dobruch J, Knowles MA, Burger M, ALEMOZAFFAR M, Nielsen ME, Lotan Y. Nature Reviews Disease Primers. 2017 Apr 13;3:17022.

"Contemporary management of patients with penile cancer and lymph node metastasis." Leone A, Diorio GJ, Pettaway C, MASTER V, Spiess PE. Nature Reviews Urology. 2017 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

"Upper pole urologist-obtained percutaneous renal access for PCNL is safe and efficacious." Patel AP, Bui D, PATTARAS J, OGAN K. Canadian Journal of Urology. 2017 Apr;24(2):8754-8758.

"Laparoscopic rectopexy with urinary bladder xenograft reinforcement." MEHTA A, Afshar R, Warner DL, Gardner A, Ackerman E, Brandt J, Sasse KC. Journal of the Society of Laparoendscopic Surgeons. 2017 Jan-Mar;21(1).

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