The University of Iowa Department of Urology has a rich heritage and is known worldwide for its educational, research and clinical expertise. The department is actively involved in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education. The aim of these educational activities is to provide basic knowledge of genitourinary tract anatomy, function and disease, and to offer career preparation in clinical or academic urologic surgery. In order to achieve these aims and to keep abreast of the expansion of urological knowledge, various areas of special interest have been developed by faculty members within the department. These areas include general urology, urologic oncology, pediatric urology, andrology, sexual dysfunction, urolithiasis, urodynamics and reconstructive urology, and laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
Three residents are accepted each year to begin a six-year residency program. Residents work with faculty in all areas of patient care and urology research. Medical students may elect to participate in a urology clerkship. Weekly and monthly teaching conferences and annual continuing medical education programs are an integral aspect of the overall educational effort of the department.
The department also actively recruits top candidates to serve one- and two-year fellowships, in both the clinical and research settings. These fellowships not only allow the department to utilize the expertise of those who bring innovative and dedicated skills to the treatment of patients or the pursuit of research goals, but allows the fellows to broaden their knowledge of their chosen field.
Clinical Services and Personnel
The Urology Clinic is a full-service outpatient surgical clinic containing 12 examination rooms, four cystoscopy suites, a fluoro-urodynamic suite, a fluoro-cysto-retrograde suite, 2 surgical procedure rooms which include an endoscopic surgical suite and a state-of-the-art lithotripsy suite (Storz Modulith SLX-F2). The Department of Urology provides approximately 21,000 outpatient visits per year and has an active surgical component.
The urology medical personnel is comprised of 11 faculty physicians, 2 PhD faculty, 18 residents, 3 ARNPs and 1 PA. Nursing and support staffs complete the Urology Clinic team. The department also operates a reproductive testing laboratory and utilizes the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Iowa City for its educational programs.
The department is also currently active in recruiting several new faculty members to assist in serving the ever-growing numbers of patients who seek our specialized urologic care.
Multiple clinical outcomes studies with the potential to change patient care, as well as basic science studies are continuing in the department. These studies focus on the many aspects of prostate and bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, impotence, laparoscopic surgery, incontinence and reconstructive surgery, interstitial cystitis, and reproductive testing and infertility.
The department is especially focused on searching for treatments, and ultimately cures, for such devastating urologic diseases as prostate and bladder cancers. To this end, the department research area, including leading members of the University’s Prostate Cancer Research Group, continually raises the standard of care by exploring innovative techniques to battle cancer. Large-scale human trials are ongoing, with several patents already pending for new techniques of delivering cancer-fighting treatments.