US News Ranking
US News & World Report has ranked the University of Iowa Department of Urology at No. 19 in its annual survey of best hospitals. The department is one of four UI specialties to rank in US News’ top 20. In all, US News listed 10 UI specialties among the top 35 in their fields.
New Faculty Boost Clinical Services
The Department of Urology has increased its capacity in key subspecialty areas with the arrival of new faculty members. Kathleen Kieran, MD, has joined our pediatric urology team. James Brown, MD, has extensive training and experience in urologic oncology and laparoscopic surgery. Chad Tracy, MD, is also trained in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, with an interest in robotic surgery technology.
- Beginning with the world's first laparoscopic partial nephrectomy performed in 1992, to the present-day robotic prostatectomy, patients undergoing laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive urologic surgery are experiencing shorter recovery times and outcomes equivalent to open procedures.
- Faculty researchers in the Department of Urology achieve an ambitious agenda of clinical trials, including studies of adults with pelvic pain and chronic fatigue that are part of a national program: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain.
- Urologic cancers are evaluated and treated by internationally recognized experts in partnership with the National Cancer Institute designated Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- The Department of Urology was one of the first U.S. sites to get an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter and continues to lead the way in urolithiasis.
- Our male fertility clinic works in partnership with UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the infertile couples.
- Iowa's only subspecialty-certified pediatric urologists and advanced nurse practitioners (see below) provide compassionate evaluation and treatment for the youngest urology patients.
- The Continence Center for Male and Female Voiding Dysfunction offers state of the art diagnostic evaluations including video urodynamics and biofeedback, as well as comprehensive treatment options ranging from conservative therapies to the latest neuromodulation techniques and surgical procedures.
Our services include:
- Adult General Urology
- Male Fertility
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- Pediatric Urology
- Male Sexual Dysfunction
- Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Robotic Surgery
- Urodynamics and Reconstructive Urology
- Urologic Cancers
- Continence Center
The Department of Urology is home to Iowa's only subspecialty-trained pediatric urologists. Christopher Cooper, MD, is professor and vice chair of urology at The University of Iowa. Cooper completed his residency in urology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a pediatric urology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is joined now by Kathleen Kieran, MD, who completed her urology residency at the University of Michigan and a pediatric urology fellowship at the University of Tennessee–Memphis, LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, and St. Jude's Children's Research Center.
Subspecialty training in an accredited fellowship program assures that the individual has gained a documented level of expertise in the practice of pediatric urology. Fellowship training leads to subspecialty certification, which also requires a minimum level of clinical practice and successful completion of a board exam. Cooper holds subspecialty certification in pediatric urology from the American Board of Urology, and Kieran is working toward fulfilling the practice requirements.
Pediatric urologists specialize in treating the urologic problems of children, infants, and fetuses. These include malformations of the genitals and kidneys or obstructions of the urinary tract. Pediatric urologists also treat bladder dysfunction, whether from congenital or acquired conditions.
The J. Hayden Fry Center for Prostate Cancer Research, named for the legendary Hawkeye football coach, brings researchers and resources together to advance laboratory investigations, clinical and translational science, and education at the leading edge of prostate cancer research.
A landmark study is underway to uncover the underlying epidemiology of interstitial cystitis and chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome. The Department of Urology is one of five Discovery Sites of the NIH's MAPP network that will investigate a systemic approach to understanding these conditions, as well as the potential relationship between other chronic conditions that are sometimes seen in IC/PBS and CP/CPPS patients, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Carver College of Medicine graduates Jeanne Jaggard and Harold "Hal" Jaffe have established a charitable bequest of $2 million to the Department of Urology for a new translational urologic oncology research chair. The couple met while attending the UI College of Medicine, married in 1956, and completed their residencies at Iowa.
Gene therapy vaccines provide new hope that a significant response against specific tumors, such as prostate cancer, can be stimulated. We are currently enrolling patients in a trial involving Ad5-PSA. In this trial, the gene for prostate specific antigen (PSA), a molecule associated with prostate cancer, has been genetically engineered into a modified virus, not harmful to humans. This PSA virus is injected into patients to determine whether it can stimulate immune responses to the PSA, and by association, to the prostate cancer cells specifically. Previous UI studies have provided encouraging results. Ultimately, we wish to determine whether Ad5-PSA can destroy prostate cancer cells and benefit the patient.
Three clinical trials under the multi-part MAPP study are currently enrolling participants. If you have patients who might like to participate in this non-treatment study, please contact nurse coordinator Mary Eno at 319-384-9265, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants include:
- Adult men and women with pelvic pain or discomfort associated with frequent urination or urgency to urinate, as well as adult men and women with pelvic pain from interstitial cystitis or chronic prostatitis.
- Adult men and women with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or irritable bowel problems who do not have pelvic pain.
- Healthy adult men and women without pelvic pain.
View a list of clinical trials under way in the Department of Urology.
The Department of Urology has a rich heritage and is known worldwide for its educational, research and clinical expertise. Our educational program provides the basic knowledge of genitourinary tract morphology, function and disease, and offers career preparation in clinical or academic urologic surgery.
Our residency program includes:
- Urologic Oncology
- Pediatric Urology
- Andrology and Male Infertility
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Urodynamics and Reconstructive Urology
- Laparoscopic Urology
The Rubin Flocks University of Iowa Urological Society represents physicians trained (and in training) at the UI Department of Urology as well as current and former members of the Department of Urology Staff. The Society currently has 208 active members. The Society is dedicated to maintaining excellence in all areas of Urologic care, preserving professional and personal relationships, and supporting the Department of Urology.
CME and Professional Development Opportunities
Joao Pippi Salle, MD, will be our 2012 Flocks Visiting Professor, June 1-2. Pippi Salle is a pediatric urologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Montreal, Toronto, Canada.
Is there a skill you’d like to acquire or a new technique you’d like to learn? The Department of Urology can arrange mini-fellowships to meet your needs and interests. Contact Glenn Kell at email@example.com to start the conversation.
Urology has two physicians listed on the 2011-2012 "Best Doctors in America" database:
- Karl J. Kreder, MD, MBA, FACS, Professor and Head
- Victoria J. Sharp, MD, Clinical Professor