A Message from Chris Gonzalez, MD

September 15, 2015

October 2017

While fall marked the beginning of the school year, it also ushered in new developments at University Hospitals Urology Institute. We are excited to expand our presence on the west side of Cleveland with the October opening of the new urology center at St. John Medical Center, one of 11 community hospitals in the UH healthcare system.

Just as our facilities are expanding, so too is our team with the hiring of seven new urologists since early 2016. Among them are Ehud Gnessin, MD, an expert in the area of minimally invasive surgery for enlarged prostate and kidney stones. You can learn more about Dr. Gnessin’s pioneering work in one of four feature stories in this newsletter.

Our longstanding urologists also continue to push the Institute to new heights. Donald Bodner, MD, exemplifies the quality care and great service we provide, working diligently at our main campus and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

I hope you enjoy reading about a few of our projects and achievements, including clinical trials for prostate cancer patients and research on MRI imaging for prostate cancer. Those two projects, under the leadership of Simon Kim, MD, and Lee Ponsky, MD, respectively, are funded by R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health. Our growing team is working daily to improve patient care and outcomes and further the field of urology.

Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS
Chairman, UH Urology Institute
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Lester Persky Professor and Chairman
Department of Urology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine



 Institute News

Edward Cherullo, MD, was instrumental in establishing a new urology practice at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center on the west side of Cleveland. The new urology center opened Oct. 1, 2017.

Irina Jaeger, MD, will develop the urology program at UH Ahuja Medical Center on the east side of Cleveland. Jaeger is advancing the fields of infertility and men’s health.

Milvonna Jones was named Academic Residency Program Coordinator for the Urology Institute. Previously, she served as Patient Access Representative for the Urology Institute.

Three physicians began their first year of residency at University Hospitals Urology Institute: Karishma Gupta, MD (Case Western Reserve University), Wade Muncey, MD (University of Washington) and Danly Omil-Lima, MD (Warren Alpert/Brown University).

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