A Message from Chris Gonzalez, MD

March 1, 2017

April 2018

Two exciting developments within the University Hospitals Urology Institute point to our commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration and cutting-edge research. First, we are thrilled to be part of a new urology-led, system-wide men’s health center that will launch in the next several months. The goal is to provide improved access and delivery of preventative healthcare to men.

Men’s health is not limited to sexual or prostate health, though they are important. Urologists play an important role in men’s health. Patients may visit a urologist with medical issues such as erectile dysfunction or urinary symptoms, then we learn there are underlying or concurrent medical issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure or psychiatric issues. The initial concern becomes a stepping stone toward intervention and improvement of the overall health of the male patients. Our team of urologists is excited to partner with other physicians at UH’s men’s health center and focus on the overall physical and mental health of men. The new UH Men’s Health Center is anticipated to start in June 2018.

Second, the Urology Institute recently received a generous gift from the Dicke Family Foundation to support several avenues of research. It will fund the creation of decision aides to reduce disparities in care for prostate cancer, the quantitative use of multiparametric MRI in the diagnosis and screening of prostate cancer, and microbiome studies to detect an infectious etiology for lichen sclerosus, a condition which can lead to cancer of the male and female genitalia.

While research is important to UH urologists, our team of clinicians is equally committed to providing compassionate care. I invite you to learn about how Donald Bodner, MD, is improving the quality of life for veterans with spinal cord injuries and Irina Jaeger, MD, offers the novel UroLift® System to patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. In addition, you’ll read about the role Edward Cherullo, MD, played in establishing our new urology practice at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center.

The urologists at University Hospitals remain committed to quality patient care, trailblazing research and interdisciplinary teamwork. Take a look at some of our accomplishments.

Chris Gonzalez, MDChristopher 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

Lynn Woo, MD, was named Program Director, Urology for UH Cleveland Medical Center. A pediatric urologist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital since 2010, Woo’s specialties include congenital and acquired disorders of the genitals and urinary tract; kidney, bladder and testicle tumors; and minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

Three physicians will begin their first year of residency at University Hospitals Urology Institute this summer: Michael Callegari, MD (University of Oklahoma), Erin Jesse, MD (University of Cincinnati) and Megan Prunty, MD (University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine).

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