2005-2006 Issue

Hospital Highlights

Dr. Keith Jarvi was promoted to Professor. Dr. Walid Farhat was promoted to Associate Professor and Dr. Kirk Lo was promoted to Assistant Professor.

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Darius Bagli continued his work in The Role of Hypoxia in Fibroproliferative bladder Disease for which he was awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health. He was an invited speaker to meetings in the U.S. and Bermuda.

Dr. Walid Farhat continued his work in tissue engineering and repopulation of acellular matrices for bladder reconstruction with grants from the Hospital for Sick Children CIHR, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He was an invited lecturer to various cities in the U.S. and Kuwait.

Dr. Tony Khoury continued a site chief at Sick Kids. He also continued his peer reviewed research and was invited to lecture at various places in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Khoury is one of the editor of the new Kelalis-King-Belman textbook of Clinical Pediatric Urology. He also wrote the chapter in the new Campbell-Walsh Textbook of Urology on reflux.

Dr. Joao Pippi-Salle continued his educational project to produce an Interactive Multimedia CD-ROM for teaching operative pediatric urology. He was an invited speaker, surgeon, and visiting professor in Mozambique, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, and Poland, in addition to presenting at meetings in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Pippi Salle hosted the second annual Pediatric Urology Conference from Sick Kids on Hypospadias. He also became the Director of Continuing Professional Development for the Department of Surgery.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Keith Jarvi, site chief at MSH, continued the Male Infertility Program and as Director of the The Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre (MKUWC). He was promoted this year to Professor. Dr. Jarvi again organized the Annual Robson Research Day Resident and Fellow scientific presentation contest and he continued his peer review funded research in Andrology and Infertility.

Dr. Kirk Lo continued his basic infertility research in stem cells. He was promoted to Assistant Professor and is the supervisor of Dr. Samy Heshmat who received an International Society – Canadian Urological Association Scholarship Foundation award.


Dr. Lesley Carr continued her work as an investigator in grant to evaluate the efficacy of amitriptyline for the treatment of painful bladder syndrome, funded by the NIH. She also is conducting clinical research on the use of muscle stem cells for stress urinary incontinence. Dr. Carr was in charge of Journal Seminars for Urology residents and directed the Botulinum Toxin Course following Urology Update 2005.

Dr. Sender Herschorn completed his 5-year term University Division Chair and was renewed for a second term after an external review conducted by Dr. Larry Goldenberg from UBC. He continued his clinical research in urinary incontinence, neurogenic bladder overactivity, and erectile dysfunction. He was invited speaker and lecturer in various meetings in Australia, Ireland, and the U.S., as well as other cities in Canada. He wrote the Vaginal Surgery chapter in the new Campbell-Walsh textbook of Urology. He also won the Peters-Boyd Academy Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Supervision Award. 2006 and directed the 13th annual Urology Update.

Dr. Laurence Klotz, site chief at Sunnybrook, continued his research in Uro-oncology and his many leadership appointments including Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Urology. He continued as Chair of the Canadian Urology Research Consortium the World Uro Oncology Federation, (WUOF), an organization of 12 national and regional Uro Oncology Societies around the world. He continued his many peer-reviewed research projects as well as initiated new work in prostate cancer treatment and prevention. He was guest speaker and visiting professor in Korea, Norway, France, and various cities in Canada and the U.S. He was also elected Vice-President of the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Ron Kodama continued as Program Director and again organized the third Annual Resident Basic Science Course in February. He again organized the Surgical Skills Lab session on TURP and TURBT. He directed the annual Urology Fair 2006.

Dr. Robert Nam continued his work in uro-oncology with research in the genetics of prostate cancer. He was an invited speaker at the ASCO prostate cancer session in San Francisco. He received new peer-reviewed NCIC and CIHR grants for prostate cancer research and a CIHR New Investigator Award for Salary Support in 2006. Dr. Nam was also won the Langer Surgeon-Scientist award for the Department and the Tile Distinguished Service award at Sunnybrook.

Dr. Sharon Sharir continued her work in studying outcomes in women’s and men’s experiences when undergoing radical cystectomy for bladder cancer. Dr. Sharir also received a Dean’s fund new staff grant study of lymphadenectomy for bladder cancer.

Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran continued her basic research in the peer-reviewed prostate cancer project on a transgenic mouse prostate cancer prevention model. She also received new CIHR and CPRF awards as PI for prostate cancer research.

UHN – Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Neil Fleshner, site chief at the UHN, continued his clinical and basic research in prostate cancer with major peer-reviewed grants from CIHR, NCIC and CPRF. He was guest speaker at various cities in Canada and the U.S. He spearheaded the Canadian Urological association project on wait-times for cancer surgery in Canada. He also co-chaired the 4th Annual Current Problems in Urology meeting in Banff.

Dr. Michael Jewett was named the first holder of the Farquarson Chair in Kidney cancer Research at PMH and the University of Toronto. He continued his clinical and research work in in many peer-reviewed funded projects in Uro-Oncology. Dr. Jewett completed his term as President of the Canadian Urologic Association. He was also invited speaker and visiting professor in various cities in North America.

Dr. Michael Robinette continued as the major individual contributing to the Multi-organ transplant program at the UHN, specifically in kidney transplants.

Dr. John Trachtenberg continued his active research into novel therapies for prostate cancer with grants from CIHR, NCIC, NIH, CPRF and industry. He was invited speaker and visiting professor in the U.S. and France. He also co-chaired the 14th Annual Issues and Controversies in Prostate Care in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Tony Finelli continued his work in advancing laparoscopic urologic procedures. He was a guest speaker in various cities in Canada and demonstrated laparoscopic procedures in St. John, NB. He also continued his clinical research studies in renal cell carcinoma.

UHN – Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Magdy Hassouna continued his basic and clinical work in neurourology and neuromodulation.

Dr. Sidney Radomski, continued his role as the Urology co-ordinator in the Surgical Skills Lab. He conducted hands on sessions for the residents in various minimally topics during the year. He continued his work in peer-review and industry funded grants in incontinence, overactive bladder and erectile dysfunction.

St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. John Honey, site chief at St. Michael’s, continued his work as Director of Endourology and the Stone Treatment Centre at SMH. He continued his clinical research studies in lithotripsy.

Dr. Kenneth Pace continued his work in clinical epidemiology and Stone disease and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He continued his work on the impact of laparoscopic surgery on renal physiology and patient satisfaction following SWL. Dr. Pace directed the 1st Annual Advanced Laparoscopic Urology Course in advance of Urology Update 2005. He continued his work as Chair of the IT committee for the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Robert Stewart continued as the principal urologist in the kidney transplantation program. He organized the weekly Urology Resident Postgraduate Seminars and continued as director of undergraduate surgery education at SMH.

Academic Events & Awards The Annual Charles J. Robson Research Day was held on March 30. The Visiting Professor was Dr. Craig Peters, Coles Professor of Urology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. There were over 25 research presentations. Resident winners were Jason Lee, Bryce Weber, Girish Kulkarni, and Ryan Groll. Fellow winners were Luis Braga, Maher Moazin, Seamus Teahan, and Armando Lorenzo.

The Patrick Harty Award for Excellence in Patient Care was awarded to Dr. Tim Davies.

Drs. Ashis Chawla, Kurt Eeg, Ethan Grober, David Hajek, and Armando Lorenzo passed their Royal College Examinations.

Visiting Professors

Guests this year included Paul Abrams, University of Bristol, Craig Peters, University of Virginia, Jacques Corcos, McGill University, Culley Carson, University of North Carolina, Jihad Kaouk, Cleveland Clinic, Larry Lipshultz, Baylor College of Medicine, James Montie, University of Michigan, Abraham Morgentaler, Harvard University, Ian Thompson, University of Texas, and Eric Winquist, University of Western Ontario.