2008-2009 Issue

Academic Promotion

Dr. Sidney Radomski was promoted to Professor.

Hospital Highlights

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Joao Pippi-Salle continued as the Site Chief of Urology at Sick Kids. He was an invited speaker, surgeon, and visiting professor at many locations around the world. These included Qatar, Bosnia, UK, Brazil, Egypt, United States, and Canada. He chaired the very successful Annual Sick Kids Pediatric Urology Symposium.

Dr. Darius Bagli continued his basic research in bladder diseases with projects funded by the Research Institute at Sick Kids (Determinants of carcinogenesis in bladder augmentation in a novel animal model), and CIHR (Novel therapeutic approaches for obstructive bladder disease), as well as previous projects. He was also to lecture in the United States and Brazil. He continued as Deputy Chief of Surgery at Sick Kids and staff coordinator of Urology Resident Research.

Dr. Walid Farhat continued his work in tissue engineering with funded projects. He participated in new projects funded by the Ontario Research Fund and Canadian Foundation for Innovation (Disruptive technologies in pediatric and fetal intervention). He organized and directed the Third Annual North American Pediatric Fellows Laparoscopy Course. He was an invited speaker to Edmonton and Kuwait.

Dr. Armando Lorenzo continued his work in Clinical Epidemiology and minimally invasive pediatric surgery. He was an invited speaker in Chile and the U.S. He won the Michael A. S. Jewett Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching in the Division of Urology.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Ethan Grober received a Canadian Urological Association Scholarship Award for his project entitled Intra-Operative Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skill (OSATS): Correlation with Operative and Clinical Patient Outcomes. He is also working on a video-atlas of male reproductive and sexual medicine (funded by Eli Lilly). He was an invited speaker in Calgary.

Dr. Keith Jarvi, site chief at MSH, continued the Male Infertility Program and as Director of the The Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre (MKUWC). Dr. Jarvi again organized with Dr. Kirk Lo the Annual Robson Research Day Resident and Fellow scientific presentation contest. He was an invited speaker in Montreal and Calgary. He continued work on his funded projects in Infertility. A new project has been funded by the Canadian Uro-Oncology Group (Identification of prostate cancer biomarkers in semen).

Dr. Kirk Lo continued his basic research in Infertility with a project entitled Semen proteomics – discovery of prostate cancer biomarkers funded by a private donor. He was program chair of the section on Circumcision and HIV/HPV infection at the American Society of Andrology Meeting in Philadelphia. He won the A.W. Bruce award for Postgraduate Teaching in the Division of Urology.

Dr. Alexandre Zlotta continued his position as Associate Editor of European Urology, one of the premier journals in urology. He was invited speaker and/or Visiting Professor to Turkey, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Israel, and places in Canada, and the U.S. He was funded by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for a project entitled A proteomic and genetic biomarker panel for improving PSA performance, by CIHR for Clinical significance of calcium ion transport in prostate cancer. He continued work on other projects.


Dr. Lesley Carr continued her work as an investigator in an industry grant for the use of muscle stem cells in stress urinary incontinence. Dr. Carr was in charge of Journal Seminars for Urology residents.

Dr. Sender Herschorn continued as the Martin Barkin Chair in Urology. He continued his clinical research in urinary incontinence, neurogenic bladder overactivity, and erectile dysfunction. He was invited speaker and lecturer in North America, France, Sweden, Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. He also directed the 16th annual U of T Urology Update. He chaired the 4th International Consultation on Urinary Incontinence Section on Male Surgery for Incontinence in Paris. He was elected President-elect of the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Laurence Klotz, site chief at Sunnybrook, continued his research in Uro-oncology. He continued as Chair of the CURC and the World Uro Oncology Federation, (WUOF). He continued his many peer-reviewed research projects as well as initiated new work in prostate cancer with funding from NCIC, Ontario Cancer Research Network, CURC, CPCRF, CIHR. He was guest speaker and visiting professor in North America, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Israel, and Chile. He served a one-year term as President of the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Ron Kodama organized the 6th Annual Resident Basic Science Course in February. He also directed the annual Urology Fair 2009. He won a Special Recognition Postgraduate Teaching Award for excellence in residency teaching. He was visiting professor at the Eastern Virginia Division of Urology, Norfolk VA.

Dr. Robert Nam continued his work on his peer-reviewed projects and also received new grants. His funding is currently from NCIC and CIHR. He was a visiting professor and/or speaker in Florida and at UWO in London, ON. He received the George Armstrong Peters Research Award from the Department of Surgery and the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Award-Surgical from the Division of Urology.

Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran continued her basic research in prostate cancer projects funded by CIHR, CPCRF, and NCIC. She was an invited speaker to the 4th PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting in Whistler, BC.

UHN – Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Neil Fleshner continued as site chief at the UHN. He continued his clinical and basic research in prostate cancer with many major peer-reviewed grants from DOD (CDMRP), Ontario Cancer Research Network, CIHR, OICR, CPCRF, CUA/CUOG, Department of Defense, and NIH. He was invited speaker at meetings in the United States and abroad. He was on the Scientific Committee of the 2nd World Congress on Controversies in Urology in Lisbon, Portugal. He became the first holder of the Love Chair in Prostate Cancer Prevention at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Dr. Michael Jewett continued his clinical and research work in many peer-reviewed funded projects in Uro-Oncology. He continued work the CUA/CUOG Bayer Kidney Cancer Fellowship award for renal cell carcinoma. Other projects are funded by CIHR, ORCP ‘BioDiscover’ Stage I Business and Development, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, He continued as the Wyeth/CIHR Clinical Research Chair in Oncology. He was an invited speaker and/or visiting professor in Canada, the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Germany. He won the Best of Posters Award and the Best Paper Award at the EAU Meeting in Stockholm. He became Chair, Canadian Kidney Cancer Forum and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada. He was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Urological Association for lifetime contributions in nerve-sparing lymphadenectomy for testis cancer and management of small renal cell carcinomas

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 PMH, NCIC, NIH, CPRF, Health Technology Exchange, NCI/SWOG, and industry. He was invited speaker and Visiting Professor in North America and elsewhere. He co-chaired the 16th Annual Issues and Controversies in Prostate Care in Cancun, Mexico.

Dr. Tony Finelli continued his funded research projects in renal cancer and in men with negative biopsies for prostate cancer. He was invited speaker in Canada, U.S., Colombia, and Portugal.

Dr. Andrew Matthew, clinical psychologist, passed his 3-year review and continued his work in outcomes after prostate cancer therapy. His projects are funded by the PMH Foundation and CIHR.

UHN – Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Magdy Hassouna continued his basic and clinical work in neurourology and neuromodulation. He received funding from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and industry. He won the AW Bruce Faculty Undergraduate Teaching award in Urology.

Dr. Sidney Radomski, continued his role as the Urology co-ordinator in the Surgical Skills Lab and director of the weekly postgraduate urology resident seminars. He continued his work in peer-review and industry funded grants in incontinence, overactive bladder and erectile dysfunction. He continued as the assessor of educational performance for the Department of Surgery. He was appointed Full Professor.

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. He was course director at a Hands-on course at the American Urological Association (AUA) Meeting Chicago, Il. He was guest speaker in Shanghai, China.

Dr. Kenneth Pace continued his work in clinical epidemiology, stone disease, and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He continued as the Fellowship Coordinator for the division of urology. He was guest speaker at meetings in the U.S. and Shanghai, China. He won the Urology Residents Clinical Teaching Award.

Dr. Robert Stewart continued as the principal urologist in the kidney transplantation program. He continued as Urology Residency Program Director and director of undergraduate surgery education at SMH.

Academic Events & Awards

The Annual Charles J. Robson Research Day was held on April 2. The Visiting Professor was Dr. Yves Fradet, Professor of Urology at Laval University in Quebec City. There were over 25 presentations. Resident Clinical winner was Paul Toren; Resident Basic/Translational Robert Hamilton; Honourable Mention Natalie Venier; Fellow Clinical winner was Nathan Lawrentchuk; Fellow Basis/Translational winners were Robert Abouassaly and Bas van Rijn.

The Patrick Harty Award for Excellence in Patient Care was awarded to Dr. Robert Hamilton.

The PGY-5s Drs. Ryan Groll, Jason Lee, Rohan Shahani, and Bryce Weber passed their Royal College Examinations.

Visiting Professors

Guests this year were Gopal Badlani, MD (Wake Forest University), Chris Chapple, MD (University of Sheffield), James Eastham, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering), Marston Linehan, MD (National Institutes of Health), Allen Morey, MD (UT Southwestern Dallas), John Mulhall, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering), Hassan Razvi, MD, FRCSC (University of Western Ontario), Robert Reiter, MD (UCLA), Fred Saad, MD, FRCSC (Universite de Montreal), Arthur Smith, MD (Long Island Jewish Medical Center).