2010-2011 Issue

Academic Promotion

Dr. John Honey, Dr. Darius Bagli, and Dr. Magdy Hassouna were promoted to Professor and Dr. Kenneth Pace was promoted to Associate 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 Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Brazil, Russia, United States, and Canada.

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 a new grant from the Society for Pediatric Urology (Role of sex steroids in perioperative management of hypospadias) in which he is supervising Dr. Ahmed Haddad. He was also invited to lecture in Bethesda MD, Washington DC, Ann Arbor MI, Syria, and locally 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 projects funded by the Ontario Research Fund and Canadian Foundation for Innovation (Disruptive technologies in pediatric and fetal intervention) and the Center for Computer- Assisted Intervention and Innovation. He organized and directed the Fourth Annual North American Pediatric Fellows Laparoscopy Course. He was an invited speaker to Jordan, and Napa Valley California.

Dr. Armando Lorenzo continued his work in Clinical Epidemiology and minimally invasive pediatric surgery. He was an invited speaker in California, Florida, Puerto Rica, and Canada. He was recognized by the Journal of Urology with an award as an Outstanding Reviewer.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Ethan Grober continued his work on male infertility at Mount Sinai and Women’s College. His research includes his project entitled Intra-Operative Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skill (OSATS): Correlation with Operative and Clinical Patient Outcomes. He received a new grant from the Association for Surgical Education – CESERT entitled: Validation of Real-time, Intraoperative, Surgical Competence (RISC) assessments linked to patient outcomes. He also received grants from PSI, Medical Council of Canada, RCPSC and the CUA. He was an invited speaker in Charlottetown.

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 an invited speaker in Montreal and locally. He continued work on his funded projects in Infertility with a projects that funded by the Canadian Uro-Oncology Group (Identification of prostate cancer biomarkers in semen) and Physicians’ Services Incorporated (Use of seminal fluid protein as biomarkers for diseases in the male reproductive tract).

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 also organized the reseident and fellow presentations for the Annual Robson Research Day. He was an invited speaker in San Francisco and Montreal.

Dr. Alexandre Zlotta continued his position as Associate Editor of European Urology, one of the premier journals in international urology. He was invited speaker and/or Visiting Professor to Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Venezuela, Hamilton, Quebec City, and Halifax. He continued his research with funding from Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for a project entitled A proteomic and genetic biomarker panel for improving PSA performance, from CIHR for Clinical significance of calcium ion transport in prostate cancer and Genetic, epigenetic, and proteomic analysis of the kallikrein family in search for novel diagnostic, prognostic, and risk susceptibility algorithms for prostate cancer. He was associated with the Top 3 Best Posters at the Society of Urologic Oncology Meeting in Bethesda MD.


Dr. Lesley Carr continued her work as an investigator in an industry grant for the use of muscle stem cells in stress urinary incontinence as well as research in overactive bladder. Dr. Carr was in charge of Journal Seminars for Urology residents. She won the AW Bruce Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award. She shared the Best Clinical Presentation Award at the International Continence Society Meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Sender Herschorn continued as University Chair and 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 San Francisco, St. Petersburg FL, Kingston ON, Quebec City, United Kingdom, China, and Japan. He also directed the 17th annual U of T Urology Update. He was elected President of the Canadian Urological Association. He won the Best Clinical Presentation Award at the International Continence Society Meeting in San Francisco. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology St. Petersburg FL. He also won the Michael Jewett Award for postgraduate teaching.

Dr. Laurence Klotz served his final year as site chief at Sunnybrook and 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 China, Japan, Australia, Cleveland OH, Bethesda MD, Washington DC, and Montreal. He was elected Past-President of the Canadian Urological Association.

Dr. Ron Kodama organized the 7th Annual Resident Basic Science Course in February. He also directed the annual Urology Fair 2010. He was appointed the Chief of Urology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He won the Faculty of Medicine Aikins Award for undergraduate teaching.

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 won the Division of Urology Postgraduate Surgical Teaching Award.

Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran continued her basic research in prostate cancer with funding from CIHR, CPCRF, and NCIC. She won the C2R Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Urology Research Consortium/Canadian Urologic Oncology Group and the Travel Award from the Prostate Cancer Canada/Australia-Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Alliance.

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 Ontario Cancer Research Network, CIHR, OICR, CPCRF, CUA/CUOG, NCIC, and NIH. He was invited speaker at meetings in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Bethesda, Greece, and China. He was on the Scientific Committee of the 3rd World Congress on Controversies in Urology in Athens, Greece. He continued as the 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 on the CUA/CUOG Bayer Kidney Cancer Fellowship award for renal cell carcinoma. Other projects are funded by the Kidney Foundation, Science and Engineering Council, CIHR, 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 San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Bethesda, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and locally.

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, CPCRF, PMH, Prostate Cancer Canada, NCIC, NIH, NCI/SWOG, and industry. He was invited speaker and Visiting Professor in North America and China. He co-chaired the 19th Annual Issues and Controversies in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Tony Finelli continued his funded research projects in renal cancer and in men with negative biopsies for prostate cancer. Funding is from CPCRF, CUA/CUOG, CIHR, and Faculty of Medicine Continuing Education. He was invited speaker in Montreal, Charlottetown, Las Vegas, Spain, China, and locally.

Dr. Andrew Matthew, clinical psychologist, continued his work in outcomes after prostate cancer therapy. His projects are funded by the PMH Foundation, CIHR, and Toronto Community Foundation.

UHN – Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Magdy Hassouna continued his basic and clinical work in neurourology and neuromodulation. Research funding was received from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, CIHR, and industry. He became Section Editor, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.

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 shared the Best Clinical Presentation Award at the International Continence Society Meeting in San Francisco. He continued as the Assessor of Educational Performance for the Department of Surgery.

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 in San Francisco. He was guest speaker in Indianapolis and Germany.

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 became part of the American Urological Association Leadership Program.

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. He won the Division of Urology AW Bruce Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Department of Surgery Bruce Tovee Award for Undergraduate Education, and the St. Michael’s Hospital William Horsey Award for Postgraduate Education. Academic Events & Awards.

The Annual Charles J. Robson Research Day was held on March 25. The Visiting Professor was Dr. Bernard Churchill, Chief Division of Pediatric Urology at University of California, Los Angeles. There were 33 presentations. Resident Clinical winners were Melise Keays and Steven Kim; Resident Basic/Translational Raj Satkunasivam; Honourable Mention for student was Natalie Venier; Fellow Clinical winner was Robert Abouassaly; Fellow Basis/Translational winner was Bas van Rijn.

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

The PGY-5s Drs. Robert Hamilton, Girish Kulkarni, Michael Ordon, and Sunoj Punnen, successfully completed their Royal College Examinations.

Visiting Professors

Guests this year were Herbert Lepor, MD from New York University, Eric Rovner, Medical University of South Carolina, J. Christian Winters, MD from Louisiana State University, J. Stuart Wolf, MD from University of Michigan, Eric Klein, MD from the Cleveland Clinic, Joseph Presti, MD from Stanford University, Dean Bajorin, MD from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Harris Nagler, MD from Albert Einstein School of Medicine, James Talcott, MD from Harvard Medical School, and Laurent Boccon-Gibod, MD from University of Paris, France.