2011-2012 Issue

Academic Promotion

Dr. Jack Barkin was promoted to Associate Professor.

Hospital Highlights

The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Joao Pippi-Salle continued as the Site Chief of Urology at Hospital for Sick Children. He was an invited speaker, surgeon, and visiting professor at many locations around the world.

Dr. Darius Bagli continued his basic research in bladder diseases with projects funded by the CIHR, PSI, Kidney Foundation, AUA Foundation, and the Society for Pediatric Urology. He is also supervising research fellowships with funding from the Society for Pediatric Urology and the AUA Foundation. He was also invited to lecture in Europe and North America and won 3rd Prize for his work from the European Society for Pediatric Urology. He also served as Deputy Chief of Surgery at Hospital for Sick Children and staff coordinator of Urology Resident Research.

Dr. Walid Farhat continued his work in tissue engineering with projects funded by The Hospital for Sick Childrens Foundation and the Dean’s Fund. He participated in projects funded by the Ontario Research Fund and Canadian Foundation for and the Center for Computer-Assisted Intervention and Innovation. He organized and directed the 6th Annual North American Pediatric Fellows Laparoscopy Course. He was an invited speaker both within and outside of North America.

Dr. Armando Lorenzo continued his work in Clinical Epidemiology and minimally invasive pediatric surgery. He has also been critical in coordinating resident surgical skills sessions. He continued his research work in projects funded by the Hospital for Sick Children Inaugural Innovation Fund, PSI, and the Medical Council of Canada. He was an invited speaker in Europe and North America and was awarded the A.W. Bruce Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Dr. Martin Koyle continued his clinical research in pediatric urology. He had numerous visits as visiting speaker/professor throughout the globe.

Mount Sinal Hospital

Dr. Ethan Grober continued his work on male infertility at Mount Sinai and Women’s College. His research includes his projects in infertility and education with grants from PSI Foundation, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, MARS Innovation, CIHR, Canadian uro-Oncology Group, and the Association for Surgical Association. He was an invited speaker in the U.S. and Canada and will assume role as coordinator for the Urology School lecture series.

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 the U.S. and Canada. He continued work in his work and research in Infertility with projects funded by the NIH, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, CIHR, Canadian Uro-Oncology Group, MaRS Innovation, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Institut Merieux, Canadian Uro-oncology Group, PSI, and with non-peer review grants from GSK and Pierre Fabre Medicaments

Dr. Kirk Lo continued his basic research in Infertility with a multi-year grant funded by the National Institutes of Health and in projects funded by CIHR, MaRS Innovation, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Canadian Uro-oncology Group, and PSI. He organized the resident and fellow presentations for the Annual Robson Research Day. He was an invited speaker in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Alexandre Zlotta continued in his position as Associate Editor of European Urology, one of the premier journals in urology. He was invited speaker and/or Visiting Professor to Europe, Asia and South America. He continued his research with funding from Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, CIHR, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, and the Canadian Uro-oncology Group.

Sunnybrook

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 and interstitial cystitis with projects funded by Allergan, Astellas, and Pfizer. Dr. Carr is in charge of Journal Seminars for Urology residents.

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 with projects funded by Allergan, Astellas, and Johnson and Johnson (Contura). He was invited speaker and lecturer in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was elected General Secretary of the International Continence Society in September 2011 for a 3 year term. He also directed the 19th annual U of T Urology Update.

Dr. Laurence Klotz continued his research in Uro-oncology. He continued as Chair of the CURC and the World Uro-Oncology Federation, (WUOF), and the International Urologic Research Society. He continued his many peer-reviewed research projects as well as initiated new work in prostate cancer with funding from NCIC, Prostate Cancer Canada, CIHR and Ferring,. He was guest speaker and visiting professor in Asia, UK, Europe, South and North America. He was awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in Spring 2011.

Dr. Ron Kodama, site Chief at Sunnybrook, organized the 9th Annual Resident Basic Science Course in February. He also directed the annual Urology Fair 2012. He won the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Award in 2012. Dr Kodama also chaired a plenary session at the American Urological Association Meeting.

Dr. Robert Nam continued his work on his peer-reviewed projects. His funding is currently from NCIC and CIHR. He was an invited speaker in many places within and outside North America. He was awarded the Ajmera Chair in Urologic Oncology and had a Journal of The National Cancer Institute publication in 2012. Dr Nam also received the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Award in 2012. He continues as Vice-President of the medical staff at Sunnybrook.

Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran was promoted Associate Professor. She continued her basic research in prostate cancer with funding from CIHR, Prostate Cancer Canada and Ferring. Dr. Venketeswaran also has assumed a major role at the Institute of Medical Sciences as Graduate Coordinator.

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 CIHR, OICR, CPCRF, Canadian Cancer Society Research institute, Prostate Cancer Canada Research Foundation, Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, NIH, and GSK. He was invited speaker at meetings in Canada, U.S, Israel, Asia and Europe. He also served as chair of the 4th Annual Uro-Oncology Dialogue meeting in Niagara on The Lake. He continued as the holder of the Love Chair in Prostate Cancer Prevention at the Princess Margaret Hospital and had a publication the Lancet medical journal. Dr. Fleshner was awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in the Spring of 2012.

Dr. Michael Jewett continued his clinical and research work in many peer-reviewed funded projects in Uro-Oncology. The Funding is from CIHR, OICR, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Kidney Foundation, NSERC, Pfizer, and Merck-Frosst. He continued as the Wyeth/CIHR Clinical Research Chair in Oncology. He was an invited speaker and/or visiting professor in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He won the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Award (Surgical) in 2012.

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, PMH Foundation, Prostate Cancer Canada and NCIC. He was invited speaker in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. He co-chaired the 21st Annual Issues and Controversies in Whistler, BC.

Dr. Tony Finelli continued his funded research projects in renal cancer and in men with negative biopsies for prostate cancer. Funding is from CIHR, Canadian Cancer Society research Institute, Merck-Frosst, and Pfizer. He was invited speaker in Europe, US, and Canada. He won the Michael Jewett Postgraduate teaching award and the Bernard Langer Surgeon Scientist Award in 2012.

Dr. Andrew Matthew, clinical psychologist, continued his work in outcomes after prostate cancer therapy. The PMH Foundation funds his projects. He was an invited speaker in the Canada.

Dr Girish Kulkarni had a banner first year as a junior investigator/surgeon scientist securing peer-reviewed grants from Canadian Urologic Association, CIHR and a salary support award from prostate Cancer Canada. He continues his epidemiological research in bladder and prostate cancer.

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, and CIHR. He was an invited speaker in Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.

Dr. Sidney Radomski continued his role as the Urology coordinator in the Surgical Skills Lab and director of the weekly postgraduate urology resident seminars. He continued his work in incontinence, overactive bladder and erectile dysfunction. He continued as the Assessor of Educational Performance for the Department of Surgery.

St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Kenneth Pace commenced as site chief as St Michaels Hospital. He continued his work in clinical epidemiology, stone disease, and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Grant funding is from Ontario AFP Innovations Fund, and LMA Urology USA. He continued as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of Urology. He continued in the American Urological Association Leadership Program.

Dr. John Honey 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 Atlanta. He was guest speaker in the U.S. and Canada

Dr. Robert Stewart continued as Urology Residency Program Director and director of undergraduate surgery education at SMH. He continued as the principal urologist in the kidney transplantation program. He won the Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Award (Surgical).

Dr Jason Lee commenced his first year in practice engaged in education-based research and minimally invasive surgery .Dr Lee will assume a major role in core curriculum development for undergraduate education.

Academic Events & Awards

The Annual Charles J. Robson Research Day was held on April 12. The Visiting Professor was Dr.Roger Dmochowski, Professor of Urology Vanderbilt University in Nashville USA.

There were 39 presentations. Resident Clinical winner was Dr. Christopher Wallis; Resident Basic/Translational Dr. Justin Lee; Fellow Clinical winner was Dr Michael Ordon; Fellow Basis/Translational winner was Andrei Drabovich.

The Patrick Harty Award for Excellence in Patient Care was awarded to Dr. Justin Lee.

The PGY-5s Drs.Stephanie Tam, Benjamin Johnson, Melise Keays, and Steve Kim, successfully completed their Royal College Examinations.

Visiting Professors

Guests this year were Drs. Curtis Nickel from Queens University, J. Efstathiou, D. Pettaway, Marshall Stoller.