Seven UNC Urology Faculty Listed in The Best Doctors in America® 2014
Seven UNC Urology Faculty are included in the latest compilation of The Best Doctors in America® database. In addition, they are also listed in the December 2013 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, as part of its annual compilation North Carolina’s Best Doctors.
Patients with Poor Nutritional Status before Bladder Cancer Operation Have Higher Risk of Postoperative Complications
New ACS NSQIP® study identifies low blood albumin level as an independent risk factor for surgical-related health problems after radical cystectomy. Angela Smith, MD, assistant professor of urology and UNC Lineberger member, served as senior author and lead investigator of the study and senior urology resident David C. Johnson, MD, MPH, was the lead author.
Matthew Nielsen, MD was appointed to the newly-created American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) Outcomes Ad Hoc Committee.The Outcomes Ad Hoc Committee is charged with creating a toolkit to assist PCPI members and others in identifying high-priority outcomes relevant to a variety of specialties/topic areas, delineating pathways to collect outcomes data, and additional activities as approved by the PCPI Executive Committee. Dr. Nielsen was nominated to this committee as a representative of the American Urological Association, where he serves on the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee.
Dr. Will Kirby Receives Owen Wangensteen Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Will Kirby, PGY-3 urology resident, received the Owen Wangensteen Excellence in Research Award at the American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress in October 2013 for his podium presentation, “Economic Impact of Training and Career Choices in Urologic Surgery.”
The last 10 years have been very important for UNC Urology. We have experienced significant growth in the breadth, complexity, and volume of our clinical care. During this time, UNC Urology has attracted a diverse faculty who have received extensive training at some of the most acclaimed academic and clinical programs in the country. Because of our high degree of specialization and technical proficiency in applying innovative clinical care, our surgeons are able to treat the most complex of urologic conditions. For many conditions, we collaborate with physicians from other specialties to create multidisciplinary patient care programs. These programs combine the expertise of multiple UNC specialists with the state-of-the-art facilities and technologies of the UNC Health Care System to provide our patients with the very best in high quality, cutting edge, compassionate care.
UNC Urology continues to build on our commitments to research and training. Our research programs have grown and diversified. We are particularly proud of our partnerships with the renowned Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina (an NCI designated cancer program for over 20 years) and the top-ranked UNC Gillings School of Public Health. Our commitment to clinical and laboratory research is reflected in our outstanding record of publications, grant support, and presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.
Our residency program consistently attracts the finest applicants available. The program enjoys the strong support of UNC School of Medicine, UNC Health Care System, and private donors who have made resources available to support our academic activities. UNC Urology is committed to training world-class clinicians and academic surgeons through its residency, fellowship, and medical student programs; and our faculty and programs have received national recognition for providing superior education and training experience in the art and science of Urology.
We remain committed to excellence, innovation, and leadership and we take seriously our mission to educate, to care, and to discover. Above all, patient care is what attracted our faculty, residents, and staff to the field of Urology and to our program at UNC - and it will always be at the core of everything we do.