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The Department of Urology would like to extend its congratulations to Dr. Matthew Coward on his recent election to the Board of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR). Dr. Coward will serve a 2-year term on the Board and is currently holding the position as the Member-At-Large.

Recently, as part of a partnership between the SMRU and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR), Dr. Coward helped develop the virtual lecture series SMILES (SSMR/SMRU Male Infertility Lecture Educational Series). The recorded videos of the series are published online at

Dr. Coward’s work with the SSMR Board will include planning the SSMR scientific program for the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting in 2022.

“It is a great honor for me to accept this new role to serve on the board of directors of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR). The society represents male reproductive surgeons and scientists from the AUA and leads the world in improving the health of infertile men. I look forward to working with the leaders in my field and contributing meaningfully to the mission of this important society.”

R. Matthew Coward, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Urology
Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery

Matt Coward, MD, FACS


About the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR)

The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction’s (SSMR) purpose is to encourage the study, to elevate the practice, and to improve the quality of care of the subfertile male.

The SSMR is an official sub-specialty society of the American Urological Association (AUA).

About Dr. Coward

A North Carolina native, Dr. Coward is an Associate Professor of Urology at UNC School of Medicine and urologic microsurgeon specialized in the treatment of male fertility. He received his MD with Distinction from UNC and completed his internship in General Surgery and residency training in Urology at UNC. Board-certified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Coward has been with UNC Urology and UNC Fertility since 2013 after completing a microsurgical fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is currently the Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at UNC Fertility, and he is the Fellowship Director for the UNC Men’s Health Fellowship which provides training for future leaders in male fertility treatment.

Dr. Coward was recently named to the AUA Leadership Program for 2021-2022.  He has also been consecutively named to the prestigious Best Doctors in America® lists in 2015-16, 2017-2018, and 2019-2020, a distinction achieved by less than 5 percent of the physicians in the United States. He has been the recipient of numerous academic awards throughout his career including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Coward is the author of over 70 scientific publications and textbook chapters, and he regularly presents his research all over the world.