Adam Hittelman, MD, PhD appointed Section Chief of Pediatric Urology and Vice Chair of Urology for Faculty Affairs and Administration
Adam Hittelman, MD, PhD, has been appointed Section Chief of Pediatric Urology for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Yale Urology and as Vice Chair of Urology for Faculty Affairs and Administration.
John Onofrey, PhD joins Yale Urology as Assistant Professor
John Onofrey, PhD has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Urology and of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Onofrey begins this dual appointment after serving as Postdoctoral Associate and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging for the last six years.
Yale Pediatric Urology Ranked 16 in Nation by U.S. News & World Report
In today’s release of the U.S. News and World Report rankings of the 2019 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) ranked #16 in the nation for urology services. The ranking reflects Yale Urology’s experience, safety, and advanced patient care for our pediatric patients.
New urologists now practicing at L+M
Yale Urology recently welcomed Joseph Renzulli, MD, and Joseph Brito, MD, to its new practice location at L+M Hospital. In addition to general adult urology care for both men and women, Dr. Renzulli and Dr. Brito provide care for patients with urologic cancers in coordination with the Smilow Cancer Hospital in Waterford and Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program.
Taking the Embarrassment Out of Health Problems
We humans seem to have a nearly universal need to avoid embarrassment. It could be something as simple as mispronouncing a word or tripping as you walk along a crowded sidewalk. No matter the blunder, our response is instinctive: Hide, hope no one noticed and move on. But what happens when what you are embarrassed about is related to your health? There are some aspects of your body and how it functions that you'd really rather not talk about—even with a doctor. But sharing potentially embarrassing symptoms with your physicians may be the only way for them to accurately diagnose and treat you. Chances are specialists have heard it—and seen it—all before and know how to help.
Yale Joins National Effort to Improve Women’s Bladder Health
Dr. Leslie Rickey treats women for a constellation of lower urinary tract symptoms, including incontinence. Ideally, she would like to have ways to better identify girls and women at risk and intervene earlier, but research has focused almost exclusively on developing better treatments rather than maintaining good bladder health. Dr. Rickey is committed to changing that.
The Brain-Bladder Connection
Erik and Salina Andersen were at wits’ end. Since the age of 3 ½, their son, Alek, suffered from torturous spasms. Sudden, intense pain in his bladder area would drop their son to his knees 20 to 30 times a day and trigger incontinence. “Alek called them ‘twisties,’” said Erik Andersen. “You could see the pain in his face.” Their search for answers for Alek’s ‘twisties’ led the Chicago couple to multiple specialists whose conflicting diagnoses offered no relief from the debilitating episodes. After 2 ½ years of endless frustration, the Andersens finally found the help they needed from Israel Franco, MD, Director of the Yale New Haven Children’s Bladder and Continence Program.
Surgery – and an Environment – that Breaks New Ground
Yale was the first medical center in New England to provide gender affirming surgery for male-to-female transgender patients and remains the only site in Connecticut to offer the procedure. The Director of the Gender Affirming Surgery Program, Dr. Stanton Honig, is most proud of the environment that his team has created.
Yale doctor seeks to limit surgeries for small kidney tumors
Not all kidney cancers are killers, and many small tumors can be left alone or watched over time because there is a low risk they will become dangerous, according to Dr. Brian Shuch at the Yale School of Medicine. While doctors can detect more tumors because of increasingly sensitive tools, such as MRIs, surgery to remove the cancer is not called for in many cases, said Shuch, an assistant professor of urology and radiology. “Many of these small tumors are very indolent or wimpy — low grade or low aggressiveness and low potential to spread or cause harm,” Shuch said. As many as 90 percent of tumors smaller than 4 centimeters fall into this category. Some actually turn out to be benign, he said.Source: New Haven Register
'Alternative Medicine' for Cancer Ups Death Risk
It's rare but it happens: a patient with a curable cancer rejects conventional medicine and initially chooses to receive only alternative treatments. Now researchers from the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut, find that this choice is associated with a 2.5-fold higher risk for death compared with conventional cancer treatment (CCT) The team had to comb through 10 years (2004-2013) of records in the National Cancer Database to find 280 early-stage cancer patients (with either breast, prostate, lung, or colorectal disease) whose treatment was coded as "other-unproven: cancer treatment administered by non-medical personnel." This alternative medicine-only group was then matched to 560 patients with the same types of cancer who received CCT, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery, and hormone therapy.Source: Medscape
Marathon running may cause short-term kidney injury
According to a new Yale-led study, the physical stress of running a marathon can cause short-term kidney injury. Although kidneys of the examined runners fully recovered within two days post-marathon, the study raises questions concerning potential long-term impacts of this strenuous activity at a time when marathons are increasing in popularity.
Yale Medicine pioneers gender-affirming surgery in Connecticut
The Gender-Affirming Surgery Program at Yale Medicine helps transgendered people change their sex surgically from male to female. This is the first and only program of its kind in Connecticut. At this time, the department does not perform female-to-male surgeries, which are more complicated and more costly.Source: Yale Medicine