Scholarly Activities, Awards and Recognition

As a resident in our program, you’ll be among accomplished, hardworking physicians. We take great pride in our residents’ many awards, accolades, research pursuits, presentations and publications.

Our trainees publish and present original research on topics encompassing the development, diagnosis, comorbidities and treatment of urologic disorders. They receive accolades for their commitment to medicine. They serve as role models, mentors and leaders. They are honored for being exemplars of compassionate patient care.

See our residents’ scholarly activities, honors and awards by year:

2020-2021

Awards and recognition

  • Shervin Badkhshan, MD: Reappointed as a resident member to the University at Buffalo Program Quality Review Subcommittee. July 1, 2020.
  • Shervin Badkhshan, MD: Reappointed as a resident member to the University at Buffalo Residents Committee (UBRC). July 2020.
  • Nicole Alavi-Dunn, MD: Appointed as a resident member to the University at Buffalo Residents Committee (UBRC). July 2020.
  • Adam Russon, DO: Selected for induction in the Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Resident Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. May 2021.

Journal articles

Abstracts

  • Ellen Lutnick; Kyle Waisanen, MD; Nader Nader, MD; Zafardjan Dalimov; Ali Houjaij, MD; Oussama Darwish, MD; Ichabod Jung, MD. Neuraxial vs General Anesthesia: 30-day Mortality Outcomes Following
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate. 16th Annual University at Buffalo UBMD Surgery Research Day. Buffalo, NY. May 13, 2021.
  • Ellen Lutnick; Kyle Waisanen, MD; Nader Nader, MD; Zafardjan Dalimov; Ali Houjaij, MD; Oussama Darwish, MD; Ichabod Jung, MD. Meta-Analysis of Perioperative Outcomes Comparing General and Neuraxial Anesthesia. 16th Annual University at Buffalo UBMD Surgery Research Day. Buffalo, NY. May 13, 2021.

Conferences and courses attended

  • Tyler Maiers, MD: Attended the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA) Rising Chief Resident Virtual Summit. August 28-29, 2020.
  • Kyle Waisanen, MD: Attended the 16th Annual University at Buffalo UBMD Surgery Research Day. Buffalo, NY. May 13, 2021.
  • Shervin Badkhshan, MD: Attended the American Urological Association Virtual Annual Review Course. June 4-6, 2021.
  • Eugene Ermolovich, MD: Attended the American Urological Association Virtual Annual Review Course. June 4-6, 2021.
  • Tyler Maiers, MD: Attended the American Urological Association Virtual Annual Review Course. June 4-6, 2021.

2019-2020

Awards and recognition

  • Shervin Badkhshan: Reappointed as a resident member to the University at Buffalo Program Quality Review Subcommittee. July 1, 2019.
  • Nicole Alavi-Dunn: Received Resident Travel Award through the Society of Women in Urology to attend 9th Annual Clinical Mentoring Conference. New Orleans, La. January 17-19, 2020.
  • Tyler Maiers; Kyle Waisanen: Named as members of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. February 2020.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Awarded Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Rodney Appell Traveling Preceptorship. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. May 2020.
  • Michael Ernst: Named the next chair of the American Urological Association (AUA) Residents and Fellows Committee. May 2020.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Nominated for Resident Siegel Award through the University at Buffalo. May 2020.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Nominated for induction into the Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. May 2020.
  • Harold Hamann: Nominated for induction into the Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. May 2020.

Journal articles

Abstracts

  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Nicole Belko; Teresa Danforth. Demographics Among Members of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU). The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Harold C. Hamann; David J. Abramowitz, Nicole Belko; Kent Chevli. Multidisciplinary Approach to Increasing Primary Care Clinic PSA Screening Rates in At Risk and Underserved Populations. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Nicole Alavi-Dunn; Jared Cohen; Ali Houjaij; Oussama Darwish. The Value of the Urology Rotation in Medical Student Education. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Daniel Wang; Oussama Darwish; Ali Houjaij,; Nader Nader. Which Complications Can Predict 30 day Mortality Post TURP? Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Daniel Wang; Oussama Darwish; Nader Nader. Does Anesthesia Type Affect Post TURP Mortality? The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers; David Abramowitz; John Bodkin III. Management of Genitourinary Foreign Bodies in a Predominantly Incarcerated Population. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Michael Ernst; Shervin Badkhshan; Nicole Belko; Kent Chevli. Men’s Health in Telemedicine and Men’s Health: The Current Situation. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Michael Ernst; Tyler J. Maiers; Michael E. Shapiro; Kent Chevli. Telemedicine and Men’s Health: The Patient Experience. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Eric M. Chevli;  Michael Shapiro; Katherine Cwiklinski; Bill Geary; Supriya Mahajan; Kent Chevli; Stanley A. Schwartz; Ravikumar Aalinkeel. In Vitro Use of Combined Targeting of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen and Galectin-3 for Therapeutic Advantage in Management of Prostate Cancer. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • David J. Abramowitz; Tyler J. Maiers; Ajay Myneni; John Bodkin III. Genitourinary Foreign Bodies in Incarcerated Patients: Patient Cry for Help or a System in Crisis? The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Kyle Waisanen; Adam Russon; Kevin Pranikoff. Helicopters, Catheters and the Innovators Who Used Them. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Michael V. Mungillo; Michael Hanzly Jr; Shervin Badkhshan; Terrence Creighton; Christine Murkeyisoni; Khurshid A. Guru; James L. Mohler; Eric C. Kauffman. Drainless Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Ahmed A. Hussein; Zhe Jing; Arun Menon; Tashionna White; Gaybriella James; Paul May; Qiang Li; Michael Petroziello; Charles Roche; Bo Xu; Eric Kauffman. Spontaneous Regression of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumors on Active Surveillance. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Jay Amin; Chirag Doshi; Michael Mungillo; Brian Quaranto; Nicholas Georgalas; Terry Creighton; Thomas Schwaab; Craig Hendler; Michael Petroziello; Charles Roche; Eric Kauffman. A Novel Approach for Identifying Aggressive Cystic Renal Cell Carcinoma Using Estimated Solid Volume Score and Enhancement. The Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Michael Ernst; Tyler Maiers; Michael Shapiro; Kent Chevli. Erectile Dysfunction in Telemedicine: The Standardized Patient Experience. Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). Oct. 25-26, 2019.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Teresa Danforth. Do Rates Of Macroplastique Reinjection Among Patients With or Without Midurethral Slings Differ? Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. Scottsdale, Ariz. February 25–29, 2020.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Jordan Levine; Teresa Danforth. Exposure To Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Among American Urology Residents. Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. Scottsdale, Ariz. Feb. 25–29, 2020.
  • David Abramowitz; Alexandra Rogers. Getting Patients With OAB Adequately Treated – Attrition Rates and Third Line Therapies In A Contemporary Practice. Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. Scottsdale, Ariz. Feb. 25–29, 2020.

Conferences and courses attended

  • Shervin Badkhshan: Attended the 9th Annual Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction “SUFU” Course in Female Urology and Voiding Dysfunction Resident Preceptorship Program. Rosemont, Ill. Aug. 2-4, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers: Attended the Urological Institute of Northeastern New York 18th Annual Current Concepts in Men’s Health Conference. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. August 9-11, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Presented an AUA Advocacy Summit Report at the Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Syracuse, N.Y. Sept. 19-21, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Attended the National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Adult and Pediatric Reconstructive and Prosthetic Urologic Surgery. Cleveland, Ohio. Oct. 3-4, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Attended the 18th SUPS/SMSNA Prosthetic Surgery Cadaver Lab at Vanderbilt University. Nashville Tenn. Oct. 25, 2019.
  • David Abramowitz: Attended the Men’s Health Surgical Skills Conference. New Orleans, La. Nov. 8, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers: Attended the University of California, Irvine Robotics Lab. Irvine, Calif. Nov. 8, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan: Attended the University of California, Irvine Robotics Lab. Irvine, Calif. Nov. 8, 2019.
  • Michael Ernst: Attended the Society of Academic Urologists meeting. Las Vegas, Nev. Jan. 24-25, 2020.

2018-2019

Scholarly activities

  • Michael Ernst; Amanda Sherman; Adam Klein; Teresa Danforth; Weiden Alan Guo. Lower Urinary Tract Injury: Is Urology Consultation Necessary? Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Michael Vacchio; Amanda Sherman; Kevin Carocci; Ahmed Hussein; Eric Kauffman. Spontaneously Shrinking Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma — An Immunologic Phenomenon? Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Sean McGinley; Saul Greenfield. Renal Undifferentiated Round Cell Sarcoma: CCSK in Disguise? Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Sean McGinley Benjamin Luong; Teresa Danforth; Kevin Pranikoff. Internal Validation and Correlation of Two Different PSA Assays for Prostate Cancer Screening in Community-Based Men. Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Harold Hamann; Tyler Maiers; Adam Klein; Michael Ernst; Alexander Lubin; David Abramowitz; Eugene Ermolovich; Shervin Badkhshan; Kent Chevli; John Pinski. Postoperative Analgesic Requirements in Endoscopic Ambulatory Surgery Patients Following Belladonna and Opium Suppository Administration. Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Eric Kaufmann; Jared Cohen. Iron Supplementation and Anemia Have Independent Prognostic Value In Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma Patients Undergoing Nephrectomy. Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.  
  • David Abramowitz; Willie Underwood. Understanding Implicit Bias and its Potential Impacts in Urology. Northeast Section American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. Oct. 11-13, 2018.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Ahmed Aly; Arun Menon; Tashionna White; Gaybriella James; Paul May; Qiang Li; Tom Schwaab; Eric Kauffman. Spontaneous Regression of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumors on Active Surveillance. Society of Urologic Oncology Annual Meeting. Phoenix, Ariz. Nov. 28-30, 2018.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Teresa Danforth. Current Trends in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction Surgery Fellowships. Are Females Becoming More Prominent While Urologists Are Becoming Less? Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Annual Meeting. Miami, Fla. Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019.
  • David Abramowitz; Nahomy Calixte; Hadley Narins; Teresa Danforth. Patient Preference in Their Urologists’ Gender: Is there a Bias? Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Annual Meeting. Miami, Fla. Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019.
  • David Abramowitz; Tyler Maiers; John Bodkin III. University at Buffalo Institutional Review Board approval for initial study — Incidence and Management of Foreign Bodies in the Genitourinary Tract. March 15, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Ahmed Hussein; Arun Menon; David Abramowitz; Amandip Cheema; Michael Petroziello; Charles Roche; Bo Xu; Eric Kauffman. Spontaneous Regression of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumors on Active Surveillance. 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Nicole Belko; Teresa Danforth. Fellowship Training Among Members of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Harold Hamann; David Abramowitz; Kent Chevli. PSA Screening Trends in County Hospital Primary Care Clinics. 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Eric Chevli; David Abramowitz; Liise Kayler. Incidence and Management of Urologic Complications in Renal Transplants. 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers; David Abramowitz; John Bodkin III. Genitourinary Foreign Bodies: An Underestimated and Serious Problem in the Prison Population. 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Ahmed Hussein; David Abramowitz; Arun Menon; Michael Vacchio; Daniel Wang; Amanda Sherman; Kevin Carocci; Michael Petroziello; Charles Roche; Bo Xu; Eric Kauffman. Spontaneous Regression of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumors on Active Surveillance. American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Ill. May 3 – May 6, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers; David Abramowitz; John Bodkin III. Genitourinary Foreign Bodies: An Underestimated and Serious Problem in the Prison Population. UB Department of Surgery 15th Annual Research Day. May 23, 2019.
  • Eric Chevli; David Abramowitz; Liise Kayler. Incidence and Management of Urologic Complications in Renal Transplants. UB Department of Surgery 15th Annual Research Day. May 23, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers; Daniel Wang; Ali Houjaij; Oussama Darwish. Renal Oncocytoma and Retroperitonal Ancient Schwannoma: A Benign Mimic of Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. Case Reports in Urology. Feb. 20, 2019.

Awards and recognition

  • David Abramowitz. Medical Resident Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement. July 2018.    
  • Shervin Badkhshan; Michael Ernst; Jared Cohen. Elected Members, University at Buffalo Residents Committee. 2018-2019.
  • Michael Ernst. Member, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Well-Being Subcommittee. 2018-2019.         
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo. Awarded 2018 Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Resident Preceptorship sponsored by the SUFU Foundation. Philadelphia, Pa. Aug. 3-5, 2018.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo; Sean McGinley. Attended Hands-on Advanced Robotic Urology Course, Rochester, N.Y. Oct. 26-27, 2018.
  • Michael Ernst. American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Regional Resident Competition. Cooperstown, N.Y. Nov. 9, 2018.
  • Michael Ernst. Elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Advisory Committee, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Epsilon Chapter of AOA. March 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan. Awarded grant from the American Urological Northeastern Section to attend the 2019 Advocacy Summit. Washington, D.C. March 4-6, 2019.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo. Awarded Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction Rodney Appell Traveling Preceptorship. Beaumont Medical Center Royal Oaks, Mich. March 25-29, 2019.
  • Sean McGinley. Received a Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award for Excellence in Teaching, as voted on by UB medical students. April 15, 2019.
  • Kyle Waisanen. Received a Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award for Excellence in Teaching, as voted on by UB medical students. April 15, 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers. Awarded grant from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to attend the 2019 Global Health and Innovation Conference. Yale University, New Haven, Conn. April 13-14, 2019.
  • Shervin Badkhshan. Second Place Award for Spontaneous Regression of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumors on Active Surveillance. The 24th Annual Upstate New York Urological Association Urology Resident Research Day. Syracuse, N.Y. April 6, 2019.
  • Michael Ernst. Resident Representative, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Accreditation Site Visit. April 2019.
  • Tyler Maiers. Selected as a member of the Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. May 2019.
  • David Abramowitz; Shervin Badkhshan; Michael Ernst; Jacquelyn Gonka-Griffo. Attended the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Ill. May 3-6, 2019.