Clinical Associate Professor of Urology
Anatomic Pathology; Anatomy; Andrology; Cancer Screening; Cancer Treatment and Prevention; Clinical Research; Community Health Research; Education; Health Disparities Research; Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors; Medical Education Research; Military & Veterans Health/Healthcare; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Oncology; Racial Disparities Health Research; Robotic Surgery; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexual Medicine; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Surgery – Minimally Invasive and Robotic; Urinary Tract Infection; Urology
In my role as the Chief of Urology at the Veteran's Administration Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, NY, and as the Director of the UB residency site, I oversee a bustling clinical practice. Our team consists of two full-time and two part-time urologists, handling a diverse caseload in general urology and urologic oncology. Our cases range from routine procedures to intricate cancer treatments. Having completed my fellowship in Surgical Oncology in Urology at the Roswell Park Cancer Center, my primary focus lies in urologic oncology and robotic surgeries, which make up around 40% of our practice.
Our residents benefit from a substantial degree of independence in both clinical settings and the operating room. They work under the close guidance of senior residents and experienced urology staff. Medical students also gain hands-on experience from the outset and actively participate in all teaching activities.
Apart from contributing to formal weekly conferences and presentations, I place great value on small-group teaching. I utilize resources like the NCCN and AUA guidelines, AUA update series, and the SASP MCQ exercises during rotations at the Buffalo VA Hospital for educational purposes. A significant project of mine involves organizing SASP questions by subject to facilitate resident preparation. We cover these topics interactively in small groups during the first half of the academic year, a practice that significantly improved in-service exam scores in 2019 compared to previous years. This initiative was briefly paused during the pandemic but resumed in 2022. We always remain receptive to new ideas and suggestions from our residents.
My research interests primarily revolve around oncology, with a focus on prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers, as well as general urology, complications, and healthcare disparities. We actively involve interested medical students and residents in our research projects, resulting in multiple abstracts presented at national meetings and occasional publications each year.