Urology Division News

Outstanding Educator of the Year

Bradley Schwartz, DO, FACS, professor of surgery, was selected as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the SIU Academy for Scholarship in Education.
Also announced was the first ever Outstanding Student Medical Educator: Bryan Kidd, MD.




SIU Urology Shines at AUA

May 15 – 19, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, the vast majority of our Urology Division descended upon the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) along with 40,000 urologists, residents, mid-level providers, and industry representatives from the rest of the country and around the world.  Our contingent was involved in nearly 40 presentations during the five day event.  The Faculty representatives were Drs. Ahmed El-Zawahry, Tobias Köhler, Kevin McVary, and Bradley Schwartz who were moderators, speakers, reviewers, expert panelists, and faculty mentors.  Drs. McVary and Köhler presented in the main plenary sessions on BPH medications and steroid abuse respectively. Along with presenting our research findings, Dr. Köhler (Director) and Dr. Schwartz (Faculty) presented a half day educational seminar “Surgeons as Educators: A Primer for Academic Development and Teaching Excellence.” This year’s and last year's Andrology fellows Drs. Michael Butcher and Charles Welliver had both podium and poster presentations. 

The Urology residents that presented podium and/or poster presentations were: Brad Stevenson, MD (PGY5); Luke Frederick, MD (PGY4), Tom Tieu, MD (PGY3); Randy Sulaver, MD (PGY3); Michael Kottwitz, MD (PGY2); and Daniel Sadowski, MD, MPH (PGY1).  For the first time ever, three medical students (Bradley Holland-M3, Aaron Moore-M3, and Max Nutt-M2) attended with poster presentations under the tutelage of Drs. Shaheen Alanee and Tobias Köhler and the supervision of Drs. El-Zawahry and Schwartz.  Max Nutt’s poster was chosen as one of the AUA highlights for the Oncology sessions.  Dr. Köhler was a finalist in the young investigator’s research competition which highlights the top urologic research within the first 10 years of clinical practice. He was also named a top Reviewer in men’s health for the Journal of Urology, an honor given to the professional who meaningfully reviews the most peer-reviewed journals in each academic year.

The research presented at this year’s Annual Meeting was spearheaded by Dr. Danuta Dynda, Research Assistant Professor, and was a truly collaborative effort within members of the Division of Urology, the Department of Surgery, the Center for Clinical Research and it’s research development, clinical trials, and statistics cores, and outside institutions like Northwestern University and John’s Hopkins to name a few.


NxThera Announces Late Breaking Abstract Presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association

Rezūm II Clinical Trial Studying the Safety and Effectiveness of Treating BPH with RF Water Vapor Energy to be presented by Kevin T. McVary, MD, Southern Illinois University

NxThera, Inc. announced today that data from the Company’s pivotal IDE trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Rezūm System to treat BPH will be presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in New Orleans. Dr. Kevin T. McVary, co-principal investigator, will present the early outcomes data at the late breaking abstracts Plenary II Session on Sunday, May 17th at 10:45 AM in Hall B1. more...


SIU Urology Receives Grant to Develop Erectile Dysfunction Device

Feb. 9, 2015 — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Division of Urology has received a $65,868 grant from American Medical Systems, Inc. to support the development of a novel physiologic prosthesis for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Kevin McVary, MD, professor and chair of the Division of Urology, and Alberto Colombo, Ph.D., research associate in the Division of Urology at SIU, are leading the development of the device.

This new device will attempt to overcome the drawbacks of existing devices, which rely on difficult to manage parts such as pumps and reservoirs, ultimately extending the longevity and reliability of these mechanisms. 

“Men with erectile dysfunction who ultimately need a penile prosthesis need more convenient options,” said McVary. “With the efforts of Dr. Colombo and my patient and research experiences in this field, we hope to create a device that can make such an option.”  McVary has practiced andrology — the study of male reproductive and sexual health— for 30 years. 

Penile prostheses are devices that are implanted completely within the body. They produce an erection-like state that enables the man who has one of these implants to have normal sexual intercourse. Neither the operation to implant prosthesis nor the device itself interferes with other normal bodily functions.

McVary joined the faculty as chair of the Division of Urology in 2013. Colombo joined the division in 2014. They previously worked together at Northwestern University in a pilot program that led to the creation of The Center for Device Development, a program dedicated to bringing together physicians and engineers to create and commercialize medical devices.   


SIU School of Medicine, Institute for Plastic Surgery supports Kidzeum of Health and Science with a $75,000 gift

(Springfield, IL) –Thanks to a $75,000 donation from the doctors of SIU School of Medicine Institute of Plastic Surgery, an interactive hand exhibit will be one of the 100 engagements that exist within the Healthy Body Gallery.
“SIU Plastic’s Quote”

The Interactive Hand Exhibit will be located within the 40-foot tall, 3-story child that makes up the Healthy Body Gallery.  The main message of the Interactive Hand Exhibit is to demonstrate how strong muscles and tendons work together with your bones to help your hand move.  Kidzeum visitors will use a series of levers and controls to move an oversized had and grasp a ball. Click on image for larger view

“Kidzeum is extremely grateful to SIU School of Medicine and the doctors of its Institute for Plastic Surgery for supporting the Interactive Hand. Our hands do so much for us. They are capable of a wide variety of functions: touching, grasping, feeling, holding, manipulating, caressing, and more. They are a vitally important part of who we are and how we see ourselves,” said Kidzeum Board President, Rachael Thomson.

Created in 1973, The Institute for Plastic Surgery is an academic surgical practice offering specialized medical and surgical care to adults and children in central and southern Illinois.  It is committed to achieving the highest standard of excellence in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  The Institute is known nationally and internationally for its work in many areas including microsurgery, hand surgery and therapy, reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, and specialized care in the treatment of burns and problem wounds.

The Kidzeum of Health & Science will be located in the nationally registered, historic buildings at 412, 414 and 416 East Adams Street. The Kidzeum of Health and Science will be designed with a focus on fun and learning and upon completion of its Vital for Our Youth Campaign; Kidzeum will be a three story, 25,000 square foot children’s museum dedicated to teaching children of all abilities about health and science through discovery and play. The Kidzeum has raised $5.4 million of its $6.8 million dollar goal.  Slated to open in late fall 2015.


SIU - Leaders in Sexual Medicine

Tobias Kohler, MD Kevin McVary, MD

Tobias Kohler,MD

Kevin McVary,MD

From November 20-23 in Miama Florida, the premiere international symposium regarding Sexual Medicine occurred as part of the SMSNA - Sexual Medicine Society of North America. This year Dr. Tobias Köhler was the scientific program chair putting together a noteworthy scientific program. Dr Köhler and Dr Kevin McVary both gave podium presentations on topics including education, testosterone use, penile implants and treatment for Urinary problems. In addition, Dr. Michael Butcher, the current SIU andrology fellow, gave several presentations and was awarded best abstract for his project entitled "Delayed ejaculation remains a recalcitrant condition". Three SIU residents - Drs. Randy Sulaver, Mike Kottwitz, and Brad Stevenson were involved with moderated poster presentations. Dr Köhler was also senior author on award winning podium abstract on penile implants. Finally, SIU medical student Brittney Hannerhoff won the best essay contest in 2 of the 3 available categories. For the best case reports category Brittney won with her essay on Fungal infections of penile implants. For best male health essay, she also won for her essay on Long acting bupivacaine decreases peri-ioperative narcotic requirements in men undergoing penile prosthesis implantation. In all, 10 presentations were given by SIU faculty, residents and medical students at this year's SMSNA meeting.


21st Century Cures Roundtable with Kevin McVary, MD, Congressmen John Shimkus, and Rodney Davis

Congressmen John Shimkus (R-Illinois-15) and Rodney Davis (R-Illinois-13) heard from medical experts and patient advocates today during a roundtable discussion of how to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments. The event, part of the Energy and Commerce Committee Cures initiative, was hosted by the SIU School of Medicine.











MRI Now Used to Detect Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancers among men and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's one of the deadliest.

"Prostate cancer is probably 60 to 70% of patients I see," said Dr. Shaheen Alanee, Director of SIU Urologic Oncology.

Dr. Alanee says developing prostate cancer depends primarily on your race, age, and your family history.

"If you have a male who has a father or a brother that was diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age, then his chance of having prostate cancer is two to four times higher than everyone else in the population," said Dr. Alanee.

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Dr. Ahmed El-Zawahry, Assistant Professor in the Division of Urology, recently received the Best Reviewer Award from among 3,000 fellow reviewers by the editors of The Journal of Urology.  The selection was based on the volume, timeliness and quality of his reviews. 
Congratulations, Dr. El-Zawahry.