Urology Division News
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
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.
2014 Urology Faculty Resident Teaching Awards:
- Samuel Grampsas
- Tobias Köhler
- Kevin McVary
- Bradley Schwartz
2014 Urology Faculty Medical Student Teaching Awards:
- Tobias Köhler
2014 Urology Resident Medical Student Teaching Awards:
- Nathaly François
- Luke Frederick
- Thomas Frye
- Michael Kottwitz
- Bradford Stevenson
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.
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.
- SIU Med School, St. John’s Hospital Use MRI for Accurate, Painless Prostate Cancer Detection.
Men undergoing an evaluation for possible prostate cancer now have access to an advanced technique to manage the disease: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the prostate. The MRI program is a new partnership of a urological oncologist from Simmons Cancer Institute, School of Medicine and radiologists from St. John’s Hospital.
MRI of the prostate is developing as a powerful tool to better detect cancer within the prostate. It also allows for safe, conservative management of prostate cancer in cases of low volume, low risk cancer tumors. Undergoing a painless MRI creates a more accurate diagnosis while being less invasive than the traditional ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate.
“There is increasing evidence that using the MRI before a biopsy can accurately identify patients who require immediate biopsies and those who could be deferred,” said Dr. Shaheen Alanee, head of Urologic Oncology and assistant professor of surgery at SIU. Alanee recently trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “The partnership with St. John’s radiology brings more accurate monitoring to the Springfield area. Our findings are already detecting cancer in areas a biopsy did not.”
Alanee and St. John’s radiologist Dr. Vincent Zata have taken special training in France to read these prostate MRIs. They have been amazed at how much more accurate the findings are than the traditional biopsy. Based on MRI findings, prostate biopsies may still be needed. St. John’s may purchase equipment to computerize the biopsy process.
“The potential of MRI in prostate cancer detection and management seems unlimited,” Zata said. “As the technology develops, more uses for MRI are being identified. It’s not too far in the future that we may be able to substitute prostate biopsy with a combination of blood tests and MRI imaging, thus saving our patients the discomfort of an invasive procedure.”
- World Experts and Androgen Study Group Petition JAMA to Retract Misleading Article on Testosterone Therapy
BOSTON, March, 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Three professional medical societies and a highly distinguished international group of over 130 scientists and concerned physicians have petitioned the Journal of the American Medical Association to retract the article that precipitated recent concerns regarding cardiovascular risks with testosterone therapy. more...
- Prostate Cancer, Active Surveillance, and you!
Dr. Kevin McVary, Professor and Chair, Division of Urology - read pdf here
- What Your Erection Says About Your Health
Article by Tobias Köhler, MD concerning Erectile Dysfunction - click here
- The Urology- Cardiology Connection
Tobias Köhler, MD - click here
- AUA Meeting - Low Testosterone: Proper Diagnosis A presentation by Dr.Köhler
- Plan to offer OTC CIallis by Lilley and Sanofi. Article with Dr.McVary in Wall Street Journal