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Research Overview

The SIU Division of Urology has the capability, experience, and dedication to research new techniques and technology to aid in the advancement of patient diagnosis,  management, and education across many pathologies in Urology.  Our goal is to become a well-rounded department involved in the full spectrum of research.  We have the ability to participate in the latest industry-sponsored clinical drug and device trials for prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and BPH to name a few.  All faculty physicians have initiated their own projects with successful funding from NIH, industry, and local grant opportunities.  We also acknowledge the importance of collaboration by forging partnerships with other universities and visiting professors throughout the country. Aside from the clinical research, the division also has two laboratories to conduct basic science experiments.  Not only does our vast involvement in research benefit our patients with state of the art care, but it also allows our medical students and residents to be involved in the forefront of this innovation.


Some of the Urology Current Studies

  • Myrbetriq™ (Mirabegron) to Improve Ureteral Stent Related Pain and Discomfort - Ahmed El-Zawahry, MD
  • Intracorporeal Versus Extracorporeal Urinary Diversion with Robotic-Assisted Radical Cystectomy – Ahmed El-Zawahry, MD
  • Myrbetriq™ (Mirabegron) to Improve Disordered Sleep in Subjects with Lower Urinary Tract symptoms (LUTS) -  Kevin McVary, MD
  • Bladder Biopsy as a Predictor of Botulinum Toxin Effectiveness in Overactive Bladder - Kevin McVary, MD
  • 3-Way Approach for Erectile Dysfunction Prevention - Kevin McVary, MD
  • Effects of Bariatric Surgery on LUTS/BPH: A Pilot Study - Kevin McVary, MD
  • Minimally Invasive Prostatic Vapor Ablation - Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Study for the Treatment of BPH (Rezūm II)  - Kevin McVary, MD
  • A Single-Country, Multicenter, Single-Arm Study of the Effects of Atrasentan on Spermatogenesis and Testicular Function - Tobias Köhler, MD, MPH
  • Prospective Registry of Outcomes with Penile Prosthesis for Erectile Restoration (PROPPER) - Tobias Köhler, MD, MPH
  • CUPPID Study: Cardiac & Urologic Pathology/Prevalence Interplay Determination Study – Tobias Köhler, MD, MPH
  • EEG Activity  and Attention During Robotic Surgery - Bradley Schwartz, DO
  • Oncologic and Clinical Outcomes for Renal Mass Ablation with Cryotherapy  - Bradley Schwartz, DO
  • Gastric Secretions Causing Ureteral Dilation: A Rodent Model – Bradley Schwartz, DO
  • Evaluation of the AAP Guidelines for the Evaluation of Children Presenting with Urinary Tract Infections - Ranjiv Mathews, MD