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Since 1992, the Section of Urology at the University of Chicago has excelled under the leadership of Dr. Charles Brendler and recently, under Dr. Arieh Shalhav. Our current team includes eight highly skilled and experienced full-time surgical faculty members and four outstanding full-time research faculty members. We are now the leading institution in Illinois in minimally invasive management of urological cancer and benign urologic disease. We are also one of the best urology programs in the country, as ranked by the 2006 U.S. News and World Report. We offer national expertise in urological cancer, laparoscopic urological surgery, prostate disease, female urology, reconstructive surgery, stone disease and pediatric urology. Over the past decade, our surgical volume has quadrupled. Our team offers a unique concept in which each of us focuses on a narrow aspect of our field. This allows superior specialization in different urological diseases providing unparalleled personal experience and expertise for our patients.

We are also dedicated to discovery. The major focus and effort of our laboratories is to identify genes which regulate the spread of cancer cells, develop better and less invasive treatments for patients with urologic cancer, identify nutritional and environmental factors that may promote or prevent cancer as well as understand the interactions of the urinary bladder with the nervous system. We currently have 12 scientists in our new laboratory space, including 4 faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. We currently have $3 million in peer-reviewed grant funding.

Every year we have two residents graduate our urology residency program, one fellow graduate our minimally invasive fellowship program and one post doctoral basic science graduate. Most of our graduates choose to pursue academic and leadership careers.

The mission of the Section of Urology is

  1. to provide the best available, cutting-edge approach while offering compassionate care to our patients with urological disease
  2. to generate new medical knowledge and discoveries in the laboratory and through clinical research
  3. to educate the next generation of leaders in the art and science of urology

We seek to achieve these goals through a graceful, collegial team approach, fulfilling our legacy at the forefront of medicine.



AShalhavArieh L. Shalhav, MD
Fritz and Mary Lee Duda Family Professor 
Chief, Section of  Urologic Surgery