The Section of Urology's world-class team includes highly skilled and experienced surgical faculty members and outstanding research faculty members.
We are now the leading institution in Illinois in minimally invasive management of urological cancer and benign urologic disease. We offer national expertise in urological cancer, laparoscopic urological surgery, prostate disease, female urology, reconstructive surgery and pediatric urology. 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.
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
- to provide the best available, cutting-edge approach while offering compassionate care to our patients with urological disease
- to generate new medical knowledge and discoveries in the laboratory and through clinical research
- 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.
The mission of the Section of Urology is to provide compassionate and innovative care to all patients; to ask relevant questions and answer them with scientific knowledge obtained through laboratory and clinical research; to educate students, residents and fellows in the art and science of urology and thereby training the future leaders in our field; to recognize that the Department of Urology is a group of individuals working together, responsibly and ethically, to achieve its goals.
Our areas of specialization include:
The Section of Urology at the University of Chicago has a strong legacy and rich tradition of basic science and translational research as well as clinical research in urologic oncology. Our objectives are to improve the understanding of urologic cancer biology through which improved treatments for cancer can be developed. Our focus is on the patients and how we, as scientists, can improve their lives. Our research efforts are directed towards improving the quality of life of patients with cancer through the development of improved therapies and treatment paradigms that incorporate novel anti-cancer agents and technologies as a compliment to conventional surgical therapy.
The goals of our ACGME-accredited Urology Residency program are to provide excellent comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of urology and to create an atmosphere for discovery. Thus, we endeavor to provide our residents with the best training in clinical urology while enabling them to advance the science of urology through investigation.
We now offer three Urologic fellowship programs:
In our Section of Urology within the Department of Surgery, we have developed a training program that draws from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that in order to effectively serve the broad patient population of Chicagoland and particularly the southside of Chicago, that understanding the inequalities in care and perceptions of health and illness of our patients has a real impact on their individual health care outcomes. Our section values and welcomes the opportunity to continue to grow the diversity of our faculty and trainees that will only help serve our patients.
Our core faculty attend annual implicit bias training workshops before interview season, adopt fair practices in recruitment and retention, and encourage our trainees to engage with our Department’s and Division’s programming and wellness support in the realms of diversity and inclusion. Our DEI Steering Committee hosts a number of events for faculty and trainees throughout the year to promote examination of implicit bias and conversation surrounding structural racism; these efforts include a monthly Cultural Competencies discussion, promotion of events for specific identity groups, and sponsored lectures that bring topics in health justice to our department.