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Department of Surgery News and Stories


Urology    Leadership

CU Surgery Leader Randall Meacham, MD, Concludes Term as President of American Urological Association

As a longtime member of the American Urological Association (AUA), Randall Meacham, MD, chief of urology and executive vice chair of the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, appreciated the networking and research opportunities the organization provides to urologists, research scientists, residents, medical students, and advanced practice providers around the world.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 19, 2024
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Community    Pediatrics    Urology

How to Recognize and Protect Young Male Athletes From Genital Injuries

With summer sports such as baseball, soccer, and tennis in full swing, male athletes of all ages need to be aware of the potential for injuries to the scrotum and penis — and how to protect themselves. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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March Madness is Prime Time for Vasectomies

If doctor’s orders require you to sit on the couch for a few days, you might as well do it when you can watch the country’s top college basketball teams take the court to battle for the NCAA title.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2024
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Pediatrics    Urology

Does Some Chemotherapy Cause Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Children? 

As an associate professor of urology in the University of Colorado Department of SurgeryNicholas Cost, MD, was used to treating children with urologic cancers such as bladder cancer and kidney cancer. But when he began receiving referrals of children with other types of cancer who were having urinary tract issues, he became curious. Was there something about cancer treatment that was causing these young patients to develop lower urinary tract dysfunction? 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 11, 2024
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Research    Diversity    Urology    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Unraveling Disparities in Pediatric Urology

Learning through a prenatal ultrasound that your baby may or may not need surgery can be scary. Learning the surgeon may have directed the decision based on race and socioeconomic status? Not ideal.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery are taking a deep dive into the decision-making process associated with a condition called ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction after learning the decision to have surgery was largely based on surgeon perceptions.

Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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Research    Pilot Award    Urology

Alison Xie, PhD, Named SBUR Young Investigator for 2023 

The Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) has named Alison Xie, PhD, an assistant professor in the Division of Urology in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, one of its Young Investigators for 2023. The SBUR Young Investigator Awards are given to SBUR members who are under the age of 45, within five years of their first faculty position, and have made significant contributions to urologic research. Xie accepted her award at the organization’s annual meeting in October. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 20, 2023
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Vasectomy Reversals: What You Need to Know

Each year, approximately half a million American men undergo vasectomy, a minimally invasive and highly effective option for permanent birth control. However, studies show up to 5% of men will opt for a vasectomy reversal at some point in their lives. While the procedure itself isn’t an incredibly common one, a significant number of men are interested in a vasectomy reversal, making it a vital specialization in the surgical field.

Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date October 26, 2023
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Research    Urology

Research of Male and Female Stress Urinary Incontinence Devices Underway at CU Department of Surgery

Offering new options for men and women with incontinence issues, the Functional & Reconstructive Urology (FRU) Section in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery is studying two new devices that offer alternatives to polypropylene mesh, pump-operated systems, and other surgical therapies for incontinence that have been in use for the past 30 years. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 11, 2023
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Research    Urology

Studying the Role of Glial Cells in Regulating Blood Pressure 

For all the differences between males and females, here’s one Alison Xie, PhD, wasn’t expecting.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 29, 2023
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Urology    Leadership    Pediatric surgery

Dan Wood, PhD, Named Associate Vice Chair of Transitional Care for the CU Department of Surgery

Dan Wood, PhD, MBBS, FRCS, is an adolescent and reconstructive urologist bringing his expertise, compassion, and leadership experience to his new role as associate vice chair of transitional care for the University of Colorado Department of Surgery. His work with older adolescent patients transitioning into adult care is an important and steadily developing space in the surgical field. 

Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date August 22, 2023
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Research    Pediatrics    Urology

What is Hypospadias? 

Though it affects around one in every 150 male births, chances are good you have never heard of hypospadias — a condition in which the penis, rather than having a hole at the tip through which urine passes, has a hole on the underside. It’s a condition that can cause issues with urination, as well as sexual function, if it isn’t corrected early. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 08, 2023
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Research    Community    Urology

Growing Urology Education and Awareness on Twitter

Despite its occasional reputation as a place to pick fights with strangers, Twitter can often be a valuable tool – for awareness, for education, for connecting with peers around the world.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 25, 2023
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Community    Urology    Awards

Kerri Thurmon, MD, Selected as American Urological Association’s Young Urologist of the Year 

The American Urological Association (AUA) recently named Kerri Thurmon, MD, associate professor of urology in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, as one of the recipients of its 2023 Young Urologist of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to recognize early-career association members for their efforts and commitment to advancing the development of fellow young urologists. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 17, 2023
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Fellowship    Urology

CU Surgery Department on the Forefront When it Comes to Women in Urology

If surgery is often seen as a male-dominated medical specialty, the stereotype goes double for the field of urology, with its focus on male concerns including erectile dysfunction, prostate issues, and vasectomies. A 2020 study from the American Urological Association, for example, found that women accounted for just 10.3% of all practicing urologists in the U.S.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 13, 2023
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Community    Pediatrics    Urology

Consistent Bathroom Habits Can Help Minimize UTI Risk in Children

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are among the most commonly diagnosed bacterial infections in children. While the incidence of UTI is highest in a child’s first year, they can be a concern throughout childhood.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 21, 2022
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Research    Pediatrics    Urology

Pediatric Patients Undergoing Surgical Stent Removal Report Minimal Amounts of Postsurgical Pain

Pediatric patients did not experience a significant difference in pain levels following ureteral stent removal between those who took a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine before the procedure and those who didn’t, new research reports.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 15, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Pediatrics    Urology

Transitioning Pediatric Urology Patients to Adult Care 

For children with urologic disorders, the relationships they form early on with their urologists often turn out to be among the most important connections of their young lives.  

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 02, 2022
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Patient Care    Press Coverage    Pediatric Cancer    Urology

'I'm Just so Proud of Him': Crested Butte Family Shares 2-year-old's Journey with Kidney Cancer

In 2021, a Crested Butte family received a life-changing diagnosis. During the holiday season, their story is an apparent reminder that sometimes the best gifts are never found under a tree.

Author Denver 7 | Publish Date December 23, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer    Bladder Cancer    Urology

Two Urology Experts Explain the Basics of Men’s Health and Why It’s So Important to Talk About It

Happy Movember! No, that’s not a spelling error. Movember has been celebrated each November since 2003 to bring awareness (and funding) to men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date November 18, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer    Urology

Improving Patient Outcomes in Prostate Cancer

Although prostate cancer is treatable when found early, there are common fears that men share concerning prostate cancer.

“I hear from patients all the time stating they do not want to get tested and they do not want to know if they have prostate cancer. Due to the possible side effects associated with treatment,” says Paul Maroni, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, Urology Division, program director of the Urologic Cancer Care Center and University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center member.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 01, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer    Cancer    Urology

Former Broncos Punter Wants Men to Share Their Experience With Prostate Cancer

Growing up, Douglas “Bucky” Dilts was all too familiar with the dangers of cancer. “My mother ran a cancer tumor registry at St Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. She was always telling us about different types of cancer, so cancer was always at the forefront.”  

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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Department of Surgery In the News

Denver 7

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s New Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Surgery Clinic Is Breaking down Barriers

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateApril 13, 2024

Jose Diaz-Miron, MD, assistant professor of pediatric surgery has made it his mission to make healthcare more approachable for families in Colorado by launching a Spanish-speaking pediatric surgery clinic. It's the first of its kind in Colorado.

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American College of Surgeons

New Technologies, Approaches Help Surgeons Maximize the Use of Transplant Organs

news outletAmerican College of Surgeons
Publish DateApril 10, 2024

“Being more aggressive with donor offers and looking at marginal donors can help get people organs more quickly and reduce death on the waitlist,” said Jordan Hoffman, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery and surgical director of heart and lung transplantation at the University of Colorado.

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Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Recommended for Men Over Age 65, Especially for Men Who Have Smoked

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateFebruary 28, 2024
A one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm for men over 65 has been shown to reduce the risk of rupture by about half.
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Colorado School of Mines Student Returns To Wrestling Team After Car Accident Forced Devastating Leg Amputation

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateFebruary 22, 2024

“Wrestling is a difficult sport. It’s both a team and a one-on-one sport that requires endurance, strength, and mental toughness,” said Matthew Lorio, MD, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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