Hackensack University Medical Center Participates in New York Section of the American Urological Association 114th Annual Meeting in Prague

November 21, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, participated in the New York Section of the American Urological Association’s (AUA) 114th Annual Meeting, an international academic conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic. HackensackUMC President and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Urology Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., along with physicians from the Department of Urology, shared their latest groundbreaking academic research and clinical expertise in urologic medicine at the conference. The annual meeting brings together urologists and urologic health care professionals worldwide to discuss groundbreaking research, new guidelines and the latest advances in urologic medicine.

“I was honored and privileged to participate in the New York Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, along with my esteemed colleagues at HackensackUMC, Hackensack Meridian Health and Seton Hall,” said Dr. Sawczuk. “Our strong presence at this world-renowned academic conference further illustrates the scope and scale of HackensackUMC’s award-winning expertise and leadership in academic and clinical research in the field of urology both nationally and internationally.”

Dr. Sawczuk, who previously served as the president of the New York Section of the American Urological Association, moderated the kidney cancer session focusing on the latest in surgical and medical treatment. In addition, Drs. Michael D. Stifelman, Ravi Munver and Kevin R. Basralian presented on the following topics during the conference:

  • Michael D. Stifelman, M.D., chairman, Department of Urology and chief of Urologic Oncology, spoke about the latest techniques of robotic nephron sparing surgery and their impact on treating kidney cancer.
  • Ravi Munver, M.D., vice-chairman, Department of Urology, spoke on his pioneering work identifying the most efficient holmium and YAG laser settings to treat kidney stones most effectively with the least risk of complications.
  • Kevin R. Basralian, M.D., urologist, presented his forward thinking clinical research in the application of using healthy cells and transplanting them to areas of disease to manage many urologic diseases that affect both men and women.

“Urologists across the globe consult and visit with HackensackUMC physicians for their expertise and pioneering work,” said Dr. Stifelman, chairman, Department of Urology at HackensackUMC. “The New York Section AUA conference is just one example of international academic conferences in which the widely-recognized HackensackUMC Department of Urology participates.”  HackensackUMC urologists frequently lecture and demonstrate their innovative procedures at international seminars and teach urologists and medical students all over the world.

The Department of Urology at HackensackUMC is on the forefront of urological care. Combining medical expertise, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art hospital and surgical facilities, HackensackUMC’s urologists provide patients with innovative diagnostic, treatment, prevention, and screening services for the full-range of urologic disorders and diseases. Innovations — such as robotic surgery, partial nephrectomy, sacral nerve stimulation, urinary tract reconstruction, cryosurgery, microsurgery, TomoTherapy (R) and clinical research into urologic cancers, kidney disease, urinary incontinence and male infertility — make the Department of Urology an international leader in the field.

For more information on the Department of Urology at HackensackUMC please visit: http://www.hackensackumc.org/our-services/surgical-services/urology/

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.