January 7, 2019
Inaugural event raises more than $100,000 for research projects including clinical trials
The Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held an event, Innovative Evening on Urology, to highlight the advancements and future developments in Urology. More than 160 guests including physicians, Hackensack University Medical Center leaders, clinicians, vendors and urology patients attended the inaugural fundraiser at the Edgewood Country Club. The purpose of the event was to highlight the Urology Department’s world-class team and groundbreaking technology in an effort to create additional philanthropic support of the innovation and research projects currently underway.
“Our team, which consists of more than 40 urologists, is passionate about research with more than 500 scholarly articles published in the last decade,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology, Hackensack University Medical Center, medical professor and chair of Urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and director of Robotic Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center. “My team and I are committed to excellence in research to increase the cutting-edge technology and treatments we offer to improve patient outcomes.”
The event featured a panel discussion with four Hackensack University Medical Center urologists on the following topics:
- Robotics for Advanced Oncology
Mutahar Ahmed, M.D., director, Urologic Bladder Cancer, Hackensack University Medical Center
- State-of-the-Art in Endourology and Kidney Stone Disease
Ravi Munver, M.D., vice chair of Urology, chief of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery and director of Endourology, Laparoscopy, Robotic Surgery Fellowship, Hackensack University Medical Center.
- Overview of Urologic Research and Education at Hackensack University Medical Center
Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology, Hackensack University Medical Center, medical professor and chair of Urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, director of Robotic Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center.
- Testosterone Therapy: Panacea or Fool’s Gold
David Shin, M.D., chief of the Center for Sexual Health and Fertility, Hackensack University Medical Center.
During the presentation, Dr. Stifelman spoke extensively about the four types of research performed at Hackensack University Medical Center, including clinical outcome research, bioengineering research, translational research and laboratory research.
“Urologists from around the world come to Hackensack University Medical Center to benefit from our expertise and to learn from the research that our urologic team has undertaken to advance treatment options for our patients,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our urology team pioneered the use of robotic-assisted surgery to treat prostate cancer more than a decade ago and today we have the latest robotic technology replacing the need for traditional open surgical procedures in more than 90 percent of our patients.”
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 33,000 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.