Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, a Urology Times editorial consultant, is professor and chairman of urology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The physician executive: How one urologist balances MD, CEO roles
In this interview, physician executive J. Christian Winters, MD, outlines his multiple professional roles, explains how he divides his time between clinical and administrative responsibilities, and offers advice to young urologists seeking a career in leadership.
Managing stone recurrence: What practitioners should know
In this interview, Juan Calle, MD, discusses how he follows patients once they are stone free and how he utilizes dietary/lifestyle modification and medical management.
Percutaneous access: Principles and best practices
In this interview, Bodo Knudsen, MD, outlines his step-by-process for obtaining percutaneous access, discusses the ways he reduces radiation exposure during percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and gives his thoughts on how clinicians can gain proficiency with access.
Ureteral access sheaths: Tips on when and how to use
In this interview, Andrew Portis, MD, discusses his experience with ureteral access sheaths and describes an algorithm for their selection and use.
PCNL tips and tricks: Access is everything
In this interview, Thomas Chi, MD, discusses how he performs PCNL, explains why he uses ultrasound instead of fluoroscopy, and offers advice to urologists looking to gain more experience with the procedure.
The imaging gap in stone disease: Whose fault is it?
"We must better identify patients with higher risk factors for recurrence and follow them more effectively," writes Stephen Y. Nakada, MD.
URS techniques: When to choose dusting vs. basketing
When treating kidney stones, debate continues over the use of dusting versus basketing. In this interview, Olivier Traxer, MD, describes both methods, lists his preferred laser settings, and explains why he changed the way he uses ureteral access sheaths.
Urolithiasis: Genetics and lifestyle rule
"With better education and research, our stone patients can decrease their disease risk and improve their overall health sooner rather than later," writes Stephen Y. Nakada, MD.
Difficult stones present treatment, training challenges
In this interview, Dr. Wong describes difficult stones, discusses the skills and training required to treat them, and outlines the role of different treatment modalities.
Breaking new ground (and kidney stones) with ultrasound
Novel ultrasound-based techniques for propelling and breaking kidney stones could soon join ESWL and URS in the urologist’s treatment armamentarium. In this interview, Michael Bailey, PhD, discusses how these technologies work, what they’re capable of, and where they are in development.
Ureteroscopy vs. shock wave lithotripsy: Advances spell positive future for both
In this interview, Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH, discusses factors to consider in the decision to utilize ureteroscopy versus shock wave lithotripsy, how to counsel patients on the optimal approach, how to minimize the morbidity of each modality, and why younger urologists are more likely to perform ureteroscopy.
American Urological Association guidelines marked by rigorous reviews, timely updates
J. Stuart Wolf, Jr, MD, chair of the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee, discusses how AUA ensures that guidelines are scientifically rigorous and timely, the value of clinical guidelines, and the challenge of disseminating and implementing them.
Urology training requirements focus on work hours, competency
Michael O. Koch, MD, current chair of the Urology Residency Review Committee, discusses how the committee is dealing with important issues regarding the training of urologists.
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