New pediatric urology chiefs named at New York Presbyterian, Wisconsin

July 25, 2012

New pediatric urology chiefs have been named at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

New pediatric urology chiefs have been named at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Pasquale Casale, MD, has been appointed chief of pediatric urology at New York-Presbyterian and professor of urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Casale specializes in pediatric genitourinary reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery, with an emphasis on laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and stone disease. He has developed a number of minimally invasive techniques for pediatric patients, including robot-assisted and endoscopic procedures.

Previously, Dr. Casale was the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery, as well as co-director of the surgical simulation and training lab, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He frequently serves as a lecturer and visiting professor, both nationally and internationally, on advanced laparoscopy and reconstruction, as well as on endourology and robotic surgery for children.

Dr. Casale received his medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and did his surgical training at The Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and his urologic training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed a 2-year fellowship in pediatric urology at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In Wisconsin, Patrick H. McKenna, MD, will join the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty as chief of the division of pediatric urology. For the past 10 years, Dr. McKenna has served as chairman of the division of urology at Southern Illinois University, Springfield. Prior to that, he was chief of pediatric urology at the University of Connecticut, Hartford, where he helped establish the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. McKenna graduated from George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington and completed the combined urologic residency program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk. He served as head of urology at Guam Naval Hospital for 2 years, then completed a pediatric urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Clinically, Dr. McKenna’s special interests are complicated urologic reconstruction, Wilms’ tumor, antenatally detected urologic problems, disorders of sexual development, and minimally invasive treatments. His innovative use of computer games and a conservative noninvasive approach to the management of pediatric urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections have been widely adopted across the country.

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