New Efficiency Score Advances the Potential for Fully Automated Ureteroscopic Skills Assessment

Building on previous work, Department of Urology researchers have devised a more robust surgeon efficiency score for ureteroscopy, applying computer vision and artificial intelligence. They aim to create a fully automated simulation-based system differentiating novice and expert ureteroscope handling.


Meet Adam Kibel, MD, Newly Appointed Chair of the Department of Urology

Meet Adam Kibel, MD, the newly appointed chair of the new Department of Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Disease Center Leader, Urology at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center.


Brigham Establishes Department of Urology, Appoints Adam Kibel, MD, as Inaugural Chair

On October 1, 2023, Brigham and Women’s Hospital elevated its Division of Urology to a Department of Urology—the Brigham’s first new clinical and academic department in a decade. Adam S. Kibel, MD, was appointed chair of the newly established Department.


How Do Male Anxiety and Depression Affect IVF Outcomes, and Can Antidepressants Help?

A study conducted by six Brigham specialists explored the impact of men’s mental health on fertility treatment and found no difference in IVF outcomes among men with or without anxiety, regardless of antidepressant use. First author Zachary Walker, MD, discusses the paper’s key findings and clinical implications.


Review: An Ecological Framework for Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Surgery

Racial/ethnic minority groups in the U.S. have higher mortality rates after surgical procedures than white individuals. Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have developed an analytic model of four interconnected sets of macro-level factors that influence access to high-quality, evidence-based surgical care.


Brigham Urology Hosts International Advances in Urologic Care Symposium

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This fall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital faculty host an international scientific conference on urology in the Dominican Republic. Course directors Matthew Mossanen, MD, MPH, and Quoc-Dien Trinh, MD, MBA, describe what participants can expect from this unique experience and highlight important topics in the curriculum.


Frozen Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction Is Financially Feasible for Men With Non-obstructive Azoospermia

Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers constructed a computer model for financial decision analysis of surgical approaches to testicular sperm extraction, which most U.S. residents must pay for out-of-pocket but is the only option for men with non-obstructive azoospermia who want to conceive a biological child.


Physically Demanding Work Associated With Male Fertility

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A study led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers suggests occupational factors are linked to male fertility. Men who reported more physical activity at work had higher sperm concentrations and testosterone levels.


Increasing Clinical Trial Diversity With Federal Incentives and Regulations

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Recent U.S. legislation requires clinical trial sponsors to submit a diversity action plan for pivotal studies of new drugs. Still, Thomas J. Hwang, MD, and a colleague propose a combination of federal incentives and regulations to advance clinical trial equity and resolve gaps in participant representation.


Brigham Urologists Present at AUA 2023

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Leaders from the Division of Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will present their latest research to international urologists at the American Urological Association’s (AUA) 2023 Annual Meeting, held April 28 – May 1 in Chicago, IL.