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Urology Research

Research Conference

A research conference is held quarterly and is dedicated to research discussion, organization and data collection. Core Urology Faculty will involve each resident in study design, use of national and regional databases, data analysis programs and critical analysis of publications. Our faculty are also involved in active clinical trials at Erlanger Health System. 

Each resident is required to complete research project(s) during their training and submit to local, regional and national conferences for presentation, including the UT Annual Resident Research Day and Quality Improvement Day.   

Research Rotation   

The Program Director will also supervise the dedicated 3 month research block during which, within reasonable limits, a research project producing data to publish in a peer reviewed journal or to present at regional and national meetings will be expected.    

Research - Academic Year 2019-2020

Presentations:

Singh, A.  Robotic Surgery – An Evolution in Technology.  Speaker Presentation, TN Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN, August 2019. 

Singh, A.  Management of Renal Masses.  Speaker Presentation, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Chattanooga, TN, September 2019. 

Shridharani, A.  Post-prostatectomy Climacturia: Mini Jupette.  Poster Presentation, 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the SMSNA, Nashville, TN, October 25, 2019.  

Watson, M., Koch, R., Xu, R., Heath, G., Singh, A.  Decreased Risk of Upper Extremity Neuropraxia During Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy:  A Novel Technique.  Poster Presentation, 37th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 2019.  Presenter:  Matthew Watson, MD.

Singh, A.  Incorporating Robotic Single Port into Academic Program.  Speaker Presentation, 37th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2019. 

Singh, A.  Panel and Roundtable Discussion:  What Matters? Defining Value and Next Steps, Discussion Speaker, 4th Annual North American Robotic Urology Symposium 2020, Las Vegas, NV, February 2020.     

Watson, M., Burns, R., Bernhard, M., Singh, A.  Comparison of Robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy:  Xi versus SP, a Single Surgeon Experience.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2020.  Presenter: Matthew Watson, DO.  (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

Threlkeld, A., Watson, M., Jung, N., Barker, M., Shears, L., Singh, A.  Simultaneous Thoracic and Abdominal Robotic Technique for Level IV Caval Thrombectomy.  Video Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2020.  Presenter: Amanda Threlkeld, MD.  (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

Tonzi, M., Watson, M., Threlkeld, A., Singh, A.  Radical Cystectomy and Ileal Conduit Under Regional Anesthesia:  Safe, Feasible, and an Accelerated Post-Operative Course in the At-Risk and Elderly.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2020.  Presenter:  Michael Tonzi, MD.  (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

Watson, M., Burns, R., Bernhard, M., Singh, A.  Comparison of Robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy:  Xi versus SP, a Single Surgeon Experience.  Podium Presentation, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2020.  Presenter: Amanda Threlkeld, M.D.  (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

Threlkeld, A., Threlkeld, A., Watson, M., Jung, N., Barker, M., Shears, L., Singh, A.  Two Robots, One Patient: Level IV Caval Thrombectomy with a Simultaneous Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Abdominal Technique.  Video Presentation, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2020.  Presenter: Amanda Threlkeld, MD.   (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

Tonzi, M., Walker, J.  Pediatric Small Renal Masses – a Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Database Review.  Podium Presentation, Societies for Pediatric Urology’s 68th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2020.  Presenter: Michael Tonzi, MD.  (No Presentation due to Annual Meeting Canceled)

UTCOM Research 2020 Day (Oct 2019):

Radical Cystectomy and Ileal Conduit Under Regional Anesthesia:  Safe, Feasible, and an Accelerated Post-Operative Course in the At-Risk and Elderly
Decreasing the Prospect of Upper Extremity Neuropraxia during Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy: A Novel Technique    

Publications:

Watson, M., Jung, N., Singh, A.  Robotic Level II Inferior Vena Cava Thrombectomy for Metastatic Melanoma.  Urol Case Rep. 2019 July 27;26:100980. (PMID 31417848)

Watson, M., Koch, B., Tonzi, M., Xu, R., Heath, G., Lute, B., Singh, A.  Decreasing the Prospect of Upper Extremity Neuropraxia during Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy:  A Novel Technique.  J Robot Surg. 2020 Jan 29.  (PMID 31997148)  

Watson, M., Threlkeld, A., Shears, L., Singh, A.  Pure Robotic-Assisted Level IV Inferior Vena Cava Thrombectomy for Angiomyolipoma without Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A First Report. Urology Gold Journal April 2020.  

Watson, M., Shridharani, A.  Penoscrotal Three-Piece Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Placement: Surgical Technique.  J Vis Surg 2020;6:26.  

The 36th World Congress of Endourology held in Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 29 - November 2, 2019

Matthew Watson, DO - Urology Resident presenting at the Moderated Poster Session
"Decreased Risk of Upper Extremity Neuroproxia During Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy: A Novel Technique"

Matthew Watson, DO, at a podijm at the World Congress of Endourology.

Research Archive

2018-2019

Carter, A., Jung, N., Singh, A., Okafor, H. Robotic Excision of Perforating Synthetic Midurethral Sling.   Video Presentation, 36th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Paris, France, September 2018.

Carter, A., Smith, H., Shridharani, A.  Simultaneous Placement of Virtue Male Sling and Titan Inflatable Penile Prosthesis in Men Following Radical Prostatectomy.  Poster Presentation, Sexual Medicine Society of North America Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, November 2018.  Presenter: Amanda Carter, MD

Herz, D., Stokes, K., Carter, A.  Outcomes of Intestinal Clean Out and Maintenance (Icom) Program in Children with Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction.  Podium Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Daniel Herz, MD

Carter, A., Singh, A.  Pain Control After Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy: Is An Ultrasound Guided Transabdominus Peripheral Nerve Block Worth The Hype?  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Presenter: Amanda Carter, MD

Jung, N., Singh, A.  Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Caval Thrombectomy for Metastatic Melanoma.  Best Video Viewing and Award Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Michael Tonzi, MD

Smith, H., Singh, A., Herz, D.  Robotic and Open Tailored Ureteral Reimplantation With Equivalent Outcomes.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Amanda Carter, MD.

Smith, H., Herz, D.  Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Varicocele Repair for Adolescent Scrotal Varicocele: An Analysis of Technique and Surgical Outcomes.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Michael Tonzi, MD.

Watson, W., Koch, B., Tonzi, M., Xu, R., Heath, G., Singh, A.  Nerve Monitoring During Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Leads to Decreased Risk of Upper Extremity Positioning Related Injuries.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Michael Tonzi, MD.

Carter, A., Smith, H., Shridharani, A.  Simultaneous Placement Of Virtue Male Sling And Inflatable Penile Prosthesis In Men Following Radical Prostatectomy.  Poster Presentation, Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2019.  Presenter: Amanda Carter, MD.

Watson, M., Koch, B., Tonzi, M., Xu, R., Heath, G., Singh, A.  Decreased Risk of Upper Extremity Neuropraxia During Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy: A Novel Technique.  Poster Presentation, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2019.  Presenter: Matthew Watson, MD.

Watson, W., Koch, B., Tonzi, M., Xu, R., Heath, G., Singh, A.  Nerve Monitoring During Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Leads to Decreased Risk of Upper Extremity Positioning Related Injuries.  Poster Presentation, American Urological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2019.  Presenter: Matthew Watson, MD.

2017-2018

Singh, A., Class, J., Butler, D., Keel, C., Turner, D., Smith, H., Jung, N.  Robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Calyceal Diverticulectomy.  Video Presentation, 35th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., September 2017.

Jung, N., Smith, H., Hyde, Valle, Keel, C.  Novel Robotic Approach to Inguinal and Pelvic Lymphadenectomy for Metastatic Melanoma in a 44 year old Male. Video Presentation, 35th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., September 2017.

Singh, A., Keel, C., Jung, N., Smith, H.  Minimally Invasive Inguinal Lymphadenectomy.  Poster Presentation, 35th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., September 2017.

Herz, D., Jung, N.  Unique Combined Endoscopic Approach to Large Staghorn Calculus in a 2-Year Old.  Poster Presentation, 35th World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., September 2017.

Conner, J., Long, A., Goudelocke, C.   Optimized Sacral Neuromodulation Lead Placement is Feasible and Does Not Increase Operative Times.  Poster Presentation, Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, February 2018.

Conner, J., Long, A., Goudelocke, C.   A Novel Sacral Neuromodulation Infection Protocol is Associated with Reduction in Device Infection. Video Presentation, Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, February 2018.

Jung, N.  International Volunteerism Program Presentation - India Experience, 82nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Orlando, FL, March  2018.

Shridharani, A.  Best of Andrology/Infertility/BPH/Miscellaneous Podium Session.  Session Moderator, 82nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Orlando, FL, March  2018.

Conner, J., Long, A., Goudelocke, C.   Optimized Sacral Neuromodulation Lead Placement is Feasible and Does Not Increase Operative Times.  Poster Presentation, 82nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Orlando, FL, March  2018.

Conner, J., Long, A., Goudelocke, C.   A Novel Sacral Neuromodulation Infection Protocol is Associated with Reduction in Device Infection. Video Presentation, 82nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, Orlando, FL, March  2018.

Jung, N., Smith, H., Keel, C., Singh, A.  Minimally Invasive Inguinal Lymphadenectomy Case Series.  Presentation, University of TN College of Medicine Resident Research Day, Chattanooga, TN, May 2018. 2nd Place in Case Series.

Carter, A., Smith, H., Shridharani, A.  Assessment of Preoperative Predictors of Success with the Virtue Quadratic Male Sling for the Management of Male Stress Urinary Incontinence Case Series.  Presentation, University of TN College of Medicine Resident Research Day, Chattanooga, TN, May 2018.

2016-2017

 The 34rd World Congress of Endourology held in Conjunction with the
South African Urological Association (SAUA) Meeting in 2016
will be held in Cape Town, South Africa (WCE 2016)

November 8-12, 2016

First Reported Case of Cotyledonoid Leiomyoma after Hysterectomy Involving the Ureter (Hugh Smith, Nathan Jung, Amanda Carter, Amar Singh, Juan Class)

Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Ureteroneocystostomy: A Singh Center Experience (Nathan Jung, Hugh Smith, Amanda Carter, Juan Class, Christopher Keel, Amar Singh)

A Novel Transmesenteric Approach to Recurrent Renal Cell Carcinoma in a Horseshoe Kidney (Juan Class, Dana Butler, Nathan Jung, Hugh Smith, Amanda Carter, Amar Singh)

Nephron Sparing Surgery for Larger Renal Tumors: Outcome and Initial Experience (Nathan Jung, Amanda Carter, Hugh Smith, Juan Class, Christopher Keel, Amar Singh)

Congratulations to Hugh Smith, MD for placing 1st in the poster presentation category at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Annual Resident Research Week on Friday, May 13, 2016. Dr. Smith presented " Post Hysterectomy Extauterine Cotyledonoid Leiomyoma in a 42 year old Female"

We are very proud of his accomplishments!!

Hugh Smith standing with awards.

2015-2016
80th Annual Meeting * Nashville, TN * March 2016

Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association   

Dr. Nathan Jung (first year urology resident) and Dr. Hugh Smith (preliminary surgery resident) represented the Department of Urology at the Southeast Section of the American Urological Association (SESAUA) in Nashville in March 2016.  Dr. Jung presented two posters - Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Ureteronecystostomy: A Single Center Experience and Nephron Sparing Surgery for Larger Renal Tumors: Outcome and Initial Experience. Dr. Hugh Smith presented a video -  Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Diverticulectomy for Symptomatic Calyceal Diverticulum: Technique and Initial Experience – DVD Titled: Botic-Assisted Laparoscopic Calyceal Diverticulectomy.  Dr. Amar Singh and Dr. Chris Keel are members of the SESAUA and attended the presentations. Drs. Jung and Smith were the first residents in the Department of Urology to present at an association meeting. We are very proud of their accomplishments.

Students standing with their presentation

July 2015

"The Department of Urology was selected by the American Urological Association's Residency Grant Program to receive a $500 dollar grant to support our new residency program.  There were (2) winners - University of TN College of Medicine Chattanooga and the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville.  This grant will be used to support the educational necessities of our new residency program.  

Last Published: Apr 16, 2021