Urology Program Elevated to Departmental Status

Albany Medical College has elevated its Division of Urology to departmental status in recognition of the program’s continued growth and the strength of its clinical, academic and research pursuits.

“This transition underscores the broad expertise of our renowned urologists, the impact of the care they provide to patients throughout the region, and the importance of their academic contributions to the field,” said Vincent P. Verdile, MD, ’84, The Lynne and Mark Groban, MD, ’67 Distinguished Dean of Albany Medical College and Senior Executive Vice President for System Care Delivery at Albany Med.

“Department status gives the Urology program the recognition it deserves and will enable the continued growth of its team of physicians, educators and translational research clinicians,” he added.

Urology is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders of the male reproductive organs and of the male and female urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra.

Clinicians in Albany Med’s Department of Urology are fellowship trained in subspecialties like urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, female pelvic medicine, and pediatric urology, and are skilled in specialized surgical techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. From testing to medical management to surgery, they care for patients with conditions such as bladder, kidney and prostate cancers; male infertility and erectile dysfunction; pelvic organ prolapse in women; urinary incontinence; and benign prostatic hyperplasia. They also care for children with urologic conditions.

Barry A. Kogan, MD, professor of Pediatrics and Surgery and the Falk Family Chair in Urology, is serving as interim chair of the Department of Urology. He had previously been chief of the Division of Urology, which fell under the Department of Surgery.

“Our entire department is incredibly proud of this landmark achievement,” said Dr. Kogan. “On behalf of our highly dedicated and talented team, I thank our senior management leaders and Board of Trustees for their support, and for helping to shape our vision and expand our faculty. This allows us to better serve our community.”

Albany Med urologists see patients at Albany Med’s South Clinical Campus, at Albany Med sites in Schenectady, Clifton Park and Kingston, and at Glens Falls Hospital.