Urology

The Division of Urology is a national leader. The recently opened Northern Alberta Urology Centre (NAUC) is a state-of-the-art ambulatory urologic facility. NAUC enhances the patient experience by centralizing care in a single location for all urologic ambulatory services. In addition, there are spaces for procedure, simulation, and integrated clinical research. It also has education facilities for the public, learners and residents.

Clinical

The division recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of renal transplantation at the university.

The surgical services areas of expertise offers include nearly the entire breadth of the urologic spectrum: General urology, urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, endourology, pediatric urology, female urology, and transplantation.Division members are well-respected Canadian leaders in the fields of robotic surgery and endourology.

The urethroplasty program is the highest-volume program in Western Canada. The outcomes of this program are published regularly and the surgeon involved is invited internationally to speak on the success of the program. Recent centralization of advanced bladder cancer care has also garnered interest both nationally and internationally with respect to surgical outcomes. In addition to contributing to the Canadian Bladder Cancer Network, the University of Alberta is an active participant in the Canadian Kidney Cancer Information System (CKCIS).

The Crown Jewel of NAUC is the $10 million C. J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic. It provides men, who have a suspected diagnosis of prostate cancer, with timely access to urologic assessment, biopsy or imaging, consultation regarding therapeutic options and patient and family support.  

NAUC’s facilities include lithotripsy, cystoscopy and urodynamics, and a prostate cancer survivorship clinic. In addition to other general and subspecialty urology clinics, there are clinics dedicated to acute stone disease, and a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to advanced prostate cancer.

Major inpatient procedures are performed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta Hospital, and Lois Hole Women’s Hospital.

The division accesses three da Vinci surgical robots - one at each of these hospitals. For over a decade, the division has led in the field of robotic surgery with respect to prostatic, renal and women’s pelvic floor dysfunction. The Misericordia Hospital offers integrated outpatient urologic surgery. This Hospital has one of the largest outpatient end-urology services in the country.

Education

Members of the division have been actively involved in developing the undergraduate surgical curriculum for the Canadian Urological Association. In addition, members have taken leadership roles in the strategic planning for development and implementation of Competency By Design for urologic surgery at a national level. Our training program includes at least two residents per year.
We offer a residency program for more information visit our OSE Postgraduate site.

Research

The Division of Urology has had a strong focus on both basic science research and clinical outcomes research. Basic science research is focused on oncology, photodynamic therapy and laser technology. The division actively participates in a number of clinical trials in bladder, prostate and renal cancer. In addition, there are trials open in endo-urology, transplantation and reconstruction.

There are two endowed chairs: The Mister Lube Chair and the Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research.

The division is actively recruiting patients to the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCARI), an effort focused on biomarker development for the improvement of prostate cancer diagnosis.

The division has a specialist in andrology and infertility as well as female and functional urology.

Working in partnership with Alberta Health Services, the division has developed a research strategy and is applying for research centre status through the University of Alberta under the name the Alberta Centre for Urologic Research and Excellence (ACURE).

Leadership

The division is well-represented at a regional, provincial, national and international level and is home to a prior president of the Canadian Urological Association. Members of the division currently serve on the Canadian Urological Association executive and are actively involved in the association’s undergraduate curriculum development, postgraduate education initiatives, guideline development, and patient information efforts.

Two members of the division have leadership roles in the Surgery Clinical Network. Members of the division have recently served or are serving in surgical leadership roles, including the Chief of Surgery at the Royal Alexandria Hospital and the Misericordia Hospital.