I came to the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in 1997, following the completion of my urologic training at Cornell University-New York Hospital. During the fellowship, I also obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Even more importantly, I was inspired by my mentors including Rodney Hayward and James Montie to train others to conduct high quality research. I then stayed on to join the University of Michigan faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1999. In 2004, I was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2009, I was promoted to Professor of Urology.
My areas of active research are on determining how best to quantify urinary incontinence in a clinical setting, quality of care assessments, assessment of clinical outcomes, biomarker validations, and evaluation of health related quality of life. I devote fifty percent of my time to research/education and the remainder of my time is spent caring for patients. One of the most satisfying aspects of being on faculty is having the opportunity to teach and inspire trainees to pursue research. As the PI of our T32 fellowship-training program, I have had the opportunity to work closely with and mentor junior urologists and residents who have an interest in pursuing a career in academics and clinical urologic research.
My clinical practice is in General Urology with a focus on male voiding problems (for example, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – BPH) and prostate cancer early detection (for example, men with elevated PSA). Here we offer the latest diagnostic testing for prostate cancer (PHI, PCA3, fPSA, TMPRSS2:erg fusion, etc.) and the most up to date options in treatment for BPH (laser vaporization/Greenlight laser, Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, Urolift, Histotripsy/Vortx). I see my outpatients at the Center for Specialty Care in Livonia and perform surgeries primarily at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor.