Resident Essay Competitions


Judge: Roger Dmochowski, M.D.

Associate Surgeon-in-Chief

Vanderbilt University

1st: Nathan Peffer, Temple - Optical Uroflowmetry

2nd: Victor Kucherov, Jefferson - Effect of comprehensive genomic profiling on clinical practice and outcomes in patients with advanced urologic malignancy

3rd: Sarah Christianson, Einstein - A multi-institutional assessment of multimodal analgesia in penile implant recipients demonstrates dramatic narcotics reduction


Judge: Inderbir Gill, MD

Chair, Department of Urology

University of Southern California

1st: Jason Levy, DO (Hahnemann) Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment Surgery: An Institutional Analysis of Outcomes, Complications, and Risk Factors

2nd: Allison Sih, MD (Temple) Active surveillance for localized renal masses: growth rates and outcomes in patients with masses ≥4cm

3rd: Carmen Tong, DO (Einstein) Novel multimodal Analgesia Protocol Significantly Decreases Opioid Requirements in inflatable penile prosthesis patients


Judge: Christopher G. Wood, MD
Deputy Chairman, Department of Urology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1st Place: Andrew McIntosh (Temple)​

Active surveillance for renal masses with >5 years of follow-up. Tumor growth, delayed intervention rates, and clinical outcomes.

2nd Place: Siobhan Hartigan (Penn)

Association between urinary symptom severity and automated segmentation of white matter plaque in women with multiple sclerosis

3rd Place: Albert Lee (Einstein)

Clinical destiny of indeterminate pulmonary nodules in patients undergoing radical cystectomy for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder


Judge: Richard A. Santucci, MD
Specialist-in-Chief, Urology, Detroit Medical Center

Director, The Center for Urologic Reconstruction

1st Place: Hong Truong (Jefferson)​

Prevalence and Characteristics of Patients Meeting Referral Criteria for Genetic Counseling for Suspected Kidney Cancer Syndromes Based on Tumor Pathology

2nd Place: Ronak Gor (Einstein)

Unexpected High Rates of Angiography and Angioembolization for Isolated Low Grade Renal Trauma: Results from a Large, Statewide Trauma Database

3rd Place: Matthew Sterling (Penn)

Day of Catheter Removal May Predict Cure Rates in Men Undergoing the Advance Sling for Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence at Extended Follow-up (>=24 Months)


Judge: Marshall Stoller, MD
Professor & Vice Chair of Urology, UCSF


Judge: Harris M. Nagler, MD
President & Chair of Urology, Beth Israel Medical Center

1st Place: Charles Concodora (Temple)​

Performance of Initial Radical Cystectomy & Risk of Pathologic Upstaging in Patients with High Grade T1 Urothelial Carcinoma of the Bladder: A National Cancer Database Analysis

2nd Place: Eugene Pietzak (Penn)

Impact of Race on Selecting Appropriate Patients for Active Surveillance with Seemingly Low Risk Prostate Cancer

3rd Place: Justin Ziemba (Penn)

Practice Patterns of Acute Renal Colic in the Emergency Department

4th Place: Abdo Kabarriti (Penn)

Prophylactic Venous Thromboembolic Therapy is Safe Prior to Partial Nephrectomy


Judge: Culley C. Carson, III, MD
John Sloan Rhodes Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina

1st Place: John Walton (Fox Chase)

Tumor Contour "Irregularity" Predicts High Grade Pathology for Large Renal Masses

2nd Place: Sean Jay Henderson (Albert Einstein)

Prostatic Urethral Length Correlates with Increased Risk of Postoperative Urinary Incontinence Following Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

3rd Place: Eugene Pietzak (Penn)

Factors Influencing the Length of Stay after Radical Cystectomy: Implications for Cancer Care and Perioperative Management


Judge: Louis R. Kavoussi, MD
Chairman of Urology, North Shore-LIJ Health System

Professor of Urology, New York University

1st Place: Christopher Rippel (Penn State - Hershey)

Residual Fragments Following Ureteroscopic Lithotripsy: Incidence and Predictors in 248 Patients with Post-Operative Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging

2nd Place: Gregory Tasian (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

Pediatric Genitourinary Injuries in the United States from 2002-2010

3rd Place: Jay Simhan (Temple)

Trends in Regionalization of Adrenalectomy to Higher Volume Surgical Centers

4th Place: Ronak Gor (Albert Einstein)

Presence of RXFP1 Receptors in Peyronie's Disease Plaque Tissue

5th Place: Jaspreet Parihar (UMDNJ/Cooper)

A Protocol to Improve Compliance for the Post Vasectomy Semen Analysis (PVSA) with a Scheduled Office Visit and a "Wet Prep"


Judge: Victor W. Nitti, MD
Professor & Vice-Chairman of Urology, New York University

1st Place: Matthew Resnick (Penn)

Factors Associated with Satisfaction with Prostate Cancer Care:

Results from CaPSURE

2nd Place: Jamie Messer (Penn State - Hershey)

Multi-Institutional Validation of the Ability of Preoperative Hydronephrosis to Predict Advanced Pathologic Tumor Stage in Upper-Tract Urothelial Carcinoma

3rd Place: Thomas Clements (Penn State - Hershey)

Variable PSA Management Patterns by Non-Urologist Providers at a Tertiary Care Medical Center

4th Place: Jay Simhan (Temple)

Major Complication Rates Following Partial Nephrectomy Correspond to Objective Measures of Renal Mass Anatomic Complexity

5th Place: Shailen Sehgal (Penn)

Complications of Pediatric Urologic Minimally Invasive Surgery


Judge: Paul F. Schellhammer, MD FACS
Professor of Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School

1st Place: Ray Bernal (Temple)

Reinnervation of Urethral and Anal Sphincters with Anterior Femoral to Pudendal Nerve Transfer

2nd Place: Laura Stansell (Penn)

Increased Basal Resting Tone During EMG Biofeedback is Associated with Improved Voiding for Patients with Orthotopic Neobladder Dysfunction

3rd Place: Jay Simhan (Temple)

Open, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: A Single Institution Analysis with Perioperative and Oncologic Outcomes

4th Place: Ben Brucker (Penn)

Female Urology Training Module for Residents: A Pilot Study

5th Place: JC Zola (Jefferson)

Detection of Prostate Carcinoma with Contrast-Enhanced Transrectal Ultrasonography (CE-TRUS): Correlation of TRUS, Targeted Biopsies and Whole-Mount Prostatectomy Specimens

6th Place: Noah May (Albert Einstein)

Night-Time Surgery Increases OR Time and Risk of Post-Operative Complications in Kidney Transplant Recipients


Judge: James Edward Montie, MD
Professor of Urology, University of Michigan

1st Place: David Kaplan (Temple)

External Validation of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Risk Calculator in a High-Risk Screening Population

2nd Place: Eric Nelson (Jefferson)

Preoperative Stenting in Pediatric Ureteroscopy - Is There an Advantage?

3rd Place: Steve Dong (Jefferson)

Ureteroscopic Management of Large Intrarenal Calculi - Comparison of Laser and Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy

4th Place: Christopher Long (Temple)

Percutaneous Versus Laparoscopic Cryoablation of the Small Renal Mass:

Is Efficacy Compromised?


Judge: Michael L. Blute, MD
Professor of Urology, University of Massachusetts

Basic/Translational Science Papers

1st Place: Tavis Shaw (Albert Einstein)

Overexpression of the Zinc Uptake Transporter hZIP1 Inhibits NF-kB and Suppresses the Malignant Potential of Prostate Cancer Cells in vitro and in vivo

2nd Place: Steve Lebovitch (Temple)

CNS Findings in Anticholinergic Treated Patients with Overactive Bladder Using fMRI for Functional Brain Imaging

3rd Place: Jitesh Patel (Jefferson)

Holmium Laser Lithotripsy: Assessment of Laser Energy in Relation to Calculus COmposition and Size

Clinical Papers

1st Place: Daniel Canter (Penn)

The Presence of Lymphovascular Invasion in Radical Cystectomy Specimens for Patients with Urothelial Carcinoma Portends a Poor Clinical Prognosis

2nd Place: Benjamin J. Scoll (Temple)

Relative Survival Following Treatment for Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma -

A SEER Analysis

3rd Place: Jason A. Smith (Albert Einstein)

Sexual Dysfunction is Common in the Morbidly Obese Male and Improves After Gastric Bypass Surgery

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