Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Overview

Faculty

Leonard G. Gomella, MD

Our Jefferson full-time academic faculty includes 15 clinicians, and 2 educationally-focused faculty members. Our affiliate faculty at our outside institutions such as the Pediatric Urology Division at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and our community affiliate located in Bryn Mawr, enhance our overall teaching activities. Our faculty includes fellowship trailed and internationally recognized experts in all major fields of urology including endourology, laparoscopy, robotics, oncology, female urology, andrology, pediatrics and neurourology. The majority of our Jefferson-based faculty have completed formal fellowships. An outstanding complement of primary care academic urologists rounds out the clinical educational experience. Many of our physicians are recognized in multiple regional and national "Best Doctors" or "Top Doctors" listings. We also are proud that two faculty members have been elected to the prestigious “American Association of GU Surgeons”, an organization with active membership limited to only 75 urologists. We are consistently listed in the US News and World Report as one of the top Urology Departments in the United States. In 2017-2018 we were recognized as the top Urology Department in the region.

Education

Our Urology residency training program has traditionally been a long standing six-year program with three residents accepted each year through the National Urology Match Program. Due to changes in the surgical and educational experience of our trainees we will formally transition to a five-year program starting with the intern class of 2019. We did not participate in the 2018 urology match to begin the transition to a one- year general surgery and four-year urology training program.

Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME and received a full 5-year citation free program renewal in 2017. A formal Endourology/Laparoscopy/Robotics fellowship is periodically made available. Our training allows residents a wide array of options upon graduation from seeking competitive fellowships, obtaining academic appointments or joining private practice settings.

Medical students are incorporated in all aspects of the Department. Students receive formal didactic lectures on a rotating basis during their Surgery rotation and integrate fully into all inpatient, outpatient, operating room, cancer center activities as well as grand rounds and journal clubs. Students may work at the TJUH main campus or at one of our affiliate hospitals. Students from Sidney Kimmel Medical College participate as part of the formal surgical program block or can choose to further participate in the Department activities through an IDEPT elective or as acting interns. Outside students are welcomed with approval through Sidney Kimmel Medical College registrar's office. Mr. John Davis, Educational Coordinator, can assist in student related matters (john.davisjr@jefferson.edu).

Research

Our Department features a clinical trials division; with our basic science investigations in collaboration with colleagues in the NCI designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and other medical school Departments. During our 2017 NCI Cancer center review, the Prostate program received an “Outstanding” score from the NCI review team. Under the leadership of SKCC Director Dr. Karen Knudsen, the Center was granted a full five-year renewal.

Clinical Care

Operating Room

The clinical facilities provide not only outstanding patient care but allow for comprehensive training and features high definition laparoscopy suites, three DaVinci surgical robots including a dual console, dedicated endourology suites with digital imaging, an extensive laser and endoscope inventory, cryo and brachytherapy units, a dedicated prostate diagnostic center with MRI fusion biopsy and outpatient UDS facilities. Our conference room has a state-of-the-art video and 4K telecommunications hub that allows long-distance teleconferencing for teaching purposes.

In recognition of nursing excellence, Jefferson's Center City Campus has been granted MAGNET® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Less than five percent of hospitals nationwide have earned this distinction.

GU Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

GU Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Residents and students participate in our GU Multidisciplinary Cancer Center. This is part of the NCI designated Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and has been in operation since 1996. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is listed as one of the top Cancer Centers by US News & World Report.  New cancer patients are seen here by Urology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology. In addition, clinical trials are available as well as social service support and a unique Genetic Screening and Counseling program for men with prostate cancer and patients with other inherited urologic cancer.