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The UCLA Department of Urology provides cutting edge diagnosis and treatments, and supports a staff of renowned physicians, surgeons and researchers. Demonstrating continued excellence in the field of Urology, the UCLA Department of Urology along with its varied Centers of Excellence, is often the subject of stories in newspapers, magazines, and journals. The Department also frequently issues news releases to keep the community informed on the latest developments in urology, the treatments available at UCLA, and various milestones within the Department. We include here a collection of recent stories, and an archive of older articles, for your further information.


September 29, 2022
The West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center renames their urology clinic after Dr. Carol Bennett. UCLA Newsroom >


September 23, 2022
Early detection of prostate cancer proves crucial for father of two. Dr. Christopher Saigal, Professor of UCLA Urology, is interviewed by UCLA Health Connect regarding the benefits of early prostate cancer detection.


August 28, 2022
Dr. Robert Reiter, Professor of Urology and Director of the Prostate Cancer Program at UCLA, is interviewed by UroToday regarding MRI and active surveillance for prostate cancer. 


July 29, 2022
Matthew Rettig, M.D., medical director of the prostate cancer program at the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology in Los Angeles and member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Stem Cell Biology Program, was quoted in HealthCentral regarding how antiandrogen drugs work to fight cancer.


July 26, 2022
Stanley K. Frencher, Jr., MD, MPH, Associate Professor of UCLA Urology at DGSOM and Chief of Urology at Martin Luther King Jr Community Health Campus, is one of 21 senior health care leaders chosen to join the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship in 2023. Across the country, the program’s network of health care entrepreneurs and innovators are committed to finding viable solutions to confront U.S. health care's problems.


July 1, 2022
The Trena and Stanley Greitzer Family Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to honor the memory of husband, father and grandfather Stanley Greitzer, who passed away in the summer of 2021. Trena Greitzer and the couple’s children and their spouses, Ron and Carolyn Greitzer and Bonnie and Jonathan Barg, wanted to make a meaningful gift to honor Stanley, who was receiving care at UCLA. This funding will benefit the cancer research of Drs. Karim Chamie and Alexandra Drakaki in the UCLA Department of Urology. “The care team at UCLA has been incredible, and our family is forever grateful for the compassionate care given to Stan and our family,” said Trena. “It has been very healing and meaningful for our family to support research with this gift honoring Stanley and the doctors who cared for him.”


June 26, 2022

UCLA researchers awarded Department of Defense funding to improve prostate cancer treatment outcomes. A team led by Paul C Boutros, PhD, MBA, professor in the departments of human genetics and urology and interim vice dean for research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Data Science program has been awarded over $2.7 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to support two projects that will use computational models and DNA sequencing to improve prostate cancer treatment outcomes. The project is co-led by Huihui Ye, MD, MS, chief of Genitourinary Pathology at UCLA. The 3-year grants go into effect July 2022. UCLA Health Newsroom >


June 17, 2022
June is Men’s Health Month, and it also is the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day, which makes it an optimal time to talk about men’s health and how dads can instill good health care habits in their children. Dr. Jesse Mills, director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, and Rajiv Jayadevan, MD, of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, are featured in UCLA Health Connect.


June 17, 2022

The UCLA Pediatric Urology Division has achieved national ranking status on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Our program is one of seven subspecialties within the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital to be listed among the nation’s best in the annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. UCLA Health News >


June 17, 2022

Medscape featured Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD, assistant clinical professor of UCLA Urology, regarding his study on the use of 'P-Shot' used for erectile dysfunction.


June 17, 2022

WebMD interviewed Rajiv Jayadevan, MD, of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, regarding a study on low sexual desire, or low libido.


June 17, 2022

Cancer Therapy Advisor featured Karim Chamie, MD, associate professor of UCLA Urology and principal investigator of a study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting noting that the novel agent N-803 is safe and effective for BCG-unresponsive high-risk NMIBC.


June 3, 2022

Cure Today interviews Dr. Matthew B. Rettig, Professor of Urology and Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), to provide an overview of metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).


June 3, 2022

A sister shares her story about what’s it like to donate a kidney and participate in the transplant tolerance program, led by Jeffrey Veale, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology. UCLA Health Connect >


May 20, 2022
Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology and Director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA,  tells Katie Couric Media he wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an uptick in demand for vasectomies that could cause an overflow in states where abortion would either be heavily restricted or rolled back entirely.


May 13, 2022

UCLA Urology physician-scientists to present at the 2022 American Urological Association annual meeting. UCLA Health Newsroom >


May 6, 2022

Dr. Renea Sturm, an Assistant Professor of UCLA Urology, has been honored with a 2022 research award of distinction by the Urology Care Foundation — the official foundation of the American Urological Association. UCLA Newsroom >


May 6, 2022

Giddy featured Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology and Director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, regarding 7 lifestyle adjustments you may need to make to live with BPH.


May 6, 2022

Dr. Christopher Saigal, professor and vice chair of UCLA Urology, is quoted extensively in the Physician Leadership Journal regarding shared decision-making.


April 18, 2022

Katie Couric Media featured Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology and Director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, for Everything You Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction, But Were Too Anxious to Ask.


April 18, 2022

Inverse quoted Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of Urology and Director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, on lack of evidence supporting a significant effect of light exposure to the scrotum on testosterone.


April 18, 2022

Marketing of shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction raises concerns. HealthDay reports on a recent study by senior author Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD, a reproductive urologist and assistant clinical professor of UCLA Urology, and James Weinberger, MD, MBA, urology resident at UCLA Health, published in Urology Practice.


April 15, 2022

Los Angeles Magazine has published its annual list of “Top Doctors” in Los Angeles and 7 UCLA Urology physicians have been recognized in the 2022 guide as among the city’s best doctors. Congratulations to Drs. Alexandra Drakaki, Steven Lerman, Mark Litwin, Jesse Mills, Jacob Rajfer, Robert Reiter and Jennifer Singer. To learn more about Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list >


March 18, 2022

US News featured Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology and Director of The Men's Clinic at UCLA, in a comprehensive article about the importance of men’s health care. Dr. Mills says, “There’s this unmet need for comprehensive men’s health care." 


March 18, 2022

Jesse Mills, MD, Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology and Director of The Men's Clinic at UCLA, was interviewed by Healthline regarding birth control for men.


February 18, 2022

UCLA Health’s Connect featured H. Albin Gritsch, MD, Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology and Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program, regarding the recent report that the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program performed more transplants than almost any other health care center in the country, according to rankings issued by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. UCLA Health performed 421 kidney transplants in 2021, the third highest total in the nation. 


February 16, 2022

The UCLA Health Winter 2022 Physicians Update details how vouchers expand the reach of living-kidney donations. In a review of data compiled by the NKR, Jeffrey Veale, MD, Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology and Director of the UCLA Kidney Exchange Transplantation Program, found that between 2014 and 2021, a total of 250 donations were made at 79 transplant centers under the voucher program, with six recipients redeeming their vouchers. During that time, the average waiting period for individuals enrolled with the NKR dropped by three months. This issue also details how UCLA Health launched a pioneering protocol to enable transplant recipients to thrive without antirejection drugs. Jeffrey Veale, MD led UCLA’s effort to develop the protocol. 


February 16, 2022

Transplantation’s Holy Grail: Two brothers, a courageous surgeon, Jeffrey Veale, MD, Clinical Professor of UCLA Urology and Director of the UCLA Kidney Exchange Transplantation Program, and a team of experts from across the medical spectrum push the boundaries of science to unchain organ recipients from the burden of lifelong dependen. U Magazine >


February 9, 2022

David Yao, MD, Staff Physician and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology, was interviewed by Giddy regarding Green-Light Laser Therapy for BPH.


February 5, 2022

Katie Couric featured expert commentary by Jesse Mills, MD, director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, on answering general questions about male health.


January 28, 2022

A. Lenore Ackerman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, was interviewed by Drug Discovery News regarding a new clinical trial for interstitial cystitis. 


January 21, 2022

The results of a large study led by UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, including Robert Reiter, MD, MBA and Matthew Rettig, MD, could help guide treatment planning for patients with high-risk prostate cancer. Results are published in the Jan. 20 issue of JAMA Oncology.


January 14, 2022

Dr. Christopher Saigal, professor and vice chair of UCLA Urology, was quoted in Renal & Urology News about a study that indicates that prostate cancer ADT has fewer cardiovascular risks than expected.


January 4, 2022

Dr. Jesse Mills, director of the Men’s Clinic at UCLA, wants men to pay more attention to their health. His new book, A Field Guide to Men’s Health, boasts seven chapters that cover topics such as sex, strength and fitness, nutrition, resetting the body, immunity, and fertility, among others. He spoke with UCLA Health Connect about ways in which men can improve their overall health. 

 


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