Your health is our number one priority and we want to ensure that your urologic needs are addressed, particularly for procedures or surgical cases that were postponed and are now becoming time-sensitive. We are now able to safely schedule and perform cases that had been delayed due to COVID-19 concerns. Additionally, by taking advantage of telemedicine (video) visits, you now have more options to see your urologist than ever before. While many of your needs can be successfully managed through video visits, you should be assured that we have implemented the most effective infection prevention policies for our patients and staff so that you can feel safe when coming in to our locations for care. Call 310-794-7700 to schedule your visit today. For more Telemedicine information > UCLA Health news release >
UCLA Urology completed its first single-port robotic surgery in March of 2020, the first in Los Angeles to utilize this innovative technology. The da Vinci robotic systems utilize telemanipulation, which allows surgeons to remotely control instruments from a console, mimicking the movements of the human hand. The new SP (single-port) model is the most advanced of its kind, deploying three fully wristed instruments and a flexible camera through a single channel. Arnold Chin, MD, PhD, a UCLA urologic oncologist, used the new robotic system in a radical prostatectomy.
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UCLA Urology is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Joseph Shirk, Assistant Professor of Urology. Dr. Shirk completed his urology residency and urologic oncology fellowship at UCLA, where he studied 3D imaging in kidney and prostate cancer as a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar. His academic work focuses on advancing the science of surgical innovation with a focus on novel imaging techniques to optimize surgical planning. He plans to establish a Center of Urologic Surgical Innovation, providing a collaborative environment for the development and testing of new technology. Dr. Shirk’s clinical work focuses on the surgical management of patients with kidney, bladder, prostate, and other urological cancers, as well as general urology. He is based at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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The UCLA Urology Telemedicine Expert Second Opinion Program offers patients around the country access to our faculty, who are national leaders in all aspects of Urology. If you desire an expert second opinion consult, call 833-UCLA-URO (833-825-2876).