UCLA Urology is pleased to announce that the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) and the Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association, have partnered to award a 1-year exceptional early-career investigator grant to Denise Asafu-Adjei, MD, MPH, for her study entitled “Disparities in Access to Care for Male Erectile Dysfunction Services.” Dr. Asafu-Adjei is an incoming Andrology fellow at UCLA Urology, where her study is being conducted under the mentorship of Jesse Mills, MD, Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD, Stanley Frencher MD, MPH, and Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH.
The goal of this project is to characterize and analyze access to care for erectile dysfunction (ED) within two different, university-affiliated health care delivery settings: a predominantly insured and socioeconomically advantaged population versus an underinsured and typically medically disenfranchised population. This important work will shed light on disparities of care and inform evidence-based clinical care pathways for ED.
Dr. Mills, Professor of Urology and Director of The Men’s Clinic at UCLA said, “Soon to be a Bruin, Dr. Asafu-Adjel already embodies the core values of UCLA Urology: healing humankind one urologic patient at a time. I praise the SMSNA for its support of this valuable work to not only characterize economic disparities in sexual medicine but also provide a treatment paradigm that will help economically disadvantaged men. Given the breadth of socioeconomic backgrounds UCLA Urology faculty treats, UCLA is the ideal place for Dr. Asafu-Adjei to carry out her research.”