The Department of Urologic Surgery and Division of Pediatric Urologic Surgery have developed a national reputation for innovative patient care, outstanding fellowship and residency training, and both basic and clinical research. We have one of the largest clinical faculties of any academic center in the country and national leaders in virtually every domain of urologic surgery. Both our adult and pediatric urology programs are ranked among the top 10 in the country, one of only a few departments nation-widewith this distinction.
Our department is dedicated to excellence in patient care. We have one of the highest volume surgical practices in the entire country and are committed to innovative surgical approaches, including robotics, image-guided surgery and minimally-invasive approaches. We are internationalleaders in the area of robotic urologic surgery with more than 3,000 robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Recognition of the need for a personalized approach to medicine has long been a focus of urologic surgery and our departmental initiatives. The impact of treatment-related morbidity and the burden of urologic diseases on national healthcare expenditures mandate improved ability to select patients for appropriate treatments and to predict outcomes. Image-guided targeted therapies, proteomic and genotypic proﬁling of tumors, and development of new biomarkers are important research endeavors in our department. Additionally, evaluation of healthcare outcomes and comparative treatment efﬁcacies is a key component of our healthcare outcomes and policy initiatives.