Resident Essay Competitions


Judge: Laurence Klotz, MD, FRCSC

University of Toronto Professor, Department of Surgery

1st Place - Matthew Epstein, MD (Temple)

Relief of Ureteral Obstruction does not Reduce Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Toxicity for Cisplatin Eligible Patients with Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer

2nd Place - Ruchika Talwar, MD (University of Pennsylvania)

Prostate Cancer treatment disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons from a Multi-Institutional Collaborative

3rd Place - Paulette Dreher, DO (Main Line Health)

Socio-environmental conditions associated with geospatial clusters of urothelial carcinoma: A multi-institutional analysis


Judge: Eila C. Skinner, MD

Chair, Department of Urology

Stanford University

1st place - Aeen Asghar, MD (Temple)

Systematic Endoscopic Evaluation in Predicting pT0 Bladder Cancer: A Prospective Trial

2nd place - Ruchika Talwar, MD(Penn)

Concordance of Confirmatory Prostate Biopsy in Active Surveillance with National Guidelines: an Analysis from the Multi-Institutional PURC Cohort

3rd place - John Drevik, MD (Einstein)

Factors Associated with Postoperative Urinary Retention in Patients Undergoing Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Implantation


Judge: Roger Dmochowski, M.D.

Associate Surgeon-in-Chief

Vanderbilt University

1st: Nathan Peffer, MD (Temple)

Optical Uroflowmetry

2nd: Victor Kucherov, MD (Jefferson)

Effect of comprehensive genomic profiling on clinical practice and outcomes in patients with advanced urologic malignancy

3rd: Sarah Christianson, DO (Einstein)

A multi-institutional assessment of multimodal analgesia in penile implant recipients demonstrates dramatic narcotics reduction


Judge: Inderbir Gill, MD

Chair, Department of Urology

University of Southern California

1st: Jason Levy, DO (Hahnemann)

Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment Surgery: An Institutional Analysis of Outcomes, Complications, and Risk Factors

2nd: Allison Sih, MD (Temple)

Active surveillance for localized renal masses: growth rates and outcomes in patients with masses ≥4cm

3rd: Carmen Tong, DO (Einstein)

Novel multimodal Analgesia Protocol Significantly Decreases Opioid Requirements in inflatable penile prosthesis patients


Judge: Christopher G. Wood, MD
Deputy Chairman, Department of Urology

MD Anderson Cancer Center

1st Place: Andrew McIntosh, MD (Temple)​

Active surveillance for renal masses with >5 years of follow-up. Tumor growth, delayed intervention rates, and clinical outcomes.

2nd Place: Siobhan Hartigan, MD (Penn)

Association between urinary symptom severity and automated segmentation of white matter plaque in women with multiple sclerosis

3rd Place: Albert Lee, DO (Einstein)

Clinical destiny of indeterminate pulmonary nodules in patients undergoing radical cystectomy for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder


Judge: Richard A. Santucci, MD

Director, The Center for Urologic Reconstruction

Detroit Medical Center

1st Place: Hong Truong, MD (Jefferson)​

Prevalence and Characteristics of Patients Meeting Referral Criteria for Genetic Counseling for Suspected Kidney Cancer Syndromes Based on Tumor Pathology

2nd Place: Ronak Gor, DO (Einstein)

Unexpected High Rates of Angiography and Angioembolization for Isolated Low Grade Renal Trauma: Results from a Large, Statewide Trauma Database

3rd Place: Matthew Sterling, MD (Penn)

Day of Catheter Removal May Predict Cure Rates in Men Undergoing the Advance Sling for Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence at Extended Follow-up (>=24 Months)


Judge: Marshall Stoller, MD
Professor & Vice Chair of Urology,


1st Place: Neil J. Kochner, MD (Penn State-Hershey)

Hypertension is the Primary Component of Metabolic Syndrome Associated with Renal Tumor Pathology

2nd Place: Laura Giusto, MD (Temple)

Lack of Racial Variation in Rates of Adverse Pathology After Radical Prostatectomy Among Men Meeting Active Surveillance Eligibility Criteria

3rd Place: Ronak Gor, DO (Einstein)

Surgical Chronic Kidney Disease Appears to be a Distinct Subtype of Chronic Kidney Disease Based on Mortality Risks Following Renal Surgery


Judge: Harris M. Nagler, MD
President & Chair of Urology,

Beth Israel Medical Center

1st Place: Charles Concodora, MD (Temple)​

Performance of Initial Radical Cystectomy & Risk of Pathologic Upstaging in Patients with High Grade T1 Urothelial Carcinoma of the Bladder: A National Cancer Database Analysis

2nd Place: Eugene Pietzak, MD (Penn)

Impact of Race on Selecting Appropriate Patients for Active Surveillance with Seemingly Low Risk Prostate Cancer

3rd Place: Justin Ziemba, MD (Penn)

Practice Patterns of Acute Renal Colic in the Emergency Department


Judge: Culley C. Carson, III, MD
John Sloan Rhodes Distinguished Professor

University of North Carolina

1st Place: John Walton, MD (Fox Chase)

Tumor Contour "Irregularity" Predicts High Grade Pathology for Large Renal Masses

2nd Place: Sean Jay Henderson, DO (Einstein)

Prostatic Urethral Length Correlates with Increased Risk of Postoperative Urinary Incontinence Following Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

3rd Place: Eugene Pietzak, MD (Penn)

Factors Influencing the Length of Stay after Radical Cystectomy: Implications for Cancer Care and Perioperative Management


Judge: Louis R. Kavoussi, MD
Chairman of Urology, North Shore-LIJ Health System

Professor of Urology, New York University

1st Place: Christopher Rippel, MD (Penn State - Hershey)

Residual Fragments Following Ureteroscopic Lithotripsy: Incidence and Predictors in 248 Patients with Post-Operative Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging

2nd Place: Gregory Tasian, MD (CHOP)

Pediatric Genitourinary Injuries in the United States from 2002-2010

3rd Place: Jay Simhan, MD (Temple)

Trends in Regionalization of Adrenalectomy to Higher Volume Surgical Centers


Judge: Victor W. Nitti, MD
Professor & Vice-Chairman of Urology

New York University

1st Place: Matthew Resnick (Penn)

Factors Associated with Satisfaction with Prostate Cancer Care: Results from CaPSURE

2nd Place: Jamie Messer, MD (Penn State - Hershey)

Multi-Institutional Validation of the Ability of Preoperative Hydronephrosis to Predict Advanced Pathologic Tumor Stage in Upper-Tract Urothelial Carcinoma

3rd Place: Thomas Clements, MD (Penn State - Hershey)

Variable PSA Management Patterns by Non-Urologist Providers at a Tertiary Care Medical Center


Judge: Paul F. Schellhammer, MD FACS
Professor of Urology

Eastern Virginia Medical School

1st Place: Ray Bernal, MD (Temple)

Reinnervation of Urethral and Anal Sphincters with Anterior Femoral to Pudendal Nerve Transfer

2nd Place: Laura Stansell, MD (Penn)

Increased Basal Resting Tone During EMG Biofeedback is Associated with Improved Voiding for Patients with Orthotopic Neobladder Dysfunction

3rd Place: Jay Simhan, MD (Temple)

Open, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: A Single Institution Analysis with Perioperative and Oncologic Outcomes


Judge: James Edward Montie, MD
Professor of Urology

University of Michigan

1st Place: David Kaplan, MD (Temple)

External Validation of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Risk Calculator in a High-Risk Screening Population

2nd Place: Eric Nelson, MD (Jefferson)

Preoperative Stenting in Pediatric Ureteroscopy - Is There an Advantage?

3rd Place: Steve Dong, MD (Jefferson)

Ureteroscopic Management of Large Intrarenal Calculi - Comparison of Laser and Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy


Judge: Michael L. Blute, MD
Professor of Urology,

University of Massachusetts

Basic/Translational Science Papers

1st Place: Tavis Shaw, DO (Einstein)

Overexpression of the Zinc Uptake Transporter hZIP1 Inhibits NF-kB and Suppresses the Malignant Potential of Prostate Cancer Cells in vitro and in vivo

2nd Place: Steve Lebovitch, MD (Temple)

CNS Findings in Anticholinergic Treated Patients with Overactive Bladder Using fMRI for Functional Brain Imaging

3rd Place: Jitesh Patel, MD (Jefferson)

Holmium Laser Lithotripsy: Assessment of Laser Energy in Relation to Calculus COmposition and Size

Clinical Papers

1st Place: Daniel Canter, MD (Penn)

The Presence of Lymphovascular Invasion in Radical Cystectomy Specimens for Patients with Urothelial Carcinoma Portends a Poor Clinical Prognosis

2nd Place: Benjamin J. Scoll, MD (Temple)

Relative Survival Following Treatment for Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma - A SEER Analysis

3rd Place: Jason A. Smith, MD (Einstein)

Sexual Dysfunction is Common in the Morbidly Obese Male and Improves After Gastric Bypass Surgery

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