Newswise — Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation held an event, Innovative Evening on Urology, to highlight advances and promising projects for the future in the field of urology. More than 200 guests — including physicians, Hackensack University Medical Center leaders, clinicians, vendors, and urology patients —attended the second annual fundraiser at the Edgewood Country Club. The event highlighted the Urology Department’s world-class team and groundbreaking technologies to raise critical philanthropic support for current research projects, educational programs, and innovative initiatives.

"It is an honor for me to lead the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey, which includes more than 40 urologists who are passionate about research and innovation,” noted Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology, Hackensack University Medical Center, medical professor and chair of Urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and director of Robotic Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Together we have published more than 500 scholarly articles in the last decade alone, making us one of the most prolific departments in the country. My team and I are committed to advancing the field through our research and bringing those advances to the patients we serve to improve their care and enhance their lives."

Dr. Stifelman joined these three Hackensack University Medical Center experts who shared their input about urology advances in a panel discussion:

  • David Shin, M.D., Chief of Center for Sexual Health and Fertility, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Debra Fromer, M.D., Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Olivier Loudig, Ph.D., Associate Member of the Center for Discovery and Innovation,
  • Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack University Medical Center's urology team is especially known for pioneering the use of robotic-assisted surgery to treat prostate cancer, perform partial nephrectomy techniques for kidney cancer, and rebuild the bladder and ureters using robotic reconstruction procedures.  Today the department has the latest robotic technology and five dedicated robotic surgical systems, replacing the need for traditional open surgical procedures in more than 90 percent of patients. Surgeons from around the world visit Hackensack University Medical Center to learn the latest robotic surgical advances and approaches developed by the urologic team.

During the presentation, Dr. Stifelman spoke extensively about the types of research performed at Hackensack University Medical Center, including clinical outcomes research, bioengineering, translational research, and laboratory investigations.

At the event, Dottie Purcell was honored as a generous benefactor for the Urology Fellowship. The event was co-chaired by Leo T. Ehrline and Gerard S. LaRocca.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in  colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit




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