Newswise — Members of the Department of Urology at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), as well as residents and fellows, and students from the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (HMSOM), were involved in 20 presentations at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) held in San Antonio from May 3-6, 2024.

Many of the urologists from HUMC are also faculty at the medical school, and medical students are playing integral parts of the ongoing cutting-edge research. 

Among the presentations were the following:

Hackensack University Medical Center, ranked #1 hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll has the state’s only nationally-ranked Urology Program (#27) - also recognized as New Jersey’s Best Urology Program since 2013.

"Our strong presence at this conference is further evidence of our renowned leadership in urologic research and care," said Michael D. Stifelman, MD, chair of Urology at Hackensack University Medical Center, director of Robotic Surgery, and founding chair and professor of Urology, HMSOM. "We are committed to providing our patients with the latest evidence-based care, and that care begins with research projects such as those we are presenting at the AUA meeting. This work demonstrates our dedication to improving patient outcomes and quality of life."

The 2024 AUA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas provided the latest evidence-based science and education in urology. More than a hundred hours of science and education was offered at AUA2024, covering the full spectrum of urology. Hackensack University Medical Center urologists were thrilled to present their groundbreaking research, new clinical guidelines and updates, and the latest advances in urology medicine at this annual event. 

“Hackensack University Medical Center urologists are leading the way in numerous subspecialty areas, including single port robotic surgery and urologic cancer care,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center and president, North Region, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Recognition of our team’s research efforts at the AUA annual meeting is an honor that will also help to elevate the standard of urological care across the nation.”


Hackensack University Medical Center, an 803-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was Bergen County’s first hospital founded in 1888. It is also the first hospital in New Jersey and third in the nation to become a Magnet®-recognized hospital for nursing excellence, receiving its seventh consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2024. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center is the #1 hospital in New Jersey according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals list. In addition to being ranked the top hospital in New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #6 overall in the New York Metropolitan area as well as being home to the John Theurer Cancer Center, a premier cancer center in New Jersey.  Hackensack University Medical Center has the best, nationally-ranked programs in New Jersey in Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery (#42), Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (#24), and Geriatrics (#36). It is also the only New Jersey hospital nationally ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery (#22) and Urology (#27). The hospital is also nationally ranked in Orthopedics (#33). Hackensack University Medical Center is also recognized for 18 high-performing procedures and conditions. Named to  Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2024 list, Hackensack University Medical Center is also the recipient of the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades as well as an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This award-winning care is provided on a campus that is home to facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Hackensack University Medical Center is listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. The hospital’s comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. In 2023, the hospital completed the largest healthcare expansion project ever approved by the state: construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a 530,000-sq.-ft., nine-story building housing 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capability, 50 ICU beds, and 175 medical/surgical beds including a 50 room Musculoskeletal Institute. 


The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Hackensack Meridian Health assumed its independent operation in July 2020, and achieved full accreditation in February 2023. The school’s vision is that each person in New Jersey, and in the United States, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, will enjoy the highest levels of wellness in an economically and behaviorally sustainable fashion. The School’s unique curriculum focuses on linking the basic science with clinical relevance, through an integrated curriculum in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. The school prides itself on community outreach, through programs like the Human Dimension, which is active in communities across New Jersey.