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Awards & Recognition

Resident Group PhotoAlexis Steinmetz, MD  
AUA Resident Debate Winner Alexis Steinmetz, MD


  • SWIU Resident Travel Award- January 2024 (Awarded to Dr. Laena Hines)
  • AUA Advocacy Summit Resident Travel Award- February 2024 (Awarded to Dr. Laena Hines)
  • ALES Outstanding Author - March 2024 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)


  • NSAUA Resident Essay Contest- 1st Place- 2023 (Awarded to Dr. Christopher Wandering)
  • Earl Nation Retrospectroscope Award -2023 (Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ellis)


  • Society of Women in Urology Travel Award - February 2022 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)
  • Resident Research Award – University of Rochester Urology - May 2022 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)
  • NSAUA Resident Debate Winner- 2022 (Awarded to Dr. Christopher Wandering)
  • URMC Inservice Highest Total and Percentile-2022 (Awarded to Dr. Christopher Wandering)
  • Highest URMC Resident Inservice Exam Score- 2022 (Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ellis)
  • AUA Resident Bowl Participant- 2022 (Awarded to Dr. Christopher Wandering)


  • American Urological Association Basic Sciences Travel Award - October 2021 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)
  • NSAUA Resident Essay Prize Contest – 1st Place - October 2021 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award 2021 (Awarded to Dr. Laena Hines)
  • Highest URMC Resident Inservice Exam Score- 2021 (Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ellis)


  • Travel Award ($750) – American Physician Scientists Association - April 2020 (Awarded to Dr. Trevor Hunt)
  • Best Poster Presentation** – AUA Annual Meeting - May 2020 Hunt TC, Ambrose JP, Haaland B, Hanson HA, O’Neil BB. Decision fatigue in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. Poster presentation at: 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association, Washington, DC, May 2020 [virtual].
  • Top 5 Most Viewed Abstract – AUA Annual Meeting - May 2020 (Awarded to Dr. Trevor Hunt)
  • NSAUA Resident Essay Prize Contest – 2nd Place - October 2020 (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)
  • URMC Inservice Highest Percentile- 2020 (Awarded to Dr. Christopher Wandering)


  • Experimental Biology and Medicine Outstanding Reviewer Award (Awarded to Dr. Karen Doersch)

Publications from 2019-2024

  1. Dindinger-Hill K, Horns JJ, Ambrose JA, Vehawn J, Choudry MM, Hunt TC, Chipman J, Haaland B, Li J, Hanson HA, O’Neil BB. Effect of health service area on primary care physician provision of low-value cancer screening. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2024. In press.
  2. Choudry MM, Dindinger-Hill K, Ambrose JP, Horns JJ, Vehawn J, Gill H, Murray NZ, Hunt TC, Martin C, Haaland B, Chipman J, Hanson HA, O’Neil BB. Urban relatives ameliorate survival disparities for genitourinary cancer in rural patients. Cancer Medicine. 2024; 13(5): e7058.
  3. Song DY, Ceraolo CA, Doersch KM, Campbell TD, Wanderling C, Schuler N, Jain RK, Quarrier SO. (2024) Neighborhood Social Vulnerability Impacts Quality of Life in Kidney Stone Patients. Urol Pract. 11(1): 180-184.
  4. Wanderling C, Saxton A, Phan D, Doersch KM, Shepard L, Schuler N, Osinski T, Quarrier S, Ghazi A. (2024) Turning up the HEAT: Surgical simulation of the Moses 2.0 laser in an anatomic model. CUAJ.
  5. Hunt TC, Messing EM. Editorial comment. Re: Risk and prognostics of second primary cancer after prostate radiation therapy. Urology Practice. 2024; 11(1): 152.
  6. Harper J, Hunt TC, Choudry MM, Kapron AL, Cooney KA, Martin C, Ambrose JP, O’Neil BB. Clinician interest in clinical decision support for PSA-based prostate cancer screening. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2023; 41(3): 145.e17-145.e23.
  7. Hines L, Doersch KM, Ninomiya M, Jain R, Quarrier SO. (2023) Redefining Clinically Significant Hematuria After Holmium Enucleation of the Prostate. Journal of Endourology. Accepted 2023.
  8. Doersch KM, Hines L, Ajay D. (2023) Narrative Review of Flaps and Grafts in Robotic Reconstructive Urologic Surgery. Annals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery. Accepted Oct 2023.
  9. Elsaqa M, Dowd K, Elmekresh A, Doersch KM, El Tayeb M. (2023) Predicters of Postoperative Urinary Tract Infection Following Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate. CUAJ 17(11).
  10. Doersch KM¸ Diamond DA. (2023) Editorial Comment. Journal of Urology. 209(3): 609-610.
  11. Harper J, Greenberg SE, Hunt TC, Cooney KA, O’Neil BB. Initial outcomes and insights from a novel high-risk prostate cancer risk clinic. The Prostate. 2023; 83(2): 151-157.
  12. Doersch KM, Tabayoyong WB, Bandari J. (2023) Evaluation of Toxicities for Intravesical Drugs in Phase I Bladder Cancer Trials. Cancer. 129(1): 39-48.
  13. Lange SM, Choudry MM, Hunt TC, Ambrose JP, Haaland B, Lowrance WT, Hanson HA, O’Neil BB. Impact of Choosing Wisely on imaging in men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2023; 41(1): 48.e19-48.e26.
  14. Osinski T, Hunt TC, O’Brien JH. Grit and burnout in the physician workforce. JAMA Surgery. 2022; 157(4): 354-355.
  15. Odom MR, Hunt TC, Pak ES, Hannan JL. High fat diet induces obesity in adult mice but fails to develop pre-penile and penile vascular dysfunction. International Journal of Impotence Research. 2022(34): 308-316.
  16. Doersch KM, Witthaus M, Warren G, Rabinowitz R, Ajay D. (2022) The Evolution of Management of Male Stress Urinary Incontinence. The International Journal of Urologic History. 1(2): 66-71.
  17. Doersch KM, Barnett D, Chase A, Johnston D, Gabrielsen JS. (2022) The Contribution of the Immune System to Genitourinary Fibrosis. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 247(9): 765-788.
  18. Doersch KM, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP, Yetistirici O, Venna AM, Masoom SN, Diamond DA. (2022) Is Parenteral Antibiotic Prophylaxis Associated with Fewer Infectious Complications in Stented Distal Hypospadias Repair? Journal of Pediatric Urology. 18(6): 759-763.
  19. Ellis EE, Messing E. Active Surveillance of Small Renal Masses: A Systematic Review. Kidney Cancer. IOS Press; 2021 Aug 28;5(3):139-52. Available from:
  20. Chase AM, Hines L, Ellis E, Jain R, Quarrier SO. Sulfamethoxazole stone in a patient with extensive history of urolithiasis and recurrent urinary tract infections. Urol Case Rep. 2021 Aug 19;39:101812. doi: 10.1016/j.eucr.2021.101812. PMID: 34466388; PMCID: PMC8383052.
  21. Hunt TC. Landmarks [poem]. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2021; 174(4): 565.
  22. Hunt TC, Gusev A, O’Neil BB. Research years for urology applicants: Considerations amid COVID-19. AUANews. 2021; 26(5): 10-11.
  23. Greenberg SE, Hunt TC, Ambrose JP, Lowrance WT, Dechet CB, O’Neil BB, Tward JD. Clinical germline testing results of men with prostate cancer: Patient-level factors and implications of NCCN guideline expansion. JCO Precision Oncology. 2021(5): 533-542.
  24. Hunt TC, Ambrose JP, Haaland B, Kawamoto K, Dechet CB, Lowrance WT, Hanson HA, O’Neil BB. Decision fatigue in low-value prostate cancer screening. Cancer. 2021; 127(18): 3343-3353.
  25. Witthaus MW, Farooq S, Melnyk R, Campbell T, Saba P, Mathews E, Ezzat B, Ertefaie A, Frye TP, Wu G, Rashid H, Joseph JV, Ghazi A. Incorporation and validation of clinically relevant performance metrics of simulation (CRPMS) into a novel full-immersion simulation platform for nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (NS-RARP) utilizing three-dimensional printing and hydrogel casting technology BJU Int. 2020 Feb;125(2):322-332.
  26. Gurung PMS, Wang B, Hassig S, Wood J, Ellis E, Feng C, Ghazi AE, Joseph JV. Oncological and functional outcomes in patients over 70 years of age treated with robotic radical prostatectomy: a propensity-matched analysis. World J Urol. 2020 Jun 14. doi: 10.1007/s00345-020-03304-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32537666.
  27. Hunt TC, O’Neil BB. Leveraging behavioral economics to reduce low-value prostate cancer screening. European Urology. 2020; 77(4): 400-402.
  28. Hunt TC, O’Neil BB. Decision fatigue may help explain low-value PSA testing. AUANews. 2020; 25(9): 1-3.
  29. Witthaus MW, Farooq S, Melnyk R, Campbell T, Saba P, Mathews E, Ezzat B, Ertefaie A, Frye TP, Wu G, Rashid H, Joseph JV, Ghazi A. Incorporation and Validation of Clinically Relevant Performance Metrics of Simulation (CRPMS) into a Novel Full-immersion Simulation Platform for Nerve-sparing Robot-assisted Radical Prostatectomy using Three-dimensional Printing and Hydrogel Molding Technology. BJUI. 2019 Nov 2. doi: 10.1111/bju.14940.
  30. Gurung PM, Campbell T, Wang B, Joseph JV, Ghazi A. Accelerated Skills Acquisition Protocol (ASAP) in optimizing robotic surgical simulation training: a prospective randomized study. World J Urol. 2019 Jun 29.
  31. Truong M, Baack Kukreja JE, Rais-Bahrami S, Barashi NS, Wang B, Nuffer Z, Park JH, Lam K, Frye TP, Nix JW, Thomas JV, Feng C, Chapin BF, Davis JW, Hollenberg G, Oto A, Eggener SE, Joseph JV, Weinberg E, Messing EM.  Multi-institutional Clinical Tool for Predicting High-risk Lesions on 3 Tesla Multiparametric Prostate Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Eur Urol Oncol. 2019
  32. Gurung PMS, Barnett AR, Wilson JS, Hudson J, Ward DG, Messing EM, Bryan RT. Prognostic DNA Methylation Biomarkers in High-risk Non-muscle invasive Bladder Cancer: A Systematic Review to Identify Loci for Prospective Validation. Eur Urol Focus. 2019 Feb 22. pii: S2405-4569(19)30032-X. 
  33. Navetta AF, Elmekresh A, Doersch K, Durdin TD, Machen GL, Cohen A, Lowry PS, El Tayeb MM. (2019) Preoperative Ureteral Stenting Prior to Ureteroscopy for Management of Urolithiasis Does Not Impact the Postoperative Return for Unplanned Care. Urol Ann 11(3): 282-286.
  34. Doersch KM, Thai KH, Machen GL, Bird ET, Reilly TP, El Tayeb MM. (2019) A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes of Operating Room Versus Office-Based Ureteral Stenting with the Novel Use of Nitrous Oxide Sedation. Urology. 132: 37-42.

Funded Research Year

The PGY4 research year is fully funded by the urology department. Residents can pursue clinical or bench research projects with a dedicated team of researchers, PhD’s and multidisciplinary faculty during this mentored year.

Clinic and Operative Experience

All urologic subspecialties are represented by fellowship trained faculty members. We now have 2 full time APPs in house to assist with inpatient consults and case coverage as needed to allow residents to fully participate in resident education hours as well as in more interesting/bigger cases/double scrub etc. 

AUA Faculty Early Investigators

Dr Tabayoyong:  Combination Chemotherapy-Immunotherapy for Bladder Cancer.

Dr Rajat Jain: Promoting and encouraging self-management of kidney stones via a novel software application.