SBUMC Department of Urology Ranked As Top National Program in US News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" Listing


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    The Department Rises to #32 of 50 Best Urology Programs

    STONY BROOK, NY, July 16, 2009 – The Department of Urology at Stony Brook University Medical Center is again ranked among the top 50 in the “America’s Best Hospitals” August 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report. This is the second time SBUMC and the Department has received the distinction as one of the best urology programs nationwide, joining the ranks of institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic.

    The 2009-10 listing of America’s Best Hospitals is online at and on newsstands.

    SBUMC was one of only four hospitals highlighted in New York State and the only Long Island hospital so ranked in Urology. The program had the second highest survival rate out of the top 50 programs included on the ranking list in that category. The Department was ranked 48th in the 2007 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue.

    The Department of Urology is proud to welcome Dr. Ruth Ann Miles,  the  only female physician practicing urology in Suffolk County.  Dr. Miles is Board Certified and specializes in female urology.

    Led by Dr. Waltzer, SBUMC Urology provides sophisticated care for a wide variety of advanced urological problems. With 11 full-time faculty, it comprises the largest urologic practice on Long Island and includes sub-specialty physicians in Oncologic Urology, Pediatric Urology, Endourology/Stone Disease, Robotics, Laparoscopy/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Male Infertility, Female Urology/Voiding Dysfunction, Reconstructive Surgery and Renal Transplantation.

    The Department incorporates the use of high-tech instrumentation for diagnostic and surgical care, including the da Vinci® S HD™ Surgical System, purchased by SBUMC in 2007 to enhance the approach to minimally invasive and difficult surgical procedures. The Department also provides a Kidney Transplantation Service that is the most active renal transplant program on Long Island. Approximately 1,100 transplants have been performed since the program began in 1981 under Dr. Waltzer. The service is in the top 20 percent of kidney transplant programs nationwide by patient volume.

    Departmental faculty members are board eligible/certified and most are fellowship trained at elite institutions. The latest advances in scientific research and technologic innovation keep Stony Brook Urology at the forefront of clinical and academic practice. The faculty makes every effort to provide its services to the Long Island Community and recognizes a special obligation to care for children, the elderly and the disabled. The Department established a Prostate Care Program 14 years ago, which conducts free cancer screenings each month in satellite offices and at scheduled events throughout the community.  The Prostate Care Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center received a New York State Proclamation from Senator John J. Flanagan (Second District) for the program’s “incomparable outreach” in providing prostate cancer screening, education, state-of-the-art technology, and innovative treatment throughout Long Island. The State Proclamation was the second received by the program in 2009 and was presented to Howard L. Adler, M.D., Medical Director, and Arlene Shaw, R.N., Nursing Director, at the program’s facility at SBUMC in late September.

    The Department of Urology at Stony Brook University Medical Center is ranked among the top Urology programs nationwide in the “America’s Best Hospitals” August 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The program is ranked 32nd of 50 top programs. Led by Dr. Wayne Waltzer, Chair (third from left), the Department comprises the largest urologic practice and the most active renal transplant program on Long Island. Also pictured is Dr. Rahuldev Bhalla (center), another of the department’s 10 full-time faculty.

    Credit: Jeff Williams/Lewis Communications.