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Iowa Urology: Summer 2023

News from the University of Iowa Department of Urology

Chair's Message

Our drive to expand and optimize operations to better serve our patients never ends. For that reason, I’m especially excited to introduce you to the two newest additions to our faculty: Amanda R. Swanton, MD, PhD, and Helen Y. Hougen, MD.

Also in this issue, Dr. Annah J. Vollstedt provides some background on the new eCoin implant for urinary urge incontinence. We’re proud to have been selected as a site for the device’s post-FDA approval study, and we’re looking forward to offering this new treatment option to patients.

And finally, I’m very pleased to report that our team has yet again received recognition from U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-24 best hospitals rankings:

  • In the Best Hospitals rankings released in August, our urology care is rated as “High Performing,” placing us among the top 10% in the nation.
  • In the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released in June, our pediatric urology care is No. 48 in the nation.

Rankings are based on multiple factors, including physician surveys conducted via Doximity. We’re grateful for the support we receive in those surveys from the urologists who partner with us, and we will work tirelessly to continue to earn that support.

Karl J. Kreder, MD, MBA
Department Executive Officer
Rubin H. Flocks Chair

Karl Kreder, MD
Karl J. Kreder, MD, MBA

In the Summer 2023 Issue of Iowa Urology:

We're pleased to introduce two new members of our faculty — men's health specialist Amanda R. Swanton, MD, and urologic oncologist Helen Y. Hougen, MD — along with this year's class of new residents and fellows.

Dr. Annah J. Vollstedt provides background on the new eCoin implant for UUI. Our FPMRS providers are participating in the post-FDA-approval study of the device.

Dr. Paul T. Gellhaus earns Teacher of the Year Award. Plus our endourology fellowship is among the first in the world to receive approval for a new focus, and a paper on gem/doce for NMIBC is named most impactful of the year by the Journal of Urology.

Highlights of recent work, including articles from the NIH-funded Multidisciplinary Approach to Pelvic Pain Research Network and all UI Urology abstracts presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Chicago.