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SBUMC's Department of Urology Named to US News & World Report Top 50 Hospitals List


Summer News Highlights from Stony Brook University Medical Center

The Department of Urology at Stony Brook University Medical Center joined the ranks of Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic, when it was ranked among the top 50 in the "America�s Best Hospitals," issue of US News & World Report. It was one of only four hospitals highlighted in New York State and the only Long Island hospital so ranked, with the second highest survival rate out of the top 50 programs include on the ranking list.

Wayne C. Waltzer Lead by Wayne C. Waltzer, M.D., Professor and Chairman, who was part of the team that performed the first kidney transplant on Long Island 25 years ago at Stony Brook, the Department of Urology at Stony Brook provides sophisticated care for a wide variety of general and advanced urological problems. With 10 full time faculty, it comprises the largest urology practice on Long Island and includes sub-specialty physicians in Oncologic Urology, Pediatric Urology, Endourology/Stone Disease, Laparoscopy/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Male Infertility, Female Urology/Voiding Dysfunction, Reconstructive Surgery and Renal Transplantation. It is one of only five or six Urology Departments in the United States to run a kidney transplant program.

"It is wonderful to receive this kind of external recognition on a national level," says Dr. Waltzer. "The people of Long Island can feel confident that they have one of the best Urology programs in their own back yard."

The faculty members of the Department of Urology 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 over 12 years ago, which conducts free cancer screenings each month in one of three satellite offices in East Setauket, Patchogue and Hampton Bays as well as at scheduled events throughout the community. The department also presents conferences to physicians and other health care professionals, and actively participates in providing health care information for the general public.

"This validates the hard work and quality patient care provided by Dr. Waltzer and his phenomenal team," says Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. "I believe that we will see many of the programs offered at Stony Brook appear on these national ranking lists more frequently, following in the footsteps of the Department of Urology."

All US hospitals were eligible and more than 1300 were reviewed for at least one of the services ranked in US News & World Report. Survey methodology is based partly on the annual AHA hospital services questionnaire from 2005.

Stony Brook University Medical Center is the only academic medical center on Long Island. It comprises Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Hospital, which is the only tertiary care hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center in Suffolk County. With 522 beds and 4,800 employees, it is the largest hospital in Suffolk County. The Heart Center performs the only open-heart surgery in Suffolk and the Stony Brook University Cancer Center attracts patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities. Stony Brook has Long Island�s first kidney transplantation program and initiated the nation�s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. The hospital is also the regional referral center for trauma, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cystic fibrosis, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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