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Department of Urology

Welcome to the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. As one of the premier academic departments of neurology in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the only one in central Pennsylvania, the department is known for its world-class patient care, education and research.

The department is in an exciting phase of growth as clinical services expand to meet the needs of our patients, the residency program increases in size, and research activity and collaborations proliferate.

Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a professional head-and-shoulders photo.
Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD, Chair, Neurology

The department provides state-of-the-art care for patients across a wide range of neurologic disorders, and its providers are actively engaged in clinical research while collaborating with basic scientists at Hershey and University Park. 

The outstanding team of academic neurologists educates medical students at various stages of their undergraduate medical studies. They also train graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows – all with the goal of developing the next generation of leaders in the field of neurology. 

The department is also proud of its outreach activities to neurologists and non-neurology health care providers, as well as the community at large

Krish Sathian, MBBS, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Psychology
Director, Penn State Neuroscience Institute

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Urology at Penn State College of Medicine

The Department of Urology aims to deliver outstanding high-quality clinical care to the people of Central Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the bordering Mid-Atlantic states. We aim to provide premier educational programs that will train and develop the next generation of exceptional urologists, while generating innovative and progressive research that will contribute to the advancement of the field of urologic sciences, and further enhance our regional and national reputation.

The Division of Genitourinary Surgery was founded in 1970 under the direction of Thomas J. Rohner, Jr., MD. The program was renamed the Division of Urology in 1971 with establishment of a residency program. The Urology Division was led by Dr. Rohner until 1999 at which time Ross M. Decter, MD, assumed the role of Division Chief. In 2015, Jay Raman, MD, became the third Division Chief of Urology. Owing to substantial growth, the Division was elevated to Departmental status in 2021 with Dr. Raman serving as the interim Chair.

The Department of Urology is composed of 17 attending surgeons, 12 advanced practice providers (PA/CRNP) and 15 residents providing care across three different campuses within the Penn State Health system. High-quality care is provided across the entire spectrum of the specialty including genitourinary oncology, kidney stone disease, benign prostatic disease, sexual dysfunction, male infertility, urinary reconstruction, female pelvic medicine and pediatric urology, as well as general urology services.

Jay Raman, MD, is the Interim Chair, Department of Urology. He is pictured in a white medical coat against a blue background.
Jay Raman, MD, Interim Chair, Urology

The department is committed to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. These efforts are tracked through performance metrics measured by the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) where we excel compared to benchmarks.

Jay Raman, MD
Professor and Interim Chair, Urology
Penn State College of Medicine

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Education in Urology

The Department of Urology’s objective is to educate the future leaders in urologic medicine with the urologic clerkship and residency program. Urology faculty engage in activities to provide medical students with educational and research opportunities. Notably, faculty mentorship in both clinical and basic sciences has resulted in students presenting in local, regional and national conferences with resultant journal publications. Faculty members' commitment to education is evident by certification in the Stanford Clinical Teaching Program and the Program for Education at the Harvard Macy Institute.

The department seeks to maintain and expand current avenues of integration into the medical student curriculum including serving as Medical Student Society Advisor, Problem Based Learning group leader, as well as lectures to all years of medical students.

The importance of educating the next generation of physicians extends to resident training. The residency is an entirely integrated five-year program strictly under urology. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) office has recognized that the combination of faculty growth and representation of all subspecialty areas of urology created an optimal training environment and thus afforded urology the opportunity to train three residents per year starting in July 2019.

Research in Urology

The department has a successful, outcomes-based, translational research program spanning several different subspecialty domains in urology. Current faculty have successfully procured extramural federal funding through the American Cancer Society, Department of Defense and the NIDDK. Industry sponsored trials and foundation awards complement the research portfolio. Ancillary research support staff within the department enhance the ability to successfully accrue and complete trials.

A collaborative oncology program with the Department of Pathology and the Penn State Cancer Institute highlights the department's commitment to urologic cancer research. Additionally, urology is pursuing further formal collaborations that will draw on institutional strengths in cancer research, advanced imaging, pediatric reconstruction and multidisciplinary clinical trials. These specifically include collaborative programs in:

  • Genitourinary oncology cancer trials through the cooperative Big 10 network (collaboration with medical oncology and radiation oncology)
  • Kidney stone disease (multidisciplinary program including nephrology and nutrition and investigators at University Park)
  • Translational kidney and bladder oncology diagnostic and therapeutic program (with the Institute of Personalized Medicine and Penn State University Department of BioEngineering)
  • Image enhanced diagnosis and therapy of benign and malignant urologic diseases (multidisciplinary program with Radiology)

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Clinical Care in Urology

The Department of Urology at Penn State Health has 17 clinical faculty (15 fellowship-trained) and 10 advanced practice clinicians (APCs) providing care for the population of Central Pennsylvania. The Department of Urology has demonstrated significant growth over the past five years underscoring the high volume of clinical services provided to our community.

In 2021, outpatient clinic visits exceeded 30,000 patient encounters across all sites and operative cases were approximately 5,600. Surgical care has increasingly transitioned to an ambulatory outpatient setting. While clinical and surgical volumes are increasing, the resource needs and requirements for inpatient care have decreased. Careful creation of care pathways have facilitated decreased length of stay and reduced readmissions when patients require hospital admission for more complex procedures.

The Department of Urology has two organized sections (Pediatric Urology and Urologic Oncology). The Section of Pediatric Urology is comprised of four fellowship-trained pediatric urologists and three APCs who provide the full spectrum of care to children with urologic disorders including the only comprehensive spina bifida clinic in the region. The Section of Urologic Oncology is composed of four fellowship-trained urologic surgeons and 4 APCs who care for all urologic cancers in a multidisciplinary approach with coordinating services.

Educational Programs

Sections

  • Section of Pediatric Urology
  • Section of Urologic Oncology

Services and Affiliations

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Jobs in Urology

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Urology can be found at hr.psu.edu/careers (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.