Joseph Del Pizzo, M.D.

Urology
Joseph Del Pizzo

Joseph J. Del Pizzo, M.D. is the Director of Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Department of Urology at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He joined the surgical staff at The New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2000 after serving as a clinical fellow in Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Urology. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his urology residency at the University of Maryland, one of the largest centers for urologic laparoscopy in the country, where he helped to establish some of the anatomical landmarks for performing laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. At the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Del Pizzo has established one of the most active and effective centers for laparoscopy in urology. He has a vast experience with laparoscopic renal and adrenal surgery, having done over 400 cases including laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy and adrenalectomy, using both standard and hand-access techniques. He directs the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy program in conjunction with the Rogosin Institute of Transplantation, and performs approximately 100 of these procedures a year. Dr. Del Pizzo is especially active in the minimally invasive treatment of kidney tumors, including laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic partial nephrectomy, and both laparoscopic and laser treatment of transitional cell carcinoma of the kidney. He currently serves on the faculty of the AUA Hand Access Laparoscopy Course, where he instructs other urologists in learning laparoscopic surgery. In addition, he travels extensively around the country teaching other surgeons the techniques of laparoscopic kidney surgery. Dr. Del Pizzo's clinical expertise also includes the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stone disease. He has experience using both laser therapy and sound wave therapy to remove kidney stones without the need for surgical incisions. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an Outstanding Achievement Award from The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He works closely with surgical instrument companies and is actively involved in the development of new therapies for minimally invasive urologic surgery. He has authored many book chapters and published numerous manuscripts on topics related to his field of expertise. He is an internationally recognized speaker on subjects of laparoscopic surgery and the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones. Dr. Del Pizzo is currently licensed to practice medicine in the states of New York and Maryland. To contact Dr. Del Pizzo, an appointment can be made by calling his office at (212) 746-5250. He can be contacted by mail at the Department of Urology, The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 525 E 68th Street, Room Starr 924A, New York, N.Y 10021 or by fax at (212) 746-0412 or by email at jod2009@med.cornell.edu.

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS   

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University - New York, NY

Associate  Professor of Urology

Director, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Urology

Director, Laparoscopic Living Kidney Donor program

 

BOARD CERTIFICATION      

Diplomate, The American Board of Urology, 2003

 

LICENSURE      

National Board of Medical Examiners

State of New York

State of Maryland

 

EDUCATION

M.D. - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY #150; 1994

B.S. Biology #150; State University of New York - Binghamton, NY - 1990

   

SURGICAL TRAINING

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University - New York, NY

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery Laparoscopy/Endourology - 2000

 

University of Maryland School of Medicine - Baltimore, Maryland

Urologic Surgery Chief Resident, 1999-2000

Urologic surgery resident, 1996-99

General surgery second year resident, 1995-96

General surgery internship, 1994-95

 

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS   

Introduction to Laparoscopy Course

Faculty instructor, AUA Annual Meeting 2002-04

 

AUA Hand Assisted Laparoscopy Course

Faculty instructor, AUA Office of Education, Houston, Texas, 2001-04

 

EDITORSHIPS      

Current Urology Reports, Adrenal Diseases Section

 

MEMBERSHIPS

American Urological Association - Candidate member

American Academy of Clinical Urologists

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS   

Endourology and Laparoscopy

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Health Care

Publications

PRESENTATIONS   

         

1.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST, and Sklar, GN.: Urological complications of bladder drained pancreatic allografts. AUA 92nd Annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997.

2.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC and Sklar, GN.: Ureteroscopic evaluation in renal transplant recipients. AUA 92nd Annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997.

3.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST and Sklar, GN.: The use of bladder for total transplant ureteral reconstruction. 55th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, Hot Springs, Virginia, 1997.

4.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST and Sklar, GN.: Treatment of radiation induced hemorrhagic cystitis with hyperbaric oxygen. 55th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, Hot Springs, Virginia, 1997.

5.   Del Pizzo, JJ, and Sklar, GN.: The O’Brien peel-away sheath: An alternative for percutaneous transplant nephroscopy. 56th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1998.

6.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Levin, B, Wong-You-Cheong, JJ, Krebs, T, Cho, E, and Jacobs, SC.: Helical CT arteriography for evaluation of living renal donors undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy. 56th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1998.

7.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Levin, B, Wong-You-Cheong, JJ, Krebs, T, Cho, E, and Jacobs, SC.: Limitations of helical CT arteriography for evaluation of living renal donors undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy. 16th World Congress of Endourology and SWL, New York, New York, 1998

8.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Sklar, GN, Cho, E, Flowers, JL, and Jacobs, SC.: Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: The first 200 cases. 16th World Congress of Endourology and SWL, New York, New York, 1998

9.   Del Pizzo, JJ, and Jacobs, SC.: The dorsal lumbotomy incision as the extraction site for laparoscopic nephrectomy: initial experience. AUA 94th Annual meeting, Dallas, Texas, 1999.

10.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Borkowski, A, Jacobs, SC, and Kyprianou, N.: Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival. AUA 94th Annual meeting, Dallas, Texas, 1999.

11.   Sklar, GN and Del Pizzo, JJ: The Plug-and-patch: A new technique for repair of corporal perforation during placement of penile prostheses. AUA 94th Annual meeting, Dallas, Texas, 1999.

12.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Borkowski, A, Jacobs, SC, and Kyprianou, N.: Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival. 3rd Annual SBUR meeting, Paris, France, 1999.

13.   Shichman, SJ, Del Pizzo, JJ, Nakada, SY and Sosa, RE: Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy. 18th World Congress on Endourology and SWL, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

14.   Shichman, SJ, Del Pizzo, JJ, Nakada, SY and Sosa, RE: Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy. 18th World Congress on Endourology and SWL, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

15.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Stifelman, MD, Nakada, SY et al.: Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Devices: A prospective review. AUA 2001 Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 2001.

16.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Stifelman, MD, Tunasia, S et al.: Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy for Large Renal Tumors and Obese Patients: A Multi-institutional Study. AUA 2001 Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 2001.

17.   Del Pizzo, JJ: Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Renal Surgery: Whats New in 2002. AUA 2002 Annual meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2002.

18.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoscopic pyeloplasty with the daVinci™ Surgical System: Robotic assistance facilitates a reduction in operative times and successful outcomes. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

19.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. 10-Year single institution experience with laparoscopic adrenalectomy – The standard of care for benign lesions. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

20.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Conventional vs. hand-assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy advantages and pitfalls of two different transperitoneal laparoscopic techniques. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

21.   Munver R, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. The transition from open to hand-assisted to conventional laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

22.   Munver R, Ng C, Del Pizzo JJ, Sosa RE, Vaughn ED, Palese MA and Scherr DS. Practice patterns among urologic surgeons treating localized renal cell carcinoma in the laparoscopic age: Technology vs. oncology. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

23.   Munver R, Del Pizzo JJ, Palese MA and Sosa RE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: A feasible nephron-sparing alternative to conventional laparoscopy and open surgery. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

24.   Munver R, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. Hand-assistance facilitates successful outcomes in right-sided laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy by minimizing the incidence of vascular complications. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

25.   Munver R, Stifelman MD, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. Robotic pyeloplasty: duplicating the open approach. Presented at World Congress of Endourology September 2003 in Montreal, Canada.

26.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoscopic nephron-sparing surgery is feasible: Will hand-assistance make it the standard of care? New York Section of the American Urological Association October 2003 in Athens & Crete, Greece.

27.   Del Pizzo JJ. Take Home Message lecture: Laparoscopic Techniques. Presented at 2003 AUA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer review journals

1. Del Pizzo, JJ, Sigman, DB, and Sklar, GN.: Total transplant ureteral reconstruction:

A modification of the Boari Flap. Techniques in Urology, 3:3, 168-70,1997.

2. Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC and Sklar, GN.: Ureteroscopic evaluation in renal transplant recipients. J Endourol, 12:2, 135-38, 1998.

3. Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST and Sklar, GN.: The use of bladder in total transplant ureteral reconstruction. J Urol, 159:750-54, 1998.

4. Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST and Sklar, GN.: Urologic complications in bladder drained pancreatic allografts. Brit J Urol, 81, 543-47, 1998.

5. Del Pizzo, JJ, Chew, BH, Jacobs, SC and Sklar, GN.: Treatment of radiation-induced hemorrhagic cystitis with hyperbaric oxygen: Long term follow-up. J Urol, 160 (3):731-33, 1998.

6. Del Pizzo, JJ, and Sklar, GN.: The O’Brien peel-away sheath: An alternative for percutaneous transplant nephroscopy. J Endourol, 13(1): 31-33, 1999.

7. Sigman, DB, Del Pizzo, JJ, and Sklar, GN: Endoscopic retrograde stenting for transplant hydronephrosis. J Endourol, 13(1): 21-25, 1999.

8. Sigman, DB, Hasnain, JU, Del Pizzo, JJ, and Sklar, GN: Real time transesophageal echocardiography for intraoperative surveillance of patients with renal cell carcinoma with venal caval extension undergoing radical nephrectomy. J Urol, 161(1): 36-38, 1999.

9. Del Pizzo, JJ, Sklar, GN, Levin, B, Wong-You-Cheong, JJ, Cho, E, Flowers, JL, and Jacobs, SC.: Limitations of helical CT angiography for evaluation of living renal donors undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy. J Urol, 62(1): 31-35, 1999.

10. Del Pizzo, JJ, Borkowski, A, Jacobs, SC, and Kyprianou, N.: Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival. Am J Pathol, 155(4): 1129-1136, 1999.

11. Szostak, M, Del Pizzo, JJ, and Sklar, GN.: The Plug-and-patch: A new technique for repair of corporal perforation during placement of penile prostheses. J Urol, 163(4), 1125-7, 2000.

12. Del Pizzo, JJ, and Jacobs, SC.: The Dorsal Lumbotomy Incision as the Extraction Site for Laparoscopic Nephrectomy: Initial Experience. J Endourol, 14(8), 22-24, 2000.

13. Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bishoff, J, and Jarett, TW.: Pleural Injury During Laparoscopic Renal Surgery: Early recognition and Management. J Urol, 169(1): 41-44, 2003.

14. Del Pizzo, JJ, Shichman, SJ, and Sosa, RE.: Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy: The New York-Presbyterian Experience. J Endourol, 16(8): 1-7, 2002.

15. Del Pizzo, JJ, Schiff, JD, and Sosa, RE.: Oncologic Follow-up of a Contemporary Series of 22 Upper Tract Transitional Cell Carcinomas Managed by Hand-Assisted and Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy. J Urol (In press)

16. Munver, R, Del Pizzo, JJ, Sosa, RE, Poppas, DP: Minimally invasive surgical management of ureteropelvic junction obstruction: Laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty. J Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, 13(5):367-384, 2003.

17. Scherr, DS, Ng, C, Munver, R, Sosa, RE, Vaughan, ED, Del Pizzo, JJ: Practice patterns among urologic surgeons treating localized renal cell carcinoma in the laparoscopic age: Technology versus Oncology. Urology, 62(6): 1007-12, 2003.

18. Boorjian, S, Munver, R, Sosa, RE, Del Pizzo, JJ: Right Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy: A Single Institution Experience. Transplantation, 77(2): 32-36, 2004.

19. Munver, R, Del Pizzo, JJ, Sosa, RE: Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma. J Endourol, 18(4): 351-8, 2004.

20. Munver, R, Sosa, RE, Del Pizzo, JJ: Laparoscopic pyeloplasty: History, evolution and the future. J Endourol , 18(8):748-55, 2004.

21. Munver, R, Del Pizzo, JJ, Sosa, RE: The evolution and current applications of hand-assisted laparoscopy. Contemporary Urology, 15(10):30-58, 2003.

22. Stifelman, MD, Handler, T, Neider, AM, Del Pizzo, JJ, Sosa, RE and Shichman, SJ: Hand-assisted Laparoscopy for large renal specimens: A multi-institutional study. Urology, 61: 78-82, 2003.

23. Duffy, Ajm McGinty, JJ, Hogle, NJ, Munver, R, Del Pizzo, JJ, and Fowler, DL:Pre-Existing Conditions in Living Donors Undergoing Laparoscopic Nephrectomy. Transplantation, (in press).

24. Boorjian S, Ng C, Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Vaughan ED, Del Pizzo JJ, Scherr DS. Abnormal selective cytology results predict recurrence of upper-tract transitional-cell carcinoma treated with ureteroscopic laser ablation. J Endourol, 18(9): 912-6, 2004.

25. Palese, MA, Stifelman, ME, Munver, R, Sosa, RE, Philipps, CK, Dinlec, C, and Del Pizzo, JJ: Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Dismembered Pyeloplasty: A Combined Experience. J Endourol, 19(3):382-386, 2005.

Chapters

1.   Moldwin, R. and Del Pizzo, JJ.: Problems Associated with Outpatient Antibiotic Usage. In: Antibiotic Therapy in Urology; Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia; 119-135, 1996.

2.   Del Pizzo, JJ, and Jarow, JP: Management of Male Infertility. In: Urology for Primary Care Physicians, W.B. Saunders Publishers, Philadelphia; 335-348, 1999.

3.   Vaughan, ED, Blumenfeld, J, Del Pizzo, JJ, et al.: Diagnosis and Management of Adrenal Disorders. In: Campbell’s Urology, Eighth Edition, W.B. Saunders Publishers, Philadelphia, pp3507-3559, 2002.

4.   Del Pizzo, J.J.: Getting Started in Laparoscopy. In Essential Urologic Laparoscopy: The Complete Clinical Guide, Edited by: SY Nakada, Humana Press Inc, New Jersey, 1-8, 2003.

5.   Milowsky, MI, Del Pizzo, J.J., Nanus, D.M.: Kidney cancer. In Atlas of Cancer, M Markman (Ed), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 443-449, 2003.

6.   Del Pizzo, JJ: Transabdominal Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy. In Current Urology Reports, Edited by: SA Kaplan, Current Science, Inc, 81-86, 2003.

7.   Munver, R, Del Pizzo, JJ, Sosa, RE: Adrenal-preserving minimallyinvasive surgery: The role of laparoscopic partial adrenalectomy, cryosurgery, and radiofrequency ablation of the adrenal gland. In Current Urology Reports, Edited by: SA Kaplan, Current Science, Inc, 81-8687-92, 2003.

8.   Del Pizzo, J.J.: Pleural Injury During Urologic Laparoscopic Surgery: recognition, management and prevention. In: Complications of Urologic Laparoscopic Surgery, Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York, 2003(In press)

9.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Schiff, JD, and Vaughan, ED: Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Pheochromocytoma. In: Current Urology Reports, Edited by JJ Del Pizzo, Current Science, Inc, Vol 6(1):78-85, 2005.

10.   Del Pizzo, JJ: Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy:Technique. In: Textbook of Laparoscopic Urology, Edited by IS Gill, (in press).

Published Abstracts

1.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Urivetsky, M and Smith, AD.: Calcium uptake by a renal tubular cell line as a function of calcium, oxalate and gentamicin concentration. J Urol, 151:424A, 1994.

2.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC and Sklar, GN.: Ureteroscopic evaluation in renal transplant recipients. J Urol, 157:430, 1996.

3.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bartlett, ST and Sklar GN.: Urologic complications of bladder drained pancreatic allografts. J Urol., 157:430, 1996.

4.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Levin, B, Wong-You-Cheong, JJ, Krebs, T, Cho, E, and Jacobs, SC.: Limitiations of helical CT arteriography for evaluation of living renal donors undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy. J Endourol, 12(1):S152, 1998.

5.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Sklar, GN, Cho, E, Flowers, JL and Jacobs, SC.: Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: The first 200 cases. J Endourol, 12(1):S137, 1998.

6.   Del Pizzo, JJ, and Jacobs, SC.: The dorsal lumbotomy incision as the extraction site for laparoscopic nephrectomy: initial experience. J Urol, 161(4), 23, 1999.

7.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Borkowski, A, Jacobs, SC, and Kyprianou, N.: Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival. J Urol, 161(4), 117, 1999.

8.   Sklar, GN and Del Pizzo, JJ: The Plug-and-patch: A new technique for repair of corporal perforation during placement of penile prostheses. J Urol, 161(4), 260, 1999.

9.   Shichman, SJ, Del Pizzo, JJ, Nakada, SY and Sosa, RE: Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy. J Endourol, 14(1), A33, 2000.

10.   Stifelman, MD, Del Pizzo, JJ, Nakada, SY, Shichman, SJ, and Sosa, RE: Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Devies: A prospective review. J Urol, 165(5), 5, 2001.

11.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Stifelman, MD, Tunasia, S, and Sosa, RE: Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy for Large Renal Tumors and Obese Patients: A Multi-institutional Study. J Urol, 165(5), 18, 2001.

12.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Jacobs, SC, Bishoff, J, and Jarett, TW.: Pleural Injury During Laparoscopic Renal Surgery: Early recognition and Management. J Endourol, 15(1), A25, 2001.

13.   Stifelman, MD, Shichman, SJ, Sosa, RE and Del Pizzo, JJ: Partial Nephrectomy: The Role of Hand-Assisted Laparoscopy. J Endourol, 15(1), A49, 2001.

14.   Del Pizzo, JJ, Stifelman, MD, and Sosa, RE: Hand-Assisted Technique facilitates a transition from open to laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. J Endourol, 15(1), A99, 2001.

15.   Stifelman, MD, Shichman, SJ, Sosa, RE and Del Pizzo, JJ: A Retrospective Multi-institutional study evaluating the oncological efficacy of hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy. J Endourol, 16(1), A41, 2002.

16.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ: Laparoscopic pyeloplasty with the daVinci™ Surgical System: Robotic assistance facilitates a reduction in operative times and successful outcomes. J Endourol, 17(1), A219, 2003.

17.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. 10-Year single institution experience with laparoscopic adrenalectomy – The standard of care for benign lesions. J Endourol, 17(1), A68, 2003.

18.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Conventional vs. hand-assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy advantages and pitfalls of two different transperitoneal laparoscopic techniques. J Endourol, 17(1), A56, 2003.

19.   Munver R, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. The transition from open to hand-assisted to conventional laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. J Endourol, 17(1), A88, 2003.

20.   Munver R, Ng C, Del Pizzo JJ, Sosa RE, Vaughn ED, Palese MA and Scherr DS. Practice patterns among urologic surgeons treating localized renal cell carcinoma in the laparoscopic age: Technology vs. oncology. J Endourol, 17(1), A51, 2003.

21.   Munver R, Del Pizzo JJ, Palese MA and Sosa RE. Hand-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: A feasible nephron-sparing alternative to conventional laparoscopy and open surgery. J Endourol, 17(1), A95, 2003.

22.   Munver R, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. Hand-assistance facilitates successful outcomes in right-sided laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy by minimizing the incidence of vascular complications. J Endourol, 17(1), A91, 2003.

23.   Munver R, Stifelman MD, Sosa RE, Palese MA and Del Pizzo JJ. Robotic pyeloplasty: duplicating the open approach. J Endourol, 17(1), A223, 2003.

24.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoscopic nephron-sparing surgery is feasible: Will hand-assistance make it the standard of care? J Urol, 169(4), 22, 2003.

25.   Munver R, Sosa RE, and Del Pizzo JJ. Hand-assisted laparoscopy facilitates a smooth transition from open to laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: 6-year experience at a single institution. J Urol, 169(4), 484, 2003.

26.   Palese, M, Munver, R, Sosa, RE, Del Pizzo, JJ: Laparoscopic Radical Nephroureterectomy with an open extravesical approach to the distal ureter. J Urol, 171(4): A18, 2004.

27.   Boorjian SA, Ng CK, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Del Pizzo JJ, Scherr DS: Delay in time to nephroureterectomy for patients undergoing ureteroscopic biopsy and laser tumor ablation of upper tract transitional cell carcinoma does not impact postoperative disease status. J Urol, 171(4): A25, 2004.

28.   Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE, Stifelman MD, Del Pizzo JJ: The Robotic pyeloplasty: A combined New York experience. J Urol, 171(4): A1496, 2004.

29.    Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Del Pizzo JJ: Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: A comparison of donor tolerance and renal allograft outcomes startified by donor age. J Urol, 171(4): A1835, 2004.

30.   Munver R, Boorjian SA, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Del Pizzo JJ: Critical analysis of right-sided laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. J Urol, 171(4): A1846, 2004.

31.   Palese MA, Munver R, Richstone L, Stifelman M, Sosa RE, Scher D and DelPizzo JJ. Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma: Duplicating the open approach. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 17-16, 2004.

32.   Palese MA, Munver R, Richstone L, Scher D, Stifelman M, Sosa RE and DelPizzo JJ. Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for the management of upper tract transitional cell carcinoma: The initial 50 patients. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP17-15, 2004.

33.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Richstone L, Boorjian S, and Del Pizzo JJ. Renal allograft outcomes following laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: Analysis and stratifications by donor age. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 20-01, 2004.

34.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Richstone L, Boorjian S, and Del Pizzo JJ. Right laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: Evolution and implementation of a technique for achieving successful outcomes. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 20-02, 2004.

35.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Preperitoneal trocar site herniation after laparoscopic surgery: Technical considerations and preventative measures. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 23-04, 2004.

36.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE, Richstone L and Del Pizzo JJ. Hand-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: 5 year experience. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 25-05 , 2004.

37.   Munver R, Sawczuk IS, Del Pizzo JJ, Palese MA, Scher D, Sosa RE and Vaughan ED. The use of a bovine serum albumin and glutaraldehyde surgical adhesive (bioglue) during laparoscopic and open partial nephrectomy: A multinstitutional experience. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1: MP 25-09, 2004.

38.   Richstone L, Raman J, Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Hemostasis during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: Efficacy of a multimodal approach. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1:MP 25-12, 2004.

39.   Richstone L, Raman J, Boorjian S, Palese MA, Munver R, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Comparision of open versus hand-assisted laparoscopic nephroureterectomy for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma: 5-year experience. J Endourol.;18 Suppl 1: MP16-03, 2004.

40.   Palese MA, Munver R, Phillips CK, Dinlenc C, Del Pizzo JJ and Stifelman M. The New York Experience of Robot-Assisted Pyeloplasty. JSLS; 8(3): A4216, 2004.

41.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy: Donor Tolerance and Renal Allograft Outcomes Stratified by Age. JSLS; 8(3): A4103, 2004.

42.   Munver R, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy: Duplicating the Open Approach via Hand-Assisted Laparoscopy: 5-Year Experience. JSLS; 8(3): A4115, 2004.

43.   Raman JD, Palese MA, Boorjian S, Munver R, Ng C, Scherr D, Sosa RE and Del Pizzo JJ. Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Transperitoneal Nephroureterectomy for the Management of Upper Tract Transitional Cell Carcinoma: JSLS; 8(3): A4122, 2004.

44.   Del Pizzo JJ, Boorjian S, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Munver R. Right-Sided Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy: Trial and Tribulations. JSLS; 8(3): A4163, 2004.

45.   Del Pizzo JJ, Palese MA, Sosa RE and Munver R. Preperitoneal Trocar-Site Herniation following Transperitoneal Laparoscopic Surgery: Technical Considerations and Preventive Measures. JSLS; 8(3): A4244, 2004.

Honors and Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

Best Doctors in America, 2003-4   

Best Urology Video

The New York Experience of Robot-Assisted Pyeloplasty.

13th International Congress of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, SLS Annual Meeting, New York, New York 2004.

Honorable Mention – Best Scientific Paper

Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: Donor tolerance and renal allograft outcomes stratified by age.

13th International Congress of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, SLS Annual Meeting, New York, New York 2004.    

First place – Best Urology Paper

Minimizing the incidence of vascular complications during right sided laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy

12th International Congress and Endo Expo, SLS Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada. 2003

U.S. Surgical Laparoscopy Scholar, 2000

Pfizer Scholar in Urology, 2000

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award, 2000

Travel grant – Resident Essay Contest

Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival

3rd Annual SBUR Meeting, Paris, France. 1999

First place - Resident Essay Contest

Loss of cell cycle regulators p27Kip1 and cyclin E in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder correlates with tumor grade and patient survival

57th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, Hilton Head, SC, 1999

First place – Resident Essay Contest

Helical CT arteriography for evaluation of living renal donors undergoing laparoscopic nephrectomy

56th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1998

Travel grant – Resident Essay Contest

Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: The first 200 cases

56th Annual Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1998

Third place – Resident Essay Contest

Treatment of radiation induced hemorrhagic cystitis with hyperbaric oxygen

1997 Mid-Atlantic Section, AUA, Hot Springs, Virginia, 1997

Outstanding Achievement in Research

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1994