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Instructional Course

030IC - What a General Urologist Should Know about Care for Transgender Patients

Saturday, May 19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 2006

Transgender individuals are becoming more prevalent in society. There are an estimated 700,000 individuals in the US with gender dysphoria. Many of these patients will undergo medical and surgical transformation. Transgender patients at various stages of their transformation will present to urological clinics for care. It is important for urologists to understand the transition process, and the unique components of caring for transgender patients. Hormonally related conditions from the natal sex may still be present. For example, male to female patients are still at risk for prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia even after gender confirmation surgery. The types of gender confirmation surgery will be discussed, along with management of common complications (e.i. urethral stricture, fistula, neo-vaginal stenosis) and appropriate follow up after surgery.

Learning Objectives:

Dmitriy Nikolavsky

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2005 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at University of Detroit Mercy in 2000. He completed his internship in General Surgery in 2007 and subsequently his residency in Urology in 2011, both at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He went on to train at the University of Colorado as a Fellow in Genitourinary Rconstruction in 2011. He then joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY with an appointment as Assistant Professor in Urology and Director of Reconstructive Urology in 2012, and promoted as Associate Professor in 2017.

Dr. Nikolavsky runs a busy practice that focuses on reconstructive urology. His clinical interests include urethral reconstruction, fistula, male incontinence and correction of complications of transgender surgery. He holds a wide array of research interests, encompassing both clinical and patient-reported outcomes of urologic reconstruction, and development of novel techniques for urethral and ureteral reconstruction. He is working in collaboration with several centers in the US and worldwide on projects ranging from bench research to clinical outcomes studies.

Dr. Nikolavsky is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS), World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and International Russian-speaking Urological Society (iRUS). Since 2012, he has served as the Program Director/AUA Liaison for the Russian Language Session at the AUA annual meeting.


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Curtis N. Crane

Private Practice

Curtis Crane M.D. Is one of the only surgeons in the world to have completed a urology residency, fellowship in reconstructive urology, plastic surgery residency, and a transgender surgery fellowship in Europe. He now has private practices in San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas dedicated to serving the transgender community. At this point, his practices are some of the highest volume in the world.


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Lee C. Zhao

New York University School of Medicine

Lee C. Zhao MD, is Assistant Professor of Urology at New York University School of Medicine. He is co-director of the NYU Fellowship in Male Sexual Health and Prosthetic Urology. He specializes open, laparoscopic, and robotic reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract, treating problems such as ureteral obstruction, urinary fistulae, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and urethral strictures. Dr. Zhao also works in a multidisciplinary team to perform gender affirming surgery for transgender patients.


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