The new department, formerly the Division of Urology housed under the Department of Surgery, aims to be the leading urologic resource in the state and surrounding region and will deliver care across the entire spectrum of urologic disease for children and adults. As a leader in medical education, the department will provide enhanced clinical urology instruction and training to residents, hospital physicians and staff members and will continue to develop comprehensive urologic research protocols on both the basic and clinical levels.
“One sign of a strong institution is that it continues to adapt and expand over time to meet the changing needs of the community it serves,” Clay B. Marsh, M.D., WVU Health Sciences vice president and executive dean, said. “Another is that it is able to attract new talent while keeping the best and the brightest in its ranks. Dr. Zaslau has the credentials, experience and history with the organization to create the type of academic department that will advance the research and education mission of the School of Medicine.”
Zaslau previously served as professor and chief of the division of urology, as well as the urology residency program director at WVU. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his medical degree from Hahnemann University. He completed a urology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center-New York. He completed an additional year of advanced clinical training in female urology, neuro-urology and voiding dysfunction at Urologic Surgical Associates/Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Zaslau is the only West Virginia physician board-certified in urology and female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery.
“The Department of Urology’s mission is to provide comprehensive, state-of the art urologic care with compassion and sensitivity to the needs of each individual patient,” Zaslau said. “No patient should ever have to leave the state to receive the highest quality urologic care.”
For the first time in the health system’s history, a WVU Medicine program was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranked WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals Urology 26th in the nation. Urology has been recognized as high performing by U.S. News for each of the last three years, and each year it has been the only urology service acknowledged in West Virginia.
Urology services at WVU were founded as a division within the Department of Surgery in 1960 by Frank Milam, M.D. The division’s initial focus was on patient care, and in the 1970's began to expand its efforts in research on the basic science of male reproductive organs. A later emphasis was on the initial studies for intravesical treatments for bladder cancer.
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