Innovation

Innovation

Our faculty actively conducts a full spectrum of basic science, clinical and translational research to improve patient health and develop a more personalized approach to care. We discover and innovate new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage urologic conditions. This leads to more successful patient outcomes and more cost-effective care. Read more about our history of innovation.

We design and lead – and provide our patients with access to – numerous clinical trials. Our research programs and faculty receive funding from the National Institutes of Health, public and private entities, and industry-sponsored endeavors. This creates a dynamic research environment that readily applies research findings.
 
In many cases, the Department of Urology leads national and international, multi-center studies and trials directed by Vanderbilt faculty and researchers.

You can view active clinical trials here, or learn about this and other information by reviewing our various research divisions.

Innovations by Research Division

Basic Science

Basic Science

Health Services

Health Services

Robotic Surgery, Medical Devices, and Image-Guided Surgery

Research and Innovation

Urologic Oncology

Urologic Oncology

Pediatric Urology

Pediatric Urology

Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

Research Labs

Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE)

VISE is a joint effort between the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. Investigators develop, design and test new medical devices and tools, such as an image-guided interface for robotic surgery systems.

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Vanderbilt Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research (CSQOR)

The CSQOR is a collaboration of 11 different surgical and non-surgical Vanderbilt departments. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, residents, and biostatisticians all work together to improve outcomes and overall quality of life for surgical patients.

Faculty:

  • David Penson, MD, MPH, Director and Principal Investigator; Professor and Chair, Department of Urology
  • Daniel Barocas, MD, MPH, Co-Director and Principal Investigator; Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Urology

Vanderbilt Center for Benign Urologic Diseases

The Vanderbilt Center for Benign Urologic Diseases brings together experts from diverse and related fields to better understand the relationship between enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), and changes in bladder compliance or lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) with and other associated co-morbidities. Our research will lay the groundwork for further studies of appropriate treatment options for the broader disease syndrome.
 
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