Norfolk, VA - July 8, 2005 - The Urology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is listed 33rd among the top 50 Urology programs in the nation in the July 11th issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
"We have a long history of excellence in urology," says Steven Schlossberg, M.D., a urologist practicing at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. "We're focused on helping patients with cancers, traumatic injuries and degenerative conditions resume the normal urologic functions that most of us take for granted," Dr. Schlossberg continues. "We share a partnership and a vision with Sentara in promoting academics through Eastern Virginia Medical School and in being first with the latest techniques and technologies."
While urology at Sentara Norfolk General may not be as well-known as higher-ranked programs such as Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic, Sentara Norfolk Generals mortality ratios among urology patients are better than eight of the top ten programs listed. Sentara Norfolk General also features 7.5 out of 8 key technologies surveyed by U.S. News and 10 out of 11 patient/community services.
Since the three-year data gathering process that led to this current U.S. News listing, the urology program at Sentara Norfolk General has been augmented by the daVinci robotic surgery system that provides surgeons with pinpoint precision and patients with minimally invasive techniques for procedures that used to require major incisions. The minimally-invasive, laparoscopic urology program has also helped Sentara Norfolk General develop one of the busiest living-donor kidney transplant programs in the state.
"From kidney stones to genital reconstruction, were on the leading edge in technology and expertise," says Dr. Schlossberg. "We hope that patients in Hampton Roads are aware they have a nationally ranked urology program in their back yard."