New Department of Urology proposed

A proposed amendment to the School of Medicine Constitution to create the Department of Urology has been put forth. Ballots will be distributed to faculty members next month. Read more for a letter from Drs. Roper and Runge regarding the proposal.

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to you today to provide information about a proposed revision to the School of Medicine Constitution and to encourage you to vote when ballots are distributed next month.

The proposed change to the constitution would create a new Department of Urology to support future academic development and recruitment. The decision to establish this department is the result of extensive review and discussion by the leadership team and with the input and support of Tony Meyer, Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Raj Pruthi, current Division Chief of Urology, who would become the founding Chair of the new Department. The field of urology is becoming increasingly specialized and has less academic, research or clinical overlap than in the past with the Department of Surgery. The Division of Urology has had substantial growth since 2009 from 7.5 faculty (5.5 MD and 2 mid-level providers) to 15 (11 MD and 4 mid-level providers) by December 2012. The new department will aim to recruit new faculty members, expand the size of the clinical and research programs, achieve regional and national recognition and foster strengthened partnerships across campus and our region.

This proposed change was presented to the Dean's Advisory Committee on April 9. The proposed amendment to the School of Medicine Constitution will come to a vote next month and two-thirds of the votes must be affirmative to enact this change.  If approved, the Department of Urology would become operational in FY 2014 pending approval by the Chancellor.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We will continue to share information with you regarding the proposed Department of Urology.




William L. Roper, MD, MPH

Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD
Executive Dean