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07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

04/15/2013: Gene-expression signature may signify risk for recurrence, metastasis in prostate cancer

A team led by MGH researchers has identified a genetic signature that may reflect the risk of tumor recurrence or spread in men surgically treated for prostate cancer. If confirmed, the genetic risk index also may help distinguish tumors that require aggressive treatment from those that can safely be monitored.

12/28/2012: Doctor Discusses How to Prevent Kidney Stones

Is there any hope in preventing kidney stones? Dianne Sacco, MD, sheds some light on the condition and offers prevention tips. One of them for the New Year is staying and/or getting into good physical shape.

09/14/2012: Prostate Health Month

September is Prostate Health Month. MGH urologists discuss the prostate, its impact on men’s health and offer advice on PSA screenings.

09/10/2012: Doctors Take Aim At Epidemic Kidney Stones With Lasers

Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital doctors are treating kidney stones, one of the most painful and common disorders of the urinary tract.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

03/23/2012: Appointments announced

THE MGH WILL WELCOME new chiefs for the Department of Neurology and the Department of Urology later this spring.

08/05/2011: Chronicling two centuries

IN ADDITION TO the hospitalwide history, Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-2011, by father-daughter duo Webster and Martha Bull, several departmental history books have been or will be published this year in honor of the bicentennial.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

07/13/2011: Large clinical trial shows short-term hormone therapy plus radiation increases survival for men with early-stage prostate cancer

Short-term hormone therapy given in combination with radiation therapy for men with early-stage prostate cancer increases their chance of living longer and not dying from the disease, compared with patients who receive the same radiation therapy alone.

06/24/2011: In General 06.24.11

In General awards and honors

02/04/2011: MGH and CBS care

MGH Hotline 02.04.11 To promote awareness about the disease and the importance of self-exams, the MGH and CBS Cares are collaborating on a fun, informative public service announcement (PSA).

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

07/16/2010: MGH residents and fellows make great save during soccer game

SPAIN MAY HAVE WON the World Cup, but a team of MGH medical residents and fellows had a victory of their own on the soccer field this summer when they helped save the life of another player.

06/18/2010: MGH Urology celebrates 100 years

MGH Hotline 06.18.10 On the eve of the MGH bicentennial, one MGH department proudly celebrates its centennial.

05/04/2010: Pelvic floor disorders: What you should know

Nearly one in three American women has one or more pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General offers a range of non-surgical and surgical options for treatment.

03/16/2010: Increased radiation dose does not increase long-term side effects for prostate cancer patients

Boosting the radiation dose given to prostate cancer patients to a level that cut recurrence in half did not increase the severity of side effects reported by patients up to a decade later. Patients also found the impact of continuing side effects on their quality of life to be less bothersome than would be expected, based on earlier studies.

06/11/2009: Depression Medications May Reduce Male Fertility

As many as half of all men taking the antidepressant medication paroxetine (trade names Seroxat, Paxil) may have increased sperm DNA fragmentation — a predictor of compromised fertility. The study also found that the changes are reversible with normal levels of sperm returning after discontinuation of the drug.

01/11/2010: Urology Highlight Report 2010

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On June 10th in the year 1910, the Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital voted to establish a “Genito-Urinary Department” at the hospital, meaning that our department will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in June 2010. We are also honored to help celebrate the hospital’s bicentennial in 2011, marking 200 years of commitment to clinical care, teaching, research and community outreach.

12/12/2009: Urology Highlights Report 2009

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The Massachusetts General Hospital Urology Department has made progress on multiple fronts during the past academic year.

12/12/2008: Urology Highlights Report 2008

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We have a wide breath of funded research topics that span many areas in Urology.

12/02/2010: Resident Interviews

Interviews for resident positions available at Mass General starting in 2011. By invitation only.

11/18/2010: Resident Interviews

Interviews for resident positions available at Mass General starting in 2011. By invitation only.

10/15/2010: Ether Day Celebration

Mass General celebration for employees who have worked here 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years and more.

Cystectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a cystectomy procedure. A cystectomy is a surgical procedure to removal all or part of the urinary bladder.

Nephrectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a nephrectomy procedure. A nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the kidney. Surgery may involve one or both kidneys.

Prostatectomy: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for a prostatectomy procedure. A prostatectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the prostate gland.

Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Procedure

Actual footage of a real laparoscopic prostatectomy done by Dr. Dahl and narrated by Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei. This video is approximately one hour long – and does include some graphic footage.

An interview about the Laparoscopic Prostatectomy procedure with Douglas Dahl, MD, FACS

This video is a detailed explanation – and view – of the surgery. It contains some graphic footage.

Same day surgery procedures: A patient education video

What to expect during admission for ambulatory procedures with short recovery time, allowing discharge that day.

Urology Residents

Our residents have been on education trips around the world.

Laser Procedure

This new laser treatment – known as Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (PVP) – combines the effectiveness of an invasive surgical procedure with the safety and ease of a minimally invasive procedure. Click the play button to see a brief video. Warning: this video contains some graphic footage

Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

Melissa talks about struggling with fibroids

Melissa Leverett King is an active mom and teacher who lived with limiting discomfort and pain until she got treated for fibroids.

An opera singer overcomes infertility

Painful fibroids kept opera singer Denyce Graves from conceiving. With the help and expertise of John Petrozza, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine and In Vitro Fertilization and co-director of the Mass General Fibroid Program, she gave birth to a baby girl. "He was the most hopeful of all the doctors I'd seen," she said.