News from UF Health Urology  |  UroGators Update



Message from the Chairman

Greetings from UF Urology and the UroGator Nation! Our department is coming off of an outstanding year where we were recognized amongst the top 25 urology programs in the country based on the 2019 US News and World Report. Our program continues to flourish with the hiring of Ardalan Ahmad, MD (urologic oncology, University of Toronto) in addition to five bright and talented health care extenders, Hala Assar, APRN, Starr Dix, APRN, Brittany Fowler, APRN, Candie Le, PA and Amelie Middlemas, APRN. The urology match results are in and we are honored to welcome three stellar residency recruits including Austin Krishingner (Loma Linda University School of Medicine), Michael Massari (University of Florida College of Medicine) and Samir Merheb (Boston University School of Medicine). From an institutional perspective, the UF Health brand will soon expand to central Florida with the acquisition of two community-based hospitals near the Villages retirement community. UF College of Medicine has maintained another excellent funding year with NIH dollars in excess of $100M dollars. Lastly, UF has risen to the rank of #7 amongst public universities in the nation with their eye on attaining top 5 status in the coming years. From the standpoint of education, we are excited to welcome Seth P. Lerner, MD as our annual David M. Drylie Visiting Professor on Oct 2-3, 2020 that will include a tailgate event prior to the UF homecoming Gator football game against South Carolina

It is truly exciting to be part of this positive trajectory within our department, residency program and health care system. 

It's great to be a UroGator!

Li-Ming Su, MD
David A. Cofrin Professor of Urologic Oncology
Chairman, Department of Urology


As you may be aware, it is nearing the time of year when U.S. News & World Report solicits input and nominations on the Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals rankings through the Annual Doximity Reputation Survey.

UF Health Urology places a high value on this recognition, which informs patients, our community and our physician partnerships of the commitment and excellence provided in urologic care by our team of physicians and providers.  In keeping with UF Health’s overarching missions, we remain committed to our primary focus of providing outstanding patient-centered care, conducting innovative research, and training tomorrow’s leaders. 

Doximity non-members will be surveyed between January and March.
(You will receive a paper survey to complete and return via fax or mail)

Doximity members will be surveyed in late February and March. 

(Doximity members vote online)

If you feel UF Health Shands Hospital and UF Health Urology is one of the nation’s top hospitals for providing care to adult and/or pediatric urology patients who have challenging urologic conditions, please cast your vote.


UF Health launches MedEd Cast

Introducing the new official podcast of UF Health — UF Health MedEd Cast. The new podcast series provides engaging insight on today’s trending health care topics from UF physicians. Earn CME credits while hearing about clinical issues and research advances from experts at UF Health Shands Hospital.

New episodes are released each month. After listening to an episode, licensed physicians can take a brief test and earn .25 hours of CME credits.

Dr. Li-Ming Su was one of the first to provide his expertise on UF Health MedEd Cast. Hear the department chair discuss the Robotic Urologic Surgery Program here.

For a complete listing of available episodes, visit UFHealth.org/medmatters. Download episodes from Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher or listen directly on the MedMatters website.


UF Health Urology a Leading Institution Using Innovative Stress Urinary Incontinence Therapy

A UF Health urologist is in the vanguard of surgeons adopting ProACT therapy as a less invasive alternative to the artificial urinary sphincter; finding from a meta-analysis that the therapy is efficacious and safe.

Learn more here




Access to Clinical Trials Key to UF Health Bladder Preservation Therapy

UF Health has been a pioneer of bladder preservation and its urologic oncologists are continuing work to help cancer patients avoid radical cystectomies. Doing so can significantly improve quality of life.

Listen to Dr. Crispen discus the Bladder Preservation program at UF Health Shands Hospital here



William's Prostate Cancer Journey

When deciding where to receive treatment for prostate cancer, one name kept coming up for William — UF Health.  Dr. Tom Stringer, Dr. Li-Ming Su, and the team at UF Health Urology performed a robotic surgery to remove his cancer that has allowed William to focus on what is important, his family. Listen to Williams story in his own words here.








The UF Department of Urology is unique in that our physicians and researchers are leaders in all key treatment areas and their ongoing research programs push the boundaries of medical progress.

If you would like to be part of a family and a close knit community of multidisciplinary doctors, please click below for more information about our open positions.

UF Health Fellowship-Trained Endourologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon

UF Health Fellowship-Trained Male Infertility/Men’s Health Specialist

UF Health General Urologist

UF Health Fellowship-Trained Pediatric Urologist

North Florida/South Georgia Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center Urologic Oncologist


Ranked as the #24 urology
program in the nation by
U.S. News & World Report


 University of Florida Department of Urology
1600 SW Archer Road  |  PO Box 100247  |  Gainesville, FL  32610
Phone:  352.273.8236  |  Fax:  352.273.7515

Email:  Ronda.Patton@urology.ufl.edu  |  Website:  www.urology.ufl.edu

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