Urologist Dr. Steven Brandes Joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Expert in reconstructive adult urology will offer state-of-the-art procedures for cancer and trauma patients

Feb 1, 2016

New York

Renowned urologist Dr. Steven Brandes has joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as chief of reconstructive surgery in the Department of Urology, effective February 1. He will also be named a professor of urology on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Dr. Brandes performs highly complex procedures that greatly improve the quality of life for cancer patients,” said Dr. James McKiernan, urologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and chair of the Department of Urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “We’re proud to have him as a part of our team.”

“NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia has assembled an outstanding group of physicians and researchers who are changing the way we approach urologic care,” said Dr. Brandes. “We’re leading the way in delivering highly advanced, compassionate care to New Yorkers.”

Dr. Brandes is one of the top minds in the field of reconstructive urology. He is one of the few physicians in the country who performs surgeries to restore urinary tract function and improve quality of life for patients who have undergone radiation or surgical procedures for cancer. A strong advocate for multidisciplinary approaches to urologic care, he also specializes in treating congenital defects and bladder reconstruction in adults.

Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, Dr. Brandes was the director of the Section of Reconstructive Urology and professor of urologic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He also served as the director of both Washington University’s Urology Residency Program and its Reconstructive Urology Fellowship. He is the president-elect of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, and a member of numerous other professional societies, including the American Urologic Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of University Urologists.

Dr. Brandes is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and has edited two books on urologic reconstructive surgery. Board certified in urology, he earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed surgical and urology residencies at Temple University School of Medicine. In addition, he was a reconstructive urology and trauma fellow at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital.


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NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

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