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Dr. James W. L. Wilson, B.Sc. M.Sc.MD FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Wilson completed his undergraduate training and medical training at Queen's University. He completed a research fellowship in Urolithiasis at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been with the Department of Urology since 1983 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989. He was appointed Head of the Department of Urology in 1997, and sits on numerous governing and administrative committees with the Royal College and Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine. He was President of the Canadian Urological Association in 2001-02 and was elected Vice-president of the Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association in 2006.

Dr. Wilson has over 50 published papers and abstracts. He has been awarded several research grants between the years of 1985 and 1999. He maintains current ongoing clinical drug trials. Dr. Wilson participates in many local and regional CME events and has been invited to speak regionally and nationally.

He is a member of the CUA, AUA, OMA, CMA, Kingston Academy of Medicine, the American College of Surgeons, Endourological Society, the International Society of Urological Endoscopy, the Society of University Urologists, the Canadian Academy of Urologists, the Association of Surgical Education, the Societe Internationale d’Urologie, the Canadian Urodynamics Professionals and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Dr. Alvaro Morales, MD, FRCS(C ) FACS
Professor Emeritus of Urology

Dr. Morales completed his undergraduate training at the Universidad Javeriana in Columbia, his surgical training in Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts and his urological training at Queen's University. He has been with the Department of Urology since 1972 and was promoted to full Professor in 1982.

Dr. Morales stepped down as the Head of Urology in 1997 after 15 dedicated and challenging years in that position. He has, over the years, cultivated much external funding support for the department and carries on numerous clinical drug trials and research projects, on an ongoing basis; primarily in the areas of sexual dysfunction and oncology.

He is constantly sought out to be a visiting lecturer all over the world, and also participates in local and international CME events. Dr. Morales has over 260 papers published. His 1976 paper on the use of BCG for the prophylaxis and treatment of superficial bladder cancer has been recognized as one of the most important papers published in the last 100 years on bladder cancer by the Journal of Urology. He sits on several editorial boards, including "The International Journal of Impotence Research" and as an External Reviewer for the "Journal of Urology".

He officially retired in 2004, but continues as founding Director of the Centre of Applied Urological Research, for the Department of Urology, a facility that he spearheaded and saw through from concept to reality when it opened in 2005 at 62 Barrie St., Kingston.

Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCS (C)
Professor, Department of Urology, Queen’s University, CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation Staff Urologist, Department of Urology, Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Nickel was born, educated and completed his undergraduate, surgical, urological and research training in Canada. He has been a member of the Department of Urology at Queen’s University since 1984 and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. Dr. Nickel’s research has been in the fields of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and benign diseases of the prostate gland. He has written approximately 425 scientific papers, reviews, chapters and books on these subjects. He maintains a clinical research institute (Center for Applied Urological Research) at Queen’s University, funded continuously by peer reviewed and industry grants. His Prostatitis Clinical Research Center, Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Center and his BPH Research Center are funded in part by concurrent grants from the US NIH/NIDDK. His work in chronic pelvic pain (prostatitis and interstitial cystitis) has led to new awareness of these condition, updated definitions and classifications, validated outcome parameters and recently new diagnostic paradigms for this difficult field. He has been involved in multiple clinical trials (single and multi-center) in BPH, prostatitis and interstitial cystitis (many times as one of the principal investigators) that have helped shape the evolution of medical therapy for these diseases. He participates (as organizer, chairman, invited lecturer, or visiting professor) in many local, national and international university and CME events. He has given invited lectures in over thirty-five countries. He is on the scientific or review panel of numerous granting agencies, a regular reviewer for over a dozen urological and medical journals, and on the editorial board of eight national and international urological journals. He has served on the examination committee and as an examiner for the American Board of Urology and is presently a member of the Royal College Examination Board in Canada. He has been a member of the American Association of Genito-urinary Surgeons since 2004. In November 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Canada Institute for Health Research Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation. In April 2009 he was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Urological Association for his research in Chronic Pelvic Pain in Men and Women.

Dr. D. Robert Siemens, MD, FRCS (C)
Associate Professor of Urology

Dr. Siemens graduated from Medicine in 1992 at Queen's University and subsequently completed his Urology Residency in 1997. He received a McLaughlin Fellowship to study at the University of Iowa as an Oncology Fellow with Dr. Timothy Ratliff. His studies focused on the use of gene transfer techniques to elicit anti-tumor immune responses in both prostate and bladder cancers. He was appointed as Assistant Professor to the Department of Urology in 2000, and is now tenured Associate Professor with a cross-appointment to the Departments of Oncology and Anatomy and Cell Biology. He has published over eighty papers and abstracts and is an invited speaker in numerous national and international events. He has received research grants from the CUA Scholarship Fund, Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, American Urological Association and the NCIC with special interest in novel treatments for prostate and bladder cancer. In 2005 he was recognized by the Canadian Medical Association with the CMA Young Leaders Award.

Dr. Darren T. Beiko, B.Sc., MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology

Dr. Beiko completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1992 and graduated from Medicine in 1996 both at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently completed his Urology Residency in 2001 at Queen’s University. He then completed a two-year fellowship at The University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. John Denstedt in Endourology and Urologic Laparoscopy. He was appointed as Assistant Professor to the Department of Urology in 2002. He has published over forty papers and book chapters and has over fifty published abstracts.

Dr. Beiko actively participates in numerous CME events both locally, nationally and internationally. His research and clinical interests are in urolithiasis, renal tumours, holmium laser and minimally invasive therapy for urologic disease. He is the coordinator of undergraduate medical education for the Department of Urology and is instrumental to the training and teaching in the residency program. He is a member of the CUA, AUA, OMA, CMA, Endourological Society and the Canadian Endourology Group.

Dr. Stephen S. Steele,MD, FRCSC

Dr. Steele received his medical education at the University of Toronto completed the Urology residency program at Queen’s. He has completed a fellowship program at Dalhousie University in Reconstructive Urology. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Queen’s in 2007.

His areas of expertise and research interests are in andrology and reconstructive urology including continence in men and women. He is a sought after speaker for CME events both locally and nationally.

Dr. Naji J. Touma ,MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Touma completed his bachelor degree in applied sciences (chemical engineering) from the University of Ottawa. He went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2003. He then underwent urological residency training also at UWO. He became a fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2008. He then completed a minimally invasive urological fellowship at the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at McMaster University. Dr. Touma has co-authored over 15 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented his research at numerous national and international meetings. His research interests include minimally invasive surgery, oncology, and health outcomes. He joined the faculty at Queen’s in 2009.

Dr. Michael Leveridge, MD,, FRCS(C)

Dr. Leveridge is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Urology and Oncology, and is the newest faculty attending in the Department of Urology. He completed his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen's University in 1999, and his medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2003. Mike completed training in Urology at Queen's University in 2008, and undertook a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Shawna Johnston,MD, FRCS(C)FSOGC

Dr. Johnston received her BSC in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Mount Allison University (New Brunswick) in 1986 and her M.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1990. She completed a five year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen’s University, qualifying as a fellow in 1995. She then received a McLaughlin fellowship to pursue fellowship training in Urogynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at St. George’s Medical School in London, England under the supervision of Mr. Stuart Stanton.

Dr. Johnston is currently a full-time Associate Professor and attending staff member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a cross appointment to Urology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and is the current head of its Division of Urogynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. Since July 2008, she has resumed her position as Ob/Gyn Postgraduate Program Director at Queen’s University, having completed as previous term in this position from 1998 to 2003. She served as Vice-Chair of the Royal College Examination Board in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2005-8) and Chair of the Postgraduate Committee for the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2001-3). She is currently a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC).

Dr. Johnston has several active research interests, including non-invasive diagnostic methods for urinary incontinence and the nonsurgical management of urodynamic stress incontinence. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on a number of topics in urogynaecology and menopause.

Dr. Marie-Andrée Harvey, MD,MSc FRCS(C)

Dr.Harvey is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and of Urology at Queen’s University. She received her medical degree from Université Laval in 1992 and her Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1997 form McGill University. Since completing a clinical fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Harvard University in Boston in 1999, she has completed a Master’s in Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Ottawa in 2005.

In addition to her current SOGC involvement as member of the Urogynecology Committee, she is Past President of the Canadian Society of Pelvic Medicine (CSPM, formerly known as CSURPS). She chairs the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Foundation for Research on Incontinence.

She is actively involved in research, as well as in the peer-review process for journals and granting agencies. Her clinical and research interests involve a variety of women’s health issues such as conservative management of urinary incontinence, natural history of pelvic floor support post partum, surgery for incontinence and prolapse.

Dr. Charles Graham, PhD

Dr. Charles Graham is Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen’s with cross-appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Urology.

Research in Dr. Graham’s laboratory focuses on two main themes: the biology of the human placenta and cancer progression. Research on the placenta conducted in his laboratory aims for a better understanding of the relationships between fetally-derived placental cells and maternal tissues and how disruption of such relationships can lead to diseases of pregnancy. Cancer studies in his laboratory have led his group to investigate mechanisms by which the local tumour microenvironment, and in particular hypoxia, contributes to malignant progression. These research areas are funded through grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Michael Adams, PhD

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Adams joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as an Assistant Professor in 1988, initially with a Joint appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology. He was granted Tenure, promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, and then was promoted to Full Professor in 1998. He currently holds cross-appointments in the Department of Urology and the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Dr. Adams has been extensively involved in research focused on the development of new therapeutic strategies in the prevention and treatment of sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases, as well as in cancer pharmacotherapy. He has held a number of prestigious awards including a Senior Research Scholarship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a Career Award in Medicine from the Medical Research Council-Health Research Foundation, the Young Investigator Award of the Canadian Hypertension Society, and the Basmajian Award for Excellence in Research as well as the Education Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. He has published more than 120 scientific papers and chapters and he has 16 patented inventions. For the latter he recently was given the award for Most Prolific Inventor, Life Sciences at Queen’s by Parteq Innovations. In addition, he has been a founder of two start-up companies. Dr. Adams has been invited to present his research at national and international conferences and he has made significant contributions to external service on numerous grant review panels, on the executive councils of national organizations, as a reviewer for numerous journals and societies, in outreach programs, as a consultant, and as the Scientific Program Chair for a number of conferences.

As an educator, Dr. Adams is enthusiastic and effective. He has been instrumental in establishing multi-disciplinary cardiovascular sciences courses and has long been committed to excellence in teaching of pharmacology to students in the Life Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Graduate programs. In addition, he has trained more than 30 graduate students.

Dr. Dean A. Tripp, PhD

Dr. Tripp’s research and clinical interests have always focused on pain. Dr. Tripp has published specifically in the area of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes (CP/CPPS & IC/PBS) over the past 5 years. Dr. Tripp was recently awarded the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award (2008) and has been a Clinical Consultant as well as active researcher. Dr. Tripp completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2000, joining the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University (Canada) shortly afterward and has been cross appointed with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Urology. He teaches courses in Health Psychology, Interpersonal Therapy, and Pain. Dr Tripp has also been awarded the prestigious Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 at Queen’s University and has been nominated for several other provincial wide teaching awards.

Dr. Michael Leveridge, MD

Dr. Leveridge is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Urology and Oncology, and is the newest faculty attending in the Department of Urology. He completed his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences at Queen's University in 1999, and his medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2003. Mike completed training in Urology at Queen's University in 2003, and undertook a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto.

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