Dr. Ajay Nehra has joined Rush University Medical Center as vice chairperson and professor and director of Men’s Health in the Department of Urology, effective April 15. Nehra comes to Rush from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he served as professor of urology.
“Nehra is a highly-regarded researcher and clinician who is also a leading proponent of a comprehensive approach to men’s health where specialists in urology, cardiology, endocrinology among others consult with patients to address health issues that are frequently linked but often not recognized,” said Dr. Charles McKiel, chairperson, Department of Urology at Rush University Medical Center.
Nehra, with research interests in men’s health and erectile dysfunction (ED), male infertility, prostate cancer, has been the principal investigator for seven clinical multicenter studies on the efficacy and safety of a number of investigational treatments for ED. He is also a co-investigator in a National Institutes of Health project on aging.
“Often men come to a medical specialist at the urging of their spouses for a quality-of-life issue such as erectile dysfunction, and we identify other issues such as hypertension, heart disease or memory problems that must also be addressed to prevent illnesses in the future,” said Nehra. “Rather than merely treating symptoms, we take a broader approach to men’s health by looking comprehensively at current symptoms and their implications to prevent future problems.”
Nehra has received numerous awards and recognitions during his career. He is currently the president-elect of the International Society of Men’s Health and the past president of numerous medical societies. Nehra’s professional society memberships include the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the Society of Male Reconstructive Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the International Society of Men’s Health. He is the secretary of the Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons.
Nehra has contributed more than 130 articles and 170 abstracts to numerous peer-reviewed medical journals; written chapters on erectile dysfunction and prosthetic surgery, and prostate cancer and urinary incontinence; and coauthored a book of commentary on sexual dysfunction in medicine.
He is the editor of the Journal of Men’s Health and is a member of editorial boards of the Journal of Urology, the Journal of Andrology and the International Journal of Impotence Research. He has been an invited panelist at the World Health Organization’s International Consultation on Erectile Dysfunction and the American Urological Association’s update panels on clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of male infertility and erectile dysfunction, among other such meetings. He has been the co-chair of the Third Princeton Consensus Conference and is the current co-chair of the erectile dysfunction guidelines at the American Urological Association. Nehra has also been an invited visiting professor and presenter on urologic topics in the United States and abroad.
Nehra received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he also completed an internship. He completed a transitional surgical internship at Malden Hospital in Massachusetts, a surgical residency at Boston University School of Medicine, and a residency where he served as chief resident in urology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Additional training included a term as an American Foundation for Urologic Disease research scholar and fellowships at the Boston University School of Medicine in neuro-urology and female urology, and male sexual dysfunction and infertility.