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March 15, 2013

Dr. Ajay Nehra Appointed as Chairperson for the Department of Urology at Rush

(CHICAGO) – Dr. Ajay Nehra has been appointed as chairperson in the Department of Urology at Rush University Medical Center as of March 14. Nehra joined Rush as vice chairperson and professor in May 2012. He previously served as professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“Nehra has a broad, comprehensive approach to men’s health involving specialists across multiple departments who collaborate and consult  with patients to address underlying health issues that are frequently overlooked,” said Dr. Thomas A. Deutsch, dean of Rush Medical College.

Nehra has special research interests in men’s health and erectile dysfunction (ED), male infertility, prostate cancer, and 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.

“Because decreasing testosterone levels and health conditions such as heart disease is more likely to occur with age, men should be examined comprehensively to prevent future conditions. Often ED can indicate cardiovascular problems — including, in some men, an increased risk for stroke or heart attack,” said Nehra. “At Rush, we address men’s health comprehensively by combining detailed assessment with individualized treatment plans that aim to improve sexual and overall health through methods such as improved diet, increased exercise and regular check-ups.”

Nehra has been involved in nearly 100 multi-center clinical trials and has made more than 100 internationally invited presentations. Nehra has also 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 and urological societies throughout the world. 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, 25 book chapters, and 180 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.


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