Educational Courses

Ureteroscopy - Tips & Tricks

Friday, September 21
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Room 251

Ureteroscopy is one of the most common procedures performed by endourologists. As such it holds an important position in the treatment of both benign and malignant urologic conditions. It is also an area which continues to realize appreciable advancement in technology and technique. This course will focus on the latest developments in semi-rigid and flexible ureteroscopy. It will feature instruction and discussion of new ureteroscopic instrumentation (scopes, wires, lasers, ureteral access sheaths) and laser lithotripsy techniques. Furthermore, the course will highlight in a case-based approach important tips and tricks to deal with challenging ureteroscopic cases. The format will include didactic instruction, video demonstration of techniques and real life clinical cases scenarios with audience participation.

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Nicole L. Miller

Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Nicole Miller, MD is an Associate Professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. She joined the department in 2007. She completed her M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2000, and received her urology residency training at the University of Virginia. Dr. Miller went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Lingeman. She specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of kidney stone disease as well as laser surgery for BPH. Dr. Miller’s research interests include the changing composition of renal calculi, the pathophysiology and etiologies of nephrolithiasis and BPH, and antibiotic selection for kidney stone treatment. She has been the major contributor of transition zone prostate tissues from men undergoing surgery for refractory BPH/LUTS as part of Vanderbilt University’s Biorepository in the Center for Benign Urologic Diseases (CBUD) and has co-authored work on this developing resource. She has served as course faculty member and moderator both nationally and internationally for the American Urological Association and Endourological Society in the area of surgical treatment of BPH and nephrolithiasis. Dr. Miller is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Urology, and Co-director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Endourology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a member of the recent AUA guidelines panel for the Surgical Management of Nephrolithiasis.


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Bogdan Geavlete

Associate Professor of Urology
"Saint John" Emergency Clinical Hospital, Department of Urology, Bucharest, Romania

Dr. Bogdan Geavlete, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor at the "Saint John" Emergency Clinical Hospital, Department of Urology in Bucharest, Romania. As a research scholar, his training included fellowships in endourology in general at Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamburg, Germany, as well as in flexible ureteroscopy in particular, at Tenon Hospital in Paris, France. Dr. Geavlete also completed a European Urological Scholarship Programme (EUSP) clinical fellowship at Radboud University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
During the past 10 years, he was involved as faculty (speaker and moderator) in the most prestigious urological international events such as the EAU, AUA, WCE, SIU, CEM, EULIS and Challenges in Endourology annual meetings, while also co-authoring over 300 posters and videos.
His main areas of expertise and research focuses have been centered on non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (PhD in photodynamic diagnostic, international premiere and randomized clinical research in plasma-button large tumors’ vaporization), benign prostatic obstruction (prospective, randomized-controlled studies in BPH bipolar plasma enucleation published in famous ISI journals) and urolithiasis (international speaker, moderator and trainer in flexible ureteroscopy).
Dr. Geavlete gained 10 international awards for best posters, videos or oral presentations in the most important congresses of the urological international scientific agenda such as the EAU, CEM, EMUC, Experts in stone disease, Engineering and Urology Society and Challenges in Endourology & Functional Urology meetings. Also, he is an investigator in multicenter international clinical trials as well as in national research grants, while also completing a post-PhD research fellowship in narrow band imaging. He is a member in the organizing committees of national congresses and earned 5 national awards.
Over the past decade, Dr. Geavlete has been selected as a reviewer for 31 international journals, published 3 books in international publishing houses and 26 articles in international ISI journals and co-authored 68 PubMed indexed articles.


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Thomas O. Tailly

Consultant Urologist
University Hospital Ghent

Thomas Tailly graduated as a medical doctor from the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium in 2007. He went on to complete his urology residency training in 2013 in Belgium at the same institution, where he developed a special interest in urolithiasis in all its aspects and minimally invasive treatment modalities of both benign and malignant pathologies. As a resident he seated on multiple boards of national urological organisations and was active in the European Society of Residents in Urology. After completing an Endourology Fellowship in London, Ontario, at Western University under the supervision of Dr. John Denstedt, Dr. Stephen Pautler and Dr. Hassan Razvi, he took a position as consultant urologist in the University Hospital of Ghent in Belgium. During his fellowship he finished a Master of Science degree in Surgery, with a special interest in urological stent and catheter design, biomaterial and coatings. Apart from his clinical work as the primary stone surgeon of the hospital, he is currently involved in both clinical and translational research on urolithiasis and its diagnostic and treatment modalities.


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Mathew Sorensen

Associate Professor, and Urology Residency Program Director
University of Washington School of Medicine


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