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Distinguished urologist wins award for lithotripsy study (6-23-00)

Joel Teichman, MD, assistant professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), received the Ambrose-Reed Award at the 2000 meeting of the American Urological Association in Atlanta.

The annual award recognizes the yearís most important essay on socioeconomics in urology. Dr. Teichmanís paper was titled "In Vitro Shockwave Lithotripsy Comparison."

A specialist in the treatment of kidney stones, Dr. Teichman performed the first controlled trial comparing shockwave lithotripsy from different machines. He collaborated with health institutions around the country and exposed the same kidney stones to the various machines. One of the study co-authors was Patricia Parker, MD, who graduated from the Health Science Centerís Medical School this year and will begin her urology residency training at UTHSC.

"The findings are important because shockwave treatment is the dominant way to treat kidney stones, yet no one has ever compared how well the machines perform against each other," Dr. Teichman said. "These machines cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and our study showed which machines were worth the money and which werenít."

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