Dr. Teichman wins prestigious award
Dr. Joel Teichman, urology, received the Ambrose-Reed Award at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association this spring.
The award recognizes the most important essay on socioeconomics in urology at the association's annual meeting. Dr. Teichman's paper was titled "In Vitro Shockwave Lithotripsy Comparison."
A specialist in the treatment of kidney stones, Dr. Teichman performed the first controlled trial ever 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 Dr. Patricia Parker, who graduated from the Medical School this year. She will begin her urology residency at the UTHSC as well.
"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 weren't."