Meet Our Urologists

2020 Departmental Highlights

Beth Drzewiecki, MD, and Octavia Lewis, Coordinator, Transwellness Center, were recently featured in U.S. News and World Report in honor of Transgender Awareness Week. Read their article here.

The Transwellness Center team were also featured on News 12. Watch their interview here.

Montefiore Urology physicians, residents and researchers - led by Drs. Kara Watts and Ahmed Aboumohamed - authored a paper that was recently highlighted by UroToday, a leading online community for urologists. The paper, “Systematic review and meta-analysis comparing cognitive vs. image-guided fusion prostate biopsy for the detection of prostate cancer,” was published in Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. Kara Watts, MD, Laena Frechette MD, Ben Muller, MD, Dan Ilinksy, MD, Evan Kovac, MD, Alex Sankin, MD, and Ahmed Aboumohamed, MD authored the paper, which focused on image-guided vs cognitive fusion biopsy for prostate cancer detection.

Read UroToday’s coverage here.

Pedro Maria, DO, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Men Health at Montefiore, was an author on an award-winning paper, “Multicenter Investigation of Fungal Infections of Inflatable Penile Prostheses.” The paper, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, won the award of best paper in Penile Implant Surgery (2019) from the International Society of Sexual Medicine.

The Urology research team at Montefiore and Einstein was ranked 13th in total 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the field of Urology by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Kelvin Davies, PhD, was ranked 8th as a Principal Investigator in the field of Urology. 

Guillermo Adolfo Villegas, PhD, was named a 2020-2021 Research Scholar by the American Urological Association. The AUA Research Scholar Program provides $40,000 per year for one- and two-year mentored training for clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are no more than five years beyond completing a doctorate or residency and early career investigators who are in the first five years after beginning a faculty position. Congratulations to Dr. Villegas!

Jonathan Davila, MD, PGY-3, received the 2020 Men's Health Traveling Fellowship Award from the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) and the Society for Sexual Medicine of North America (SMSNA). The fellowship program, which promotes mentorship between fellow and leaders in the field, aims to present residents in training with a more intensive exposure to male fertility medicine and sexual medicine. Congratulations to Dr. Davila!

Evan Kovac, MD, Assistant Professor, Urology, Montefiore and Einstein, led a groundbreaking study that could lead to less frequent prostate cancer screening, fewer unnecessary tests and onerous treatments for up to 85 percent of men. The study, which was published in JAMA Network Open, is one of the largest of its kind, (17,000 men) and examined the value of a one-time screening of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels to predict long-term prostate cancer risk, rather than annual screening tests.

To read Dr. Kovac’s complete study, click here.