New Faculty Members Join Wake Forest Continence Center

March 9, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Four new faculty members have joined the Continence Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Gopal Badlani, M.D., professor of urology, is a world expert in the field of urinary incontinence. He has been invited nationally and internationally as a visiting professor. He is managing editor of the Journal of Endourology, is editor of several textbooks and has published more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters.

Badlani completed his urology residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a fellowship in neurourology at Baylor University. He specializes in urinary incontinence in women and men and in minimally invasive treatments for pelvic organ prolapse and prostate obstruction. His lab has done basic research in the etiology of pelvic organ prolapse.

Steve Hodges, M.D., is a pediatric urologist who specializes in voiding dysfunction and incontinence, reconstructive urologic surgery and minimally invasive surgery. He is an assistant professor of surgery (pediatric urology) who received his medical degree and completed a general surgery internship and urology residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Hodges completed a pediatric urology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego and was awarded a two-year research scholarship from the American Urological Association Foundation. His research interests include preventing the scarring of bladder tissue. His work in this area was awarded a first prize at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

Gordon McLorie, M.D., chief of pediatric urology, specializes in incontinence and reconstructive urologic surgery in children. He earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto and completed his residency there. He completed a fellowship at both the University of Los Angeles and Harvard Medical School in the diagnosis and treatment of bladder problems.

McLorie, a professor of urology, is also active in research and is currently a lead researcher of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health on the abnormal flow of urine from the bladder back into the ureters. He is also a lead investigator of a study of bladder replacement surgery. He is the author of more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters.

Jack Smith, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert specializing in incontinence, reconstructive bladder surgery and cancer. He was previously at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, where he was the chief of urology and founder of the Center for Pelvic Health and Continence. Smith has been a faculty member at Harvard University and Tufts University.

Smith, a professor of urology, received a master’s degree and a medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his urology training at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. He has received numerous awards, including being named to Top Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Consumer’s Guide. He has written more than 40 articles and book chapters.

The Continence Center, established in 2004, offers specialized care for adults and children with incontinence. The center focuses on using the latest technology for diagnosis and minimally invasive treatments for incontinence. The center’s staff includes nurse specialists and physical therapists.


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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,282 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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