My research parallels my clinical focus and expertise which serves as the under pinning’s for my academic productivity. To date, these research activities have led to 87 peer reviewed publications, 10 book chapters and 8 review articles and 62 abstracts presented at national and international meetings. I have also created over 30 educational videos, which have been distributed by the American Urologic Association, European Association Urology and World Congress of Endourology and have been awarded First Prize and Top 10 Videos at these society annual meetings.
I recognized early in my career the power of intra and inter departmental and multi-institutional collaboration. Several years ago, I organized the largest robotic partial nephrectomy consortium in the world that includes John Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Washington University and Henry Ford Hospital. Together, we have published seminal papers on outcomes following partial robotic nephrectomy for renal cancer. Over the years, I have developed and helped launch multiple IRB databases, protocols and multi-institutional projects that have been the source of several important advances in the field
My three major areas of research have been the management of kidney cancer, upper urinary tract reconstruction and evaluation of innovative surgical technologies. Some of my major accomplishments have been to develop innovative techniques to minimize warm ischemia during partial nephrectomy and novel robotic surgical techniques for upper urinary tract reconstruction. Within the last 5 years I have pioneered two novel techniques that have been adopted by surgeons worldwide. The first uses near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging during robotic surgery to minimize trauma to the kidney during partial nephrectomy and confirm adequate perfusion of tissue during reconstructive surgery. The other utilizes buccal mucosa tissue to replace and repair strictures within the ureter. For this work, we were awarded the title of Best Laparoscopic and Robotic Paper at the World Congress of Endourology Meeting in London. I have conducted numerous retrospective and prospective outcome studies related to management of kidney cancer and upper tract reconstruction that have helped define optimal management of these conditions. I currently have reported the largest single surgeon series on robotic upper urinary tract reconstruction. As a recognized leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery, many companies have engaged me evaluate new technologies designed facilitate minimally invasive surgery.
Near-infrared fluorescence imaging with intraoperative administration of indocyanine green for robotic partial nephrectomy
Bjurlin, Marc A; McClintock, Tyler R; Stifelman, Michael D. Near-infrared fluorescence imaging with intraoperative administration of indocyanine green for robotic partial nephrectomy. Current urology reports. 2015 Apr ;16(4):20-20 (1473192)
Outcomes of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Upper Urinary Tract Reconstruction: 250 Consecutive Patients
Marien, Tracy; Bjurlin, Marc; Wynia, Blake; Bilbily, Matthew; Rao, Gaurav; Zhao, Lee C; Shah, Ojas; Stifelman, Michael D. Outcomes of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Upper Urinary Tract Reconstruction: 250 Consecutive Patients. BJU international. 2015 Jun 16;116(4):604-611 (1465882)
A prospective comparative analysis of the accuracy of HistoScanning and multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging in the localization of prostate cancer among men undergoing radical prostatectomy
Orczyk, Clement; Rosenkrantz, Andrew B; Deng, Fang-Ming; Melamed, Jonathan; Babb, James; Wysock, James; Kheterpal, Emil; Huang, William C; Stifelman, Michael; Lepor, Herbert; Taneja, Samir S. A prospective comparative analysis of the accuracy of HistoScanning and multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging in the localization of prostate cancer among men undergoing radical prostatectomy. Urologic oncology. 2015 Aug 31;34(1):3.e1-3.e8 (1761982)
Urinary fistula after robotic partial nephrectomy: a multicenter analysis of 1791 patients
Potretzke, Aaron M; Alexander Knight, B; Zargar, Homayoun; Kaouk, Jihad H; Barod, Ravi; Rogers, Craig G; Mass, Alon; Stifelman, Michael D; Johnson, Michael H; Allaf, Mohamad E; Sherburne Figenshau, R; Bhayani, Sam B. Urinary fistula after robotic partial nephrectomy: a multicenter analysis of 1791 patients. BJU international. 2015 Sep 6;117(1):131-137 (1709022)
Significance of Pathologic T3a Upstaging in Clinical T1 Renal Masses Undergoing Nephrectomy
Ramaswamy, Krishna; Kheterpal, Emil; Pham, Hai; Mohan, Sanjay; Stifelman, Michael; Taneja, Samir; Huang, William C. Significance of Pathologic T3a Upstaging in Clinical T1 Renal Masses Undergoing Nephrectomy. Clinical genitourinary cancer. 2015 Jan 22;13(4):344-349 (1669372)