Steven B. Brandes Joins the Department of Urology

Steven B. Brandes, M.D., Professor of Urology at CUMC and Chief of Reconstructive Urologic Surgery is the latest faculty member to join our growing department.  Dr. Brandes, a world-renowned expert and thought leader in urologic reconstructive surgery and trauma, will lead the Center for Reconstructive Surgery.  He will be dedicated to developing a comprehensive and collaborative program along with Gynecology Oncology, Colorectal Surgery and Plastic Surgery to care for patients who require lower urinary tract and genital reconstruction.   Additionally, Dr. Brandes will collaborate with Dr. Shumyle Alam, Assistant Professor of Urology, to continue care for pediatric patients who were born with congenital abnormalities.

Dr. Brandes graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed his General Surgery and Urology Residency training at Temple University.  He subsequently completed a fellowship in Reconstructive Urology and Trauma at University of California San Francisco.  Prior to joining our department, Dr. Brandes spent 17 years at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where he ultimately served as Chief of the Section of Reconstructive Urology, Urology Residency Program Director and Director of the Reconstructive Urology Fellowship.

Dr. Brandes is currently an Associate Editor to Advances in Urology, The World Journal of Urology and BMC Urology.  Dr. Brandes is nationally active as a member of the Society of Reconstructive Surgeons and in 2015 he was elected as the President of this international society. He is the author of two major textbooks in urologic reconstructive surgery and authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters.  Dr. Brandes has research interest in improving techniques in reconstructive surgery of the genitals and lower urinary tract, urethral stricture surgery, urinary fistula repairs, radiation fistulas, and traumatic urologic injuries.

The Department is pleased to have recruited Dr. Brandes and to launch these new programs at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center..