U of M Department of Urology


Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology

J. Stuart Wolf, Jr., MD, Director


Mission Statement: To improve patients' health through the application of minimally invasive techniques in urology.


The Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology has 3 directives: (1) to provide clinical care, (2) to educate physicians, and (3) to perform research.

Objective #1 Clinical Care

All of the urology faculty at the University of Michigan have clinical expertise in minimally invasive techniques in urology. Some faculty members have a general practice, while others have a specific focus that may include more or less emphasis on these techniques. Please see the physician's biographical page for more information.

Objective #2 Education
The educational goal of the Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology is to inform regional physicians about the availability of endourologic, laparoscopic, and other minimally invasive urologic procedures. Attention is directed to both urologists and primary care physicians. Various educational media are used to maximize impact, including printed publications, didactic teaching sessions, traditional continuing medical education courses, hands-on learning center courses, and teleconferences.

Objective #3 Research
The Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology is dedicated to the development of new instrumentation and techniques for laparoscopy and other minimally invasive procedures. Research is performed at animal and bench-top laboratories located at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center.

A long term interest in the laboratory is the development of tissue adhesives. Laparoscopic suturing is technically difficult, and the use of tissue adhesives to replace suturing would facilitate many laparoscopic procedures -- which might allow more patients to benefit from minimally invasive surgery. In concert with industry partners, we have refined formulations of fibrin glue and clarified its role in Urology, and have established the great potential for cyanoacrylate glue in Urology.

Other recent and ongoing projects include the use of lasers and novel methods to management, determination of the safety of certain medications used during minimally invasive procedures, and investigations into the mechanisms and reduction of pain during surgery.  Every effort will be made to bring technological advances quickly from the laboratory to the clinical arena.  Cooperation with commercial partners is encouraged.