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Dr. Schlegel Named Chairman of Urology atWeill Cornell Medical College and Urologist-in-Chief at NewYork-PresbyterianHospital/Weill Cornell

New York, NY (Mar 22, 2004)

An expertin male infertility and prostate cancer, Dr. Peter Schlegel has been namedChairman of the Department of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College in NewYork City and Urologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill CornellMedical Center.

Dr. Schlegel is also Associate Professor of Urology and AssociateProfessor of Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College andAssociate Attending Urologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell MedicalCenter.

During his 13 years at Weill Cornell Medical College and throughouthiscareer, Dr. Schlegel has continually demonstrated his exceptionalabilities asa clinician, teacher, scientist, and leader in his field, said Dr.AntonioM. Gotto, Jr., Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell MedicalCollege.

Dr. Schlegel has contributed a number of significant advances inurologicaltreatment. He is responsible for improving the survival rate for men withprostatecancer and, through pioneering techniques of sperm retrieval, for helpingmen,previously thought to be sterile, to become fathers, said Dr.Herbert Pardes,President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Schlegel says, Building on the Department's reputation for excellence, I will seek to expand our programs in pediatric urology,male infertility, and impotence; further develop our expertise in thetreatment of voiding problems, including female urology and prostatic diseases;and build on the Department's urologic oncology program to facilitatecontinued optimal care for patients with bladder, prostate, kidney, and otherurologic cancers. In the coming months, the Department will also recruitadditional clinical staff and increase the number of formalized outcomes studiesof urologic treatments.

Dr. Schlegel has been the principal investigator of a study thatprovided the anatomical basis for the so-called nerve-sparing prostatectomy(removal of the prostate). This prostate-cancer treatment is associated withboth a marked decrease in mortality and the preservation of sexual andurinary function. He has also published studies helping to define the geneticcauses of the most severe forms of infertility. Once thought to be sterile,men with no sperm in their ejaculate are now able to become fathers,thanks in part to advances made by Dr. Schlegel, such as genetic testing tooptimize sperm retrieval.

Dr. Schlegel has been Acting Chairman of Urology since 2001,succeeding Dr. E. Darracott Vaughan, who served as Chairman for more than 20 years.Through Dr. Vaughan's leadership, the Department grew to be one of the most respected Urology Centers in the country.

Receiving his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dr.Schlegel completed his internship in General Surgery at The Johns HopkinsHospital, where he was also a resident and faculty member before joining thethen NewYork Hospital-Cornell Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Surgeryin 1991. Since that time, he has assumed increasing responsibility in theDepartment of Urology. Dr. Schlegel is also Staff Scientist with The PopulationCouncil and Visiting Associate Physician with The Rockefeller UniversityHospital.

Dr. Schlegel is the co-editor of the Journal of Andrology,which is supported by Weill Cornell Medical College, The Population Council,and The American Society of Andrology. He is widely published and has received numerousprofessional honors and awards including the American Infertility AssociationAward for Special Contribution and Continued Devotion to Family Building(1999); the Ambrose Reed AUA Socioeconomics Essay Contest, First Prize (1998);and the Male Reproduction/Urology Prize Paper, American Society forReproductive Medicine Annual Meeting (1995).

Dr. Schlegel has held, or holds, numerous leadership positions innearly all U.S. professional organizations dedicated to urology and maleinfertility. Among other positions, he is currently Vice President of the Societyof Male Reproduction/Urology and former President of the American UrologicalAssociation's Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (2002-2003). He has also been invited internationally to participate in a variety of visitingprofessorships and fellowships. Dr. Schlegel holds two patents for a micropipetholder and Sperm-1 protein.2453087pubjvb9001&&19:57-11- 4-2004kebloom11:19- 8-18-200403_22_04

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