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Dr. Pasquale Casale to Lead Pediatric Urology Team

Appointed as Chief of Pediatric Urology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Professor of Urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

NEW YORK (Jul 17, 2012)

One of the foremost authorities on pediatric minimally invasive surgeries, Dr. Pasquale Casale has been appointed chief of pediatric urology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and professor of urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Casale specializes in pediatric genitourinary reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery, with an emphasis on laparoscopy, robotic surgery and stone disease. He has developed a number of minimally invasive techniques for pediatric patients, including robot-assisted and endoscopic procedures. While researching kidney stone disease in children, Dr. Casale found that some children's kidneys behave differently from each another. The right kidney will have elevated levels of calcium, while the left kidney remains normal. This finding is changing kidney stone disease treatment.

"I want to redirect the pediatric urology program," says Dr. Casale. "I look forward to working with my colleagues at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital as we develop new treatments for children that are effective and safe, with a shorter recovery time."

"Over the past decade, there has been a push for growth in technology and treatment methods for children," says Dr. Mitchell Benson, chairman of urology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. "Dr. Casale is a leader in this specialized field and will help us continue to pioneer procedures and provide the very best care for children."

Previously, Dr. Casale was the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery, as well as co-director of the surgical simulation and training lab, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He frequently serves as a lecturer and visiting professor, both nationally and internationally, on advanced laparoscopy and reconstruction, as well as on endourology and robotic surgery for children.

Dr. Casale received his medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and did his surgical training at The Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and his urologic training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric urology at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Casale is board certified and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the Society for Pediatric Urology. He also has specialty certification in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and robotic-assisted surgery. He holds editorial board positions on many scientific journals and has authored hundreds of articles, editorials and book chapters.

Also joining the pediatric urology department is Dr. Sarah Lambert, attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and assistant professor of urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Lambert received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Lambert went on to complete her residency in urology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and her fellowship in pediatric urology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously, Dr. Lambert was an attending physician in the urology department for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is board certified and is a member of the American Urological Association.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, located in New York City, offers the best available care in every area of pediatrics — including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric subspecialties — in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. Building a reputation for more than a century as one of the nation's premier children's hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is Manhattan's only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children and one of the largest providers of children's health services in the tri-state area with a long-standing commitment to its community. It is also a major international referral center, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through adolescence worldwide. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report.

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The Medical Center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is now among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and state and one of the largest in the United States. For more information, please visit www.cumc.columbia.edu

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