Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS

Cleveland, Ohio

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a BS degree in 1989. Afterward he obtained his MD degree from the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Gonzalez then completed both his general surgical and urologic residency training at the McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University in Chicago. He completed his MBA degree from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management in 2006. Dr. Gonzalez was named the Director of the University Hospitals Urology Institute and the Lester Persky Chairman of Urology at Case Western Reserve University in September 2015. He also serves as the Chair of Public Policy at the American Urological Association (AUA). He is the associate editor for the Genitourinary Reconstruction Section of Urology and section editor for the “Hands On” section of Urology Times. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery Society, and he was a member of the First European Conference on Failed Hypospadias Repair in 2010, the First International Consultation on Urologic Stricture Disease in 2014, and the first Urethral Stricture guidelines panel for the American Urological Association (AUA) in 2016. Dr. Gonzalez currently serves as the American Urologic Association (AUA) Chair for Public Policy. Previous to this position he served as Vice Chairman of the AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. He is a former AUA Gallagher Health Care Policy Scholar, and was a member of the second AUA Leadership program class. Dr. Gonzalez has served on the AUA BPH Guidelines Committee, AUA expert panel to the AMA RUC, and the ABU/AUA Examination Committee. He was also the President of the Chicago Urological Society. Dr. Gonzalez has published over 130 peer reviewed manuscripts, review articles, invited editorials and book chapters. His clinical research focus has been on patient reported outcome measures in the area of genitourinary reconstruction, practice patterns in reconstructive urologic surgery, lean management applications in ambulatory health care and health care economics. His areas of specialty include urethral stricture disease, lichen sclerosis diagnosis and management, repair of failed hypospadias surgery, genitourinary fistula disease, erectile dysfunction, penile prosthetic placement, Peyronie’s disease and penile curvature correction.

Articles by Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS

Utilization of Advanced Practice Providers

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, explains how integrating advanced practice providers (APPs) into the urology workforce may provide a solution to increasing physician demand in the United States. He then discusses the American Urological Association’s (AUA’s) perspective of the physician led, team-based approaches to integrating APPs, state scope of practice laws, on-site and didactic training options, the possibility of inpatient APP consultation, and reimbursement for APP services.

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AUA Urethral Stricture Guidelines

Chris Gonzalez MD, MBA, FACS, who served on the 2016 American Urological Association (AUA) Male Urethral Stricture Panel, summarizes the guidelines his panel drafted and provides commentary. He analyzes the indications for evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up in bulbar, penile, and prostatic urethral strictures, as well as in pelvic fracture urethral injury (PFUI). Furthermore, he discusses the future research needed to perfect urethral stricture management practices.

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Management of Post Prostatectomy Vesicourethral Stenosis

Chris Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, discusses incision and dilation options for vesicourethral anastomotic stenosis (VUAS) following radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP). Specifically, he reviews the efficacy and safety of using cold knife, electrocautery, laser ablation, and mitomycin C in this setting. He cites the 2016 American Urological Association (AUA) urethral strictures guidelines during his analysis.

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Quality of Life Outcomes Following Urethroplasty

Chris Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, discusses the development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) to evaluate patient-perceived success of urethral stricture treatments. He describes the Male Sexual Health Questionnaire (MSHQ) and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and the needed improvement in these types of questionnaires in the future.

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