Michael O. Koch, MD

Michael O. Koch, MD

University of Indiana School of Medicine

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Koch joined the faculty and became Chairman of the Department of Urology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. He had previously been a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University for 12 years. Dr. Koch has served in many roles related to urology nationally. Dr. Koch is a previous trustee and past-President of the American Board of Urology, past-Chairman of the Examination Committee for the American Board of Urology, past-President of the Society of Urology Chairpersons, past-President of the Society of University Chairpersons, Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Urology Training Programs, and a member of the Honorary Societies of the GU Surgeons and the Clinical Society of GU Surgeons. In 2015, he was honored by the American Urologic Association with a distinguished contribution award. In 2017, he was awarded the Health Care Hero award by the Indianapolis Business Journal for his involvement in the development of high-intensity ultrasound for the treatment of prostate cancer. He has been continuously board-certified since 1983 and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served as Chairman of the Board of the specialty physician group at Indiana University School of Medicine and currently serves in multiple capacities for his specialty, the School of Medicine, and the IU Health healthcare system. During Dr. Koch's tenure as Chairman of the Department of Urology at Indiana University, the Department has grown from 7 to 23 faculty and has risen to become one of the highest-ranked programs at IU School of Medicine.


Articles by Michael O. Koch, MD

Technical and Diagnostic Limitations to Partial Prostate Ablation for Prostate Cancer

Michael O. Koch, MD, provides an overview of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Transurethral Ultrasound Ablation (TULSA-PRO), focal prostate ablation therapies that have recently shown promise as treatments for localized prostate cancer. Both treatments only have de novo approval from the FDA and have no specific indication for prostate cancer and there have been some disappointing international studies of the therapies. However, several studies with carefully-selected patients who are not thriving on active surveillance, have unilateral significant disease, and have limited calcifications have had remarkable results, with high rates of failure-free survival and PSA reduction. For approximately 10-15% of prostate cancer patients, prostate ablation may be a very good technique.

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Expanding the Role of Surgical Management of High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Michael O. Koch, MD, the John Donohue Professor and Chair of Urology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of open retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP) and robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) in decreasing disease burden amongst high-risk prostate cancer patients. He goes on to discuss data from the Capsure Database, which placed more high-risk patients on ADT rather than surgery, as well as data from the Pivot Trial, which demonstrated a decrease in prostate cancer mortality among high-risk patients treated with surgery versus the observation (control) group. Finally, Dr. Koch evaluates several studies pertaining to the efficacy of wide surgical resection in reducing positive surgical margins among RRP and RARP cohorts, and how urologists can utilize imaging such as mpMRI and 68Ga PSMA to identify patients who would most likely benefit from wide versus nerve-sparing surgical approaches.

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