Neil H. Baum, MD

Neil H. Baum, MD

Tulane University School of Medicine, Louisiana State University Medical School, Vanguard Communications Group

New Orleans, Louisiana

Neil H. Baum, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a retired urologic surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Baum serves as the Medical Advisor to Vanguard Communications Group. Dr. Baum is the author of Marketing Your Clinical Practice - Ethically, Effectively, and Economically, which is in its 4th edition, has sold over 175,000 copies, and has been translated into Spanish. He also wrote The Complete Business Guide to a Successful Medical Practice, which was published in 2015. Dr. Baum was the columnist for American Medical News for more than 25 years. Dr. Baum also wrote the popular column, “The Bottom Line,” for Urology Times for more than 20 years. He is a requested speaker each year to the Practice Management Seminar for the American Urological Association (AUA), where he discusses techniques for making urology practices more efficient and more productive. He has written more than 9 books on practice management and over 250 peer-reviewed articles on various urologic topics. Dr. Baum is also the medical advisor to Vanguard Communications Group.


Talks by Neil H. Baum, MD

Interviews with Icons: Alan Wein, MD, PhD, FACS

Grand Rounds in Urology Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, interviews Alan Wein, MD, PhD, FACS, on the past, present, and future of overactive bladder treatment in Urology. Among his many achievements, Dr. Wein has co-written or co-edited +30 books on Urology, including several editions of the textbook, Campbell Walsh Wein Urology, and holds editorial board positions on 14 journals. Additionally, Dr. Wein is largely credited as the researcher who lead the charge to rename “unstable bladder” to overactive bladder.

In this interview, they discuss Dr. Wein’s perspective on:
The History of Overactive Bladder
The Role of Pharmacology in Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction
The Evolution of Incontinence and Overactive Bladder Treatments
The Role of AI and Telemedicine in Treatment
The Future of Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder Management

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Interviews with Icons: Mickey Karram, MD

Grand Rounds in Urology Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, interviews revolutionary urogynecologist, Mickey Karram, MD, on topics ranging from urogynecological cosmetic surgeries to robotic pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Karram is an internationally renowned urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon, widely considered to be a pioneer in the field. He has co-authored several of the leading textbooks and reference books in the study of Urogynecology, in addition to publishing over 200 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals. 

In this interview, Dr. Karram shares his insights on:

Fostering Collaboration Between Urology and Gynecology Specialists
Urogynecological Cosmetic Procedures
Female Sexual Dysfunction
The Use of Robotics in Pelvic Reconstruction
The Future of Pelvic Reconstruction

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Interviews with Icons: Sue and Irwin Goldstein

Grand Rounds in Urology contributing editor Neil H. Baum, MD, interviews Sue and Irwin Goldstein, MD, on their influential roles in the field of sexual medicine. Dr. Goldstein has authored over 360 publications and his contributions have significantly shaped the study of sexual health, while Sue has played a vital role in pioneering research on female sexual dysfunction, culminating in the establishment of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) in 2000.

They discuss the groundbreaking impact of Viagra, as well as the evolution of women’s sexual health as a recognized discipline. Sue highlights the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction, shedding light on issues like sexual desire problems and the underreported concern of pain, affecting 43% of women. Dr. Goldstein addresses challenges faced in sexual medicine, citing issues related to knowledge, information, and finances. The Goldsteins’ unique approach involves extensive patient interaction, including in-depth interviews and testing, underlining the necessity of time to advance the field.

The two also detail the ‘orgasm gap,’ with Sue discussing the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health’s ongoing work to understand and address orgasm-related issues, and Dr. Goldstein sharing insights into physiological pathways related to pain and orgasm.

Sue details common conditions urologists can address in women, such as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), and pain, emphasizing the crucial role urologists can play in menopause management.

Both Goldsteins advocate for urologists’ involvement in women’s sexual health, recommending participation in the ISSWSH events. They express commitment to training residents and fellows, encouraging interested individuals to reach out for opportunities.

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Interviews with Icons: Bela Denes, MD

In his latest interview with iconic physicians in urology, uro-oncology, and related fields, Grand Rounds in Urology (GRU) contributing editor Neil H. Baum, MD, interviews Bela Denes, MD, Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at Lantheus Medical Imaging, focusing on his remarkable career in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries after his time as a practicing clinician. Dr. Denes reflects that his transition from clinical practice to industry giants like Amgen, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer, was driven by various factors, including the recognition of burnout among colleagues in clinical practice and a desire for new opportunities.

Dr. Denes discusses the evolving landscape of drug development and the increasing need for urology expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. He emphasizes the importance of clinical experience in understanding diseases, patient management, and designing effective studies. 

Dr. Denes also shares insights into the challenges and rewards of working in the industry, including the long-term impact of industry contributions and the benefits of learning about regulatory pathways and drug approval processes. Dr. Denes highlights the differences between device regulatory pathways and drug development. He discusses the potential advantages of single-use cystoscopes, such as cost-efficiency, convenience, and reduced environmental impact. He predicts that economics and environmental considerations will play a significant role in the adoption of single-use instruments in urology.

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Nonverbal Communication

Grand Rounds in Urology Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School, discusses 14 practical tips to enhance body language skills for stronger connections and improved patient care. Drawing from his vast experience, Dr. Baum highlights the remarkable correlation between effective communication skills and enhanced patient satisfaction scores, improved compliance, and potentially superior outcomes. He underscores the fact that a significant portion of human interaction is conveyed through nonverbal means, emphasizing the crucial role of body language in conveying genuine emotions and establishing a profound connection with patients.

Throughout the presentation, Dr. Baum provides practical advice to healthcare professionals, cautioning against common distractions such as diverting attention to computers or cell phones during patient encounters. Dr. Baum highlights the impact of simple yet powerful gestures like smiling and employing a firm handshake. By emphasizing the importance of respecting personal space, healthcare providers can also create a comfortable and secure environment for patients. By implementing the suggested tips, practitioners can enhance their ability to connect with patients, foster trust, and ultimately improve the doctor-patient relationship, resulting in more positive healthcare experiences for all parties involved.

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