Neil H. Baum, MD, and Bela Denes, MD, presented “Interviews with Icons: Bela Denes, MD” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in September 2023.

How to cite: Baum, Neil H. MD, and Denes, Bela, MD. Interviews with Icons: Bela Denes, MD” February 2023. Accessed Jul 2024.

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.

Bela Denes, MD
Lantheus Medical Imaging
Irvine, California



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.