Fernando J. Kim, MD, MBA, FACS, and E. David Crawford, MD, presented “What Urologists Need to Know About COVID-19​” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in March, 2020.

How to cite: Kim, Fernando J. Crawford, E. David. “What Urologists Need to Know About COVID-19” March, 2020. Accessed Jul 2024. https://grandroundsinurology.com/what-urologists-need-to-know-about-covid-19/

What Urologists Need to Know About COVID-19 – Summary:

Fernando J. Kim, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Emeritus of Urology at Denver Health Medical Center, Professor of Surgery/Urology at the University of Colorado at Denver, and Associate Editor of the Patient Safety in Surgery Journal, and E. David Crawford, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Rounds in Urology, discuss how the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis require doctors to be flexible in order to protect both their patients and the healthcare providers themselves. They further discuss how important it is to understand the capacity of ICU beds, respirators, and personal protective equipment, particularly the N95 mask. Dr. Kim suggests that urologists should follow the recommendations of both the CDC and the AUA to stop performing elective procedures, but that in cases of metastasizing cancers doctors need to weigh the need for the surgery against the possibility of contracting COVID-19 while the patient is in recovery in the ICU.

For other urology-focused information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our other posts, including:

COVID-19’s Impact on the Treatment of Urology Patients
Advances in COVID-19 Testing: PCR Test Validated for Sputum and Swabs


Fernando J. Kim, MD, MBA, FACS, is president of the South Central Section of the American Urological Association (SCSAUA), editor-in-chief of AUA NEWS in Portuguese, and associate editor of the Journal of Urology Plus and the Patient Safety in Surgery Journal. Dr. Kim previously served at Denver Health Medical Center where he was chief of urology and has also played a pivotal role in enhancing urological resident rotations by serving as the site residency director and significantly enhancing diversity and inclusion. Dr. Kim earned his MD from the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in São Paolo, Brazil. He was a trauma research fellow at the University of Colorado (CU) Health Sciences Center in Denver and completed an internship in general surgery at the CU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kim also completed general surgery training at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois and a fellowship in endourology and laparoscopy at the Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland.

Dr. Kim is active in the AUA as part of their leadership program, served as their host country liaison, and was awarded their Presidential Citation for his international relations and contributions to minimally invasive urological surgery. Dr. Kim served as president of the SCSAUA. He also received the Presidential Juscelino Kubitschek Medal from the Society of Brazilian Urology, the Ernest E. Moore Trauma Award, and the Societá Italiana di Urologia International Guest Recognition.