Recent Projects

2018-2019 LIFT Fellow, John Sung, led a study showing that, if patients take a low dose of a diuretic and drink 1 liter of water prior to a non-contrast CT scan, the patient’s collecting system becomes dilated, improving visualization and preoperative planning for PCNL.

2018-2019 LIFT Fellow, Frank Jefferson, continued the VR project for partial nephrectomy and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. In addition, he helped to lead a study  showing that renal mass biopsy may change management of patients with a renal mass.

2017 – 2018 LIFT Fellow, Egor Parkhomenko, continued the VR project for preoperative planning in patients undergoing partial nephrectomy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and donor nephrectomy.


VR Partial Nephrectomy


2016 – 2017 LIFT Fellow, Shoaib Safiullah, began conducting a study to evaluate the use of virtual reality (VR) technology for preoperative planning, and resident and patient education:


2015 – 2016 LIFT Fellow, Simone Vernez, reconstructed the autonomic nervous innervation of the human ureter, with her study showing that females and males differ with regard to their ureteral innervation:


2014 – 2015 LIFT Fellow, Kyle Spradling, reconstructed the innervation of the bladder, the artwork of which was featured on the cover of The Journal of Urology: