Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Urology

Benign Prostate Diseases

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland and the most common benign tumor found in man. BPH causes an obstruction of the flow of urine through the urethra. Treatment is only necessary if symptoms become bothersome. By age 80, some 40 percent of men experience BPH symptoms severe enough to require treatment.


Students and residents rotate with faculty as they see BPH patients in the clinic setting. This is a highly hands-on learning process, in which the student learns how to interact with the patients and gage appropriate care, since treatment of these cases heavily depends on individual pain responses. You can learn more about these opportunities on our Education page.


Inflammation is a significant finding in a variety prostate diseases including prostatitis, BPH, and prostate cancer. Our department studies microbial and autoimmune mediated inflammation and innate and adaptive immune mechanisms in prostate disease. Projects in the lab use a combination of in vitro studies, animal models and clinical specimen assays to examine questions of interest such as the role of chemokines and T cells in chronic pelvic pain.

Patient Care

Faculty treat patients at the Feinberg-affiliated care sites. Currently the main treatment options for BPH are watchful waiting, medication, surgery (generally a TURP, or transurethral resection of the prostate), or intermittent catheterization.


Geoffery Engel, MD

Sarah C. Flury, MD

John Hairston, MD

Matthias Hofer, MD/PhD

Stephanie J. Kielb, MD