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Trauma and Reconstructive Urology

Reconstruction of the genitourinary tract in adults becomes necessary when normal function of one or more of its components are impaired. In the United States, genitourinary reconstruction is typically necessary as a result of general trauma or tissue damage that occurs following cancer treatment, specifically surgical and radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

Conditions we treat within this category include:

  • Genitourinary trauma
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Urethral strictures
  • Urinary fistulas

Selected Media

Dr. Ziho Lee talks about how complex ureteral strictures are managed, including his pioneering techniques utilizing buccal mucosa graft for complex ureteral stricture disease reconstruction. Watch here>>


Our faculty are actively conducting research to develop new urethroplasty techniques as well as leading quality improvement projects improve excellence in surgical outcomes.

Selected Publications

Ureteral Rest is Associated With Improved Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Robotic Ureteral Reconstruction of Proximal and Middle Ureteral Strictures. Lee Z, Lee M, Lee R, Koster H, Cheng N, Siev M, Jun M, Munver R, Ahmed M, Zhao LC, Stifelman MD, Eun DD, Collaborative of Reconstructive Robotic Ureteral Surgery (CORRUS). Urology. 2021 Jun; 152: 160-166.

A Multi-Institutional Experience With Robotic Ureteroplasty With Buccal Mucosa Graft: An Updated Analysis of Intermediate-Term Outcomes. Lee Z, Lee M, Koster H, Lee R, Cheng N, Jun M, Slawin J, Zhao LC, Stifelman MD, Eun DD, Collaborative of Reconstructive Robotic Ureteral Surgery (CORRUS) Urology. 2021 Jan; 147: 306-310.

 Patient Care

The Department of Urology at Northwestern University continues to stand at the forefront of the field of genitourinary reconstruction with cutting-edge techniques and world-class reconstructive surgeons, including Ziho Lee, MD. Dr. Lee completed a fellowship in genitourinary reconstructive surgery in trauma as well as a fellowship in advanced robotic urologic oncology and reconstruction. 

Specialty Chief


Ziho Lee, MD
Chief of the Division of Trauma and Reconstructive Urology
Assistant Professor of Urology

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