The Department of Surgery’s Division of Urology at McMaster University has grown to consist of 9 full-time and 5 part-time geographic faculty members, as well as, 2 part-time rurally based faculty members. The Division provides specialty urological care for Hamilton and the surrounding communities through St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Hamilton Health Sciences. The division is noted for its education, research and clinical centres of excellence at each of its teaching sites. St. Joseph's Healthcare, the regional centre for hemodialysis, nephrology and renal transplantation, has hosted over 1000 major urologic procedures and is recognized as one of the busiest minimally invasive urologic surgical centres in Canada. Among the Hamilton Health Sciences Hospitals, the McMaster Children's Hospital provides pediatric urology care, the Juravinski Cancer Centre at the Henderson site has a urological oncology program, and trauma-related urological care is provided at the Hamilton General site through the Regional Trauma Centre.
In addition to providing innovative clinical services, the division boasts the 14,000 square feet McMaster Institute of Urology, located in the Mary Grace wing at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton. Designed to provide full sub-specialty urologic care to patients throughout Ontario, the multi-million dollar infrastructure is home to an interactive learning centre, its own urology library, research offices, a conference room and twelve exam rooms. By streamlining the referral process and educating patients about sub-specialty care, the newly implemented education and referral model for patients and family physicians, guarantees patients a higher quality of care at a faster rate. Resources available to patients and physicians include access to web-based information, computer models, counseling and clinicians.
The Division of Urology is also home to one of Canada’s newest urological residency programs, granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002. The Division facilitates the education of 11 residents and 1 fellow, providing the optimum material for training residents in a comprehensive program complimented by availability of urologists and scientists to provide the infrastructure for research training as well as post training fellowships. By combining research and clinical expertise the division provides for its residents and fellows state of the art, cutting edge treatment modalities that are evolving on a regular basis, ensuring knowledge translation of all new technologies.