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Division of Surgical Subspecialties

The Division of Surgical Subspecialties in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is home to faculty in three subspecialties: urology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Division faculty are committed to patient care and clinical excellence in an academic setting that fosters education and research.

Charles Osterberg performing an operation.


Urology

Urologists are certified by the American Board of Urology following a minimum of five years of training and provide medical and surgical treatment of the genital tract of men and the urinary system of all people. Urologists treat patients of all ages with disorders of the adrenal gland, kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate, urethra and male genital structures. Urology is sometimes referred to as “GU,” which stands for genitourinary.

Clinical Programs

All urology faculty members provide general urologic care.

Stuart Wolf, M.D., leads comprehensive urinary stone management, applying both state-of-the-art surgery to remove stones and medical therapy to prevent further stone formation.

With advanced fellowship training, Charles Osterberg, M.D., provides anatomical reconstruction of the genital tract of men and the urinary system of all people, including repairs needed due to complications from prior urologic surgery.

The most recent addition to the Urology Section includes Aaron Laviana, M.D., MBA, a urologic oncologist who specializes in bladder cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, penile cancer, complex kidney surgery and robotic surgery. Laviana is pivotal in orchestrating the initiation and expansion of multiple cancer-related treatment protocols and integrating evidence-based medicine into clinical pathways.

Otolaryngology

The strong community of otolaryngologists in Austin continues to provide their time, expertise and resources in service to the people of Central Texas. Austin otolaryngologists have, for decades, covered call in a stable and coordinated fashion at Brackenridge, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center. The faculty members at Dell Medical School are an extension of that commitment and service. They come from several different independent groups in Austin and have expertise in general otolaryngology and fellowship training in head and neck oncology, neurotology, facial plastics, pediatric otolaryngology and, very soon, laryngology.

Clinical Programs

The division’s otolaryngologists are committed to quality care for adults and children in the Austin community. Additionally, the division’s faculty were particularly instrumental in solving the challenge of providing safe tracheotomy care to patients suffering from severe COVID infections.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery following a minimum of six years of training. Plastic surgeons repair and reconstruct physical defects of the skin, musculoskeletal system, craniomaxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast, trunk and external genitalia. Cosmetic surgery is a core component of plastic surgery.

Clinical Programs

The division is home to plastic surgeons with expertise in general plastic surgery and all subspecialized areas within plastic surgery. The group now features 15 surgeons, including six fellowship-trained hand surgeons and five fellowship-trained craniofacial surgeons. The division’s plastic surgeons work across five hospitals.

The division includes a team of fellowship-trained hand surgeons with years of experience treating the entire spectrum of hand conditions, including bone, joint, tendon, skin and nerve disorders. They provide Level I Trauma coverage at Dell Seton Medical Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center and manage degenerative and congenital hand conditions.

The division includes a team of craniofacial surgeons who are leaders in cleft lip and palate reconstruction, other congenital craniofacial problems, pediatric and adult facial trauma, adult orthognathic surgery and head and neck cancer reconstruction.

The division includes faculty members who focus on breast reconstruction, wound reconstruction and cosmetic procedures.

Educational Programs

Division faculty contribute to the department’s educational mission through the following offerings.

Undergraduate Medical Education

The division’s service provides a selective rotation that includes two-week and four-week experiences in the second and fourth years dedicated to career exploration in:

Research

Faculty members within the division collaborate with The University of Texas at Austin students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering on their Senior Design projects, allowing rapid translation of ideas to solve real clinical problems.

Explore Dell Medical School’s research groups for information on faculty members’ research areas of interest.

Events

The division hosts Urology Grand Rounds quarterly, on the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Health Learning Building Auditorium. To be added to the invitation list, please email the department.

Additionally, the division partners with the department to host faculty development events and continuing medical education offerings. See the Dell Med calendar for listings.