SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Urology
Information for Patients
The Department of Urology provides medical and surgical care to men, women and children with disorders of the prostate, kidney, bladder, penis and testicles. Cancer, stone disease, voiding dysfunction, incontinence, impotency, urinary infections and prostate enlargement are treated. The department has the latest technology, including lasers, a lithotriptor, transrectal ultrasound, penile prostheses, incontinence prostheses and video-urodynamics equipment. All physicians are board certified. The faculty contributes regularly to research literature.
Men and women with malignant (cancer) tumors of the kidney and bladder are cared for. In men, cancer of the prostate, penis and testicles is diagnosed and managed. The evaluation of hematuria (blood in the urine) is an important function. The division provides screening for urologic cancers in patients who have no symptoms, especially for prostate cancer. Once the diagnosis is established the situation is carefully explained. All the potential options for treatment using the most advanced modalities available are explained carefully to the patient and his/her family. The goal is maximally effective treatment with minimum discomfort to the patient. Opportunities are available for patients with advanced malignancies to participate in national clinical trials.
Department of Urology
Appointment scheduling: (718) 270-7207
Administrative offices: (718) 270-2554
Fax: (718) 270-3848
Department Chair: Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD, FACS
Chief of Service, ACGME Program Director and Vice-Chair: Brian K. McNeil, MD
Department Administrator: Dolka Fareaux
Brian K. McNeil, MD, FACS
Dr. McNeil is the Department of Urology Chief of Service, Vice-Chairman and ACGME Program Director as well as practicing general urology for both adult men and women. Since joining the Downstate Urological team Dr. McNeil has increased the awareness regarding the various treatment modalities for urologic diseases and malignancies in the Brooklyn community. Dr. McNeil is responsible for care of Urological diseases with focus upon urinary tract cancer with sub-specialty expetise in laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic surgery. Using these techniques he successfully treats patients with minimally invasive procedures instead of procedures which involve extensive incisions. He has office hours in University Hospital Brooklyn Suite I Suite.
Most Insurance Accepted. Patients, please contact your insurance carrier to determine if PCP referral is necessary to see a specialist.
Llewellyn Hyacinthe, MD, FACS
The Department of Urology is delighted to announce that Llewellyn Hyacinthe, MD, FACS, has joined the full time academic faculty at University Hospital of Brooklyn.
Dr. Hyacinthe graduated from Yale University with a BA in economics, and went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After completing his residency in urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Hyacinthe began his clinical practice in Brooklyn. He has served as director of urology at Kings County Hospital Center since 2000 and has been a member of the Downstate clinical faculty since 1998, currently serving as assistant clinical professor of urology. His clinical and teaching accomplishments have been rewarded multiple times as Downstate Urology Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Hyacinthe's clinical practice will be located at Family Health Services at Lefferts Avenue as well as in Suite I at University Hospital. His surgical practice will continue at the Downstate UHB and Bay Ridge campuses. He is certified by the American Board of Urology, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Hyacinthe is one of only a few urologists in Brooklyn who have the expertise to perform the da Vinci robotic prostatectomy. He has experience in laparoscopic kidney surgery, minimally invasive therapies for kidney stone disease, medical and surgical treatment for urinary incontinence, surgical management of bladder cancer, and comprehensive treatments for various prostate diseases including prostate cancer. He has developed extraordinary skills in both performing and teaching the art and science of radical robotic prostatectomy.
SUNY Downstate Cancer Institute – Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence
The Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence brings together experts from urology, radiation medicine and medical oncology to offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for the treatment of bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancers. The focus is to eradicate cancer, preserve function and maintain each patient's quality of life.
The key to successful prostate and genitourinary cancer treatment is multidisciplinary expertise. Patient care is led by specialists in urology, radiation medicine and medical oncology – and is supported by dedicated uro-pathologists using modern diagnostic imaging facilities and at our Cancer Institute. The center features one of the few settings in the New York metropolitan area for men with prostate cancer to see urologist and radiation oncologist in one stop. Every available modern treatment option is within the scope of services and at hand for prostate and genitourinary cancer care at the center.
The physicians are pioneers in the use of groundbreaking treatment technologies and advanced surgical techniques including laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS), which requires just a single small incision to perform even the most complex surgery. The center surgeons were the first in the region to perform a completely robotic neobladder reconstruction for patients with bladder cancer.
The physicians are leaders in minimally invasive surgical treatments. These fellowship-trained specialists in minimally invasive surgery have brought the center to the forefront of laparoscopic and robotic surgery, including laparoscopic/robotic partial nephrectomy, laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS), robotic nerve-sparing prostatectomy and robotic radical cystectomy. The surgeons, specially trained in nerve sparing techniques, are experts in maximizing recovery of urinary and sexual function following prostate surgery.
The Department of Urology provides medical and surgical care to men, women and children with disorders of the kidney, bladder and to men with disorders of prostate, penis and testicles.
Our physicians diagnose and treat many problems: cancer, stone disease, voiding dysfunction, incontinence, impotency, urinary infections and prostate enlargement, hematuria (blood in the urine) are treated. The department has the latest technology, including lasers, a lithotriptor, transrectal ultrasound, penile prostheses, incontinence prostheses and video-urodynamics equipment.
Urology Department provides screening for urologic cancers in patients who have no symptoms, especially for prostate cancer. Once the diagnosis is established the situation is carefully explained. All the potential options for treatment using the most advanced modalities available are explained carefully to the patient and his/her family. The goal is maximally effective treatment with minimum discomfort to the patient. Opportunities are available for patients with advanced malignancies to participate in national clinical trials.
Faculty, on staff at University Hospital of Brooklyn:
Wellman Cheung, MD
Female Pelvic Reconstructive Medicine
Jaime Freyle, MD
Llewellyn M. Hyacinthe, MD, FACS
Alexander Lipyansky, MD
Brian K. McNeil, MD, FACS
Avidah Rudberg, MD
Igor Ryndin, MD
Jeffrey Weiss, MD, FACS
Functional Urology / Nocturia
Andrew Winer, MD
Appointment and Contact Information:
Department of Urology
Phone: (718) 270-1638
Fax: (718) 270-3924
For appointments call: (718) 270-7207
For Referrals Call 1 888 270-SUNY (7869)