About the Editors
Ege Can Serefoglu, MD, Biruni University School of Medicine, Turkey
Ege Can Serefoglu received his Medical Doctor degree from Turkey and followed this with a residency in urology. After practicing as a urologist for 2 years, he has then worked as a post-doctorate research fellow at Tulane University Department of Urology, Division of Andrology, USA. He received the “Amsterdam Young Scientist Award” in 2012 and he is actively working in professional organizations such as Turkish Association of Urology, European Association of Urology (EAU), European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM), as well as working as a private urologist in Turkey.
Watch a video from Ege about IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal here.
Himanshu Arora, MD, University of Miami, USA
Dr. Arora completed his Bachelor and master’s degrees in biotechnology from Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India. He was awarded the Korean Government Scholarship for PhD degree in molecular Biology from National Institute of International Education [NIIED]. He was the recipient of Brain Korea 21 [BK21] scholarship in 2009-2010 for a period of six months from Seoul National University for the superior performance in research and development. Then he was awarded Young Investigator award from Regional center for Biotechnology, DBT, India where he worked on the mechanisms of resistance development in colorectal cancer before moving to CNRS, France, where he spent two years as a Postdoc and explored regenerative mechanisms in cardiovascular biology. He joined the University of Miami in 2016 as a Postdoc fellow where he explored the role of nitric oxide donors and their anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects on tumor microenvironment of castration resistant prostate cancer. He received the American Urological Research Scholar Award (2020). Dr Arora joined University of Miami faculty in 2019 and his current focus is on 1) Exploring therapeutic efficacy of Nitric oxide donors (Immunotherapy) against different stages of Prostate cancer progression, 2) Using Nitric oxide donors in combination with currently available immune checkpoint inhibitors like PD-L1 inhibitors, MIA series compounds, CSF1R inhibitors, 3) using machine learning tools to study the progression of prostate cancer and applying this knowledge in building up translational tools that could be used by researchers, clinicians and patients. Dr Arora has been a speaker at many international (ASRM, AUA, SMSNA) and National congresses in the field of andrology, sexual medicine and uro-oncology
Luca Boeri, MD, Foundation IRCCS Ca' Granda Policlinico Hospital, Milan, Italy
Luca Boeri is a Urologist and Andrology at Foundation IRCCS Ca’ Granda, Policlinico Hospital of Milan, Italy. In November 2019 he started his PhD program in Clinical Research at University of Milan focusing on couple’s infertility, genetics and immunology. He received his medical degree at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, in 2014.
During his residency program he attended a visiting fellowship at University College London Hospital (Prof. David Ralph), UK, and he also completed a research fellowship at Mayo Clinic (Mentor Dr. R. Jeffrey Karnes), Rochester, USA, where he attended a one-year advanced statistics course.
Since 2014 he continued a successful collaboration with the Urological Research Institute-URI of Milan under the guide of Prof. Montorsi and Prof. Salonia. His specialty areas include sexual medicine, infertility, uro-oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is an active member of the Italian Society of Andrology where he is part of the WEB group. He is now member of the EAU Guideline Panel on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Brian D. Earp, PhD, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Dr. Earp received his PhD from Yale University jointly in experimental psychology and philosophy, focusing on relationship norms, gender, sexuality, and bioethics.
He is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality (Routledge, 2022) and co-author of Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships (Stanford University Press, 2020), the latter of which investigates the science and ethics of drug-assisted couples therapy. A recipient of the 2018 Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Brian was also one of four named finalists for the 2020 John Maddox Prize for “standing up for science” (awarded by Sense about Science and Nature).
Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Brian completed a master's degree in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, technology, and medicine at the University of Cambridge, and a master's degree in psychological research methods at the University of Oxford. His first degree was in cognitive science from Yale.
Having served as the inaugural Presidential Scholar in Bioethics at The Hastings Center in New York, Brian is now Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Senior Research Fellow in Moral Psychology at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.
J Scott Gabrielsen, PhD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, United States
Scott Gabrielsen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he splits his time between clinical practice and basic science/translational research. He completed medical school at the University of Utah. While there, he also earned a PhD in Biochemistry. His dissertation work investigated the effects of dietary iron on insulin sensitivity in humans and mice. He completed his Urology residency training in the Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and subsequently completed a 2-year Fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His current research focuses on how diet and lifestyle affect male reproductive health.
Murat Gul, MD, Selcuk University School of Medicine, Turkey
Murat Gul received his Medical Doctor degree from Turkey and finished his urology residency at the same university. After working as a urologist for 3 years, he started his post-doctorate andrology fellowship program at Copenhagen University, Juliane Marie Centre for Women, Children and Reproduction, Laboratory of Reproductive Biology. Then he started his new position as an Assistant Professor at Selcuk University, Department of Urology. Alongside his position at university, he has been an associate member of the EAU Guidelines Panel on Sexual and Reproductive Health since 2019. He also serves as a member of EAU-YAU Men's Health Working Group and ESSM New Technologies and Sexual Function Committee. His scientific and clinical areas of interest are male infertility and male sexual dysfunctions.
James Hotaling, The University of Utah, USA
Dr. Hotaling is a fellowship trained andrologist. He is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at The University of Utah and serves as the co-director of the Surgical Analysis Population Research Core (SPARC), director of men’s health and urologic research programs and fellowship director. He completed his undergraduate at Dartmouth College with a double major in biophysical chemistry and history, did medical school at Duke University and residency at The University of Washington in 2012 where he also completed an MS in clinical epidemiology with a focus on statistical genetics. He has a clinical practice consisting of male infertility, sexual medicine and transgender surgery. He has over 190 publications, multiple book chapters, has given invited lectures all over the world and holds multiple societal leadership positions. He also has multiple NIH grants with a focus on the genetics of ED, home uroflowimetry, germline de novo mutation rate in infertile men, single cell RNA sequencing of human testicular tissue and the heritability of male infertility as it relates to somatic health. He has also founded multiple startup companies.
Odunayo Kalejaiye, MBBS BSc MRCS FRCS (Ed), Heartlands, Good Hope & Solihull Hospitals (part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust), UK
Odunayo Kalejaiye is a Consultant Urological Surgeon, specialising in benign and malignant conditions of the penis and scrotum. Odunayo currently works at University hospitals Birmingham where she has been a Consultant since 2017. She is currently the clinical lead for penile cancer cases and benign andrology for the West Midlands, England. She is also one of only two surgeons in the West Midlands providing penile implant surgery. Odunayo has played a key role in modernising the andrological services in Birmingham.
Odunayo graduated from University College London in 2003 with a medical degree and a bachelor’s degree with Honours in molecular medicine. After completing her specialist registrar training in South West England, she undertook a 2 year fellowship in one of the largest dedicated andrology centres in Europe (University College London). During her fellowship, she gained a wide exposure and training in a variety of andrological conditions in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
Miss Kalejaiye has been involved in patient engagement projects, presentations locally and internationally and publications for medical journals. She is regularly involved in training colleagues locally as well as on formal courses organised by the national urology body. Lastly, she is currently the secretary for BAUS Andrology
Mujde Ozer, PhD, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Netherlands
Müjde Özer is both a Plastic Surgeon and Sexologist at the Amsterdam University Medical Center, location Vumc in the Netherlands. She has been associated with the department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand surgery since 2012. Müjde studied medicine at the Radboud university in Nijmegen after which she specialized as a plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon at the AMC in Amsterdam. During the first 2 years of her training as a Plastic surgeon she also specialized in Sexology, got her post-master degree in 2008 and also became a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM) in 2012.
Both her scientific and clinical fields of interest are genital alteration, transgender surgery, reconstructive genital surgery, all approached with a sexologist background.
Although gender surgery and in genital reconstructions are in her main tasks, she is also skilled in general reconstructive surgery, oncodermatology and hand surgery.
Premal Patel, MD, University of Manitoba, Canada
Dr. Premal Patel joined the Section of Urology at the University of Manitoba in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor. He completed his Fellowship training in Male Infertility, Microsurgery & Sexual Medicine at the University of Miami. He has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field of Male Reproductive Urology. Prior to completing his Fellowship, Dr. Patel completed his Urology Residency at the University of Manitoba and obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary.
Javier Romero-Otero, Phd, 12th October University Hospital, Spain
Javier Romero-Otero MD PhD FEBU FECSM, graduated in Urology in Madrid in 2006. Later he was fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NYC) 2006-2007. He subsequently returned to Spain where he developed his PhD. He has developed his care activity at the 12th October University Hospital (Madrid), where he is currently in charge of the Andrology and Reconstructive Surgery Unit of the male genital area (reference center in Spain). He is also the head of Urology at HM Hospitales in Madrid. In the teaching field, he is a professor of Urology at the Complutense University and at the San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. He is also director of the University Master of Andrology and Reconstructive Surgery of the male genital area at the University of Salamanca. Professor in the Academic Master "Human Infertility" in Complutense University. Professor in the Academic Master "Urethral Surgery" International University of Andalucia. In the field of research, he is the director of the Instituto de Salud Integral del Hombre of the Community of Madrid I + D + i. He has also been coordinator of the Andrology group of the Spanish Association of Urology, he is a member of the Board of Reconstructive Surgery of the European Urological Association, and member of the executive committee of the ESSM.
Giorgio Russo, Phd, University of Catania, Italy
Giorgio Russo is a PhD Urologist at the University of Catania and has been a Research and Clinical fellow in the Department of Urology at the University of Tübingen with Prof. A. Stenzl since July 2017. He graduated as a Urologist with 70/70 and honors in July 2017 at the University of Catania with the Chairman Prof. Giuseppe Morgia. Since November 2016, he has been undertaking a Phd in translational biomedicine at the University of Catania and from March 2018 he became a teaching assistant in Urology at the University of Catania. alongside this Dr Russo has been a member of the EAU Young Academic Urologists – Men’s Health working group and Referent of the Scientific Working Group of the Communication Office of the Società Italiana d’Urologia (SIU) since October 2017. Dr Russo is also a statistical analyst at the Urological clinic of the University of Catania with many publications to his name (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=russo+gi), as well as being a speaker at many international (EAU, AUA, SIU) and National congresses in the field of andrology, sexual medicine and uro-oncology.
Ioannis Sokolakis, MD, Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr. Ioannis Sokolakis is an Assistant Professor of Urology in the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2022). He graduated from the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2007. He has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in medical research methodology (2012), and Ph.D. in Medicine (Urology/Sexual Medicine) (2018). He is a Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU) since 2015 and a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM) since 2020. He has been specialized in sexual medicine and reconstructive urology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece as well as the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Besides sexual medicine and reconstructive urology, his current clinical interest involves robotic surgery and surgical urologic oncology. His main research interests are sexual medicine (erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease) as well as urological malignancies including bladder and prostate cancer. He is a member of the Young Researchers Committee of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM), a member of the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM) Scientific Committee, and a member of EAU’s Young Academic Urologists (YAU) Sexual and Reproductive Health Group.
Paolo Verze, MD, University of Naples Federico II School of Medicine and Surgery, Italy
Dr. Paolo Verze was born in Napoli on 25th June 1977. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Naples Federico II School of Medicine and Surgery based in Naples, Italy where he received his medical degree and completed his residency training in Urology. He subsequently completed his doctorate degree (PhD) in urological sciences at the University of Palermo. His specialty areas include sexual medicine, uro-oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques (robotic and laparoscopic). Dr. Verze is Chairman of the Men’s Health group of the EAU’s Young Academic Urologist (YAU) working party, Member of the EAU Guideline panel on Male sexual dysfunctions, Member of the ESSM Executive Committee and Associate Editor of the International Journal for Impotence Research (IJIR). He is author of about 90 original articles and a number of books, chapters, monographs and international abstracts.
Emmanuel Weyne, MD, KU Leuven University, Belgium
Dr Emmanuel Weyne received his Medical Doctor degree at the KU Leuven University in Leuven, Belgium and is currently finishing a residency in Urology at the same institution. He obtained the degree of doctor in the biomedical sciences by investigating the role of neurotrophic factors in nerve regeneration after cavernous nerve injury in a preclinical model mimicking erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy. His research he has been awarded multiple times at national and international conferences, among which is the prestigious Zorgniotti-Newman prize awarded by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM). He serves as a member of the Basic Science Sub-Committee for the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).