Urology

 

Urology is the surgical specialty that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and on the reproductive system of males. Medical professionals specializing in the field of urology are called urologists and are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. The organs covered by urology include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis). Both Urologists and General Surgeons operate on the adrenal glands. Urology combines management of medical (i.e. non-surgical) problems such as urinary tract infections and benign prostatic hyperplasia, as well as surgical problems such as the surgical management of cancers, the correction of congenital abnormalities, and correcting stress incontinence. Urology is closely related to, and in some cases overlaps with, the medical fields of oncology, nephrology, gynecology, andrology, pediatric surgery, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.
Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Afzal is a European Board Certified Urologist, who is well versed in all fields of urological sub-specialities including endourology, uro-oncocology, urogynaecology, andrology and kidney transplant. He also has unique expertise in minimally invasive procedures of the prostate.
Dr. Afzal completed his primary medical degree, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science (MBBS), at the University of Malaya in 1995 but his predilection for Urology led him to pursue his postgraduate studies at the same university, graduating with a Masters of Surgery in 2001, and subsequently to obtain his Fellowship of the European Board of Urology in 2008.
He received his early training in the mid-90s in Muar Hospital in Johor and later as Medical Officer at Seremban General Hospital in Negeri Sembilan.
In 1997-2001, Dr. Afzal took up a position as Trainee Lecturer and Medical Officer at the Department of Surgery at the University of Malaya Medical Centre before moving on to become a Urologist at the Urology Unit at the same hospital, where he was responsible for running the clinic, operating theatre and department staff training as well as to assist in the UMMC kidney transplant program.
In 2001, the Urology Unit of University of Malaya’s Department of Surgery appointed Dr. Afzal as a Lecturer, a post he maintained for four years until he left in 2005 to set up his own private practice as Consultant Urologist at Putra Medical Centre in Alor Star, Kedah. He joined KPJ Penang Specialist Hospital as Consultant Urologist in August 2009.
Dr. Afzal’s interest in Urology is marked by his numerous research, publications and presentations on topics relating to this field and his involvement as co-investigator in International Multicentre Trials.
His accomplishments include, among others, the first case of Prostiva, prostate therapy in Malaysia, the biggest case series of Prostiva, prostate therapy in Malaysia, and one of the largest case series of Memokath prostatic stent in Malaysia.

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