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Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions

with Dr. Alexandra Haessler, Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, and Dr. Tova Weiss

In this crossover episode of BackTable Urology and OBGYN, Dr. Suzette Sutherland interviews three urological/gynecologic innovators, Dr. Ali Haessler, Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, and Dr. Tova Weiss, who are all at different career stages and product development phases.

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Ep 166 Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions with Dr. Alexandra Haessler, Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, and Dr. Tova Weiss
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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2024, May 7). Ep. 166 – Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Dr. Alexandra Haessler discusses Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Alexandra Haessler

Dr. Alexandra Haessler is a urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon in San Francisco, California and the founder of FemPulse.

Dr. Jaschar Shakuri-Rad discusses Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Jaschar Shakuri-Rad

Dr. Jaschar (Jay) Shakuri-Rad is the medical director of robotic surgery at Mon Health in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Dr. Tova Weiss discusses Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Tova Weiss

Dr. Tova Weiss is a urology resident in Seattle, Washington and the CMO of CathConnect.

Dr. Suzette Sutherland discusses Innovating Urology: Surgeons Trailblazing Solutions on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Suzette Sutherland

Dr. Suzette Sutherland is the director of female urology with UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Synopsis

Dr. Tova Weiss, a urology resident at the University of Washington, discusses her development of a safer urinary catheter so that if a patient were to pull out their catheter, the distal part would disconnect from the catheter inside the urethra, preventing urethral trauma. Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad, a practicing urologist specializing in robotics and neuromodulation, shares his creation of the Foramen Finder to enhance sacral neuromodulation procedures. Dr. Allie Haessler, a practicing urogynecologist, talks about her invention of a novel vaginal ring aimed at providing neuromodulation therapy for pelvic floor issues. They each discuss the inspiration behind their inventions, challenges faced, and the importance of failure in the path to innovation. The episode emphasizes the role of physicians in identifying healthcare gaps, collaborating across disciplines, and pushing the boundaries of medical technology to improve patient care.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introduction
01:54 - Dr. Tova Weiss and the Urinary Catheter Accessory
08:49 - Dr. Jay Shakuri-Rad and the Foramen Finder
22:04 - Dr. Allie Haessler and the Neuromodulation Vaginal Ring
27:29 - Navigating the Patent Process and Protecting Innovation
29:52 - The Path to FDA Approval
37:11 - Advice for Aspiring Innovators in Medicine
40:52 - Embracing Failure and the Inventor’s Mindset

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