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Duke University Urological Surgeon Joins Crouse



David M. Albala, MD, Served As Director of Duke’s Center of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Urological Surgery


Urological surgeon David M. Albala, MD, formerly director of the Center of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Urological Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, has joined the medical staff of Crouse Hospital.

Dr. Albala, who is affiliated with Crouse Medical Practice, PLLC, is considered a leading national and international authority in laparoscopic and robotic urological surgery and has been an active teacher in this clinical area for over 18 years. His research and clinical interests have centered around robotic urological surgery, which will be his primary focus at Crouse Hospital. In his career, Dr. Albala has performed more than 1,100 prostatectomies using the daVinci surgical robot.

“We are thrilled and honored to have a surgeon of Dr. Albala’s caliber and experience choose Central New York and Crouse Hospital as the place to continue the next phase of his distinguished surgical career,” states Crouse Hospital President and CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD. “Men’s health – particularly prostate cancer and its treatment – is an important area where Dr. Albala’s significant expertise and clinical leadership will have a positive impact on patients, not just locally, but from across the region.”

Crouse Hospital provides minimally invasive robotic surgery for a wide range of medical conditions affecting male and female patients.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Albala’s other clinical interests include minimally invasive treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), stone disease and the use of fibrin sealants in surgery. He has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions across the United States as well as overseas in countries such as India, China, Iceland, Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, Australia and Singapore. He has also conducted operative demonstrations in over 32 countries and 23 states and has trained 16 fellows in endourology and advanced robotic surgery.

Dr. Albala completed his medical school training at Michigan State University and went on to complete his surgical residency at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He was an endourology fellow at Washington University Medical Center and practiced at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where he rose from the ranks of instructor to full professor in urology and radiology in eight years. Dr. Albala joined the faculty as a tenured professor at Duke University in 2001 and also served as the co-director of the endourology and laparoscopy fellowship program there.

Dr. Albala has over 165 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored textbooks in endourology and general urology. He currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Robotic Surgery, Journal of Endourology, Current Opinions in Urology and Urology Index and Reviews. In addition, he has run and/or participated in over 60 teaching courses on urologic laparoscopy and robotics.

Dr. Albala is also a past White House Fellow, who acted as a special assistant to Federico Pena, Secretary of Transportation, on classified and unclassified public health-related issues. Founded in 1964 by President Johnson, The White House Fellowship program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Former White House Fellows include General Colin Powell (former secretary of state); Doris Kearns Goodwin (Pulitzer Prize winner author and historian); Wesley Clark (U.S. Army General and supreme allied commander); William Roper (former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); and Sanjay Gupta (medical director for CNN). Only 14-19 of the approximately 1,000 individuals who apply for this fellowship are chosen each year. Fellowship selection is based on professional achievement and public service. One example of Dr. Albala’s public service work was the prostate screening program he established in the inner city of Chicago, which reached individuals at risk for prostate cancer who would not have otherwise come in to a hospital-based clinic. In addition, during the last seven years, he has traveled overseas yearly to underdeveloped countries to teach urologists new and innovative techniques in minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Albala’s interests include skiing, hiking, biking and cooking. In 1979, he hiked the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine.

About Crouse Hospital
Crouse Hospital is a 506-bed, not-for-profit healthcare provider serving patients from a 16-county area in Central and Northern New York. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and community health/wellness services that reflect its mission to provide the best in patient care and promote community health. Crouse has been named “Business of the Year” by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and a “Top 100” Performance Improvement Leader by Thompson Healthcare for its financial, operational and quality progress. In 2008, Crouse became the first (and only) U.S. hospital to receive Workforce Management magazine’s Optimas Award for General Excellence. For more information visit

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