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Dr.  Vanni and Dr. Zinman in a medical libraryThe Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery is a regional, national, and international referral center dedicated to disorders of the male urethra and external genitalia. One of the busiest reconstructive centers in the world, the Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery offers state-of-the-art urologic care complemented by original, ground-breaking research designed to advance medical techniques and improve patient outcomes.

Drs. Alex Vanni and Leonard Zinman are fellowship trained, Co-Directors of the Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery. Together they perform the largest volume of male reconstructive procedures in New England (more than 140 urethral reconstructions per year), and have helped pioneer many of the reconstructive techniques currently used in reconstructive urology.

The Center also offers New England’s only Male Genitourinary Reconstructive Urologic Surgery Fellowship. The fellowship is a one year clinical position, designed to provide expertise in adult male reconstructive urology including: urethral reconstruction, hypospadias, rectourethral fistula repair, buried penis repair, Peyronie’s disease, genital lymphedema, surgery for penile and urethral cancer, as well as GU prosthetic cases (AUS, male sling, IPP).

At the Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery, we specialize in both minimally invasive and complex tissue transfer techniques to provide optimal patient outcomes for men with complex urethral and genitourinary pathology including:

Urethral Stricture Disease

  • Hypospadias
  • Trauma/Pelvic Fracture
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Radiation injury

Prostate Cancer Complications

  • Rectourethral fistulas
  • Bladder neck contractures
  • Male post-prostatectomy and post-radiation incontinence (Artificial Urinary Sphincters & Male Slings)

Complex Genital Reconstruction

  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Genital lymphedema
  • Concealed (hidden) penis
  • Traumatic injury

Drs. Vanni and Zinman have published numerous journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on urologic reconstruction, including the largest series of recto-urethral fistulas. Drs. Vanni and Zinman are recognized experts in reconstructive urology within the American Urological Association, and frequently lecture at national and international conferences.

Dr. Vanni is a member of the Trauma and Urologic Research Network of Surgeons (TURNS). Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is one of 12 centers that collaborate in the study of patients treated for a variety of conditions in trauma and reconstructive urology, including urethral stricture surgery, male incontinence, and a variety of other conditions.