Crouse Hospital

736 Irving Avenue / Syracuse, NY
315-470-7582

Urology Surgeons

David Albala, MD

David Albala, MD

Practice: Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC
Phone: (315) 478-4185

Dr. David Albala, formerly director of the Center of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Urological Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, 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 is his primary focus at Crouse Hospital. In his career, Dr. Albala has performed more than 1,100 prostatectomies using the daVinci surgical robot.

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 U.S. 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 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. 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.

NY Physician article

The Man Behind the Robot: Q&A with David Albala, MD

Meet Dr. Albala: In Good Health article



Po Lam, MD

Po Lam, MD

Practice: Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC
Phone: (315) 478-4185

Po Lam, MD, is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed his surgical training from the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. He went on to receive his urologic training at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lam finished his fellowship training in the area of Endourology, Laparoscopy, and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Lam's specialties and interests are complicated stone disease, endourology, and laparoscopic & robotic surgery. Dr. Lam has performed hundreds of robotic procedures in Central New York. He is certified in da Vinci robotic surgery and serves as a proctor for Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Dr. Lam is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He has authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented his work at national and international meetings. Dr. Lam is a member of the American Urological Association; Endourological Society; Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons; and Minimally Invasive Robotic Association.



Harvey Sauer, MD

Harvey Sauer, MD

Practice: Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC
Phone: (315) 478-4185

Dr. Harvey Sauer joined the Crouse Hospital Staff in 1995. He completed his urology residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His prior residency training also includes experience in general surgery and anesthesiology. He completed his medical school training at the University of Illinois in Chicago, from where he is a native.

Dr. Sauer is a pioneer in prostate cancer treatment at Crouse Hospital. In 2005 he developed the prostate brachytherapy program at Crouse and performed the first prostate radiation “seed implant”. In 2006 he established the cryosurgery program for urologic cancers and performed the first cryosurgery of the prostate. (Cryosurgery means to destroy cancer cells by freezing in a non-invasive way.) In 2009, Dr. Sauer performed the first ever “robotic” prostatectomy at Crouse Hospital on the daVinci Robotic System. In total, Dr. Sauer has performed over 1,000 operations on the prostate. In addition to urological cancer, he practices general urology with interests in kidney stone disease and incontinence, both male and female.

Dr. Sauer is a partner of Urology Consultants of Syracuse and The Prostate Center. He is a member of the American Urological Association, the Onondaga County Medical Society and the New York Medical Society. He is a music enthusiast, a cyclist and an operatic tenor.



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