Jay Simhan, MD
Jay Simhan, MD, director of Urologic Trauma, Reconstruction and Prosthetics for Einstein Healthcare Network, admits he wasn't familiar with the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Awards. After he learned his name had been put forward, he did what everybody does: “I Googled it.”
Here’s what Simhan, who is 33, found: The award honors “40 individuals under the age of 40, who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities.”
Given such high standards, he didn’t expect to win. Perusing past winners, he also noticed “the overwhelming majority of them were not doctors.”
Simhan’s big surprise? He won—one of just two doctors in Greater Philadelphia. “I wasn’t aware of the scope of the award right away, but I’m learning more about it,” he says. “People stop me in the hallways and congratulate me for winning. It’s an honor.”
He has a good idea why he won. “I think I have a unique practice,” he says. “It might have been based on my understanding of the climate of urology in this region and the relative lack of subspecialists in my field. I focus on a distinct population with really serious, difficult to manage problems. This award I suppose recognizes that level of uniqueness, as a majority of the patients I treat come from other urologists around the region and even from surrounding New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia.”
“I think the institution and the network overall understands that I have developed very close collaborations with referring urologists, medical doctors, other surgeons, and radiologists in order to develop a center-based approach to treating patients.”
Becoming a urologist, not to mention one who is recognized as one of the region’s top young leaders in the profession, is no easy task. “After undergraduate and medical school, I did a six-year residency in surgery and urology,” he says. “I finished my residency in 2013 and then completed a one-year sub-specialty fellowship in trauma, reconstruction and prosthetics, which is what my practice focus is in. I started work at Einstein in 2014.”
Urologic trauma can be just that: traumatic. Simhan’s clinical practice involves reconstruction of traumatic injuries to the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra, penis or scrotum.
Dr. Simhan’s clinical interests are wide-ranging. They include treatment of urethral stricture disease (an often painful narrowing of the urethra, the thin tube used to pass urine from the bladder and, in men, also essential to the process of ejaculation). Strictures of the urethra are often caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease or injury.
Other areas of focus for Dr. Simhan include upper urinary tract reconstruction, penile implant surgery, male anti-incontinence surgery, revision male prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease (an abnormal curvature of the penis), and complications from the treatment of prostate cancer. Patients frequently seek out Simhan’s help after they’ve been told nothing more can be done, particularly in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Already, he is considered a leading expert in the surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction and performs more penile implant surgery than more than 99 percent of the country’s urologists.
Dr. Simhan has been a prolific author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters on urologic reconstruction, trauma and prosthetics.
For a young man with such demonstrable strengths in the field of urology, Einstein proved to be a very good place to land. “I think I am very lucky to have my practice at Einstein where I continue to build on our successes and continue to maintain a unique practice that offers sub-specialty level care for patients,” Simhan says. “I think the institution and the network overall understands that I have developed very close collaborations with referring urologists, medical doctors, other surgeons, and radiologists in order to develop a center-based approach to treating patients.”
Simhan and other winners were profiled in a May 13 awards supplement. They were honored May 12 at an evening cocktail reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History.