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Chesapeake Urology Names Continence Center of Excellence After Late Leader

Chesapeake Urology is pleased to announce the special designation of its Continence Center as The Continence Center, Andrew M. Shapiro Center of Excellence, Chesapeake Urology. Named after the center’s founding director, Dr. Andrew Shapiro, who sadly passed away in 2021, the designation recognizes Dr. Shapiro’s incredible dedication to delivering not only superior care, but compassionate care, to patients living with continence issues. The Continence Center, Andrew M. Shapiro Center of Excellence at Chesapeake Urology achieved dual accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Continence Care for Women, recognized for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) and the National Association for Continence (NAFC).

Dr. Shapiro’s vision shaped the Center into one of the region’s most innovative programs for managing and treating a variety of continence issues through advanced diagnostic studies, medical and surgical therapies, and clinical trials. Treatment pathways for all forms of female and male incontinence, pelvic prolapse, and voiding dysfunction, as well as for special neurological causes of urinary problems focus on improving patients’ quality of life.

Laura Giusto, MD, current medical director of The Continence Center, Andrew M. Shapiro Center of Excellence, Chesapeake Urology, said, “During Dr. Shapiro’s career at Chesapeake Urology, he made it his purpose to improve the way we deliver care to patients with urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction. His focus was to optimize care pathways, patient education resources, and build an integrative team of healthcare providers so patients could receive the best care possible.”

“It was Dr. Andrew Shapiro who helped establish a culture of excellence and commitment to comprehensive care to patients with both basic and complex urologic issues,” said Brad Lerner, MD, President, Chesapeake Urology. “He was a mentor to many of our physicians and advanced practice providers and they are committed to continuing to provide every patient with a superior experience.  We are excited to have the Center of Excellence designation changed to honor Andrew.”

His vision and leadership aside, Dr. Shapiro was well-loved by his patients. Kind, humble, caring, funny, hardworking, and understanding were just some of the ways patients would describe him. Dr. Giusto added, “It is often said in medicine that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Andrew helped Chesapeake Urology reach new heights in how we care for patients with incontinence and voiding dysfunction.”

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