Dr. Edney to Testify Before US House Committee on Veterans Affairs
Mark Edney, MD, a Salisbury urologist, Chief of Surgery and one of the surgical founders of the Peninsula Institute of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), will testify in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 21 before the United States House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Health.
Dr. Edney is leading the American Urological Association’s (AUA) effort to obtain passage of House Bill 984, the “Urotrauma Bill.” The bill requests the establishment of an inter-agency task force of the Department of Defense, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services to study the issue of urotrauma, particularly its prevention, initial management, chronic care coordination and research components. Urotrauma injuries are battlefield blast injuries that cause catastrophic genitourinary injury to the penile, testicular, scrotal, urethral, vaginal, uterine and fallopian tube/ovary regions of the male and female body.
“The incidence of these catastrophic genitourinary injuries is up 350 percent in Afghanistan compared to the conflict in Iraq because of the increased need there to conduct dismounted or foot patrols,” said Dr. Edney, who is a member of the US Army Reserve and was asked to testify because of his knowledge and for his expertise as a surgeon who has treated these types of injuries in soldiers on the front line. “Because the weapons of choice remain improvised explosive devices (IEDs), our troops are more susceptible and are experiencing these types of injuries far more frequently when outside of their fortified vehicles.”
Dr. Edney added that the AUA is very encouraged that the Committee has agreed to hold a hearing on the bill, calling it a huge milestone in the effort to prevent and address these injuries and long-term medical concerns.
Dr. Edney, the 2012 American Urological Association’s Gallagher Health Policy Scholar, is a partner at Peninsula Urology Associates, PA in Salisbury, and has held privileges at PRMC since 2004. To learn more about Dr. Edney or the Peninsula Institute of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at PRMC, please call 1-877-456-6350 or 410-912-6350 or visit www.peninsula.org/PILARS.