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Dr. Paul Gittens, MD
9 years of experience


Education ?

Medical School Score
Drexel University (2003) *
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2005) *
Baylor College of Medicine (2010) *
* This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

Awards & Distinctions ?

American Urological Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Gittens is affiliated with 3 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Main Line Hospital - Bryn Mawr *
    130 S Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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  • Doylestown Hospital
    595 W State St, Doylestown, PA 18901
  • Main Line Hospital Lankenau *
    100 E Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Gittens has contributed to 3 publications.
    Title Uropharmacology for the Primary Care Physician.
    Date October 2008
    Journal The Canadian Journal of Urology

    Advances in the understanding of the pathophysiology of a variety of urological disorders have resulted in the development of novel medications to manage these diseases. While many disorders such as erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, hypogonadism and benign prostatic hypertrophy have traditionally been managed primarily by urologists, the use of these newer medications has become commonplace in the primary care setting. For example, symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia therapy, while historically treated with primary surgical intervention, is now commonly initially managed with medical therapy. Prostate cancer patients are being treated with newer formulations of long term hormone therapy that range from monthly to yearly administration. Additionally, the open dialogue about erectile dysfunction can be directly traced to the development of oral therapy for this condition. Testosterone replacement therapy can be administered using a variety of oral, transdermal and intramuscular therapies in order to minimize side effects and provide a more consistent dosing pattern. Finally, overactive bladder, which is a significant problem socially, has many new medications available for its treatment. This article will review some of the newer classes of urological medications, provide an understanding of basic uropharmacology that may guide treatment recommendations, and provide insight into the potential adverse side effects and interactions of these useful medications.

    Title Surgical Management of Metastatic Disease to the Adrenal Gland.
    Date May 2008
    Journal Seminars in Oncology

    Metastatic disease to the adrenal glands can occur in a wide array of malignancies. With the increased use of abdominal imaging, these lesions are diagnosed with more frequency. Diagnostic and laboratory evaluation is essential for the differentiation of benign lesions from primary malignant adrenal tumors or extra-adrenal metastasis. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics, as well as the adjunctive use of immunocytochemical techniques on biopsy specimens, can allow accurate identification of metastatic lesions. Surgical management of metastatic lesions is appropriate in selected patients, primarily when representing the solitary site of metastatic disease. The surgical approach, while debatable, can de done either through open surgery or laparoscopically. Either approach appears comparable in terms of oncologic efficacy in the carefully selected patient, although laparoscopic adrenalectomy is associated with decreased pain and improved convalescence. The surgeon's skill in laparoscopic technique, appropriate patient selection, and the ability to adhere to oncologic principles, including complete excision without tumor spillage, are of utmost importance when deciding the appropriate surgical intervention.

    Title Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound Flash Replenishment Method for Directed Prostate Biopsies.
    Date January 2008
    Journal The Journal of Urology

    PURPOSE: We evaluated prostate cancer detection with contrast enhanced ultrasound of the prostate using MicroFlow Imaging (Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, California) compared to systematic biopsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients referred for prostate biopsy were evaluated with pre-contrast and contrast enhanced MicroFlow Imaging transrectal ultrasound. MicroFlow Imaging is a flash replenishment technique that uses high power flash pulses to destroy contrast microbubbles, followed by low power pulses to demonstrate contrast replenishment. A composite image depicting the vascular architecture is constructed through maximum intensity capture of temporal data in consecutive low power images. Using MicroFlow Imaging up to 5 directed biopsy cores were obtained from areas of abnormal vascular enhancement or morphology, followed by a systematic 10-core biopsy protocol. RESULTS: A biopsy positive for cancer was found in 79 of the 825 cores (10%) from 18 of the 60 subjects (30%). Positive biopsies were obtained in 50 of 600 systematic core biopsies (8.3%) and in 29 of 225 directed cores (13%) (OR 2.02, p = 0.034). Five of the 18 patients diagnosed with cancer were identified only by systematic biopsy, 2 were identified only by directed biopsy with MicroFlow Imaging and 11 were identified by the 2 techniques (p >0.25). Twice the number of patients was detected per core with directed vs systematic biopsy (0.058 vs 0.027). CONCLUSIONS: The vascular detail provided by MicroFlow Imaging allowed directed biopsy of these areas with increased detection of prostate cancer. Although a minority of cancers were not detected with MicroFlow Imaging directed biopsy, this technique detected twice as many patients with prostate cancer per biopsy core.

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