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Loyola University Chicago (1999)
  • Currently 2 of 4 apples

Awards & Distinctions ?

Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2011, 2013 - 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010 - 2011, 2013)
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)
Delaware Valley
Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)
Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson Medical College
American Board of Urology
American Urological Association

Affiliations ?

Dr. Hubosky is affiliated with 6 hospitals.

Hospital Affilations



  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    111 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    • Currently 4 of 4 crosses
    Top 25%
  • Methodist Hospital
    2301 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
    • Currently 3 of 4 crosses
    Top 50%
  • Bon Secours Depaul Med Center
  • Chesapeake General Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Hubosky has contributed to 9 publications.
    Title Single Center Experience with Third-generation Cryosurgery for Management of Organ-confined Prostate Cancer: Critical Evaluation of Short-term Outcomes, Complications, and Patient Quality of Life.
    Date March 2008
    Journal Journal of Endourology / Endourological Society

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Technical refinements such as improved ultrasonographic localization and the routine use of urethral warmers and small-gauge needle delivery systems have renewed interest in cryosurgical treatment as a minimally invasive option for selected patients with localized prostate cancer. Only three reports of quality of life (QoL) in prostate cryoablation exist, and none report on patients treated with third-generation cryoablative technology. We critically examine our initial series of consecutive patients at a single institution undergoing primary third-generation cryosurgical treatment of localized prostate cancer with respect to treatment outcome, morbidity profile, and QoL parameters. To our knowledge, this is the first QoL report on third-generation cryoablation of the prostate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively review the records of 89 consecutive patients with median followup of 11 months (1-32) who have undergone third-generation cryosurgical ablation of the prostate as primary treatment for localized prostate cancer with intention to cure. Patients were risk stratified according to preprocedural parameters of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), clinical stage, and Gleason score. PSA trends were recorded and treatment effectiveness was observed using different definitions of biochemical failure. Charts were reviewed for postprocedure complications. Quality of life was measured prospectively using the University of California, Los Angeles, Prostate Cancer Index as well as American Urological Association symptom scores. We compare a percent of baseline score (%BS) for various domains between our series of patients treated with primary cryoablation with a series of patients undergoing brachytherapy for localized prostate cancer. RESULTS: Treatment success was defined by achievement of a PSA nadir of < or =0.1 ng/mL and by biochemical disease-free survival (BDFS) assessed with both a PSA threshold of < or =0.4 ng/dL over time and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) definition of three consecutive rises in PSA. According to risk stratification, 86%, 81.5%, and 78% of low-, intermediate-, and high-risk patients, respectively, achieved a PSA nadir of < or =0.1 ng/mL. Overall, at 12 months follow-up, 94% of patients achieved BDFS using ASTRO criteria while 70% achieved BDFS using a PSA threshold of < or =0.4 ng/mL. With risk stratification, 74%, 70%, and 60% of low-, intermediate-, and high-risk patients, respectively, achieved BDFS defined by PSA threshold of < or =0.4 ng/mL. Complications were rare. The response rate for Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) questionnaires was 71% for cryoablation patients and 51% for brachytherapy patients. At 12 months follow-up, patients undergoing cryoablation on average achieved urinary and bowel domain scores comparable to baseline, but sexual domains remained well below baseline. When compared with a brachytherapy series with better baseline sexual function (P = 0.04) and urinary function (P = 0.03), cryotherapy patients experienced more negative impact on sexual function steadily for up to 12 months (P = 0.02). Urinary function was similar between the groups until 18 months, at which time cryoablation patients fared better (P = 0.01); this was sustained up to 24 months (P = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Treatment success with cryosurgery varies with definition; however, our results are comparable to other series with regard to short-term cancer control. Complication rates in this series of third-generation cryosurgical patients are low. QoL characteristics of third-generation cryoablation are similar to those described in second-generation cryoablation series. Compared with brachytherapy, cryotherapy results in less irritative and obstructive voiding symptoms in the early post-treatment period and may improve urinary function up to 24 months after treatment. In a small group of older patients with baseline erectile dysfunction undergoing cryoablation, sexual function returns to 20% of its baseline value with up to 12 months follow-up.

    Title Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Ureterolysis to Treat Ureteral Obstruction Secondary to Idiopathic Retroperitoneal Fibrosis: Assessment of a Novel Technique and Initial Series.
    Date August 2006
    Journal Urology

    OBJECTIVES: To describe a novel technique and assess an initial series of hand-assisted laparoscopic ureterolysis for the treatment of retroperitoneal fibrosis. METHODS: Five patients (3 women and 2 men, mean age 56.4 years) with ureteral obstruction secondary to retroperitoneal fibrosis underwent bilateral hand-assisted laparoscopic ureterolysis with biopsy. These patients had undergone an imaging evaluation with excretory urography, computed tomography, furosemide washout nucleotide scan, and/or magnetic resonance imaging. All had ureteral stents placed before or at surgery. A periumbilical hand port, bilateral 10-mm perirectal camera ports, and bilateral 5-mm or 10-mm working ports were placed. The ureters were completely mobilized and placed intraperitoneally. The patient demographic, operative, and early and late postoperative data were collected. RESULTS: The average operating room time was 259 minutes (range 215 to 300), and the estimated blood loss was 80 mL (range 50 to 200). The mean hospital stay was 4.20 days (range 3 to 5). One minor intraoperative ureteral injury and no postoperative complications occurred. The mean analgesic requirement was 45.6 mg morphine sulfate (range 20 to 88). Three patients also received 120 mg of parenteral ketorolac. All indwelling ureteral stents were removed by 2 to 4 weeks postoperatively. At 22.4 months (range 12 to 29) postoperatively, 90% of the renal units were unobstructed. CONCLUSIONS: Hand-assisted laparoscopic ureterolysis is an effective minimally invasive technique with less morbidity than open ureterolysis. It offers a shorter operative time and is less technically challenging than conventional laparoscopy. It is our preferred surgical approach for obstructive retroperitoneal fibrosis.

    Title Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy After Neoadjuvant Hormonal Therapy: an Apparently Safe and Effective Procedure.
    Date April 2005
    Journal Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A

    OBJECTIVE: In an effort to determine the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) in patients who have received neoadjuvant hormonal therapy (NHT), our initial series of 65 patients undergoing successful LRP was analyzed, specifically comparing 5 patients who received neoadjuvant hormonal therapy to 60 who did not. METHODS: From March 2000 to March 2002, 68 patients were scheduled for LRP. Three cases, none post-NHT, were converted to open radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP). Clinical and pathologic data were recorded on the remaining 65 patients, 5 of who had received NHT. Forty-two bilateral and 16 unilateral nerve sparing LRP were performed in the non-NHT cohort, and 3 bilateral and 1 unilateral nerve sparing LRP in the NHT cohort. RESULTS: The mean patient age, preoperative prostate specific antigen (PSA), clinical stage, and biopsy grade were similar for the NHT and the non-NHT LRP cohorts. The mean estimated blood loss (EBL) and serum hemoglobin decrease (preoperative to postoperative day 1) were lower in the NHT cohort than the non-NHT cohort: 160 mL and 2.4 g/dL vs. 317 mL and 3.1 g/dL, respectively. The mean operative time and hospital stay were similar: 5.7 hours and 2.4 days for the NHT cohort and 5.8 hours and 2.8 days for the non-NHT cohorts. As expected, the mean prostate weight was lower for the NHT cohort: 36.8 g vs. 46.5 g. All NHT cohort tumors were pathologic stage pT2, with negative margins. Eleven (18%) of the non-NHT cohort had pathologic T3 (10 patients) or T4 (1 patient) tumors and 10 (17%) specimens had a positive surgical margin. Four of 5 (80%) NHT cohort and 21 of 25 (84%) non-NHT cohort patients are continent (no pad use) 3 to 6 months postsurgery. One NHT cohort patient (20%) and 20 (33%) non-NHT cohort patients had an elevated drain fluid creatinine 24 hours postoperatively. There were no other complications in the NHT cohort. All 5 NHT cohort patients have no evidence of recurrent disease, whereas 2 non-NHT cohort patients (3.3%) have developed PSA recurrence. No NHT patient and only 1 non-NHT patient received a blood transfusion postoperatively. CONCLUSION: LRP appears to be a safe and efficacious procedure in patients who have received NHT. Perioperative morbidity of NHT patients undergoing LRP appears equivalent to non-NHT patients, with slightly lower EBL, hemoglobin decrease, urinary extravasation, positive margin, and complication rates.

    Title Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Cystoprostatectomy and Urinary Diversion.
    Date March 2005
    Journal Journal of Endourology / Endourological Society

    PURPOSE: We report the first series of patients who have undergone hand-assisted laparoscopic cystoprostatectomy and diversion (HALCD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seven patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer elected to have their surgery by hand-assisted laparoscopy. The bladder was excised using a hand-assisted laparoscopic technique, and the ileal conduit was constructed through the midline incision created for the hand. RESULTS: The operative time was relatively short (mean 7.6 hours), blood loss was low (420 mL), and the postoperative stay was short (4.6 days). Long-term follow-up is pending. CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic techniques for radical cystectomy are currently being explored at several major medical centers. Hand-assisted laparoscopy offers the distinct advantages of palpation, retraction, speed, and minimal morbidity.

    Title Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy for Peripheral and Central Lesions: a Review of 30 Consecutive Cases.
    Date May 2004
    Journal The Journal of Urology

    PURPOSE: We reviewed our first 30 hand assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomies and compared the results of 8 centrally located vs 22 peripherally located tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tumors were classified by computerized tomography as central (less than 5 mm from the pelvicaliceal system or hilar vessels) or peripheral. The hand assisted technique consisted of mobilization and manual parenchymal compression without vascular occlusion or ureteral stent placement. Argon beam coagulation and a fibrin glue bandage were used for hemostasis. RESULTS: Mean tumor size was 2.6 cm (range 1.0 to 4.7). Mean operative time was 199 and 271 minutes, and estimated blood loss was 240 and 894 ml for peripheral and central lesions, respectively. No case required open conversion. The final diagnoses were renal cell carcinoma in 21 patients, angiomyolipoma in 4, benign or hemorrhagic cyst in 3 and oncocytoma in 2. Initial positive margins were found in 5 of 30 specimens (16.7%) (1 central and 4 peripheral) and all final resection margins were negative. Four central (50%) and 2 peripheral (9.1%) tumor cases required transfusion. Drain creatinine was elevated in 6 patients (20%) postoperatively, of whom 3 had a central and 3 had a peripheral lesion. All responded to conservative management except 1 patient (3.3%) who required stent placement. Postoperative bleeding in a central tumor case required transfusion of 4 units. There were no short-term local recurrences and 1 patient had an asynchronous tumor. CONCLUSIONS: Hand assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy is safe with excellent immediate cancer control. Careful dissection and frozen section analysis are mandatory to ensure a negative tumor margin. Blood loss and transfusion rates were higher in patients with centrally located tumors and renal hilar vascular control should be considered for central lesions.

    Title Pathologic Comparison of Laparoscopic Versus Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Specimens.
    Date October 2003
    Journal Urology

    OBJECTIVES: To compare the pathologic evaluation of 60 sequential laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) specimens with 60 sequential and 60 stage and grade-matched open radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) cohort specimens. METHODS: Of 68 patients undergoing LRP, 3 requiring open conversion and 5 receiving neoadjuvant hormonal therapy were excluded, leaving 60 for analysis. Among 72 sequential open RRP specimens, 60 from patients not receiving neoadjuvant hormonal therapy and without nodal metastases were analyzed. A third cohort of 60 RRP specimens matched with the LRP specimens for clinical stage and biopsy grade was also evaluated. RESULTS: The specimen weight and preoperative serum prostate-specific antigen level were similar for each cohort, and approximately 75% of patients from each cohort were clinical Stage T1c. Forty-six LRP and matched open RRP (76.7%) and 39 sequential open RRP (65%) specimens were biopsy Gleason sum 6, and the remainder were primarily Gleason sum 7. The pathologic grade and stage distribution were similar for each cohort. Ten LRP (16.9%) and 12 open RRP (20%) specimens from each cohort had positive inked margins (P > 0.10). Positive apex margins were noted in 3, 7, and 7 and multiple positive margin sites in 0, 5, and 6 of the LRP, matched open RRP, and sequential open RRP specimens (P < 0.05), respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Pathologic evaluation of the LRP and open RRP specimens from patients not receiving neoadjuvant hormonal therapy demonstrated similar overall positive margin rates, but LRP had a lower rate of apex and multiple-site positive margins.

    Title Urinary Excretion of Endothelin is Elevated During Hypothermic Perfusion Preservation in Kidneys Subjected to Preretrieval Warm Ischemic Injury.
    Date July 2000
    Journal Transplantation Proceedings
    Title The Minimally Invasive Management of Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction in Horseshoe Kidneys.
    Journal World Journal of Urology

    Data regarding the treatment of ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) in horseshoe kidneys are limited. We performed a retrospective analysis of our experience with minimally invasive treatment of UPJO in patients with this anomaly.

    Title Conjunctival Melanoma: Bladder and Upper Urinary Tract Metastases.
    Journal Journal of Clinical Oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

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