Dr. Ilia Zeltser – Pennsylvania Urologist

Dr. Ilia S. Zeltser received his bachelor’s of science degree, Suma Cum Laude, from Brooklyn College and his medical degree with Distinction in Research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He completed both his general surgery and urology residencies at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive/Robotic Urologic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he also served as Instructor in Urology. Currently Dr. Zeltser serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Zeltser has an extensive experience in both laparoscopic and robotic (da Vinci) radical prostatectomies for prostate cancer as well as minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of kidney, bladder and testicular cancer.  Dr. Zeltser is among a small group of physicians worlwide performing Laparoscopic and Robotic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection for testicular cancer as well as completely laparoscopic/robotic radical cystectomy and urinary diversion with ileal conduit and orthotopic neobladder.

Dr. Zeltser’s main clinical and research interests are in the minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of urologic cancers and he has published numerous articles, abstracts and book chapters in the field of minimally invasive urology. Dr. Zeltser is an active member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, American Urological Association, European Association of Urology the Endourological Society. Dr. Zeltser is fluent in Russian.

Education

EDUCATION:

  • 1996-2000 State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine M.D. with Distinction In Research
  • 2000-2002 Resident, Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2002-2006 Resident, Urology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2006-2007 Fellow, Urology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas Tx

Postgraduate

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION:

2007 Fellowship, Minimally Invasive/Robotic Surgery UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas , TX

Appointments

Appointments:

  • TEACHING
    2015 Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008-2014 Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
    2006-2007 Instructor in Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX
    Instructor in Urology, North Texas VA Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Societies

Societies:

  • American Urological Association
  • Endourological Society
  • Philadelphia Urological Society
  • Society of Urologic Oncology
  • European Association of Urology

Certifications

Certifications:

  • 2009 American Board of Urology

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors:

  • 2010-2014 US News and World Report Top Urologists
  • 2009 America’s Top Urologists: Laparoscopic Surgery
  • 2006 First Prize (Basic Science), Philadelphia Urological Society Resident Essay Competition
  • 2004 The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award 2003 Resident Achievement Award, Department of Urology, Jefferson Medical College
  • 2003 AUA/Praecis Pharmaceuticals Gerald P. Murphy Scholar,
  • 2000 M.D. with Distinction in Research
  • 1999 American Foundation for Urological Disease (AFUD)/American Urological Association Scholar Fellow
  • 1996-2000 Medical School Alumni Scholarship
  • 1996 Undergraduate · Summa Cum Laude
  • 1995 Phi Beta Kappa (Junior)
  • 1994 Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1994 New York Alumni Chapter Honorary Scholarship
  • 1993 Chase Manhattan Honorary Scholarship
  • 1992-1996 Dean’s Honor List

Clinical Research

Clinical Research:

  • Multicenter Study Experience Protocol # PC B302/01: An open, comparative, within patient controlled phase III multicenter study of HEXVIX â fluorescence cystoscopy and white light cystoscopy in the detection of carcinoma in situ in patients with bladder cancer
  • AFUD: American Foundation for Urological Disease Research Fellowship.
    Thesis
    : The use of laparoscopic cryosurgery for renal tissue destruction as a treatment modality, 1999
  • Thesis: Cloning of a novel cDNA expressed during the early stages of fracture healing, 1997
  • Hoffman La Roche Summer Research
    Thesis
    : The effect of dynein heavy chain in mitotic spindle formation in budding yeast, 1995
  • Medical School M.D. with Distinction In Research Program

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations:

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Wooley ML, Durand DB, Zeltser IS, Waltzer WC, Schulsinger DA: The effect of an active versus passive thaw process on lesion size following interstitial renal cryoablation. Surg Forum 51: 23-624, 2000.

 

  1. Wooley ML, Durand DB, Zeltser IS, Waltzer WC, Schulsinger DA: The effect of a single versus double freeze cycle on renal tissue after laparoscopic cryoablation in the living canine model. Surg Forum 52: 595-596, 2001.

 

  1. 3. Wooley ML, Schulsinger DA, Durand DB, Zeltser IS, Waltzer WC: Effect of freezing parameters (Freeze Cycle and Thaw Process) on tissue destruction following renal cryoablation. J Endourology.16 (7): 519-522, 2002.

 

  1. Gomella LG, Zeltser IS, Valicenti RK: The use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy to prevent or delay recurrence of prostate cancer in patients undergoing surgical treatment for prostate cancer. Urology; 62, Supp 1: 46-54, 2004.

 

  1. Bagley DH, Kuo R, Zeltser IS: Ureteroscopic instruments. Current Opinion In Urology, 14: 99-106, 2004.

 

  1. Casale P, Grady RW, Joyner BD, Zeltser IS, Kuo R, Mitchell ME: Transperitoneal laparoscopic pyelolithotomy after failed percutaneous access in the pediatric patient. J Urol, 172 (2): 680-683, 2004.

 

  1. 7. Zeltser IS, Liu JB, Bagley DH: The incidence of crossing vessels in patients with normal ureteropelvic junction examined by endoluminal ultrasound. J Urol, 172 (6): 2304-2307, 2004.

 

  1. Casale P, Grady RW, Joyner BD, Zeltser IS, Figueroa TE, Mitchell ME: A comparison between dismembered and nondismembered laparoscopic pyeloplasty in the pediatric patient. J Endourology, 18: 875-878, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Basket Design as a factor in retention and release of calculi in Vitro. J Endourology, 21(3): 337-42, 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Trabulsi EJ, Valicenti RK Radiation Therapy for Urologic Cancers. Contemporary Urology, 19(11):20, 2007

 

  1. Stern J, Zeltser IS, Pearle MS: Percutaneous renal access: A review of simulator training. J Endourology, 21 (3): 270-273, 2007

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Bergs R, Fernandez R, Baker L, Eberhart R, Cadeddu JA: Single trocar laparoscopic nephrectomy utilizing magnetic anchoring and guidance system in the porcine model. J Urol, 178: 288-91, 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Moonat S, Park S, and Cadeddu JA: Intermediate-term results of radiofrequency-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: a non-ischemic coagulative technique. BJU International, 101(1): 36-8, Jan 2008.

 

  1. Bensalah K, Zeltser IS, Cadeddu JA, Lotan Y: Evaluation of Costs and Morbidity Associated With Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation and Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy for the Treatment of Small Renal Tumors. BJU International, 101(4): 467-71, 2008

 

  1. Tuncel A, Lucas S, Bensalah K, Zeltser IS, Jenkins A, Saidi O, Park S, Cadeddu JA: A randomized comparison of conventional vs articulating laparoscopic needle drivers for performance of standardized suturing tasks by laparoscopy-naïve subjects. BJU International, 101(6): 727-30, 2008

 

  1. Scott DJ, Tang S, Fernandez R, Bergs R, Goova M, Zeltser IS, Kehdy FJ, Cadeddu JA: Completely transvaginal NOTES cholecystectomy using magnetically anchored instruments. Surgical Endoscopy, 21(12):2308-16, Dec 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Cadeddu JA: The aggressive potential of small renal tumors. Nature Clinical Practice Urology, 4(3): 124-125, 2007.

 

  1. Lucas SM, Stern J, Lotan Y, Zeltser IS, Cadeddu JA, Raj GA: Renal function outcomes in patients treated for T1a renal masses by ablative and extirpative techniques. J Urol, 179(1):75-9, 2008

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Cadeddu JA: A novel magnetic anchoring and guidance system to facilitate single atrocar laparoscopic nephrectomy. Current Urology reports, 9(1):62-4, 2008

 

  1. Lucas SM, Zeltser IS, Bensalah K, Tuncel A, Jenkins A, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA: Training on a virtual reality laparoscopic simulator improves performance of an unfamiliar live laparoscopic procedure. J Urol, 180 (6):2588-91, 2008

 

  1. Bensalah K, Peswani D, Tuncel A Raman JD, Zeltser I, Liu H, Cadeddu JA: Optical reflectance spectroscopy to differentiate benign from malignant renal tumors at surgery. Urology, 73(1):178-81, Jan 2009

 

  1. Lucas S, Tuncel A, Bensalah K, Zeltser IS, Jenkins A, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA: Virtual reality training improves simulated laparoscopic surgery performance in laparoscopy naïve medical students. J Endourol, 22(5): 1047-51, 2008
  2. Zeltser IS, Dugi D, Gupta A, Park S, Kabbani W, Cadeddu J: Does topical haemostatic agent have an adverse effect on the function of the prostatic neurovascular bundle? BJU Int, 102(8):1005-7, Sep 2008.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Gupta A, Bensalah K, Kabani W, Jenkins A, Park S, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA: Focal radiofrequency coagulation-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: a novel non-ischemic technique. J Endour, 22(6): 1269-73, Jun 2008.

 

  1. Stern JM, Merritt ME, Zeltser IS, Raman JD, Cadeddu JA: Phase one pilot study using magnetic resonance spectroscopy to predict the histology of radiofrequency ablated renal tissue. Eur Urol, 55(2):433-8, Feb 2009.

 

  1. Raman JD, Stern JM, Zeltser IS, Kabbani W, Cadeddu JA: Absence of viable renal cell carcinoma in biopsies performed more than 1 year following radiofrequency ablation confirms reliability of axial imaging. J Urol, 179(6): 2142-5, 2008

 

  1. Bensalah K, Raman JD, Zeltser IS, Bagrodia A, Lucas S, Kabbani W, Cadeddu JA: A comparison of kidney oxygenation profiles between partial and complete renal artery clamping during nephron sparing surgery in a porcine model. Can J Urol, Jun;16(3):4632-4638, 2009.

 

  1. Shariat SF, Scherr DS, Gupta A, Bianco FJ Jr, Karakiewicz PI, Zeltser IS, Samadi DB, Akhavan A: Emerging biomarkers for prostate cancer diagnosis, staging and prognosis. Arch Esp Urol, 64(8): 681-94, 2011.

 

  1. Liu XS, Zola JC, McGinnis DE, Squadrito JF, Zeltser IS: Do silve alloy-coated catheters increase risk of urethral strictures after robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy? Urology, 78(2): 365-7, 2011.

 

  1. Liu XS, Zola JC, McGinnis DE, Soroush M, Bergmann LG, Ellis DJ, Squadrito JF, Zeltser IS: The impact of financial interest in intensity-modulated radiation therapy on the utilization of radiation therapy for treatment of newly diagnosed prostate cancer: a single center experience. ISRN Urol, 12 (759258), 2012.

 

 

Publications, non-peer reviewed:

Zeltser IS, Kuo R, Bagley DH: Use of Ho:YAG laser for ureteroscopic lithotripsy. Urotrends, 9 (2): 5-8, 2004.

 

 

Abstracts:

  1. Zeltser IS, Shenot PJ, Chon JK: Long-term results of detrusor myomectomy for detrusor hyperreflexia. J Spinal Cord Medicine 26 (Suppl. 1), 2003.

 

  1. Shenot PJ, Zeltser IS, Ives E, Hubert C, Calviello J, Chon JK: Treatment of urgency-frequency in patients with detrusor hyperreflexia by chronic sacral neuromodulation. J Spinal Cord Medicine 26 (Suppl. 1), 2003.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Spana G, Garlitz CJ, Bagley DH: Holmium Laser Lithotripsy: Assessment of laser energy in relation to stone size. J Endourol 17 (Suppl. 1): A228, 2003.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Spana G, Garlitz CJ, Bagley DH: Ureteroscopy in 1996 VS 2002: Comparison of indications endoscopes and instruments. J Endourol 17 (Suppl. 1): A229, 2003.

 

  1. Garlitz CJ, Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Evaluation of Holmium and Nd:YAG energy in treatment of transitional cell carcinoma of the kidney, ureter and bladder. J Endourol 17 (Suppl. 1): A232, 2003.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Spana G, Garlitz CJ, Bagley DH: The incidence of crossing vessels in patients with normal ureteropelvic junction. J Endourol 17 (Suppl. 1): A181, 2003.
  2. Hubosky S, Bagley DH, Zeltser IS, Shenot PJ: Feasibility of Ho:YAG laser endoscopic procedures in an office setting. J Endourol 17 (Suppl. 1): A275, 2003.

 

  1. Razdan S, Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Ureteral stent placement: A prospective comparison of two different techniques. Presented at AUA Annual Meeting, May 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Ramey J, Chon J, Shenot PJ: Bladder augmentation with continent tapered ileovesicostomy in spinal cord injured patients. J. Spinal Cord Medicine 27 (4), A26, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Shenot PJ: Detrusor myomectomy for detrusor hyperreflexia as an alternative to augmentation enterocystoplasty. J. Spinal Cord Medicine 27 (4), A27, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Gomella LG, Grossman BH, Fradet Y, Nseyo U, Schoenberg M, Malkowicz B, Droller M, and PhotoCure Study Group: Fluorescence cystoscopy with Hexvix improves the diagnosis of bladder cancer. Presented at 62nd Annual Mid-Atlantic AUA Meeting, October 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Correlation between grade of upper tract and bladder TCC in patients with concurrent disease. J Endourol 18 (Suppl. 1): A39, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Kuo R: In vitro assessment of flow rates achievable with basket retrieval devices in flexible ureteroscopes. J Endourol 18 (Suppl. 1): A70, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Retrieval and Releasing Properties of Stone Basket Designs, In Vitro. J Endourol 18 (Suppl. 1): A94, 2004.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, McGinnis DE: Hand assisted laparoscopic anterior exenteration with ileal conduit urinary diversion. J Endourol 19 (Suppl. 1): A144, 2005.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Slotoroff CB, Antonelli J, Bagley DH: Evolution of ureteroscopy from 1996 to 2004: Comparison of indications, endoscopes and instruments. J Endourol 19 (Supp. 1): A75, 2005.

 

  1. Slotoroff CB, Pagnani CJ, Zeltser IS, Bagley DH: Assessment of laser energy in relation to calculus composition and size. J Endourol 19 (Suppl. 1): A158, 2005.

 

  1. Chawla S, Zeltser IS, Antonelli J, Robinson M, Bibbo M, Bagley DH: Longitudinal correlation between grade of upper tract and bladder TCC in patients with concurrent disease. Presented at SUO/NCI 2005 Meeting, Bethesda MD.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Linden RA, Chawla S, Ramey JR, McGinnis DE: Minimally invasive laparoscopic pyeloplasty: The 5mm three trocar technique. AUA Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, 2006.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Park S, Strup S, Cadeddu JA: No evidence of disease after radiofrequency ablation in delayed (18 months) nephrectomy specimens. 24th WCE, Cleveland, OH, 2006.

 

  1. Park S, Zeltser IS, Dusseault B, Lotan Y, Pattaras JG, Ogan K: Cost analysis for four techniques of renal tumor ablation: laparoscopic and percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. 24th WCE, Cleveland, OH, 2006

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Moonat S, Park S, and Cadeddu JA: Intermediate-term results of radiofrequency-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: a non-ischemic coagulative technique. AUA Annual Meeting, Anneheim, CA, 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Gupta A, Wingo MS, Lotan Y, Stern J, Leveillee RJ, Cadeddu JA: Prospective, multi-institutional study of percutaneous, computed tomography-guided radiofrequency ablation of renal masses under general anesthesia: Intermediate term results. AUA Annual Meeting, Anneheim, CA, 2007.

 

  1. Ilia S Zeltser, MD, Amit Gupta, MD, Sangtae Park, MD, Daniel Dugi, MD, Wareef Kabbani, MD, Saurabh Moonat, BA, Jeffrey A Cadeddu, MD. Does Floseal topical hemostatic agent have an adverse effect on prostatic neurovascular bundle function? AUA Annual Meeting, Anneheim, CA, 2007.

 

  1. Sangtae Park, MD, Ilia S Zeltser, MD, J Kyle Anderson, MD, Howard Heller, MD, Beverley Adams-Huet, MS, Charles Y C Pak, MD, Margaret S Pearle, MD, PhD.: The effect of calcium carbonate supplemnetation and liberal oxalate intake on stone forming risk in normal subjects.

 

  1. Tuncel A, Lucas S, Bensalah K, Zeltser IS, Jenkins A, Saidi O, Park S, Cadeddu JA: A randomized comparison of conventional vs articulating laparoscopic needle drivers for performance of standardized suturing tasks by laparoscopy-naïve subjects. World Congress of Endourology, Cancun, Mexico, 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Gupta A, Moonat S, Kabbani W, Park S, Pearle and Cadeddu JA: Focal radiofrequency coagulation-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: a novel non-ischemic technique. World Congress of Endourology, Cancun, Mexico, 2007.

 

  1. Steven Lucas, Ilia S. Zeltser, Karim Bensalah, Altug Tuncel, Matt Ruff, Maurizio Buscarini, Michael Conlin and Margaret S. Pearle: Initial clinical evaluation of a novel nitinol stone extractor (Ngage). World Congress of Endourology, Cancun, Mexico, 2007.

 

  1. Zeltser, IS, Bensalah K, Lucas Sm, Tuncel A, Jenkins A, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA: Training on the virtual reality laparoscopic simulator improves performance of an unfamiliar live surgical laparoscopic procedure: a randomized controlled trial. World Congress of Endourology, Cancun, Mexico, 2007.

 

  1. Gupta A, Zeltser IS, Chi A, Bensalah K, Cadeddu JA, Lotan Y: Does renal radiofrequency ablation (RFA) result in development of postablation inflammatory response. J Urol, 179(4), A962, 2008

 

  1. Bensalah K, Raman JD, Bagrodia A, Zeltser IS, Lucas S, Kabbani W, Cadeddu JA: Partial renal arterial occlusion is reno-protective during nephron sparing surgeryin a porcine model. J Urol, 179(4), A1095, 2008
  2. Lucas SM, Zeltser IS, Bensalah K, Tuncel A, Jenkins A, Raman JD, Pearle MS, Cadeddu JA: Assessment of the laparoscopic skills acquired by training on a virtual reality simulator. J Urol, 179(4), A1914, 2008

 

 

Editorials, Reviews, Chapters:

  1. Zeltser IS, Grasso M, Bagley DH: Endoscopic Management of Ureteral Stones (Chapter 30) In: Moore, R.G, Bishoff, J., Docimo S. and Loening, S., editors. Texbook of Minimally Invasive Urology, London:Martin-Dunitz, 2003.

 

  1. Zeltser IS, Valicenti DA, Gomella LG: Management of PSA recurrence after definitive therapy for prostate cancer. In: Klein E, editor. Management of Prostate Cancer, Second Edition, Humana Press Inc, 2004.

 

  1. Figueroa TE and Zeltser IS: Penile Abnormalities. In: Chung EK, editor. Visual Diagnosis in Pediatrics. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

 

  1. Figueroa TE and Zeltser IS: Penile Swelling. In: Chung EK, editor. Visual Diagnosis in Pediatrics. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.

 

  1. Zeltser IS and Pearle MS: Ureteroscopic Endopyelotomy. In: Preminger GM, editor. Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery. Elsevier, 2008

 

  1. Zeltser IS and Cadeddu JA: Renal Radiofrequency Ablation. In: Preminger GM, editor. Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery. Elsevier, 2008

 

  1. Zeltser IS and Cadeddu JA: Complications of laparoscopy. AUA Review Manual,

2007.

 

  1. Zeltser IS and Cadeddu JA: Complications of renal tissue ablation. In: Taneja SS, Smith RB, Ehrlich RM, editors. Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Management. W.B. Saunders Company, 2008.

 

  1. Stern JM, Zeltser IS, Lotan Y, Cadeddu JA: Laparoscopic renal cyst decortication. In: Hedican SP, editor. Essential Urologic Laparoscopy. Humana Press Inc, 2008.