Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas

Dr. Coburn received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and went on to earn his MD from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. From 1990 to 2012, Dr. Coburn was Chief of Urology at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas. He continues to treat patients in the Houston area. Dr. Coburn is also a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and is on the Executive Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma. His clinical interests include urologic trauma, genital and urethral reconstructive surgery, and male infertility and reproductive disorders. In his research, he is interested in discovering better techniques for reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract. A respected educator, Dr. Coburn currently serves as a Professor and the Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Chair of the Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Urology Residency Program Director there. His excellence in education is widely recognized, and the awards he has received include three Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Awards, and the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr., Presidential Award for Excellence in Education.


Articles by Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Priapism: A Management Enigma

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, Professor and Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Chair of the Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses priapism and the American Urological Association’s (AUA) guidelines on managing the illness. He gives an overview of priapism, outlining differences between ischemic, non-ischemic, recurrent, primary, and secondary priapism, and discusses a range of contributing risk factors. Next, Dr. Coburn reviews study data on the different qualities of ischemic and non-ischemic priapism, explaining that the latter often is chronic and characterized by less rigidity in the penis, while ischemic priapism tends to be characterized by a fully rigid, very painful erection which contains abnormal cavernous gases. He then discusses treatment recommendations for various forms of the disease, ranging from oral medication for intracavernosal-caused priapism to complex specialty treatment for priapism related to underlying medical conditions. Dr. Coburn concludes by recommending that physicians use the AUA guidelines to create a treatment algorithm for priapism, making sure that if a deviation is made that it is well documented and explained.

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Pediatric Urologic Trauma: Kids Are Different

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, clarifies the unique anatomic risk factors and physiological responses present in cases of pediatric trauma. He details the management and clinical assessment of trauma in the kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra, and genitalia in the pediatric patient, using unique case examples, and also emphasizes the importance of properly reporting suspicions of abuse.

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Management of High Grade Renal Trauma

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, discusses decision-making for urologists consulted in kidney trauma cases. He defines indications for active observation, nephrectomy, and non-operative interventions, as well as practical techniques for gaining vascular control and reconstruction.

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Urethral Strictures Guidelines Update

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, highlights key points from the 2016 American Urological Association (AUA) male urethral stricture guidelines. He also brings attention to certain controversial statements and evidence-based treatment approaches in special circumstances.

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