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Picture of Joel Gelman. Dr. Gelman is the Director of the Center for Reconstructive Urology
Director, Reconstructive Urology


Dr. Gelman is a specialist in male urethral and penile-genital surgery.





Dr. Gelman is a Board Certified Urologist, the Director of the Center for Reconstructive Urology and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of California, Irvine. He has performed over 800 urethral-penile reconstructive surgeries, and his practice is limited to his area of expertise in male urethral and penile/genital reconstructive surgery. Dr. Gelman completed his Urology Residency at the UCLA Medical Center and a Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Male Genitourinary reconstruction at the Devine Center in Norfolk, Virginia under Dr. Gerald Jordan.


Dr. Gelman is listed by US News and World Report as one of America's Best Doctors, a distinction based on peer nomination, and is also listed as one of America's Top Doctors (Castle Connoly list) and one of America's Top Surgeons (Consumer Research Council).


When Dr. Gelman arrived at UC, Irvine, located in Orange County, California, in 1998, there were no doctors in Southern California who were fellowship trained or exclusively specialized in the treatment of conditions such as urethral strictures. Once at UCI, he developed a Center for Reconstructive Urology exclusively devoted to the treatment of male urethral and penile disorders, including urethral stricture disease and trauma, Peyronie's disease and other disorders of penile curvature, erectile dysfunction with an emphasis on penile implant surgery, hypospadias, and complications of prostate cancer treatment including urethral-rectal fistulas and incontinence with artificial urinary sphincter placement. Under the leadership of Dr. Gelman, the Center for Reconstructive Urology is now a regional, national, and international referral center, treating patients who travel from many states outside of California and other countries specifically to receive their care by Dr. Gelman. To date, over 200 Urologists, including faculty at all other major University Medical Centers in Los Angeles and other areas of Southern California have referred patients to Dr. Gelman for his expertise.


In addition, Dr. Gelman's interests include teaching and clinical and laboratory research. He has presented and published numerous papers on the subject of male reconstructive urethral and penile surgery, including new and improved surgical techniques for urethroplasty, and is the principal investigator of the Tissue Engineering Laboratory at UC, Irvine Medical Center. This laboratory is devoted to the development of new biomaterials for use in urethral and penile reconstructive surgery.


Dr. Gelman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a reviewer for the Journal of Urology, Urology, and the Journal of Endourology and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons.





Undergraduate: Indiana University

Post-Undergraduate Research: Stanford University

Medical School: Medical College of Ohio

Medical Research: University of Chicago

Internship/General Surgery: Indiana University

Urology Residency: UCLA Medical Center

Fellowship Training: Male Adult and Pediatric Urethral and Genital Reconstructive Surgery / Devine Center, Norfolk, VA


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