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Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky

Skilled Reconstructive Urologist With a Specialization in Transgender Care

Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky is a Reconstructive Urologist who serves as a Professor of Urology and Director of the Reconstructive Urology department at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY. In addition to offering primary Metoidioplasty and Vaginoplasty surgeries, Dr. Nikolavsky is also an expert at treating post-operative urinary complications and provides long term follow-up care for patients who have undergone gender-affirming genital reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Nikolavsky is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology (2014.)

Diplomates of the American Board of Urology with a general certificate in urology are certified to be trained in all areas of urology, including those for which subspecialty certificates are available. This all-inclusive policy is also endorsed by the American Board of Medical Specialties in reference to all subspecialty certificates offered by ABMS member boards.

He obtained his medical degree in 2004 from Wayne State University School of Medicine, then completed residencies in Urology and General Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak MI. He completed his fellowship in Reconstructive Urology at the University of Colorado in Aurora CO. Dr. Nikolavsky has sought out continuing surgical education with world-renowned Urology experts including Dr. Richard Santucci, Dr. Guido Barbagli and Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni.

Professional Memberships

  • American Urological Association (AUA)
  • Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS)- associate member since 5/20/2012
  • Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) – member since 3/2013
  • International Continence Society (ICS) – member since 3/2014
  • Society of Female Urology and Urodynamics (SUFU)- affiliate member since 3/8/2012
  • President of the International Russian-Speaking Urological Society (iRUS) 5/2015-present
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Hospital Affiliations

  • SUNY Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • Community General Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
  • Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome, NY

Dr. Nikolavsky has developed a number of innovations in Reconstructive Urology and has authored many peer-reviewed academic papers. He is regularly invited to speak at both national and international medical conferences.

Dr. Nikolavsky is the Program Director of the Reconstructive Urology Fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The 1-year program’s emphasis is on urethral reconstruction, incontinence, transgender care (including primary gender affirming genital surgeries such as vaginoplasty, metoidioplasty, as well as surgical management of complications associated with gender affirmation surgery), genital reconstruction, as well as neurogenic bladder/cancer survivorship, fistula repair, prosthetics, upper tract reconstruction, and reconstructive techniques using robotic surgery.

In addition to offering primary Metoidioplasty and Vaginoplasty surgeries, Dr. Nikolavsky is also an expert at treating post-operative urinary complications following genital reconstructive surgery.

Reconstructive Urology is a special field in Urology that focuses on returning normal urinary function to affected patients. Conditions like incontinence or urinary obstruction can significantly affect quality of life. The role of the Reconstructive Urologist is to diagnose patients with urinary conditions and present a solution to restore urinary functions.

Dr. Stephen Blakely - Transgender Urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Dr. Stephen A. Blakely

Common urinary complications after genital reconstructive surgery (GRS) include urethral strictures (blockage), fistulas (abnormal passageways), and abscesses, and it’s not uncommon to have more than one complication concurrently. Dr. Nikolavsky stays up-to-date on current techniques for transgender urology by connecting with GRS surgeons and other Reconstructive Urologists.

Joining Dr. Nikolavsky in offering the highest level of transgender urological care at SUNY Upstate University Hospital is Dr. Stephen A. Blakely. Dr. Blakely is Assistant Professor of Urology at SUNY.

Dr. Nikolavsky can help both trans men and trans women suffering from urinary complications after GRS. Patients should plan on spending 3-4 weeks in the Syracuse area after surgery.

Consultations with Dr. Nikolavsky
Dr. Nikolavsky does a free initial consultation by phone. This telemedicine appointment is required prior to an in-person visit. To provide a trans-friendly office environment, Dr. Nikolavsky has helped select properly trained nurses and office staff.

Wait List
With repair surgeries, Dr. Nikolavsky is able to accommodate patients wishing to have surgery within 1-4 days after the initial appointment. While this requires advance planning of the visit—clinic appointment, diagnostic procedures, labs, preoperative anesthesia clearance and surgery time—most patients can be accommodated even with very short notice.

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