New Faculty Profiles

 

Evan Kovac, MD

Associate Professor

Dr. Kovac joins Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as an Associate Professor of Urology and an Attending at University Hospital.  He will also serve as the Associate Program Director of the Urology Residency Program.

Dr. Kovac is a board-certified and fellowship-trained urologic oncologist, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of cancers of the urinary tract, including prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular, adrenal and penile cancers.  He earned his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also completed his residency in Urology at McGill.  Evan then continued his training and completed a two-year fellowship in Urologic Oncology and Robotics at the renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Kovac is experienced in the latest diagnostic modalities and has specific expertise in ultrasound-MRI fusion biopsy for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.  His surgical proficiency is broad and he is highly skilled in open, endoscopic and robotic techniques for the treatment of genitourinary cancers.

He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on urologic oncology, has presented over 25 abstracts at national and international meetings, and is a leader in the optimization of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for the early detection of prostate cancer.  In addition, Dr. Kovac published an online training module for performing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for the treatment of metastatic testicular cancer that is accessible to surgical trainees worldwide.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Evan practiced in New York at Montefiore Medical Center and was an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  While at Montefiore, he led a collaboration with primary care physicians to create a novel prostate cancer screening decision aid designed specifically for multi-ethnic, underserved communities.  He also led the establishment of a first-of-its-kind prostate cancer center in the Bronx.

Dr. Kovac's responsibilities will include expanding clinical and research programs at Rutgers, such as clinical trial development/participation and increasing prostate cancer and PSA screening awareness, especially among our high-risk, minority population.


Amjad H. Alwaal, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Urology

Dr. Alwaal is a board-certified and fellowship-trained reconstructive urologist and andrologist. He joined Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as an associate professor of urology. Dr. Alwaal earned his medical degree at King Abdulaziz University. He obtained a master's degree in surgical research from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He completed his residency in urology at McGill University in Montreal. He then continued his training and completed two fellowships – one  in Urologic Reconstruction, Trauma, and  the other in Andrology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with Drs.  Benjamin Breyer and Tom Lue.

Dr. Alwaal is experienced in performing complex urethral and penile reconstruction for urethral stricture and cosmetic disfigurement, male incontinence, and surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. He also specializes in andrology, which includes the treatment of male sexual dysfunction (penile prosthesis), male infertility, low testosterone, Peyronie's disease, and voiding dysfunction. He previously practiced in Saudi Arabia and at Marshall University in West Virginia where he was the director of men's health and reconstructive urology and the chief of urology at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Dr. Alwaal is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, International Society of Sexual Medicine, the American Urological Association, and the Société Internationale d'Urologie. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters on urologic reconstruction, sexual dysfunction, trauma, and prosthetics.

Dr. Alwaal is developing and expanding several clinical and research programs at Rutgers- NJMS, including transitional urology and voiding dysfunction, men's health, trauma research, and gender affirmation surgery (with plastic surgery).


 

Arpit Amin, MD

Assistant Professor
Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Arpit N. Amin, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  He graduated from the State University of New York – Upstate Medical University. He completed his General Surgery residency training at New York Medical College – Westchester Medical Center and his fellowship training in Multi-organ Abdominal Transplant Surgery and Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of California – Los Angeles. He further completed advanced fellowship training in cadaveric split and living donor liver transplantation, pediatric liver transplantation, pediatric kidney transplantation and pediatric/adult intestinal transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2020.

Dr. Amin's area of expertise includes pediatric liver transplantation, adult liver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation, pediatric kidney transplantation, adult kidney transplantation, living donor kidney transplantation, pancreas transplantation, pediatric intestinal transplantation, adult intestinal transplantation, liver resections, bile duct surgery, pancreas resections, portal hypertension shunt surgery and intestinal rehabilitation surgery.

Dr. Amin is committed to maintaining excellence in pediatric and adult transplant patient care, advancing research in transplantation, and progressing medical student as well as surgical resident education.

 

 


Amy V. Gore, MD

RBHS Instructor
Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. Gore completed a Master's of Science degree from Georgetown University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from New Jersey Medical School. After medical school, Dr. Gore completed her surgical residency in 2018, also at NJMS. During her training, she held an NIH T32 research fellowship for two years where she studied the effect of mesenchymal stem cells on anemia and wound healing following trauma, shock, and chronic stress. Following residency, Dr. Gore completed an AAST-accredited Trauma/Acute Care Surgery fellowship at the University of Colorado/Denver Health in Denver, CO. Dr. Gore's academic interests include trauma and ICU survivorship, global surgery, violence prevention, the effect of the social determinants of health on surgical outcomes, surgical education, and wellness/burnout.

 



 

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