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Welcome to the Why Urology podcast with Dr. Todd Brandt.

This podcast is my personal attempt to teach you about your genito-urinary tract, what can go wrong, and how your urologist may just become your superhero.

The name of the podcast comes from my ongoing need to answer the question that I get so often from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology? Why did you choose to become a urologist?”

Aug 9, 2020

What is success? What does a successful life look like? What does it mean to be a success?

For too many urologists including myself the primary way we measure our lives as successful is through the building of a large and lucrative practice. 

For the record, I believe these are important things to measure. A medical...


Jul 26, 2020

I have spent half of my life as a physician, beginning as an intern just before my 26th birthday.

It began in an inauspicious start on July 1st as an intern at the VA hospital. On our first day we spent most of the day in orientation, but at the end of the day I reported to my assigned general surgery team, currently on...


Jul 26, 2020

This episode is another in the long line of podcast episodes I have done about kidney stones. In this episode we are going to talk about a less common form of kidney stone called a cystine stone, and a metabolic disorder called cystinuria.

Cystine stones comprise about 1% of all stones in...


Jun 29, 2020

Where does a cancer come from?

One cell. 

Cancer begins with one cell.

A normal cell has cell membrane, a cytoplasm with lots of working parts within it, and a central nucleus. The nucleus contains the instructions, the DNA, that tells the cell exactly what it needs to do. A cell has a specific purpose, become...


Jun 20, 2020

80% of all kidney stones are calcium-based stones, mostly calcium combining with oxalate or phosphate to make calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate stones.

This episode is about another kind of kidney stone mineral called uric acid.

Uric acid stones makeup about 15 % of all kidney stones. 

Calcium based stone and uric...