Steve J. Hodges, MD
Steve J. Hodges, M. D., Associate Professor
Dr. Steve J. Hodges was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in classical studies from Duke University in 1994. He then attended medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1998. Upon graduation, he completed a one-year internship in general surgery, followed by a 4-year residency in urology at the same institution. He then enrolled in a fellowship in pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital of San Diego. Upon completion of his clinical fellowship he was awarded a 2-year research scholarship from the American Foundation of Urologic Disease to study under Dr. Atala at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. After his research fellowship, Dr. Hodges joined the Department of Urology and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Urology.
SYNOPSIS OF AREA OF INTEREST: The inhibition of fibrosis and stricture in the genitourinary tract, as well as the development of safer and less-invasive imaging studies for children.
DETAILED AREA OF INTEREST: Fibrosis and stricture disease in the genitourinary tract are vexing problems for clinical urologists. The bladder may become fibrotic as the result of neurogenic dysfunction, causing decreased compliance and possibly injuring the upper urinary tract. Exposure to high bladder pressures, or reflux combined with recurrent infections, often scar the kidneys and can impair their function. Finally, insult due to trauma, disease, or iatrogenic causes may scar and stricture the urethra or ureters, leading to dysfunction in other areas of the urinary tract. Dr. Hodges’ research is focused primarily on mediating the injury to these tissues and organs due to fibrosis. He has demonstrated the ability to reverse fibrosis in neurogenic bladder smooth muscle tissue, and is expanding these treatments into renal fibrosis as well. He has also developed proprietary stents for use in the urethra and ureters, which prevent the development of stricture disease following tissue injury.
Dr. Hodges is also developing techniques for novel radiographic imaging studies in children, which are designed to limit invasive procedures and radiation exposure in children.