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 treatment of dysfunctional elimination in 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 has also developed novel and effective methods to treat dysfunctional elimination in children. To that end he has researched the proper age of toilet training, the most effective therapies for day and night wetting, and risk factors for urinary tract infections in children. He has also published a popular and well-reviewed lay book on the topic, (www.itsnoaccident.net), and developed wipes based on his research designed to reduce the risk or urinary tract infections in girls (www.mysoothers.com)