Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

A Harvard expert discusses insights into chronic pelvic pain syndrome

A Harvard expert discusses insights into chronic pelvic pain syndrome

An interview with Michael O'Leary, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Michael O'Leary, a urologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world's foremost authorities on chronic prostatitis. Most men he treats suffer from chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

By the time most new patients arrive at Dr. O'Leary's biweekly clinic at Brigham and Women's, they have already seen multiple physicians "" general practitioners and urologists "" without finding relief. While Dr. O'Leary has no "magic" solutions "" there are none for chronic pelvic pain syndrome "" he can offer options other doctors may not be aware of. As one of the leading researchers involved in the Chronic Prostatitis Collaborative Research Network (CPCRN) Study Group, a consortium funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. O'Leary knows what new treatments are being tested in clinical trials and what strategies have worked for the men he treats. (For a sampling of studies, see "Key findings from the CPCRN.")

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