The Urology Department is a reference centre in complex pathologies for Catalonia and the rest of Spain. Headed since 2020 by Dr Enric Trilla, the Unit’s aim is to integrate care, teaching and research. Over recent years, we have incorporated the most modern, least invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery and robotics (Da Vinci).
Portfolio of services
Our Department comprises various different units each with their specialities.
Prostate Pathology Unit
- Early diagnosis of prostate cancer
- Prostate biopsy laboratory
- Multidisciplinary surgical prostate cancer treatment
- HBPUrinary dysfunction and diagnosis of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Surgery and minimally invasive treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia
Renal Pathology, Retroperineal and Kidney Transplant Unit
- Diagnosis of kidney tumours
- Surgical and multidisciplinary treatment of kidney tumours
- Diagnosis and treatment of pyeloureteral stenosis
- Kidney transplant programme
Urothelial Tumours Unit
- Diagnosis of bladder tumours and urothelial tumours
- Endoscopy laboratory
- Surgical and multidisciplinary treatment of urothelial tumours
- Endovesical Oncology Treatment Laboratory
- Diagnosis of urinary lithiasis
- Multidisciplinary treatment of urinary lithiasis
- Diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of erectile dysfunction
- Male infertility
- Diagnosis and treatment of urethra stenosis
- Endourethral treatment laboratory
Functional Vesicular Pathology and Neurourology
- Diagnosis of bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence
- Multidisciplinary treatment of bladder dysfunctions and urinary incontinence
- Urodynamics laboratory and videoeurodynamics
- Endovesical treatment laboratory
- Diagnosis and treatment of urological pathology in spinal cord injuries
- Diagnosis and treatment of urological pathology in multiple sclerosis
Over the last fifteen years, we have put significant efforts into translational research in order to apply knowledge gained from basic research to the prevention and treatment of clinical cases, within the framework of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR). This is why we have several research programmes of recognised international prestige. The result of this commitment to research is the transfer of knowledge in the form of publications and patents.
At the Urology Department, we are committed to training graduates and postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as training medical residents to be specialists in our field. Since 1973, we have trained more than sixty specialists, distributed throughout Spain and other countries.
Nurses who work the night shift have to combine healthcare work and the need to administer treatments with the patients’ right to rest. This is the case for Daniel Cencerrado, contact person for patient and nurse safety on the tenth floor of the General Hospital. He has been at Vall d’Hebron for more than four years.So, how does he do it? By having a team in which each person has a job to do. Daniel says working at night has its drawbacks, such as having to have strict bedtime habits. But it also has its advantages. Although sometimes you wake up and you have no idea what day it is.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.