vanguard ['van-"gahrd] • noun

Any creative group active in the innovation
and application of new concepts and
techniques, and occupying the position of
greatest advancement or leading position
in any given field.

What is Vanguard Urologic Institute?

“Vanguard” is defined as “any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques, and occupying the position of greatest advancement or leading position in any given field”. Consistent with our name, the mission of the Vanguard Urologic Institute is to embrace new ideas and technologies in science and medicine, bringing the best of them to our patients.

Our commitment as physicians and researchers

Our physicians will always be the most highly trained and skilled, striving to provide our patients with care tailored to their specific needs. Our researchers will always apply the newest technologies and ideas to solve the most difficult problems facing our patients.

Our facilities support our commitment

Our state-of-the-art outpatient facility in the new Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Building in the Texas Medical Center helps us optimize patient care.

Click here to take an Interactive Tour of the Institute

The new Vanguard facility features                                                              

  • a completely paperless office experience
  • kiosk check-in and check-out to streamline and quicken office visits
  • minimally invasive and robotic technologies to treat urologic problems
  • integration of the Internet, multimedia content, medical outcome prediction software (nomograms ), and other Web-based tools into the routine care of our patients.

Our Centers of Excellence

Our Centers of Excellence were established to carry out our mission to ensure that our patients are provided the very best care in each particular sub-specialty of Urology.

Our Centers of Excellence include the Texas Prostate Center, the Center for Kidney Health, the Texas Continence Center (recently renamed the Rodney A. Appell Center for Continence and Pelvic Health), the Center for Screening, Prevention, Detection, Surveillance, and Minimally Invasive and Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer, and the Center for Male Sexual Health and Wellness.

You can visit our Centers of Excellence page by clicking here.

Sharing comes to the Vanguard Urologic Institute


Now, you can find a Social Networking & Sharing toolbar at the bottom of our site.  You can now search, share, retweet, like, recommend and even translate any one of these pages. 

NEW - Visit our Facebook Fan Page by clicking on this link!

Support for Personal Health Records are now available


Our department of Technology & Health Informatics can now produce Continuity of Care Documents (CCD) that you can import into your Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault Personal Health Record (PHR).

Please be advised that, effective January 1, 2012, Google will be retiring it's Google Health product.  For additional information about Google's decision to remove this feature and how to transfer any data that you may have entered in to Google Health transferred to another PHR system, please click here.

To obtain your Personal Health Record, you can contact us at (713) 366-7802.

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VUI in the News


September 4— Vanguard Urologic Institute joins Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
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July 2— Vanguard Urologic Institute to host FREE Men's Health Seminar.
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June 25—  New FDA-Approved Prostate Cancer Test May Change Screening Landscape.
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May 31— TexUSTOO Presents the 13th Annual Dad's Day 5K Run & Walk Benefiting Prostate Cancer Education and Awareness.
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May 22— Annals of Internal Medicine - What the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Missed in Its Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation.
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May 22— AACU Rejects USPSTF Recommendation To Downgrade Use Of PSA Testing.
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February 21— Vanguard Urologic Institute discusses Testosterone Replacement Therapy and its benefits.
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ePrescribing is here and available now


Ask our Front Desk staff about adding your pharmacy during your next visit.  Most retail pharmacy chains as well as small neighborhood pharmacies are already able to accept electronic prescriptions.  In addition, mail order pharmacies have also joined the surescripts network!  It fast, easy and free.  Best of all, your prescription will be waiting for you when you arrive at the pharmacy!*

* As an e-prescription, your prescription has a head start, arriving in the pharmacist's computer before you leave our office.  However, this does not mean that it will always be ready when you arrive at your pharmacy.  The time needed to prepare your prescription can be affected by things like the number of prescriptions in the pharmacy's computer, how quickly you arrive at the pharmacy after your visit here, and how many people are already waiting at the pharmacy.  To learn more, visit www.LearnAboutEprescriptions.com.