Absorption Pharmaceuticals Medical Advisory Board


John Mulhall, M.D. - Chair

Associate Professor, Urology - Weill Medical College / Cornell University; Director, Sexual Medicine Program
Director, Male Reproductive Medicine Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John Mulhall, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Urology at WMC/NYPH and the director of the Sexual Medicine Program. Dr. Mulhall has a joint appointment with the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a native of Dublin, Ireland and is a graduate of University College Dublin Medical School. Following general surgery training in Ireland, he completed his urologic residency at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He received his fellowship subspecialty training in male sexual and reproductive dysfunction at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Mulhall joined us from Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, where he spent 6 years (1996-2002).
The Sexual Medicine Program encompasses the evaluation and treatment of males with erectile dysfunction (ED), Peyronie's disease, androgen deficiency, disorders of ejaculation and orgasm, and all facets of sexual dysfunction in females. Dr. Mulhall's clinical practice also includes all aspects of management of the infertile male. Dr. Mulhall also directs the Sexual Medicine Research Laboratory at Cornell. This laboratory is involved in the study of the cellular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of Peyronie's disease and the impact of cavernous nerve injury on corpus cavernosal smooth muscle integrity and function. His clinical research interests include postoperative preservation of erectile function following radical pelvic surgery, erectile dysfunction as a harbinger of coronary artery disease, and androgen supplementation in males and females with sexual dysfunction.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Career Development Award for his research from the Veterans Administration, a Young Investigator Award from the International Society For Impotence And Sex Research, and the Robert P. Nelson Award for his research from the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. He is on numerous committees of national and international organizations pertaining to his specialty. He is actively involved in erectile dysfunction pharmaceutical development and is on the advisory boards of numerous companies involved in the development of new erectile dysfunction therapies. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the subjects of male and female sexual dysfunction. Dr. Mulhall is a Specialty Section Editor for the Journal Of Urology and reviews for multiple journals.
He has published in excess of 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has authored many book chapters on topics related to his field of expertise.

Stanley Althof, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Executive Director, Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida

Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004 he moved his clinical practice to West Palm Beach, Florida where he opened the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. Dr. Althof is on the Consulting Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. He and his two former partners were the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Althof also consults with several major pharmaceutical companies to develop and validate outcome measures, design research methodologies, and conduct clinical trials on a variety of new treatment options for male and female sexual problems. 
Dr. Althof is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Menopause and the International Journal of Impotence Research and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. He is the Associate Editor of two books- Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction.
As a skilled clinician and scientist, Dr. Althof's research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and their impact on men, women, and couples. He has been instrumental in the development of sex therapy as a sub-specialty. Dr. Althof is the author of many original publications and has contributed numerous chapters to leading textbooks in psychiatry, urology, and sex therapy. He is a highly sought after lecturer and travels extensively both internationally and within the United States to present his research findings.
Dr. Althof received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, which was followed by additional postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.

Gerald Brock, M.D.

Professor,Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, St. Joseph's Health Centre London, Ontario, Canada
Secretary, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, VP and chair of the Office of Education of the Canadian Urology Association, and treasurer of the Canadian Urology research Consortium

Dr. Gerald Brock is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, at St. Joseph's Health Centre in London, Ontario. Dr. Brock is the Program Director for the UrologyResidency Training Program at The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Brock is currently secretary of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, VP and chair of the Office of Education of the Canadian Urology Association, and treasurer of the Canadian Urology research Consortium. Dr. Brock has served as Chair of the Canadian Male Sexual Health Council (affiliate of the Canadian Urology Association - CUA), as well as the Guidelines Committees of the CUA and CUA Scholarship Foundation Administrative chair. Dr. Brock is the author of over 150 publications, 25 book chapters, numerous abstracts and more than 20 research awards from national and international research organizations. Over the past 2 decades he has been invited to speak across Canada, the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Brock's work in urology and erectile dysfunction is acknowledged by his role as section editor of the CUA Journal, as well an editorial board member of multiple other scientific journals.
He has run an active andrology fellowship combining basic animal physiology with clinical exposure ranging from 1-2 years for the past 15 years with graduates of urology programs from North America, Asia and beyond. 

William Conners, M.D.

Clinical Structure of Urology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Men's Reproductive Medicine and Sexual Health Clinic, Joslin Diabetes Center

Dr. William Conners is a board-certified urologist and clinical Instructor of Urology at Harvard Medical School. He is on the Faculty of both Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as the Joslin Diabetes Center, where he is the Director of the Men's Reproductive Medicine and Sexual Health Clinic. Dr. Conners specializes in male infertility, sexual dysfunction and male hypogonadism. Following completion of his residency in urology, he served as a Fellow and Clinical Associate in Urology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Conners lectures both locally and nationally on reproductive and sexual medicine topics. His areas of active research include the interplay between testosterone deficiency and diabetes, microsurgical testicular sperm harvesting procedures (microTeSE), and hormonal factors in male infertility.

Wayne Hellstrom, M.D.

Professor of Urology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Chief of Andrology - Male Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction, Tulane University School of Medicine

Dr. Wayne J.G. Hellstrom is Professor of Urology and Chief of Andrology (male infertility and sexual dysfunction) at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he has been since 1988. His practice is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction including Peyronie's disease, surgical and vascular reconstruction, prosthetic surgery, male infertility (both surgical and medical therapies), BPH, and urethral stricture disease. A clinician, author, and lecturer, Hellstrom has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles in professional publications and has contributed numerous chapters in textbooks. He also is the editor of "Male Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction" and "The Handbook of Sexual Dysfunction." Dr. Hellstrom, who earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at McGill University in Montreal and completed his urology residency at the University of California at San Francisco and his fellowship at the University of California at Davis, has been awarded many honors in the field of urology, male infertility, and erectile dysfunction, and currently serves as president of the Sexual Medical Society of North America, committee chair of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM), and president-elect of the American Society of Andrology. In addition, he is associate editor for The Journal of Sexual Medicine and specialty editor for the Journal of Urology.
  • Chief, Section of Andrology (Male Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction)
  • Graduated from McGill University - 1981
  • Surgery Residency - McGill University - 1981 - 1982
  • Residency - (Urology) University of California at San Francisco, 1983-1986
  • Fellowship (Andrology) - University of California at Davis, 1986-1988
  • Board Certification, American Board of Urology, 1988
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons, 1990
  • Full-time faculty at Tulane since 1988
Significant experience in microsurgical reconstruction, diagnostic ultrasound, advanced male infertility procedures, and latest therapeutic modalities for erectile dysfunction. Reviewer on Editorial Board on several journals.

Ira Sharlip, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Urology and Senior Physician Diplomate, University of California San Francisco
Co-chair of the Male Infertility Best Practice Policy Committee of the American Urological Association

Ira D. Sharlip, MD is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned BA and MD degrees. He did his residency and urological training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at San Francisco and the Middlesex Hospital in London, England. He is board certified in both internal medicine and urology. Since 1980 he has had an active private urological surgery practice in San Francisco. Sharlip has held a variety of faculty appointments in the Department of Urology, currently he serves as Clinical Professor and Senior Physician Diplomate. Sharlip provides his time and expertise as a volunteer to national societies and journals. He served as Co-chair of the Male Infertility Best Practice Policy Committee of the American Urological Association (AUA) and he currently chairs the AUA Vasectomy Guideline Committee and the AUA Male Circumcision Task Force. He is both founder and Past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and Past President of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, these are prestigious academic societies devoted to human sexual function and dysfunction. Sharlip is Founder and Associate Editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and serves as reviewer for many urological journals including the Journal of Urology. Formerly a Flight Surgeon in the US Army, Sharlip is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He has a keen interest in international medicine, has consulted in hospitals throughout the world, and has volunteered as a physician and surgeon in developing nations including Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam and Iraq. Sharlip is leading an effort by the AUA to develop a pool of volunteer surgeons to assist the World Health Organization and other international healthcare agencies to provide male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa.


The advisory board assembled at the May 2014 AUA meeting in Orlando, Florida, joined by our chief medical officer, Dr. Laurence Levine. .