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John Milner MD

Urologist

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John Milner MD


John Milner, MD, FRCSC: Dr. Milner attended, for 12 years, and held a celebrated “Red River Scholarship” from a private school in Canada of which Queen Elizabeth II is a royal patron (one of only two in the country). He completed his Undergraduate Scientific, Medical and Residency training in Canada graduating at the top of his class with numerous awards for academics and research, such as the Bristol Laboratories of Canada Prize. He attained Canadian Urology Board certification in 2004 being among a few highly select candidates achieving distinguished “Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)” status. Being eligible by his Canadian training, he succeeded in the U.S. Medical School and Residency Licensing Exams then achieved American Board of Urology certification, making him one of only a few Urologists who are dually board certified to practice in both the United States and Canada. Based on his reputation for excellence, he was sought after by several prominent academic institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe to pursue advanced Fellowship training.

In 2004, though fully trained and credentialed to practice Urology, Dr. Milner chose to postpone practice in order to pursue advanced accredited Fellowship training in Endourology, Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Loyola University, Chicago. In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Milner continued his advanced training by completing two rigorous years of an accredited Multi-Organ Transplantation Fellowship at the University of Chicago. His feelings when asked why he gave up the opportunity to practice Urology immediately in favor of seeking advanced training is that, “You can never be too over-trained for the needs of your patients. I preferred a comprehensive, accredited Fellowship training process in Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery rather than learning it on the job as some other Urologists have done. Patients are often concerned about how many cases a Urologist has performed, as they should be. When patients come to see me, they should feel confident in my abilities because of I have achieved advanced training and approval by the Endourology Society to apply these techniques based on my additional years of commitment learning how to perform these procedures properly. I have been performing these procedures for over ten years since my accreditation.”  

Hospital Affiliation
Northshore University HealthSystem - Skokie, IL
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge, IL
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital - Lake Forest, IL
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center - Chicago, IL

Education and Training

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
MD
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Residency

Certification
American Board of Urology
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Endourology Society
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Fellowships
Minimally invasive Surgery, Laparoscopy and Robotics - Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Multi-Organ Transplatation Surgery - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Societies
American Medical Association
American Urological Association
Canadian Urological Association
Chicago Urological Society
Society of Urological Oncology
Endourology Society
Urologic Society for Transplantation and Renal Surgery
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Special Interests
Robotic Surgery
Laparoscopic Surgery
Urologic Cancer
Kidney Stones
Complex Kidney Surgery
Kidney Donation
Kidney Transplantation

Associate Professor - Loyola University, Chicago, IL (2007-2013)
Director of the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program - Loyola University, Chicago, IL (2007-2013)
Medical Board Member - National Kidney Registry (2007 - Current)

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John Milner, MD, FRCSC: Dr. Milner attended, for 12 years, and held a celebrated “Red River Scholarship” from a private school in Canada of which Queen Elizabeth II is a royal patron (one of only two in the country). He completed his Undergraduate Scientific, Medical and Residency training in Canada graduating at the top of his class with numerous awards for academics and research, such as the Bristol Laboratories of Canada Prize. He attained Canadian Urology Board certification in 2004 being among a few highly select candidates achieving distinguished “Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)” status. Being eligible by his Canadian training, he succeeded in the U.S. Medical School and Residency Licensing Exams then achieved American Board of Urology certification, making him one of only a few Urologists who are dually board certified to practice in both the United States and Canada. Based on his reputation for excellence, he was sought after by several prominent academic institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe to pursue advanced Fellowship training.

In 2004, though fully trained and credentialed to practice Urology, Dr. Milner chose to postpone practice in order to pursue advanced accredited Fellowship training in Endourology, Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Loyola University, Chicago. In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Milner continued his advanced training by completing two rigorous years of an accredited Multi-Organ Transplantation Fellowship at the University of Chicago. His feelings when asked why he gave up the opportunity to practice Urology immediately in favor of seeking advanced training is that, “You can never be too over-trained for the needs of your patients. I preferred a comprehensive, accredited Fellowship training process in Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery rather than learning it on the job as some other Urologists have done. Patients are often concerned about how many cases a Urologist has performed, as they should be. When patients come to see me, they should feel confident in my abilities because of I have achieved advanced training and approval by the Endourology Society to apply these techniques based on my additional years of commitment learning how to perform these procedures properly. I have been performing these procedures for over ten years since my accreditation.”  

In 2007, Dr. Milner was invited back to join the Faculty at Loyola University Chicago as both a Urologist and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon. He practiced there for 6 years serving as Director of the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program and as an Associate Professor in the nationally recognized Urology Program. One of his many achievements while at Loyola was initiating national living donor kidney chains. His efforts made Loyola University the first institution in both the state and region to participate in this altruistic medical care and earned him the institution’s “Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award”, along with national media attention. CNN and Fox news have interviewed and televised him performing surgery. He has also been interviewed by national print media for his contributions, including the Washington Post and the New York Times. He is a member of the Medical Board of The National Kidney Registry. Dr. Milner is well published and continues to perform research and speak as an invited expert at national conferences, just one example being the national meeting of the American Urological Association where he has addressed a televised world audience in front of thousands of doctors and health care providers.

In 2013, following his successful experience in academics, Dr. Milner was actively recruited to independent practice in the North Shore area of Chicago where he now partners with one of the busiest practices in the region. He has staff appointments at 7 hospitals affiliated with The University of Chicago, Mayo Clinic, North Shore University Health System, Northwestern University as well as the Advocate Health System.

Dr. Milner is one of the only Urologists in the world who trained and is credentialed to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation (credentialed by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons). His unique knowledge and complex surgical proficiency gained mastering both Urological and Abdominal Transplantation makes him an unsurpassed expert in surgical care involving all aspects of kidney disease. When asked how his background as a Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon has benefited his Urology practice he responded that, “it helps on a daily basis dealing with difficult Urological surgical procedures, but I can also offer several examples of more extreme cases.”

“One such case, was a young woman who suffered from chronic kidney pain her entire adult life. She was on prescription strength pain relievers where her suffering was to the point of affecting her ability to work and live a normal life. After seeking help from multiple medical institutions, all with the same conclusion – that nothing can be done for her, she ended up in tears at my clinical office. As a Urologist, I knew what needed to be done for her and as a Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon, I was able to offer her a unique surgical procedure – taking out her kidney, removing the attached pain nerves and transplanting her own kidney back into her. The surgery was successful and ended a lifetime of suffering.” 

“Another such case, was a gentleman diagnosed with kidney cancer in his one remaining kidney. The tumor was centralized in the kidney in such a way that made it inoperable. This gentleman sought advice from multiple medical institutions, all with the same conclusion – the kidney must be taken out in order to remove the cancer and the patient would need to be on dialysis for the duration of his life. The regularity of dialysis treatments would end his much loved career and negatively impact his active lifestyle, so he ended up at my clinical office looking for an alternate solution. As a Urologist and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon, I was able to perform an interesting operation. First, I removed his kidney. Then, while his kidney was out of his body, I surgically removed the cancer from the difficult location in his kidney and reconstructed the kidney. Finally, I transplanted his kidney, now cancer free, back into him. That procedure was done many years ago, but I still hear from him. I am pleased to say, he is living a healthy, active life.”

“These are just two examples in which I have used Transplantation Surgery techniques unexpectedly to help with Urological issues. My comprehensive surgical background has also given me the ability to proceed with some extremely complex surgical procedures that don’t involve Transplantation. One such procedure, involves kidney cancer that has spread to the heart. With the help of a cardiac surgeon, I have been able to resect tumors from these hearts. First, by stopping the patient’s heart and using a machine to manually pump their blood. Then, while their heart is no longer pumping, surgically removing the cancer from the organ. Once the cancer is removed, blood flow is returned to the heart. During procedures like this, that require the utmost precision and expediency, I am very grateful for my training and am honored to have the ability to save lives and end suffering.”

Dr. Milner applies his diversified knowledge and technical skills to his specific interest in curing kidney cancer, prostate cancer and bladder cancer, along with other cancers of the genitourinary system. He approaches these issues with attention to detail, using the most up-to-date medical and surgical techniques (Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic, or traditional techniques when appropriate). He likewise enjoys treating patients with general Urologic conditions such as kidney stones, benign prostatic hypertrophy, infertility, and general urinary symptoms that are concerning to patients. He says, “Every problem, big or small, provokes anxiety in patients and it is my goal and privilege to be able to help patients solve these problems so they can carry on with their life.”

The greatest advantage Dr. Milner cites in leaving academics to pursue independent practice is that, “I am now free to focus on treating patients directly, being wholly involved in their care rather than being separated by layers of institutional distractions. I can therefore use a hands-on, engaged, individualized approach in the clinic, hospital and operating room with the experience, technical skill, precision and background patients deserve when they come to see a specialist.”

Dr. Milner enjoys spending time with his family, music, and hockey.