Justin B. Ziemba, MD MSEd

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Assistant Professor of Urology in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Surgery

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Division of Urology
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd Floor West
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Certif (Business Administration)
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, IL, 2005.
BS (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, IL, 2006.
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
Certif (Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2017.
Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2020.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Justin B. Ziemba, MD is currently an Assistant Professor of Urology in Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in the surgical and medical management of complex kidney stones.

Dr. Ziemba attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology in 2006. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his medical degree in 2010. He stayed at the University of Pennsylvania to complete his general surgery internship and urologic surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Following his residency, he spent 2 years as a clinical and research fellow in minimally invasive surgery and endourology at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Instructor of Urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Description of Other Expertise

He also remains committed to improving health care quality and patient safety. He has advanced training in quality improvement methodology and adverse event investigation through a graduate certificate from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is active in the American Urological Association by serving as a member of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. He has also served on several hospital committees aimed at improving the care provided to patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, he was awarded the Quality and Patient Safety Innovator Award from the University of Pennsylvania Health System for his efforts to enhance high-value care among trainees.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Ziemba’s clinical focus is on the surgical treatment and medical management of kidney stone disease. This clinical focus is supported by a McCabe Foundation Award aimed at understanding how kidney stone treatment may impact a patient’s health-related quality of life. He is also interested in the continuum of care following ambulatory surgery, particularly as it relates to kidney stone surgery. This work is supported by a prestigious Data Grant from the American Urological Association.

Selected Publications

Ziemba Justin B, Li Pan, Gurnani Rishab, Kawamoto Satomi, Fishman Elliot, Fung George, Ludwig Wesley W, Stoianovici Dan, Matlaga Brian R: A user-friendly application to automate CT renal stone measurement. Journal of Endourology 32(8): 685-691, Aug. 2018 Notes: Epub July 13, 2018.

Ziemba Justin B, Ludwig Wesley W, Ruiz Leticia, Carvalhal Eduardo, Matlaga Brian R: Preventing the forgotten ureteral stent by using a mobile point-of-care application. Journal of Endourology 31(7): 719-724, July 2017 Notes: Epub May 15, 2017.

Ziemba JB, Sterling ME, Mucksavage P: Care of acute renal colic: A survey of emergency medicine physicians. Canadian Journal of Urology 23(4): 8368-8374, Aug. 2016.

Ziemba Justin B, Matlaga Brian R: Epidemiology and economics of nephrolithiasis. Investigative & Clinical Urology 58(5): 299-306, Sept. 2017 Notes: Epub Aug. 10, 2017.

Talwar Ruchika, Ziemba Justin: Validated methods of assessing quality of life in stone disease. Current Urology Reports 19(4): 25, Mar. 2018.

Ziemba JB, Matlaga BR: Guideline of guidelines: Kidney stones. BJU International 116(2): 184-189, Aug. 2015 Notes: Epub Apr. 6, 2015.

Ziemba JB, Matlaga BR: Complications of ureteroscopic surgery. Taneja’s Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention & Management, 5th Edition. Shah O, Taneja S (eds.). Philadelphia: Elsevier, Page: 275-285, 2018 Notes: Section V, Chap. 27.

Ziemba JB, Allaf ME, Haldeman D: Consumer preferences and online comparison tools used to select a surgeon. JAMA Surgery 152(4): 410-411, Apr. 1 2017 Notes: Epub Jan. 2017.

Berger I, Hopkins M, Ziemba J, Skokan A, James A, Michael P, Harris A: Comparison of inter-hospital urological transfers between a metropolitan and rural tertiary care institution. Urology Practice 6(4): 227-232, Aug. 2019.

Ziemba Justin B, Matlaga Brian R, Tessier Christopher D: Educational resources for resident training in quality improvement: A national survey of urology residency program directors. Urology Practice 5(5): 398-404, Sept. 2018.

Sedrak MS, Patel MS, Ziemba JB, Murray D, Kim EJ, Dine CJ, Myers JS: Residents' self-report on why they order perceived unnecessary inpatient laboratory tests. Journal of Hospital Medicine 11(12): 869-872, Dec. 2016 Notes: Epub Aug. 13, 2016.

Eaton Kevin P, Levy Kathryn, Soong Christine, Pahwa Amit K, Petrilli Christopher, Ziemba Justin B, Cho Hyung J, Alban Rodrigo, Blanck Jaime F, Parsons Andrew S: Evidence-based guidelines to eliminate repetitive laboratory testing. JAMA Internal Medicine 177(12): 1833-1839, Dec. 2017.

Sedrak Mina S, Myers Jennifer S, Small Dylan S, Nachamkin Irving, Ziemba Justin B, Murray Dana, Kurtzman Gregory W, Zhu Jingsan, Wang Wenli, Mincarelli Deborah, Danoski Daniel, Wells Brian P, Berns Jeffrey S, Brennan Patrick J, Hanson C William, Dine C Jessica, Patel Mitesh S: Effect of a Price transparency intervention in the electronic health record on clinician ordering of inpatient laboratory tests: The PRICE Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 177(7): 939-945, July 2017.

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