Faculty:Silvia Proietti M.D., Dr. Michael Borofsky,

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Jo Semins


Silvia Proietti, M.D.

Silvia Proietti is a Consultant urologist at San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy. She trained in Perugia, Italy, and during her residency she spent 4 months at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust of London for a clinical research fellowship in functional urology. From 2012 to 2015 she was Staff Member of “Stone Center” of the Urology Department at Humanitas Clinical and Research Center in Milan. In 2015, she completed a 6-month fellowship in endourology at Tenon University Hospital under the supervision of Professor O. Traxer. She holds the position of Vice Director at the European Training Center of Endourology (ETCE) under the direction of Dr G. Giusti. Her main field of interest is in endourology, specifically in minimally invasive treatment of stones and upper urinary tract tumours. She is author of several papers published in peer-reviewed Journals and she won several awards at National and International meetings. She is Associate Editor of the European Urology Open Science Journal.

Dr. Michael Borofsky

Dr. Michael Borofsky is an assistant professor of urology at the University of Minnesota medical school.  He completed his general surgical and urologic training at New York University Medical Center and later a fellowship in endourology at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.  His clinical and research interests are focused upon endoscopic and minimally invasive solutions to treat kidney stones and BPH related voiding dysfunction.

Dr. Michelle Jo Semins

Dr. Michelle Jo Semins has been a staff urologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) since 2011 and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Kidney Stone Clinic at UPMC Mercy Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in 2001 where she graduated with High Honors and High Distinction from the Honors Program and was selected to be a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. While there she received several merit-based scholarships and was awarded the Wayne G Cessna Memorial Prize for Finest Commitment and Achievement in Urology. She then completed her general surgery internship in 2006 and urology residency training in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital with additional specialty training in the field of endourology. Her primary specialty interest is in kidney stones and she started the multi-disciplinary kidney stone clinic at her hospital in 2012. In addition to her clinical responsibilities she is also very involved in resident and medical student teaching. Dr. Semins has a clinical research focus in kidney stones and is a past awardee of the Young Investigator Research Grant by the Northeastern Section of the AUA. Her special interests are reducing radiation exposure to both patient and provider, managing kidney stones during pregnancy, and minimizing infections in the management of kidney stones. She is a published author of over 40 articles, over 50 abstracts, and 9 book chapters. She was recently named Deputy Editor for the journal Urology. She also routinely reviews abstracts and videos for the AUA national meeting and moderates those respective sessions at the annual conference. Dr. Semins is very active in the NSAUA/AUA. She currently sits on the NSAUA Board as the Pennsylvania Representative and serves on the NSAUA Scholarship Research Committee, the NSAUA Committee for Nominations, and the AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. She was selected to participate in the 2018-2019 AUA Leadership Program. She is also an active member of the Society of Endourology, Society of Women in Urology, and Research on Calculus Kinetics Society. Dr. Semins is a recognized leader in the field of endourology and has been invited faculty at conferences and courses both nationally and internationally. She was named Young Urologist of the Year by the AUA in 2016. In her spare time, Dr. Semins enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors.