Kenneth Pace


Project Investigator, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


My primary research interest is in clinical trials related to minimally-invasive surgery, endourology, and kidney stones. I also have an interest on the impact of pneumoperitoneum on renal physiology, and in quality of life assessment on post-operative patients. Specific areas include randomized trials to evaluate the efficacy of new techniques of ureteroscopy and shock wave lithotripsy, and the efficacy of alpha-receptor blockers to aid in the passage of kidney stones. I am also interested in examining the impact of surgical approach on post-operative recovery, particularly laparoscopic versus open donor nephrectomy and robotic versus open radical prostatectomy.

Recent Publications

  1. Sowerby, R, Lantz, AG, Ghiculete, D, Hong, A, Farcas, M, Barrett, K et al.. Routine pre-operative electrocardiograms in patients at low risk for cardiac complications during shockwave lithotripsy: are they useful?. J. Endourol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1089/end.2019.0053. PubMed PMID:30724110 .
  2. Kim, SSY, Blankstein, U, Ordon, M, Pace, KT, Honey, RJD, Lee, JY et al.. Evaluation of Optimal Timing of Expert Feedback in a Simulated Flexible Ureteroscopy Course. J. Endourol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1089/end.2018.0732. PubMed PMID:30484331 .
  3. Reynolds, LF, Kroczak, T, Pace, KT. Indications and contraindications for shock wave lithotripsy and how to improve outcomes. Asian J Urol. 2018;5 (4):256-263. doi: 10.1016/j.ajur.2018.08.006. PubMed PMID:30364729 PubMed Central PMC6197584.
  4. Ordon, M, Welk, B, Ghiculete, D, Lee, JY, Pace, KT. Is extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy a risk factor for the development of diabetes mellitus? A population-based study. BJU Int. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/bju.14600. PubMed PMID:30358066 .
  5. Kroczak, T, Pace, KT, Andonian, S, Beiko, D. Ambulatory percutaneous nephrolithotomy in Canada: A cost-reducing innovation. Can Urol Assoc J. 2018; :. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.5416. PubMed PMID:30273115 PubMed Central PMC6261719.
  6. Kroczak, T, Ghiculete, D, Sowerby, R, Ordon, M, Lee, JY, Pace, KT et al.. Dual usage of a stone basket: Stone capture and retropulsion prevention. Can Urol Assoc J. 2018;12 (8):280-283. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.5021. PubMed PMID:29989913 PubMed Central PMC6114169.
  7. Reynolds, LF, Kroczak, T, Honey, RJ, Pace, KT, Lee, JY, Ordon, M et al.. A survey of Canadian renal transplant surgeons: Use of ureteric stents and technique of the ureteroneocystotomy. Can Urol Assoc J. 2018; :. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.5381. PubMed PMID:29940138 PubMed Central PMC6261721.
  8. Mastrocostas, K, Chingkoe, CM, Pace, KT, Barfett, JJ, Kirpalani, A, Mnatzakanian, GN et al.. Computed tomography identified factors that preclude living kidney donation. Can Urol Assoc J. 2018;12 (8):276-279. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.4909. PubMed PMID:29629868 PubMed Central PMC6114164.
  9. Pace, KT. All vascular closure technologies can fail: Urologists need to be prepared. Can Urol Assoc J. 2017;11 (10):325. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.4931. PubMed PMID:29382443 PubMed Central PMC5963443.
  10. Goldenberg, MG, Fok, KH, Ordon, M, Pace, KT, Lee, JY. Simulation-Based Laparoscopic Surgery Crisis Resource Management Training-Predicting Technical and Nontechnical Skills. J Surg Educ. ;75 (4):1113-1119. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.11.011. PubMed PMID:29273339 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Head, Division of Urology, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Staff Surgeon, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Co-Director, Fellowship in Laparoscopic Urology and Endourology, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Faculty, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto