Tesla makes pit-stop at UIC to remind men to see their doctors


The all-electric Tesla Model S will visit the UIC campus as it journeys across the country to raise awareness of men’s health and encourage men to visit their doctors more often.Tesla car decorated for "Drive for Men's Health"

The Drive for Men’s Health, an initiative of the Personalized Urology & Robotics Clinic at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Florida, in affiliation with Orlando Health, will cover 6,008 miles and make more than 60 stops on its way from Florida to New York and then west, arriving June 20 in Los Angeles.

A survey by Orlando Health found that 80 percent of men remember the make and model of their first car, but only half remember the last time they went to the doctor for a check-up.

Attendees will have a chance to check out the car up close and learn more about men’s health issues from UIC physicians.


Dr. Craig Niederberger, professor and head of urology in the UIC College of Medicine and a leading expert on male infertility, will discuss male hormones, how hormone imbalances can impact fertility, and how these imbalances or hormone deficits can be treated to improve fertility in men.

Dr. Michael Abern, assistant professor of urology and director of urologic oncology at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, will talk about the importance of prostate cancer screening, especially for African American men, who are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men and 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease. He will also discuss innovative, minimally invasive procedures for detecting prostate cancer.

Dr. Ervin Kocjancic, professor and vice chair of urology, will discuss erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate.


June 17, 4 – 5 p.m.


UIC Innovation Center
1240 W. Harrison St.



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