University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Bio for Peter Zvara, M.D., Ph.D.
Peter Zvara, M.D., Ph.D.

Peter Zvara, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Division of Surgical Research
Department of Surgery

Contact Information
Office Location:
Surgery, Given D319


M.D.,Comenius University School of Medicine Bratislava, Slovakia (1987)
Residency in Urologic Surgery, Comenius University School of Medicine Bratislava, Slovakia (1987-1991)
Research Fellowship in Neuro-urology, University of California San Francisco (1992-1993)
Clinical Research Fellowship in Erectile and  Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction, McGill University (1993-1995)
Research Fellowship in Neuro-urology, Division of Urology, University of Toronto (1995-1996)

Research Interests

Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction
Bladder Outlet Obstruction Induced Neuroplasticity
Sensory Innevation of the Lower Urinary Tract

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, tenure track, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 2006 - present
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 1999 - 2006
Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, Comenius University School of Medicine, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1991 - 1992

Research Grants

Ca2+ Sparks and Urinary Smooth Muscle Excitability  2008 – 2010
NIH/NIDDK  R01  Co-investigator (PI: Dr. Nelson) 

SonoUroFlowmetry – Home Based Method for Urinary Flow Measurement  2008 – 2009
SBIR Phase 0, Vermont EPSCoR - $10,000 
Principal Investigator                    
In Vivo Ca2+ and Voltage Imaging on the Urinary Bladder  2007 – 2010 BIH/NIDDK R01 Co-investigator (PI: Kotlikoff) 

Correlation in the Bladder Sensory Nerve Activity and Function in a Mouse  2006 – 2009
NIH-UKGD R21 - $275,000 

SonoUroFlowmetry – Home-Based Method for Urinary Flow Measurement  2006 – 2009
University of Vermont Pre-Seed Award - $56,000

Awards and Honors

Best of Posters Award, American Urological Association, 2009
Best Science Poster Award, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, 2009
University of Vermont Surgery Research Day - Best Presentation (Mentor)  2009
Slovak Literary Association Jozef Bella Award for the Most Significant Translation in Medicine and Biological Sciences (Tanagho, McAninch, General Urology) 2006


Mann-Gow TK, Blaivas JG, King BJ, El-Ghannam A, Knabe C, Lam MK, Kida M, Sikavi CS, Plante MK, Krhut J, Zvara P. Rat animal model for preclinical testing of microparticle urethral bulking agents. Int J Urol. 2015 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/iju.12693. [Epub ahead of print]

Krhut J, Hradilek P, Nemec D, Tvrdik J, Zapletalova O, Zvara P. Incidence of the urological tumours in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Acta Neurol Scand. 2014 Sep;130(3):193-6.

Krhut J, Mazanec R, Seeman P, Mann-Gow T, Zvara P. Lower urinary tract functions in a series of Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy patients. Acta Neurol Scand. 2014 May;129(5):319-24.

Moody BJ, Liberman C, Zvara P, Smith PP, Freeman K, Zvarova K. Acute lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rats. Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Sep;33(7):1159-64.

Krhut J, Holy P, Tintera J, Zachoval R, Zvara P. Brain activity during bladder filling and pelvic floor muscle contractions: A study using functional magnetic resonance imaging and synchronous urodynamics. Int J Urol. 2014 Feb;21(2):169-7.

Krhut J, Zachoval R, Smith PP, Rosier PF, Valanský L, Martan A, Zvara P. Pad weight testing in the evaluation of urinary incontinence. Neurourol Urodyn. 2014 Jun;33(5):507-10.

Shapiro B, Redman TL, Zvara P. Effects of vitamin D analog on bladder function and sensory signaling in animal models of cystitis.Urology. 2013 Feb;81(2):466.e1-7.

Krhut J, Samal V, Nemec D, Zvara P. Response to 'Onabotulinum toxin injection in neurogenic detrusor overactivity: intradetrusor versus suburothelial.'  Spinal Cord. 2013 Sep;51(9):726.

Kershen R, Mann-Gow T, Yared J, Stromberg I, Zvara P. Caffeine ingestion causes detrusor overactivity and afferent nerve excitation in mice. J Urol 2012;188(5):1986-92.

Krhut J, Samal V, Nemec D, Zvara P. Intradetrusor versus suburothelial onabotulinumtoxinA injections for neurogenic detrusor overactivity: a pilot study.Spinal Cord 2012 Jul 17.doi: 10.1038/sc.2012.76.

Krhut J, Tintera J, Holý P, Zachoval R, Zvara P. A preliminary report on the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging with simultaneous urodynamics to record brain activity during micturition. J Urol  2012;188(2):474-9.

Zvarova K, Zvara P. Urinary bladder function in conscious rat pups: a developmental study. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2012;302(12):F1563-8.

King BJ, Plante MK, Kida M, Mann-Gow TK, Odland R, Zvara P. Comparison of intraprostatic ethanol diffusion using a microporous hollow fiber catheter versus a standard needle. J Urol 2012;187(5):1898-902.

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