Welcome to the Department of Urology

Our department is committed to excellence and improving everything we do. From our innovative patient care, to our highest caliber education program, and cutting-edge research, we work together to turn discoveries into reality and improve the lives of our patients.

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Faculty Spotlight

Welcome new faculty Dr. Jay Shah!

We are so excited to have welcomed new faculty member Dr. Jay Shah to our department earlier this year. Dr. Shah joins us from MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he served as Medical Director of the Genitourinary Center, Director of the Badder Cancer Robotics Program, as well as the supervisor of Medical Student Education in the Department of Urology. 

faculty updates

Organized in part by The Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health, Dr. Harcharan Gill was an invited Professor to the Department of Surgery at the University of Zimbabwe from April 3 -14 to help establish their urology training curriculum. While visiting, Dr. Gill spent the majority of his time teaching residents and interacting with urology faculty, as well as lecturing and participating in daily ward rounds and surgery. Dr. Gill hopes that within the next year, we will have an opportunity to establish an international 1 month elective rotation in Harare for our residents during their research year, as well as have the opportunity for collaborative research with the University of Zimbabwe.

Dr. Michael Eisenberg next to the Tulsa landmark, the Golden Digger, during his visiting professorship at the Oklahoma State Urological Association Annual Meeting. 

Dr. Jay Shah has been appointed to serve on the American Urological Association's Public Policy Council, and will help oversee and investigate governmental, private, professional, and socioeconomic issues affecting the delivery of urologic care.

Dr. Linda Shortliffe was appointed as Council Member for the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) in January 2017.

Open Faculty Positions

This Department of Urology is seeking qualified faculty for several open positions to join its distinguished group of medical professionals. 

Recent Publications

Featured News

New article shows that there are extensive chemical modifications to the DNA of prostate cancers called DNA methylation

The changes are known to affect gene regulation, and we find that genes regulated by a specific protein, called EZH2, are particularly targeted by this chemical modification.  Furthermore, these methylation changes, since they are specific for prostate cancer, could form the basis of new tools to diagnose prostate cancer.

Article suggests importance of biopsy timing for men on active surveillance 

In a large study covering 10 institutions across the country, over 1400 men were enrolled with relatively low risk prostate cancer, and watched with PSA testing and periodic biopsies. The study reports that men who are obese have a higher risk for showing more cancer or higher grade cancer when they are biopsied after 1 year of surveillance.  Likewise, men who have a relatively small prostate and high PSA (high PSA density) also have a higher risk.  These men might need to undergo biopsy sooner when on active surveillance. See article highlight in the accompanying editorial in the Journal of Urology.


Article featured in Uro Today: Beyond the Abstract

Recent publication "Defining the rate of negative ureteroscopy in the general population treated for upper tract urinary stone disease" featured in Uro Today: Beyond the Abstract.

Guys: It’s now possible to test your sperm via smartphone

Dr. Michael Eisenberg, who specializes in male fertility, says men are underserved when it comes to infertility testing, partly because it's "incorrectly seen as a woman's problem." In 20 to 25 percent of infertility cases, men aren't even evaluated. That could change, Eisenberg said, with home-based testing that made it easier and less anxiety-inducing to analyze a sperm sample. 

Research Spotlight

The Stanford Kidney Cancer Research Program is proud to announce that Stanford undergraduate Jasmin Kamruddin (Class of 2019) has completed the clinical component of the Larry Lulofs Memorial Kidney Cancer Research Internship, and is now embarking on the translational research rotation of her internship.

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Education Spotlight

Congratulations 2017 Norcal Winners!

Clinical Research
2nd Place -- Ericka Sohlberg

Basic Science
1st Place - Rustin Massoudi
3rd Place --Timothy Chang

From left to right:  
Rustin Massoudi, Ericka Sohlberg, and Timothy Chang

Winning Presentations

Ericka Sohlberg
"Racial Disparities in Hospital Admissions in the First 30 Days After Urethral Sling Procedures in California" 

Rustin Massoudi
"IQGAP1 Scaffold-Kinase Interaction Blockade in Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Novel Biomarker and Therapeutic Strategy"

Timothy Chang 
"Automated and Dynamic Classification of Bladder Cancer Using Deep Learning on Real-Time Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy Images"

Joining us via General Surgery in June 2017.


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