Archived News & Events

June 2018

The tradition continues ...

Our Urology outgoing interns welcomed the new incoming class with dinner and drinks at NOLA in Palo Alto. 

May 2018

New trial opened

Patients are currently being accepted for newly opened trial:
Safety and Pharmacology Study of Atezolizumab Alone and in Combination with Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) in High-Risk Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) Participants

2018 Young Andrologist Award

Dr. Michael Eisenberg receives the 2018 Matthew P. Hardy Young Andrologist Award presented by Dolores Lamb on behalf of the American Society of Andrology (ASA).

8 ways to boost your fertility

Hoping to take the plunge into parenthood? Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Healthcare, is quoted in this WebMD article which shares guidelines and tips to boost fertility.

April 2018

Keeping your laptop on your lap isn't a major risk to your fertility

Can laptops affect our fertility? The answer is mostly no. Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Healthcare, is quoted in this article and says, the external heat a laptop produces poses a minor risk to men.

Transplanted testicles will always make the donor's sperm

Not included in the transplant? Testicles –because the testicles would continue to make the donor's sperm in the transplant recipient's body. Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Healthcare, is quoted in this article.

Urological Association of Asia meeting resident review course in Kyoto Japan - April 16, 2018

Joseph Liao, MD served as the faculty representing the AUA at the recent Urological Association of Asia meeting resident review course in Kyoto, Japan on April 16, 2018.


Joseph Liao visiting professor visit at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) - April 20, 2018

Joseph Liao, served as a visiting professor to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) on April 20, 2018.  He lectured on bladder cancer as a paradigm for precision medicine and met with colleagues and graduate students.


Joseph Liao, meeting with colleagues and graduate students of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) during his visiting professor visit.

Urologic Association of Asia/Japanese Urological Association joint meeting in Kyoto, Japan - April 17-21, 2018

Phil Hanno returned from the Urologic Association of Asia/Japanese Urological Association joint meeting held April 17-21, 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, where he gave multiple talks on Bladder Pain Syndrome.

Annual Resident Laparoscopic Training Lab

April 2018 - Stanford, CA

Urology residents watching a laparoscopic procedure at the Annual Laparoscopic Training Lab, organized by Urology faculty Drs. Harchi Gill and Ben Chung.

March 2018

Research Highlights: Active Surveillance

In 2 recent studies published online, Dr. James Brooks and colleagues have analyzed methods to predict which men can safely be followed with active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer.  In the first study, they found that the finding on no cancer on follow-up biopsies obtained on men while they were on surveillance predicted a much lower risk that they would need treatment (surgery or radiation therapy) 2 or more years later.  In the second study, they found that the rate of change of PSA while on surveillance (up or down) predicted future treatment.  In this study, they observed that PSA was highly variable while on surveillance and statisticians at the University of Washington developed a sophisticated method to “smooth out” those fluctuations that improved prediction.  In that same study, they found that PSA testing can be safely done every 6 months, rather than more frequently, for men on surveillance.

Research Highlights: Biomarkers of Renal Obstruction

Urinary obstruction is a common cause of kidney failure and can be challenging to diagnose.  Using several models of urinary obstruction, Dr. James Brooks and colleagues identified a set of RNAs that can be measured in the urine that are candidates for predicting permanent kidney damage.  These results were recently published online in the American Journal of Physiology-renal Physiology.

Urology faculty Drs. Phil Hanno and Alan Thong attend the Stanford Health Care Warriors event with Urology NP Cate Arima at Oracle Arena.

Kai Dallas wins the Journal of Urology Award for best reviewer in 2017

Congratulations to Urology resident Kai Dallas on receiving the 2017 Journal of Urology Award for best reviewer, in recognition of his significant contributions and dedicated service this past year.

February 2018

We are excited to welcome new Urology faculty Dr. Vanessa Gulla! Dr. Gulla is a board certified Urologist specializing in adult urology of both men and women. She enjoys managing both the medical and surgical treatment of diverse urologic conditions. After completing her residency at Dartmouth, Dr. Gulla participated in an endourology fellowship with the NHS in Bristol, England, and has since returned to her native Northern California to practice urology at Stanford Health Care's ValleyCare in Pleasanton.

January 2018

Dr. Viraj Master, Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine, was invited to Stanford January 25-26, 2018 as the 21st Fenmore Visiting Professor in Urology. This visiting professorship has a long history at Stanford, and has included in recent years Harry Herr, Pat Walsh, Craig Peters and many others.  This year, Dr. Master received the top votes among our faculty and residents for this honor! 

Photos from Dr. Master's visit

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?

If you thought infertility was just a female problem, think again. Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Healthcare, is quoted in this article from The Guardian on male fertility tests and the advantages of direct-to-consumer testing.

Robot-Assisted Surgery Costs More But May Not Be Better

Dr. Ben Chung, associate professor of Urology and senior author on a recent study comparing robotic-assisted and laparoscopic surgeries for kidney removal, shares with The Wall Street Journal that they found the robotic surgeries exceeded 4 hours 46% of the time, compared with 26% of hte time for the laparoscopic procedures. The longer operating time results in a greater cost, as does an extra $985 per surgery for robotic instrumentation supplies.

SUFU Grant Award

Raveen Syan, FPMRS fellow and principal investigator, and faculty mentors Amy Dobberfuhl and Craig Comiter, were awarded a grant from the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) for their 2017 SUFU Foundation Study of Chemodenervation.  The project titled "Feasibility and Efficacy of Transvaginal OnabotulinumtoxinA Chemodeneration of the Trigone for the Third Line Treatment of Refractory Overactive Bladder." Congrats, Raveen, Amy, and Craig!

Kidney stones most likely to affect residents of warm, wet regions

Urology resident Kai Dallas is interviewed for Stanford Scope about his paper on temperature and precipitation with stone risk.

Why men shouldn't take ibuprofen if they want to have kids

Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Stanford Healthcare, comments on a new study's findings that ibuprofen, a popular pain medication often popped by men who suffer minor aches and pains related to sports, may be linked to infertility.

December 2017

Study links common male medical condition to vascular disease

Michael Eisenberg and his colleagues found that men who suffer symptoms from varicoceles — a condition affecting an estimated 17 million men living in the U.S. — are more likely to develop vascular and metabolic disease. Their findings were published online Dec. 1 in Andrology. Michael Eisenberg, MD is the senior author. Urology resident Nancy Wang, MD, is the lead author. The research is highlighted here, in articles from Men's Health, Daily Mail, and in a Stanford Medicine press release.

November 2017

Dr. Enemchukwu's radio interview on topic of OAB

November was Bladder Health Month. Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu, Assistant Professor of Urology, talks about overactive bladder live on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner morning show.

Residency interviews were a success!

Candidates from all over the country traveled to Stanford on 11/17 and 11/28 to interview for a spot in the Urology residency program.

Stone risk greater in wetter climates

A new study by Kai Dallas and colleagues published online ahead of print in the Journal of Endourology, suggests that greater precipitation, and not just higher temperatures, in a region may place its residents at increase risk of urinary stone disease.

October 2017

Study says regular marijuana users have more sex

New research by Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, and urology resident Andrew Sun, suggests that there is a positive correlation between frequency of marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse.The research is highlighted here, in articles from CNN, Forbes, Newsweek, HealthDay News, San Jose Mercury News, The Telegraph (U.K.), Vice, and others, and in a Stanford Medicine press release

Study shows humans still make better surgeons than robots

A study by Stanford researchers shows that the use of robot-assisted surgery to remove kidneys isn't always more cost-effective than using traditional laparoscopic methods. Senior author Benjamin Chung, associate professor of urology, is quoted in this article. The research is also highlighted on Science News and in a Stanford Medicine press release.

Baby Wren Margaux Kasman has arrived!

Alex and Jessica Kasman welcomed a daughter, Wren Margaux Kasman, on Monday, October 23rd.

New book coming out next month on Interstitial Cystitis

Philip Hanno, clinical professor of urology, is one of the authors of a new book coming out next month titled, Insterstitial Cystitis. All proceeds go to the International Association for the Study of Bladder Pain Syndrome (ESSIC). Click here for details on how to order.

New publication accepted in Urology

Craig Stauffer, Chris Elliott and Tin Ngo's recent publication "Is Neurogenic Bladder A Risk Factor for Febrile Urinary Tract Infection After Ureteroscopy and if so, why?" was just accepted for publication in Urology.

September 2017

Dr. Benjamin Chung and Dr. Jay Shah were invited faculty in Delhi, India at the 2017 Max Super Specialty Hospital Video Workshop and Conference on Urologic Oncology. Faculty and trainees from Delhi and surrounding areas convened to learn from Drs. Chung and Shah on the latest techniques for management of prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.

The mystery around sperm counts

The sudden rise in male infertility is a scary national crisis. According to urologist and associate professor Michael Eisenberg, "Here is direct evidence that the function of reproduction is failing. We should try to figure out why that is." What we do know about declining sperm count tells us a great deal about not only reproduction but also the overall health of men - and what it tells us isn't good. Is it simply modern life iteself - obesity, inactivity, stress, close cellphones, even older parenthood that's driving down sperm levels? It's the beginning of an answer but not the full one.

August 2017

Fathers of American newborns keep getting older

Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, is the senior researcher on a new study in the journal Human Reproudction, which reports that the average age of today's American dad is roughly 3.5 years older than his counterpart from four decades ago, growing from 27.4 years in 1972 to 30.9 years in 2015. The new study is quickly generating media attention and buzz around the internet:

Looking at the safety of Active Surveillance in monitoring patients with prostate cancer

James Brooks, professor of urology, is part of a team of researchers who received funding from the National Institutes of Health to use natural language processing to mine electronic medical records to identify patients with low risk prostate cancer who are managed by Active Surveillance.  In Active Surveillance, men with small, low risk cancers are followed with PSA tests, physical examinations and biopsies with the intention that they switch to either surgery or radiation therapy if their cancer becomes more aggressive.  Dr. Brooks is part of a national study of Active Surveillance in which they have found that approximately 2/3 of patients have cancers that do not progress and do not need treatment after 5 years of monitoring.  Identifying all patients on Active Surveillance at Stanford and elsewhere will allow Dr. Brooks and colleagues to look at the safety of Active Surveillance, understand variations in care patterns (e.g. how often patients get PSA tests and biopsies) and test whether other tests such as prostate MRI scans are helpful in managing patients.

Yes, sperm counts may be dropping, but it's not time to panic yet

Last week, a new study revealed an alarming drop in sperm counts for men Western countries. Does this mean men are becoming infertile? According to expert Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, "it should be seen as a wake-up call, but not necessarily the end of days."

July 2017

Meet our PGY1 Residents!

Caleb Seufert

Fernandino (Dino) Vilson

Lee White

2017 Department of Urology Picnic - SCRA

Eila Skinner, professor and chair of urology, hosted the annual Urology Department Picnic on Sunday, July 30th at the Stanford Campus Recreation Center. The Department's faculty, staff, and their families gathered together to have some fun in the sun.

CPC Risk Calculator App can be used to predict cancer recurrence after surgery

James Brooks, professor of urology, and collaborators from Denmark have developed an App (the CPC Risk Calculator) that can be used to predict cancer recurrence after surgery for prostate cancer. They have published a description of this App and examples of its utility in an article recently published online in European Urology Focus.

Grant for cancer immunotherapy project

John Leppert, associate professor of urology, and Wendy Fantl, assistant professor of OBGYN, just began their 2 year grant awarded by the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy, for their project titled "Re-establishing immunotherapy as a first-line treatment for select metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients informed by multiplexed imaging cytometry".

Your sperm count may be dropping, and scientists aren't exactly sure why

A new study finds that men in North America, Australia and Europe produced less than half as many sperm in 2011 compared with 1973. Equally alarming: The quality was worse. Expert Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology, agrees that the data have some flaws but says it’s enough to justify further investigation.

June 2017


Dr. Geoff Sonn gave this webinar presentation on "2017 State of the Art Men's Genitourinary Health presentation" which discussed healthy choices for men – including preventative steps, symptoms of prostate disease, and new approaches to prostate cancer screening including non-surgical techniques, using MRI.

Reconstruction Fellowship

Chief Resident Dr. Michael Davenport matched into a Reconstruction Fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX with Dr. Allen Morey, that he will begin later next year following graduation.

Minimally Invasive Oncology Fellowship

Following graduation next year, Chief Resident Dr. Harsha Mittakanti will be going to Swedish Hospital in Seattle to begin a Minimally invasive Oncology Fellowship with Dr. Jim Porter.

Urology Graduation Dinner

The Department hosted the Urology Graduation Dinner on June 25, 2017 to honor our graduating residents and fellows:

Residency Program:
  David Guo, Remy Lamberts, and Dimitar Zlatev

FPMRS Fellowship Program:  Amy Dobberfuhl, and Amandeep Mahal


The first successful in vitro fertilization was a huge step forward for human reproduction –and we've come a long way since then. In the coming years, we may have the ability to take skin cells and generate sperm and eggs. Watch this incredible talk by Dr. Michael Eisenberg that will change your perception of reproduction and family planning.

Dr. Jay Shah chaired a Clinical Controversies in Oncology session titled, “Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Bladder Cancer” at ASCO 2017, the largest gathering of cancer doctors and health care professionals from around the world.

Donna Peehl Retirement Celebration

The Department organized a retirement celebration for Donna Peehl, professor emerita of urology, on Sunday, June 25th to celebrate her 35 years of service and dedication to the department of urology. 

BioDesign students display health care innovations

Richard Fan, PhD, instructor and biomedical engineer in the department of urology, organized the first ever Biodesign Health Technology Showcase, which gathered together students from Stanford Biodesign courses to form teams and present their identifed health care needs and solutions-in-progress.

Newly funded NIH R01 grant 

Geoff Sonn, assistant professor of urology, is a co-PI along with Richard Fan, a co-investigator, on a new NIH R01 grant for project titled "Focal Laser Ablation of Prostate Cancer using MR/US Fusion".

Newly funded NIH U01 grant

Donna Peehl, professor emerita of urology, received an NIH U01 grant for her project titled "Metabolic Imaging Comparisons of Patient-Derived Models of Renal Cell Carcinoma".

Stanford Urology Alumni Celebration

The Department hosted it's first ever Stanford Urology Alumni Celebration event on June 3, 2017, which honored Dr. Linda Shortliffe's retirement after a 35 year career on our faculty and 16 years as department chair.

New book Incontinence 6th Edition released 

Philip Hanno, clinical professor of urology, leads the Bladder Pain Syndrome Committee of the International Consultation on Incontience, whose book chapter is included in the new book, Incontinence 6th Edition, which takes on board the outcomes of the 6th International Consultation on Incontinence, held in Tokyo during Steptember 2016. The work is the result of a systematic review and update by two-hundred experts, divided into 23 chapter committees.

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.

May 2017

Jay Shah, associate professor of urology, was honored at the AUA Leadership Academy graduation ceremony at the AUA Annual Meeting in Boston held May 12-16.

AUA 2017 Annual Meeting - Boston