Department of Urology Faculty

Urology Chair and Vice-Chair

Eila Skinner, MD
Professor and Chair

Clinical Focus: All aspects of Bladder Cancer diagnosis and treatment, Continent Urinary Diversion and lower urinary tract reconstruction, major open surgical treatment of locally advanced Kidney and Testis Cancer.
 
Research Focus: Translational research in bladder cancer, long-term surgical and functional outcomes of continent urinary diversion.

James Brooks, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair
Chief- Urologic Oncology

Clinical Focus: Prostate Cancer detection, risk assessment, active surveillance and surgical management using traditional and robotic approaches. 

Research Focus: Discovery of biomarkers of Prostate Cancer risk and progression, understanding of the genetic and epigenetic regulators of Prostate Cancer.

Urologic Specialties

Craig Comiter, MD
Professor
Professor-by-courtesy Ob-Gyn

Clinical Focus: General Urology, Female Urology, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Prolapse.

Research Focus: Using various animal models of Bladder Outlet Obstruction as a representation of Human Prostatic Disease, investigating how intervening with pharmacotherapy, neuromodulation, and other novel therapies may help to reverse the adverse changes in the bladder due to the obstruction. 

 


Ekene Enemchukwu, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Clinical Focus: Medical and minimally invasive surgical management of male and female conditions, including Pelvic Organ Prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, vault prolapse repairs, including concurrent vaginal hysterectomy), Female Genitourinary Fistula, Urinary Tract Infection, Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Hematuria, Urinary Retention, Mesh Complications, Refractory Fecal Incontinence and Urethral Stricture Disease. She performs open, robotic, endoscopic and laser surgery.

Research Focus: Refractory overactive bladder in elderly and frail patient populations, detrusor underactivity, quality of life, patient outcomes, quality improvement, patient satisfaction, and shared decision making.


Philip Hanno, MD
Clinical Professor

Clinical Focus: General urology, Bladder pain syndrome, Chronic pelvic pain syndrome and Urinary infection.

Simon Conti, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Kidney Stone Program
Associate Program Director, Residency Program

Clinical Focus: Urinary stone disease - surgical and medical treatment geared towards long term prevention of stone recurrence, endourology and minimally invasive options for general urologic disease as well as cancers such as upper tract urothelial cancer.

Research Focus: Population health sciences research in Urinary Stone Disease. Medical and surgical education research.


Michael Eisenberg, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery

Clinical Focus: All aspects of Male Infertility, Urologic Microsurgery (including vasectomy reversal, microscopic testicular sperm extraction (mTESE), varicocele), Erectile and Sexual Dysfunction, Low Testosterone, Peyronie's Disease 

Research Focus: Research efforts include surgical innovation, epidemiologic studies, and basic science discoveries to improve the treatments, outcomes, and lives of infertile men.


Robert Kessler, MD
Clinical Professor

Clinical Focus: General Urology

Research Focus: Male Infertility; Impotence; Urinary Calculi; Urinary Incontinence (male and female).

Urologic Oncology

Benjamin Chung, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Section of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery

Clinical Focus: Surgery for Kidney and Prostate Cancers, especially using minimally invasive and robotic approaches, management of small renal masses.

Research Focus: Population-based studies of Kidney Cancer risk and prognosis, and improvement of technical approaches to robotic Kidney Cancer surgery.


John Leppert, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Director, of Urologic Oncology
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)

Clinical Focus: Care of patients with Urologic Cancers including Prostate, Bladder, and Kidney Cancer. Expertise in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical approaches.

Research Focus: The Leppert Lab is working to identify novel biomarkers of Urologic Cancers, as well as studying the comparative effectiveness and epidemiology of Kidney, Prostate, and Bladder Cancers.


Donna Peehl, PhD
Professor Emerita

Research Focus: Development of tissue slice cultures to recapitulate the normal epithelial-stromal interactions in human Prostate Cancers in an animal model. Using this platform to study variations in the androgen receptor, discovery of Prostate Cancer specific cell surface molecules, and testing the efficacy of a novel arsenical compound.


Alan Thong, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Focus: Endoscopic, robotic, and open surgery for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer, as well as general urologic conditions, MRI fusion guided prostate biopsy, Focal therapy.

Research Focus: Cost-effectiveness analysis, Healthcare informatics for quality improvement, Patient-reported outcomes.

Harcharan Gill, MD
Professor
Program Director, Residency Program

Clinical Focus: Prostate, Bladder and Kidney Cancer Treatment with both open and minimally invasive/robotic techniques.
 
Research Focus: Imaging of Prostate Cancer using MRI, focal and minimally invasive treatments of Benign Prostate Hypertrophy.



Joseph Liao, MD
Associate Professor
Chief of Urology
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)

Clinical Focus: General Urology, Urologic Neoplasms

Research Focus: Translational research to develop new in vitro and in vivo diagnostic tools for diseases of the urinary tract based on micro- and nanotechnology. Developing an integrated biosensor platform optimized for point-of-care urinary diagnostics, particularly for Urinary Tract Infections and Bladder Cancer.


Jay Shah, MD
Associate Professor 

Clinical Focus: Surgery for bladder and other urologic cancers, using robotic surgery, emerging treatment options, and optimization of post-surgical recovery.


Geoffrey Sonn, MD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor by-courtesy, Radiology

Clinical Focus: Prostate Cancer management including image-targeted biopsy, active surveillance, and robotic prostatectomy. Open and robotic surgery for Kidney, Bladder and Testicular Cancer.

Research Focus: MRI and molecular imaging of Prostate and Kidney Cancer, MRI-Ultrasound fusion targeted prostate biopsy, fluorescent image-guided surgery, Prostate Cancer focal ablation therapy


Pediatric Urology

Edward Diaz, MD
Assistant Professor

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology


Linda Shortliffe, MD
Professor Emerita
Program Director, Pediatric Urology

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology, Hypospadias, Undescended Testes.

Research Focus: Our group has been interested in trying to define risk factors that may be involved in Urinary Tract Obstruction, Vesicoureteral Reflux, and Infectious Uropathies. We have examined the effects of sex hormones on urinary tract function to better understand their involvement in renal and urinary tract function.

William Kennedy, MD
Professor
Chief of Pediatric Urology

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology


Hsi-Yang Wu, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Fellowship Program

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology

Research Focus: My lab studies the coordination of neonatal bladder and external urethral sphincter function. By understanding how the spinal cord creates efficient voiding in neonates and children, we hope to develop new treatments for Pediatric Voiding Dysfunction and Adult Urinary Incontinence.

Affiliated Faculty

Jennifer Abidari, MD
Clinical Professor (Affiliate)
Associate Chief or Urology
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology


Robert Harris, MD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Urologic Oncology, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


Dale Kunihira, MD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Complex Endoscopic and Percutaneous Urologic Surgery, Stone Disease


Tin Ngo, MD
Clinical Instructor
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Urologic Oncology


Jeff Reese, MD
Clinical Professor (Affiliate)
Chief of Urology, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Urologic Oncology with open and laparoscopic treatment of all Urologic Malignancies. Surgical treatment of Localized and Advanced Penile Cancer. General Urology with treatment of Complex Kidney Stones.

Research Focus
: Advanced Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer in Vietnamese patients, Penile Cancer, cost effective hormonal therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer.

Christopher Elliott, MD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Male and Female Incontinence, Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Neurogenic Bladder, Urologic Reconstructive Surgery

Research Focus: Outcomes research of Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Neurogenic Bladder using national and state databases


Thomas Hsu, MD
Clinical Professor (Affiliate)
Director of Laparoscopic Surgery
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Laparoscopic, Robotic, and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery; Urologic Oncology

Research Focus: Novel technology and devices in laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive surgery


John Lavelle, MD
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliate)
Director, Urodynamics, Voiding Dysfunction and Neurourology
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)

Clinical Focus: General Urology, Urodynamics

Research Focus: Clinically Voiding Dysfunction (BPH, Incontinence, Urinary Retention, & Neurogenic Bladder), and outcomes research. Currently developing a project to review the management of Neurogenic Bladder within the VA.


Farhad Parivar, MD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Urologic Oncology, Urethral Reconstruction, Peyronie's Disease