Urology

Urology Faculty

Eila Skinner, MD
Professor & 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.

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Urologic Oncology

James Brooks, MD
Professor
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.

Brooks

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Harcharan Gill, MD.
Associate Professor
Program Director, Residency Program
Clinical interests: Prostate, bladder and kidney cancer treatment with both open and minimally invasive/robotic techniques. Research interests: Imaging of prostate cancer using MRI, focal and minimally invasive treatments of benign prostate hypertrophy.

Gill

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Benjamin I. Chung, MD.
Assistant Professor
Director, Section of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
Clinical interests: Surgery for kidney and prostate cancer, especially using minimally invasive and robotic approaches, management of small renal masses. Research interests: Population-based studies of kidney cancer risk and prognosis, improvement of technical approaches to robotic kidney cancer surgery

Chung

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Geoffrey Sonn, MD
Assistant Professor
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

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Donna Peehl, PhD
Professor
Research interests: 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.

Peehl

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Zijie Sun, PhD
Associate Professor
Research interests: Development of a new generation of biologically relevant mouse models to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying prostate cancer initiation, progression, and CRPC development. Using these mouse models to screen new drugs for treatment of CRPC. Investigating androgen, Wnt, TGF-beta, and other cell signaling pathways in bladder, prostate, and other urogenital tumors.

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General Urology (Infertility, Neurourology, and Stones)

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.

Comiter

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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.

Eisenberg

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Robert Kessler, MD
Professor (Clinical)
Clinical Focus: General urology
Research Focus:Male infertility; impotence; urinary calculi; urinary, incontinence (male and female).

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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

William Kennedy, MD
Associate Professor
Chief, Pediatric Urology
Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology
Research Focus:

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Michael Hsieh MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Program
Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology
Research Focus:Our laboratory is interested in how microbial-triggered inflammation protects against pathogens and yet can paradoxically harm the host through secondary effects such as tissue fibrosis and carcinogenesis [more]

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Linda Shortliffe, MD
Professor
Pediatric Urology Program Director
Clinical Focus: Pediatric urology, hypospadias, undecented 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.

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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.

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Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)

Joseph Liao, MD
Associate Professor
Chief of Urology
Co-Director, Section of Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
Clinical Focus: General Urology, Urologic Neoplasms
Research Focus:My laboratory is engaged in translational research to develop new in vitro and in vivo diagnostic tools for diseases of the urinary tract based on micro- and nanotechnology. We are developing an integrated biosensor platform optimized for point-of-care urinary diagnostics, particularly for urinary tract infections and bladder cancer. We are also developing in vivo imaging tools for applications in endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.

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John Lavelle, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Urodynamics, Voiding Dysfunction and Neurourology
Clinical Focus: General Urology, Urodynamics
Research Focus:My research interests are clinically 1) voiding dysfunction (BPH, incontinence, urinary retention, & neurogenic bladder). 2) Outcomes research and am currently developing a project to review the management of neurogenic bladder within the VA.

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John Leppert, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Director of Urologic Oncology
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. [more]

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Jeff Reese, MD
Clinical Professor (Affiliate)
Chief of Urology
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.

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Jennifer Abidari, MD
Clinical Professor (Affiliate)
Associate Chief or Urology
Clinical Focus: Pediatric Urology
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Daniel Rosenstein, MD
Associate Chief, Division of Urolgy
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliate)
Clinical Focus: Urologic Trauma and Reconstruction, Urethral Surgery, Prosthetic Urology
Research Focus:Outcomes Research in Urologic Trauma, Quality of Life Measures in Urethral Surgery.

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Christopher Elliot, MD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)
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

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