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Welcome to Stanford Urology!

"Our vision includes excellence in all three arms of academic urology:  .. 

                                    -  Eila C. Skinner, MD


Dr. Joseph Liao promoted to Professor of Urology and appointed Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Liao on his promotion to the rank of Professor of Urology, effective May 16, 2021, and appointment as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Urology, effective July 1, 2021.  In this new leadership position, he will oversee departmental faculty appointments and promotions along with career mentoring and counseling.  Dr. Liao is a surgeon-scientist who joined the department in 2006 and has served as the Director of Research since 2017.  “I am thrilled and deeply honored to be entrusted with this new responsibility.  I look forward to helping our world-class faculty and trainees to elevate to new academic heights,” wrote Dr. Liao. Department Chair, Dr. Eila Skinner, wrote, "The department is very proud of Dr. Liao's accomplishments in his career and his very well-deserved promotion.  I am very excited to have his leadership in our faculty affairs activities which are so critical to all of our faculty."



Dr. Kathleen Kan named Assistant Program Director for Urology Residency Program

Kathleen Kan, MD will step in as the new Assistant Program Director. She brings another perspective to the residency program, having trained at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. There, she played a key role in revamping the residency curriculum as the program grew in both number of residents as well as clinical volume and complexity. Striking a balance between joy and efficiency in medical careers is a focus in her mentorship style. Since fellowship Dr. Kan has been identified as a staunch resident advocate and was a clear choice for to join the residency program leadership

Dr. Simon Conti named Program Director for Urology Residency Program

Simon Conti, MD has moved into the position of Program Director of the Urology residency program as of May 2021. He brings with him 6 years of experience as Assistant Program Director as well as a Masters in Education. As a graduate of the program along with his additional training in education he hopes to continue innovating and providing a learning environment that has a strong tradition of graduating leaders in the field of urology in a broad range of post-graduate practice settings. Dr. Conti most recently spearheaded the transition to a night float system at Stanford Hospital due to the surge in volume and expanded emergency room services. The pandemic has presented many educational challenges over the past 18 months. We hope to emerge from this trying period with a new set of educational tools developed out of necessity.

Dr. Seung-min Park's research on smart toilets featured in the Wall Street Journal

Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine have outfitted a toilet bowl with cameras and trained a machine-learning algorithm to analyze the waste against a diagnostic chart. The toilet can also track the flow, color and volume of urine. It is equipped with a urine test-strip similar to a pregnancy test that detects specific molecules that can provide insight into a person’s health. To tell users apart, the toilet has both a fingerprint scan when a person flushes and a scan of their anus’s characteristics, or an anal print. The Stanford team has signed an agreement with Izen, a Korean toilet maker, to manufacture the toilet. They hope to have working prototypes that can be used in clinical trials by the end of this year, says Dr. Seung-min Park, who leads the project, which was started by Dr. Sanjiv Gambhir, the former chair of radiology at Stanford, who died in 2020.

Drs. Kan and Sheth accepted to the 2021-22 Junior Leadership Bootcamp Series

Congratulations to urology faculty Drs. Kathleen Kan and Kunj Sheth who were recently accepted to the 2021-22 Office of Faculty Development and Diversity's (OFDD) Junior Leadership Bootcamp Series. The goal of the program is to provide emerging leaders at Stanford Medicine an introduction to leadership content presented by current leaders from across Stanford Medicine.


The Department of Urology 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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