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Alan C. Pao
Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of UrologyOn Leave from 07/01/2023 To 12/31/2023
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWe are broadly interested in how the kidneys control salt, water, and electrolyte homeostasis in the body. Our disease focus is on kidney stone disease. We use cultured kidney cells, transgenic mice, human plasma/urine samples, and electronic health record data to study the pathogenesis of kidney stone disease. Our therapeutic focus is on the development of small molecule compounds that can be used for kidney stone prevention.
Christopher K. Payne, MD
Professor of Urology at the Stanford University Medical Center, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsObstetric Fistula Projects:
1. Preoperative ultrasound evaluation to detect ureteric involvement in vesicovaginal fistulas
2. Patient narrative study to identify key medical, social and economic factors that lead to fistula formation
3. Study of urinary continence after fistula repair
Pelvic pain: investigation into role of pelvic floor in chronic pelvic pain
Donna Peehl, PhD
Professor (Research) of Urology, Emerita
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of the human prostate. Developing realistic experimental models is a major goal, and primary cultures of prostatic epithelial and stromal cells are my main model system. Our discoveries are relevant to prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant prostatic diseases.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy major interest has been neurogenic bladder and neurogenic bowel. In other areas where I have published research include urinary tract infections , use of Laser to vaporize urethral strictures in able bodies and surgery to improve voiding in spinal cord injury patients.
Currently I am helping set up to evaluate and rehab. neurogenic bowel problems in GI Medicine at Stanford.
Alexandra LaPat Polasko
Postdoctoral Scholar, Urology
BioDr. Alexandra Polasko is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Urology. She is in Dr. James Brooks's lab, who is currently the director of the U54 Stanford O'Brien Urology Research Center and a Keith and Jan Hurlbut professor of Medicine at Stanford University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from UCLA in Civil and Environmental Engineering in Dr. Shaily Mahendra's lab and bachelors from UC Berkeley. Before coming to Stanford, she was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA in the School of Dentistry, Oral Biology Division under Dr. Hung Ton-That where she studied the role motility plays as a virulence factor in oral pathogens. Currently, Dr. Polasko's research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that drive benign prostate hyperplasia, which is the abnormal growth of the prostate and affects nearly 80% of men over eighty and can result in impaired urine storage and voiding as well as renal failure. She is a co-inventor on two patents and received UCLA's prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants (2021).
Ashkan Pourabhari Langroudi
Visiting Instructor, Urology - Divisions
BioAshkan Pourabhari Langroudi, MD, embarked on his medical journey at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Throughout his academic and professional journey, he has consistently demonstrated a keen interest in urologic medicine.
Recently, Ashkan joined the urology research team at Stanford University. In this dynamic research environment, he explores diverse aspects of Men's Health. Ashkan is always eager to learn new things and is determined to have a positive impact on urological medicine.
Kris B. Prado, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology
BioDr. Kris Prado is a urologic oncology fellowship trained surgeon-scientist, board-certified urologist, and Assistant Professor in the Stanford University Department of Urology. His clinical practice focuses on urologic oncology, and he performs open, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. In addition to his clinical role, he is also an active member of Philip Beachy's laboratory where his research focuses on bladder urothelial development and regeneration.