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  • Harcharan Gill

    Harcharan Gill

    Kathryn Simmons Stamey Professor

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsBenign Prostatic Hyperplasia- Evaluation and development of new minimally invasive techniques

    Endourology: developing, designing and evaluating new instruments

    Bladder cancer: outcomes of treatment

    BPH: cryotherapy and HIFU

  • Vanessa Gulla

    Vanessa Gulla

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology

    BioDr. Gulla is a board-certified urologist with fellowship training in endourology. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Urology.

    For each patient, she develops a comprehensive, compassionate care plan customized to individual needs. Her goal is to help each patient achieve the best possible health and quality of life.

    Dr. Gulla performs the complete spectrum of diagnostic and treatment procedures for urological conditions. She treats disorders including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), blood in urine, kidney stones, male and female voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder, prostate cancer, and over active bladder.

    She excels at ureteroscopy and cystoscopy (examination of the bladder and urinary tract with a scope), endourology (minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones), laser therapy, ultrasound-guided diagnosis and treatment, urodynamic testing, and other techniques.

    To help advance her field, Dr. Gulla has conducted research. Among the topics she has investigated are voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) testing in children for bladder and urethral abnormalities and for conditions that can lead to kidney infections.

    She has presented her research findings at the national meeting of the American Urologic Association. She also has published papers in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and elsewhere.

    She is a member of the American Urologic Association.

  • Kathleen Kan

    Kathleen Kan

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology

    BioDr. Kathleen Kan is a fellowship-trained pediatric urologist with a clinical practice based at LPCH and additional outreach programs in the South Bay. Her current practice includes general, endoscopic and complex reconstructive procedures and a clinical counseling interest in kidney stone disease and differences in sexual differentiation. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the Urology residency program.

    Her current research is focused on understanding why health elementary schoolchildren develop new bladder and bowel problems.

  • John Leppert

    John Leppert

    Professor of Urology and, by courtesy, of Nephrology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur research aims to improve the global quality of care for patients with Urologic Cancer with a particular focus on kidney cancer. We are investigating novel proteomic platforms and assays to diagnose kidney cancer and predict response to therapy. We are evaluating the comparative effectiveness of various kidney cancer surgeries and their impact on chronic kidney disease and its downstream effects. We are applying epidemiology, bioinformatics, and health services methods to urologic conditions.

  • Joseph C. Liao

    Joseph C. Liao

    Professor of Urology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe overarching theme of my scholarship is to develop precision diagnostics in imaging and biomarkers to guide the delivery of precision therapy for urological diseases including bladder cancer, urinary tract infections, and kidney stone disease.

  • Rustin Massoudi, MD

    Rustin Massoudi, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology

    BioDr. Massoudi is a board certified urologist specializing in general urology and urologic oncology. He is a clinical assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Massoudi has expertise in treating prostate cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, and
    enlarged prostate. He also cares for patients with bladder cancer, testicular cancer, urinary retention, and a wide range of other urologic conditions.

    His experience encompasses the complete spectrum of treatment options. This includes advanced, minimally invasive techniques like endoscopy and laparoscopy, as well as robotic surgery, which can enable smaller incisions and potentially shorter recovery times. For cases where a minimally invasive approach isn’t feasible, he performs open surgery.

    Dr. Massoudi partners with each patient and family to customize a treatment plan that fits their needs. He welcomes patients at all stages in their journey—from early to more advanced symptoms—and is dedicated to helping them manage their urologic health long-term. He values the rewards of helping patients through difficult times as they cope with urologic disorders.

    Dr. Massoudi was drawn to urology for its unique combination of medical and surgical care, including the opportunity to use the most innovative techniques and technology. He enjoys establishing a rapport and staying in close communication with referring physicians. To ensure all of his patients receive comprehensive care, he collaborates with Stanford colleagues from endocrinology, nephrology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and other specialties.

    Building on his passion for biological sciences and bioengineering, Dr. Massoudi’s studies have included translational research into the use of proteomics to target proteins on the metabolic pathway of kidney cancer development. In partnership with the Stanford Kidney Cancer Research Program, he has also explored the role of the molecule IQGAP in kidney cancer cell migration, proliferation, differentiation, polarity, and adhesion.

    While working at the Veterans Administration in Palo Alto, Dr. Massoudi collaborated on an investigation into the utility of nuclear imaging methods for identifying and staging bladder cancer. He also collaborated on research that used novel proteomic technology to understand the signaling mechanisms of renal cell carcinoma; he later performed in vitro experiments on novel biomarkers and therapeutic agents for treating it.

    Dr. Massoudi has authored numerous articles on renal disorders, innovative treatment techniques and technologies, and related topics. His work has been featured in Cell, the Journal of Endourology, European Urology Oncology, Canadian Journal of Urology, American Journal of Medical Genetics, and others. He has made presentations at conferences including the American Urological Association, Society of Urology Oncology, and World Congress of Endourology.

    Dr. Massoudi has received multiple honors for teaching, scholarship, and research including a Stanford Urology Teaching Award for Outstanding
    Mentorship of Co-Residents. In addition, he won a Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from Stanford University School of Medicine.
    At the 43rd Annual Northern California Urological Society Conference, he won top honors for his presentation on IQGAP.

  • Alan C. Pao

    Alan C. Pao

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of Urology

    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.

  • Dr. Seung-min Park

    Dr. Seung-min Park

    Instructor, Urology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy educational background and training have focused on creating micro- and nano-scale devices using newly-developed techniques and applying these processes to advance research in molecular/cellular biology. So far, my area of expertise has focused on developing methods to pattern, sort, and analyze biological materials, especially circulating tumor cells. Through my work I have created multiple Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) and Nanoelectromechanical System (NEMS) devices that can not only identify miniscule mass changes in microfluidics, but integrate mass spectrometry for molecular detection, and manipulate oligonucleotide species for sort and analysis. I am confident that my background provides the expertise in the design and fabrication of micro-/nano-scale functional modules necessary for developing next-generation devices in solving critical problems in biomedical engineering.

  • Christopher K. Payne, MD

    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

    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.

  • Inder Perkash

    Inder Perkash

    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.

  • Kris B. Prado, MD

    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.

  • Lisa Rogo-Gupta

    Lisa Rogo-Gupta

    Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Clinical Associate Professor (By courtesy), Urology

    BioDr. Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD serves as Associate Director of the Division of Gynecology and Gynecologic Specialities, Medical Director of Ambulatory Gynecology, and Well-Being Director for the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford SOM. Dr. Rogo-Gupta proudly joined Stanford faculty in 2013, having completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University and fellowship in Female Urology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her career at Stanford she has also served as Director of OBGYN 304A for medical students interested in a career in Ob/Gyn, the Director of Urogynecology at the Pelvic Health Center, and the Director of Urogynecology resident education. In her currents roles, Dr. Rogo-Gupta seeks to incorporate physician well-being into strategic decisions impacting all parts of the academic mission--clinical care, research and education. She is particularly proud of efforts focused at improving access to gynecologic specialties care, adoption of digital health, establishing interdisciplinary team-based education, improving patient experience and physician experience in clinical efficiency. Under her leadership, ambulatory gynecology has been awarded recognition for being one of the TOP 10 patient experience drives across the Stanford Enterprise in February 2021, as well as multiple awards for exceeding patient satisfaction targets. She has received clinical teaching awards throughout her career and her research has been nationally recognized as part of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ABOG) annual board certification reading requirements, selected by the Journal of Urology as special interest and top articles, and appeared on the cover of Urology Practice Journal.

    Dr. Rogo-Gupta has a particular clinical interest in a multi-disciplinary approach to women’s healthcare and her research interests include prolapse and incontinence surgery outcomes on both institutional and national levels, and the impact of surgical volume on outcomes. Her interests also spread outside of the US--she has travelled with the Stanford Ob/Gyn GOGYNS/GOMOMS program to Nicaragua to teach urogynecology clinical care and surgery and participated in a livestream worldwide webinar for Stanford Corporate Partners.

  • Mirabela Rusu

    Mirabela Rusu

    Assistant Professor of Radiology (Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics) and, by courtesy, of Urology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Mirabela Rusu focuses on developing analytic methods for biomedical data integration, with a particular interest in radiology-pathology fusion. Such integrative methods may be applied to create comprehensive multi-scale representations of biomedical processes and pathological conditions, thus enabling their in-depth characterization.

  • Jay Shah

    Jay Shah

    Associate Professor of Urology

    BioDr. Jay Shah, MD is a staff surgeon and associate professor of Urology at Stanford University. He is also the Cancer Care Program Leader for Urologic Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Center. He is widely respected for his work on optimizing outcomes after surgery for bladder cancer and he lectures internationally on this topic. He is a graduate of the American Urological Association Leadership Academy and he sits on multiple national AUA committees. With a deep interest in quality improvement work, Dr. Shah is the Physician Improvement Leader for the Stanford Department of Urology and a Medical Director of the Stanford Realizing Improvement Through Empowerment (RITE) Program. Since joining the Stanford faculty in February 2017, Dr. Shah has successfully completed the Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) Program, the Stanford Leadership Development Program, and the Stanford Medicine Leadership Academy. His vision is to have Stanford Medicine become known for instilling leadership in all of our faculty and trainees. With this goal in mind, he has started an accredited fellowship training program in Urologic Oncology and a QI/leadership training program for urology residents. He also lectures internationally on leadership development, team building, and quality improvement.

    Dr. Shah graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences from Harvard College. He obtained his medical degree and completed his urology residency training at Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Dr. Shah was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; he was named Physician of the Year by the nursing staff; and he was recognized by the medical students with the Gold Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. After residency, he completed a three-year fellowship in Urologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he earned a coveted faculty position. During his time as faculty at MD Anderson, Dr. Shah launched the bladder cancer robotics program, developed an enhanced recovery program for patients undergoing bladder removal surgery, became double board-certified in Urology and Medical Quality, and was chosen to lead the MDACC Genitourinary Center as Center Medical Director.

    In his free time, Dr. Shah enjoys reading, cooking, surfing, hiking and exploring the beaches of Northern California in his Jeep Wrangler with his family and 2 dogs.

  • Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe

    Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe

    Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the School of Medicine, Emerita

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe timing for intervention in obstruction in the infant and child is poorly understood.Our group has been interested in trying to define the risks that may be involved in obstructive and infectious uropathies and discovering early signs of damage to the urinary tract and kidney. We have explored ways of imaging the urinary tract using nonionizing radiation (US, MRI). We have studied the relationships of sex steroid hormones, pregnancy, reflux, urinary tract infection and urinary tract function.