Education: Residency: Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Our faculty share with residents its wide-ranging experience, interests, and clinical and research expertise.  They train residents in the use, study and advancement of the most current surgical techniques, including:

  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
  • Pediatric urology
  • Robotic surgery
  • Urologic oncology

Research.  Each faculty member actively engages in clinical and/or translational research as evidenced by the impact of Vanderbilt publications and grants awarded to our faculty. Three Department of Urology research laboratories run by independently funded Ph.D. scientists produce consistent excellence in grant funding, research publication and training of residents and fellows.

Leadership. Many of our faculty hold leadership positions in:

  • National urologic, surgical and oncologic organizations
  • National and international medical journals
  • Changing public medical policy related to urology care

Publishing. Our faculty, fellows and residents are prolific in sharing their study findings, research outcomes and ideas to improve and advance all aspects of urology through publications and presentations.

Residency Program Leadership

  • Kristen R. Scarpato, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Residency Program Director
    Department of Urology
    Vice Chair of Education
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical Degree: Tufts University School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Connecticut Health Center
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Clinical Interests: Bladder Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Prostatectomy, Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy/Artemis

    Dr. Scarpato currently serves as the Program Director for the urology residency program.  She has particular interests in resident and medical student education, surgical simulation, and mentorship.  She is currently enrolled in Vanderbilt’s Educational Scholars Development 2020 – 2022 Program and looking forward to completing the AUA Leadership Program 2021- 2022.  She enjoys riding her bike and adventuring with her husband and two children.  

  • Abby S. Taylor, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Pediatric Urology Fellowship
    Assistant Residency Program Director
    Department of Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
    Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Jacksonville, FL
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: Pediatric Urology, Genitourinary Reconstruction

    Dr Taylor is associate program director for the residency program, director of medical student education in urology, and currently working on completing her Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology.

Departmental Leadership

  • David F. Penson, MD, MPH, MMHC

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Urology
    Hamilton and Howd Chair in Urologic Oncology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
    Residency: University of California, Los Angeles
    Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
    Clinical Interests: Prostate cancer, Bladder cancer, Prostatectomy, Elevated PSA

    Dr Penson serves as Chair of the Department and oversees all Departmental activities. He is also a well-known health services researcher, a urologic oncologist who focuses on clinical prostate and bladder cancer care and, most importantly, the father of three great kids (all of whom are die-hard Boston Red Sox fans, like their dad).

  • Daniel A. Barocas, MD, MPH, FACS

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Executive Vice Chair
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Clinical Interests: Genitourinary Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Laparoscopy and Robotics

    Dr. Barocas is an accomplished researcher, focusing on quality of life, quality of care, healthcare disparities and comparative effectiveness. He is the principal investigator of a multi-center study on the effectiveness and side effects of different treatments for prostate cancer.

Fellowship Directors

  • Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, MMHC, FACS

    Department of Urology
    Surgery and Gynecology
    Associate Surgeon in Chief Vice Chair
    Section of Surgical Sciences
    Executive Medical Director
    Patient Safety and Quality
    Associate Chief of Staff
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Health

    Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch,  Galveston, TX
    Residency: University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX
    Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA
    Clinical Interests: Female Pelvic Medicine, Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Neurogenic Bladder, Pelvic Floor Reconstrucive Surgery, Urinary Incontinence

    Dr Dmochowski is Associate Surgeon in Chief for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has other leadership positions in the health system. He has a practice focus in female urology, urologic reconstruction and outcomes and is a Trustee of the American Board of Urology.

  • S. Duke Herrell, MD, FACS

    Department of Urology
    Minimally-Invasive Urologic Surgery/Robotics Program
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Virginia Medical Center
    Fellowship: Loyola University Medical Center, Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery

    Dr. Herrell helped found the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering which combines surgeons and engineers to create new medical devices and technologies to help patients. Dr. Herrell is one of the only clinically active surgeons in the country with two active National Institute of Health (NIH) RO1 grants. Both are aimed at creating advanced new robotic surgery technologies for urologic cancers and diseases. 

  • Kelvin A. Moses, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Urologic Oncology Fellowship
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Clinical Interests: Advanced Prostate Cancer, Advanced Kidney Cancer, Testis Cancer, Penile Cancer, Adrenal Cancer

    Dr. Moses is the Director of the Comprehensive Prostate Cancer clinic and has research interests in health literacy and cancer outcomes, advanced prostate cancer clinical trials, and health disparities in Urologic cancers.

  • John C. Pope IV, MD

    Department of Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical Degree: University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Memphis TN
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
    Fellowship: James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN
    Clinical Interests: Pediatric Urology, Reconstructive Surgery, Spina Bifida, Pediatric Stone Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery