Our People

Our People

  • Mark C Adams, MD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
    Residency: University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Clinical Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Spina Bifida, Bladder Exstrophy, Antenatal Hydronephrosis

  • Daniel A Barocas, MD, MPH, FACS

    Associate Professor and 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.

  • Taylor M Brewer, PA-C

    Physician Assistant
    Department of Urology
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Undergrad: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    PA School: Trevecca Nazarene University
    Clinical Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Elevated PSA, Endourology 

  • John W Brock III, MD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Professor and Surgeon-in Chief, Emeritus
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Senior Vice President
    Pediatric Surgical Services
    Chair
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: Pediatric Urology, Reconstructive Surgery, Antenatal Hydronephrosis, Bladder Exstrophy

  • Kaitlyn Brown, APRN

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Undergrad: University of Southern Mississippi
    Nursing School: University of South Alabama
    Clinical Interests: Elevated PSA, Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Urological Cancer

  • Rochell L Burton, APRN, ANCP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Nursing School: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
    Clinical Interests: Urinary incontinence, Urodynamics, neurogenic bladder, Pelvic Prolapse, Female urology

  • Sam S Chang, MD, MBA

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Urologic Surgery
    Chief Surgical Officer
    Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
    Chief
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Clinical Interests: Prostate cancer, Prostatectomy, Bladder cancer, Kidney cancer, Urologic cancer

    Dr. Chang, the Chief Surgical Officer at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, formerly chaired the American Joint Committee on GU Cancer Staging Task Force and currently is the Assistant Secretary of the American Urological Association and Chair of the American Board of Urology Examination Committee responsible for board certification in the U.S

  • Douglass B Clayton, MD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
    Residency: University of Alabama - Birmingham, School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: Neurogenic Bladder, Pediatric Urology, Urinary Incontinence, Urodynamics, Laparoscopy and Robotics

    Dr. Clayton has dedicated the last 10 years of his career to basic science research in the area of bladder inflammation. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health through a K08 Career Development Award. 

  • Gilbert M Comola, MSN, ANP

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Urologic Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Undergraduate: Mississippi University for Women
    Nursing School: Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College
    Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Men's Urology/Men's Health, Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie's Disease, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery

  • Leah Dicky, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Undergrad: Columbia State/Cumberland
    Nursing School: Tennessee State University
    Clinical Interests: Female urology, BPH, Neurogenic bladder, ED, Kidney stones

  • Roger R Dmochowski, MD, MMHC, FACS

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

    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.

  • Meredith E Donahue, APRN-BC

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Undergrad: Furman University
    Nursing School: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Urology NP Fellowship
    Clinical Interests: Prostate Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Testis Cancer

  • S Duke Herrell, MD, FACS

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Director
    Minimally-Invasive Urologic Surgery/Robotics Program
    Chief
    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. 

  • Ryan S Hsi, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Washington, School of Medicine
    Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco
    Clinical Interests: Endourology, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopy and Robotics

    Dr. Hsi is an expert in the medical and surgical management of kidney stone disease and co-leads the complex kidney stone clinic.  He leads an active research team and is actively recruiting for several clinical trials.
     

  • Ren Jie Jin, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Research

    PhD: Seoul National Univeristy, Seoul Korea
    Post-Graduate Training: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Niels V Johnsen, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine - New Orleans, LA
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Fellowship: University of Washington, Male Genitourinary Reconstruction and Trauma
    Clinical Interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease, Urethral Stricture, Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence, Urinary Fistula, Urologic Trauma

    Dr. Johnsen is an active member of both the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons. His research and clinical practice focus primarily on the treatment of sexual and urinary health issues following trauma, surgery, radiation, or any other type of injury. 

  • Melissa R Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Chief
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Medical School: University of Arkansas College of Medicine
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
    Clinical Interests: Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Urethral Strictures, Urodynamics

    Dr. Kaufman currently serves as the global principal investigator for a pivotal Phase III clinical trial to pioneer the first application of cell therapy for Urologic indications.  She was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Zimskind award from the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction for outstanding contributions within 10 years of completion of training.

  • Nicholas L Kavoussi, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn NY
    Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: BPH, Endourology, Laparoscopic and Robotics, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer

    Dr. Kavoussi is a minimally invasive surgeon specializing in the application of novel technologies in the treatment of urologic diseases. He is a member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Surgery and Engineering and is actively involved in multiple research projects furthering the integration of technology and surgery.

  • Kirk A Keegan III, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Chief, Urology Section
    Nashville VA
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
    Residency: University of California, Davis
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Patient Care Emphasis: Urologic Oncology

  • Amy N Luckenbaugh, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical Degree: State University of New York at Buffalo
    Residency: University of Michigan
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Clinical Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Testis Cancer, Urologic Cancer

    Dr. Luckenbaugh is a high-volume surgeon whose clinical focus centers around the comprehensive care of patients with urologic malignancies. She currently serves as a member of the Society of Women in Urology board, and through her research aims to mitigate variation in healthcare delivery.
     

  • Robert J Matusik, PhD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    William L. Bray Chair
    Department of Urology
    Director
    Urologic Research and the Prostate Cancer Center
    Professor
    Cancer Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Division of Urologic Research

    PhD Degree: University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
    Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine
    Research Interests:

    • Discovered the prostate specific probasin (PB) promoter would target prostate specific gene expression transgenic mice. This approach is now use to make genetically engineered mouse models to study normal prostate develop, prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer.
    • Developed and characterize mouse models of prostate cancer including TRAMP, LADY, Hi-Myc, Hepsin and neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC). These models are widely used to study tumor progression and response to therapy.
    • Discovered that the androgen receptor (AR) interacts with forkhead box A1 (FOXA1) and nuclear factor one (NFI). This established the AR/FOXA1 paradigm to regulate prostate growth and prostate cancer progression. Mutations in FOXA1 drive progression in a subset of prostate cancer patients.
    • Defined a mechanism to regulate the appearance of neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC, or small cell carcinoma). NEPC is now recognized to be induced by therapy in advance prostate cancer patients.
    • Demonstrated that nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB) regulates AR-Variant (AR-V) expression resulting in failure to hormonal therapy in benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer.
  • Jacob A McCoy, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of General Urology

    Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation / LSU New Orleans
    Clinical Interests: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Elevated PSA, Male urology/Men’s health, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy

    Dr. McCoy is passionate about expanding Vanderbilt’s quality urologic care to the community. He is a general urologist with a practice in Spring Hill.
     

  • Douglas F Milam, MD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: West Virginia University Medical School
    Residency: University of Utah
    Clinical Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Peyronie's Disease, Male Urinary Incontinence, Vasectomy

    Dr. Milam is a men’s health expert who focuses on urologic intervention for male incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and Peyronie’s disease. He also is co-director of the Vanderbilt University Medical School Sexual Medicine course.

  • Nicole L Miller, MD, FACS

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Endourology and Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Residency: Univeristy of Virginia Health Sciences Center
    Fellowship: Indiana University School of Medicine
    Clinical Interests: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Endourology, Kidney Stones, Percutaneous Kidney Stone Surgery

    Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized clinician specializing in the treatment of kidney stone disease and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) with particular expertise in Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP).  Her research focuses on the investigation of pathophysiologic pathways in BPH and new laser technologies for kidney stone and BPH treatment.  She is also a founding member of the Endourology Disease Group for Excellence (EDGE) Research Consortium which conducts multi-center trials to advance clinical excellence in the treatment of kidney stone disease.  

  • 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.

  • Thomas H Oliver, MD, FACS

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of General Urology

    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
    Residency: Medical College of Georgia
    Clinical Interests: Kidney stones,Endourology,Elevated PSA, Men’s Health and Vasectomy

    Dr Oliver is an Assistant Clinical Professor with Vanderbilt Urology. He has 30 years of office-based urology experience and is currently serving the newly acquired Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon. 

  • 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).

  • Becky Pollock, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Undergrad: Lipscomb University, Nashville TN
    Nursing School: Belmont University, Nashville TN
    Clinical Interests: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Elevated PSA, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer 

  • John C Pope IV, MD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Chief
    Division of Pediatric Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Pediatric Urology Fellowship
    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

  • Julie Randolph, CPNP

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Undergrad: Tennessee Technological University
    Nursing School: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
    Clinical Interests: Pediatric Urology

  • W Stuart Reynolds, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Department of Urology
    Fellowship Director
    Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
    Division of Reconstructive Urology and Pelvic Medicine

    Medical School: Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine
    Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
    Clinical Interests: Pelvic Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Female Pelvic Medicine, Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Neurogenic Bladder

    Dr. Reynolds divides his time between clinical and translational research on functional bladder disorders, education of urology residents and FPMRS fellows, and care of patients with pelvic floor and urinary disorders. He is active in the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) and was awarded the SUFU Paul Zimskind award for excellence and leadership in the field within 10 years of completion of training in 2019.

  • Jennifer A Robles, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Division of Endourology and Stone Disease

    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
    Residency: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Kristen R Scarpato, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Residency Program Director
    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.  

  • Joseph A Smith, Jr, MD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    William L. Bray Professor
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: University of Tennessee School of Medicine
    Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/University of Utah
    Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Clinical Interests: Bladder cancer, Prostate cancer, Prostatectomy, Urologic Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer

    Dr Smith has focused his career on innovative treatments and surgical procedures for urologic cancer.  He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the world and has performed over 10,000 robotic prostatectomies for prostate cancer and more than 1,000 cystectomies for bladder cancer.

  • Cary (CJ) Stimson, MD, JD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    Medical Director, Episodes of Care
    Office of Population Health
    Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer
    Vanderbilt Health System
    Division of Urologic Oncology

    Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
    Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
    Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

  • Stacy T Tanaka, MD, MS, FACS

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Director
    Spina Bifida Clinic
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
    Residency: University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: Neurogenic Bladder, Pediatric Urology

    Dr. Tanaka is an accomplished researcher, focusing on bladder dysfunction in children. She is the site principal investigator of two multi-center studies on spina bifida in the pediatric population. She also serves in leadership roles on several editorial boards and national organizations.

  • Abby S Taylor, MD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Urology
    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.

  • John C Thomas, MD

    Professor
    Department of Urology
    Chief of Staff
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Division of Pediatric Urology

    M.D. Degree: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Fellowship: Vanderbilt Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Nashville, TN
    Clinical Interests: Reconstructive Urology, Spina Bifida, Pediatric Stone Disease, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

    Dr. Thomas is the Chief of Staff at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and serves in leadership roles in numerous state-wide and national organizations focused on pediatric urology.

  • Heidi M Wojciechowski, MSN, APN, ACNP

    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Urology
    Division of General Urology

    Undergrad: Lincoln Land Community College
    Nursing School: Illinois State University
    Clinical Interests: GU/Urologic cancer; Male urology/men’s health; Elevated PSA; Kidney stones

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