Residency Program Staff
The faculty and staff in the Department of Urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center are listed below along with their biography profiles.
- Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher, Professor and William L. Valk Chairman of the Department of Urology, began building our program with fellowship-trained faculty in each of the subspecialty areas of urology. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. His urology residency was completed at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. His specialty area of expertise is in urologic cancer and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Thrasher is involved in both basic science and clinical research in the development of new diagnostic techniques and treatments for prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer.
- Dr. Tomas L. Griebling, Professor, Vice-Chair, and Program Director, is the only fellowship-trained female and geriatric urology specialist in the Midwest. He completed a two-year fellowship in female urology, geriatric urology, and urodynamics as an AFUD/AUA Health Services Research Scholar at the University of Iowa. He is board certified by the ABU. He was honored to have been named a Kemper Fellow, a distinction given to the outstanding mentor and educator at the University of Kansas. He received the John P. Wolf Distinguished Professorship in Urology in April 2008. Dr. Griebling is a nationally recognized expert in geriatrics and serves on multiple national committees and has published extensively on his area of expertise.
- Dr. Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, Professor and board certified by the ABU, graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He completed his urology residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was the recipient of the John W. Weigel Professorship in Urology award in February 2007. Dr. Holzbeierlein is the Director of Clinical Research for the department. He is actively involved in the urology research lab, in addition to clinical research. His interests focus on the androgen receptor as well as drug development in prostate cancer. He is a co-principal investigator on our NIH-RO1 grant.
- Dr. David Duchene, Associate Professor and Director of Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery. He is board certified by the ABU and joined the program in July 2006. He received his medical education and completed his urology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He subsequently completed a fellowship in laparoscopic and robotic urological surgery and stone disease at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. As the director of minimally-invasive urological surgery at the University of Kansas, he instructs residents in laparoscopic surgery techniques. He has special interest in the application of minimally invasive techniques to the management of urologic tumors, adrenal disorders, renal reconstruction, and kidney stones.
- Dr. Ajay Nangia, Professor, joined the program in July 2007. Dr. Nangia is board certified by the American Board of Urology and is the Associate Residency Program Director for the department. He serves as the Clinical Director of Andrology where he specializes in treating male infertility patients. Dr. Nangia completed his urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship in male infertility and microsurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. He works closely with the CDC and is president of the AUA Specialty Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. He has written several peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of urology including male infertility and microsurgery.
- Dr. Joshua Broghammer, Associate Professor and American Board of Urology certified, joined the program in August 2008. Dr. Broghammer earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. He then completed his urology residency at Wayne State University at the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, he completed a fellowship in trauma and genitourinary reconstruction at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Broghammer's specialized interest is genitourinary reconstruction. He holds teaching appointments at the University of Kansas Hospital and also at Truman Medical Center.
- Dr. Paul Christenson, Associate Professor and board certified by the ABU, holds teaching appointments at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Truman Medical Center. Dr. Christenson received his medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his urology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Christenson served for 27 years with the United States Navy and retired in 2001. He practiced in private practice in Columbus, Ohio for the next 8 years until he came to the University of Kansas Medical Center in November 2009. Dr. Christenson sees patients with general urological problems, erectile dysfunction, and female urological problems. He holds teaching appointments at the University of Kansas Hospital and also at Truman Medical Center.
- Dr. Moben Mirza, Assistant Professor, joined the department as faculty in July 2010, after he completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of Kansas. He completed his medical degree and urology residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Mirza serves as the Director of Student Clerkships in Urology and oversees their rotations in the department. Dr. Mirza specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies including prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and penile cancers. He performs open, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries.
- Dr. Priya Padmanabham, Assistant Professor, joined our program in September 2010. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she earned her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She subsequently completed her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and stayed to complete her urology residency training at NYU Medical Center in New York as well. She then completed a fellowship in female urology and pelvic reconstruction in the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her primary interests include female voiding dysfunction and male urethral reconstruction. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
- Dr. Eugene Lee, Assistant Professor of Urology, joined our faculty in 2013. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then completed his urology residency at The University of Kansas Hospital. He completed a three-year fellowship in urological oncology at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, TX. Clinically his main areas of interest include bladder, kidney, penile, prostate and testicular cancers. Dr. Lee runs a basic science laboratory where he focuses on translational bladder cancer research.
- Dr. Hadley Wyre, Assistant Professor of Urology, joined our program in July 2014 after completing a two-year Society of Urologic Oncology fellowship with our department under the direction of Dr. Jeff Holzbeierlein and the other oncology faculty. Dr. Wyre earned his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta. He completed his urology residency at Emory University as well in 2011. He also completed a fellowship in Trauma/Reconstructive Urology at Emory University. He then came to the University of Kansas in July 2012 to complete his two-year SUO fellowship. He sees patients at both the University of Kansas Cancer Center - South Kansas City, MO and the University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building in Kansas City, KS.
- Dr. Kerri Barnes, Assistant Professor of Urology, joined our department in September 2015. She graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine and completed a Master's in Public Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She completed her urology residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa as well. Her interests center on general urology and health care access for rural populations.
- Dr. John W. Weigel, Professor, has served on the urology faculty for nearly four decades and has extensive clinical experience. He is an outstanding teacher and resident advocate. He is a prior recipient of the Gold Cane Award from the American Urological Association for his outstanding lifetime achievements in Urology. The John W. Weigel Professorship in Urology was completed eight years ago and an investiture ceremony was held to name Dr. Holzbeierlein as the John W. Weigel Professor. Dr. Weigel retired from the department in September 2015 but remains active in lecturing to the medical students and residents.
- Dr. Patrick Murphy, Clinical Professor of Urology and Director of Pediatric Urology at Children's Mercy Hospital, is one of three pediatric urologists at Children's Mercy Hospital who supervise and helps in the training of our residents when they rotate to CMH during their first and fourth year of residency. Dr. Murphy is one of the most highly trained physicians in the Midwest. He has board certifications in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Urology. He completed his urology residency here at the University of Kansas Medical Center and did a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, and a pediatric urology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Dr. John Gatti, Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, is board certified in pediatric urology. He is also on staff at the Children's Mercy Hospital. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed a pediatric urology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta after completing his urology residency at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City. Dr. Gatti also serves as the Medical Director of the Spinal Defects Clinic at the Kansas University Hospital. His special interests are hypospadias, vesiocoureteral reflux disease, minimally invasive surgery, and complex genitourinary reconstruction in patients with spina bifida.
- Dr. Paul Bowlin, Assistant Professor of Urology, joined Children's Mercy Hospital in July 2015. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Genetics & Chemistry. He received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his urology residency at the University of Colorado and completed a two-year pediatric urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Bowlin is also responsible for supervising our residents while on rotation at Children's Mercy Hospital.
- Drs. Murphy, Gatti, and Bowlin provide full-time pediatric urology coverage at the Kansas University Hospital. They actively participate in the teaching of our residents and supervise their rotation while at Children's Mercy Hospital.
- Benyi Li, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Basic Science Research Laboratory. He joined us from the Baylor College of Medicine, where he obtained his postdoctoral training. Dr. Li has multiple research projects and supports resident research with a core curriculum. Residents are almost always involved with basic science research projects mentored by Dr. Li. His area of expertise and interest lies in prostate cancer research.
- Jim Kovarik, PA, is a Physician Assistant in the Department of Urology. He works with the faculty and residents in the outpatient clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has been the department liaison for the development and implementation of the electronic medical records for the University of Kansas Physicians. His primary clinical focus is in men's health and general urology.
- Katie Mann, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Urology. She works with the faculty and residents providing care for patients at the University of Kansas Hospital. Her clinical focus is urological cancer and patient education.
- Ms. Cathy Hightower is the Residency Program Coordinator. Any questions regarding the program may be addressed to her at email@example.com.
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We have many additional clinical attending staff that assists with the teaching responsibilities and training of our urology residents at affiliate sites including the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Truman Medical Center.
Feb 12, 2016