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. Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, John W. Weigel Endowed Professor of Urology, Chair of the Department of Urology, and the Director of Urologic Oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, he completed his urology residency training at Vanderbilt University, and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. Dr. Holzbeierlein is actively involved in both basic and clinical research, and has interests in the androgen receptor and drug development in prostate cancer. He currently serves as the President of the South Central Section of the AUA, Secretary for the Society of Urologic Oncology, and is a former Assistant Editor for the Journal of Urology. Currently he services on the AUA Exam Committee and the AUA Practice Guidelines. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
  • Dr. Moben Mirza, Assistant Professor Urology and current Residency Program Director, joined our faculty in July 2010. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in environmental science and engineering. He then earned his medical degree and completed his urology residency training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Mirza completed his fellowship training in urologic oncology at the University of Kansas prior to joining our faculty. He specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies, and performs open, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Mirza also previously served as Director of the Student Clerkships in Urology.
  • 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 earned her 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. Her interests center on general urology and health care access for rural populations. Dr. Barnes currently serves as Director of the Student Clerkships in Urology and oversees their rotations in the department.
  • Dr. Joshua Broghammer, Associate Professor of Urology, joined the program in August 2008. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa, and completed his urology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He subsequently completed a fellowship in genitourinary trauma and male reconstruction at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Broghammer is actively involved as a member of the Young Surgeons Committee in the American College of Surgeons. He works with residents both at the University of Kansas Hospital and at Truman Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
  • Dr. Paul Christenson, Associate Professor of Urology, joined our faculty in 2009. A graduate of Brigham Young University and The University of Utah School of Medicine, he completed his urology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as a urologist in the United States Navy and United State Air Force from 1976 until his military retirement in 2001. He is a Past-President of the Society of Government Service Urologists. Subsequently, he was in private practice with the Scioto Valley Urology Group in Columbus, Ohio until he joined the KU Department of Urology. He specializes in general male urology and female urinary incontinence. Dr. Christenson works with residents both at the University of Kansas Hospital and Truman Medical Center, where he serves as the Director of the Urology Service. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
  • Dr. David Duchene, Associate Professor and Director of Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery. He joined our Department in July 2006. A graduate of Creighton University, he received his medical education and urology residency training at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He subsequently completed a fellowship in laparoscopic and robotic urology and stone disease at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. An active member of the Endourological Society, Dr. Duchene has presented his research work several times at the annual meetings of the World Congress of Endourology. He is a Section Editor for the Journal of Endourology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Duchene is a graduate of the AUA Leadership Program and he currently serves on the Practice Guidelines Committee of the AUA. He is past President of the Kansas Urological Society.  
  • Dr. Tomas L. Griebling, Professor of Urology and the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education for the KU School of Medicine.  He is also the John P. Wolf 33° Masonic Distinguished Professor of Urology and a Faculty Associate in The Landon Center on Aging. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Department of Urology and as the Urology Residency Program Director. A graduate of Wartburg College and The University of Iowa College of Medicine, he completed his urology residency and a two-year fellowship in geriatric and reconstructive urology, urodynamics, and outcomes research at Iowa (funded through an AFUD/AUA Health Service Research Scholar Award).  He earned his Master of Public Health at the University of Kansas. He is President of the Geriatric Urological Society, Chair-Elect of the Health Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America, and serves as the Kansas representative on the Board of Directors for the South Central Section of the AUA. In 2002-03 he received the Kemper Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Kansas, and has been elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He was also awarded the 2013 Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship (KU School of Medicine's highest faculty teaching award). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology including certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and is certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is an Associate Editor for Urology (The Gold Journal), is an Editor for the Urological Survey Section (Geriatrics) for the Journal of Urology and serves on several other editorial boards.
  • 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 where he was AOA and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. After completion of his urology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he completed a three-year fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. 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 glucose metabolism in bladder cancer.  Dr. Lee currently has funding through a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award, an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, and a University of Kansas Cancer Center Pilot Grant. Dr. Lee is the Faculty Director for the residency research rotation and curriculum.  
  • Dr. Ajay Nangia, Professor, joined the program in July 2007. He is the Clinical Director of Andrology and Vice-Chair for the KU Department of Urology. A graduate of St. Thomas and Guy's Hospital Medical School in London, United Kingdom, he completed his urology residency training at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a fellowship in male infertility and microsurgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Nangia is section editor for AUA News and Chair of the sexual medicine and men's health section of the Urology Care Foundation. He is immediate Past-President of the Society for Male Reproduction & Urology, sub-specialty society for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Past-President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, one of the subspecialty societies of the AUA and Past President of the Kansas Urological Society. He just completed his term on the American Board of Urology written exam committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.    
  • 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, and holds subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Dr. John Taylor, Professor, Director of Basic Urologic Research and the Co-Leader of the D3ET Program, joined us in September 2016. A native of New York, he completed his medical degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City, where he stayed to complete his internship and residency in general surgery and urology. He subsequently served for three years on active duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was Director of Medical Education for Urology and Assistant Professor at USUHS, and eventually accepted a faculty position at UConn. Dr. Taylor is an avid translational researcher with an active lab which pursues novel drug discovery/therapeutics for bladder cancer, and has had the fortune of continuous extramural funding for his research. He acts as an external reviewer for the FDA committee on novel treatment of bladder cancer. Most recently, he founded the Leo & Anne Albert Institute for Bladder Cancer Care and Research where he is President and Director. We are pleased to have him as our newest faculty member.  
  • Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher, William L.Valk Distinguished Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urology. A graduate of Clemson University and The Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Thrasher completed his urology residency training at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and a fellowship in urologic oncology at Duke University. He is President-Elect of the American Urological Association, immediate Past-President of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors, immediate Past-President of the Society of Urologic Oncology, and a member of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. He has served as the Vice-President of the American Board of Urology and as the South Central Section Representative to the AUA Board of Directors. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and a member of the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. His clinical expertise is in the area of prostate cancer.
  • 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 where he was elected to AOA.  He completed his urology residency at Emory University in 2011 followed by a fellowship in Trauma/Reconstructive Urology at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital.  He joined the faculty after completing his oncology fellowship.  He is a great addition to our faculty and an extremely valued clinician and surgeon in the field of oncology, trauma/reconstructive urology, and oncologic reconstruction.  
  • Dr. Patrick Murphy, Clinical Professor of Urology, and Director of Pediatric Urology at Children's Mercy Medical Center. An alumnus of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed residencies in general surgery at St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City and in urology at The University of Kansas. He subsequently completed fellowships in pediatric surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in pediatric urology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. He holds board certifications in general surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, and critical care. He has previously served as the President of the Medical Staff of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.    
  • Dr. John Gatti, Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, with a subspecialty focus in pediatric urology. Dr. Gatti supervises our residents while on rotation at Children's Mercy Hospital. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his urology residency training at The University of Utah and a fellowship in pediatric urology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has special interests in hypospadias, vesicoureteral reflux diseases, minimally invasive surgery, and complex genitourinary reconstruction in patients with spina bifida. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.  
  • 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 earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his urology residency at the University of Colorado and subsequently completed a two-year pediatric urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Bowlin also is responsible for the supervision of our residents while on rotation at Children's Mercy. Dr. Bowlin has been a great addition to the pediatric urology team who work with our residents each day.
  • Dr. Joel Koenig, Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, came on board at Children's Mercy Hospital in July 2016 as Director of Urologic Education.  Dr. Koenig graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his urology residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.  He then completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where he was awarded a grant from the Society of Urologic Chairperson and Program Directors to implement a multi-institutional trial of a resident operative evaluation system which he will be continuing at KU.
  • Benyi Li, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Basic Science Research Laboratories for the KU Department of Urology. He received his training in urology and molecular biology in China and Japan. He was a post-doctoral fellow in urology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas prior to joining our faculty. His primary research interests are related to prostate cancer, focused on mechanisms of tumor growth, and the development and progression of metastatic disease.  
  • 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. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Urological Association of Physician Assistants, Kansas Urological Society, Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 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. She is a member of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates. Her clinical focus is urological cancer and patient education.  
  • Brice Weber, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant in the Urology Department. She works with the faculty and residents in the outpatient Urology Clinics at the University of Kansas Health System.  Her clinical focus is general urology, including kidney stones, female and male voiding dysfunction and incontinence. She enjoys working as a team with the faculty, residents and staff to help provide a continuity of care and patient education for urologic patients and their families.  
  • Cathy Hightower, AA, is the Residency Program Coordinator. Any questions regarding the program may be addressed to her at 913-588-7571 or by email at chightower@kumc.edu.

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.   

Last modified: Oct 20, 2016
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