Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA
Chair & Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Bresler is an associate professor of urology, obstetrics and gynecology at the Loyola University Medical Center. She obtained her MD from Oregon Health and Sciences University, completed her urology residency at Loyola University Medical Center and completed the AUA leadership program in 2019. Dr. Bresler is a board certified acupuncturist as well as a resilience and wellness coach. She has published over 50 papers and book chapters and has received numerous honors and awards, including multiple teaching awards, the Best of AUA (Female Urology) and Illinois Magazine's Top Urologist 2021-2022.
Nationally, she sits on the Federal Women's Task Force that helps promote equity and inclusion for federal workers and has served as senior consultant of Urology Basics and Core Topics with the AUA's Core Curriculum Committee. She has also participated on the AUA's Practice Guidelines Committee. Regionally, Dr. Bresler is a member of the North Central Section (NCS) of the AUA's Board of Directors, Long Range Planning and Education Committees and chairs the NCS Women in Urology Committee. Locally, she has championed diversity initiatives as the President of the Chicago Urological Society (2021-2022).
DEI Committee Members
Denise Asafu-Adjei MD, MPH
Director of Male Reproductive Medicine;
Assistant Professor - Department of Urology and Department of Public Health Sciences
Denise Asafu-Adjei MD, MPH, is director of Male Reproductive Medicine, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology and Department of Public Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She received her medical education at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship and residency training at the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Asafu-Adjei serves as the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Racial Justice Liaison, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Equity Advocate and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force among other leadership positions in diversity & inclusion programs.
Gregory A. Broderick, MD
Professor of Urology Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine;
Program Director Urology Residency Mayo Clinic Florida
Gregory A. Broderick, MD, is a physician with the Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, specializing in the areas of men's health, Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, rethral Stricture Disease, Male Stress Incontinence, and Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH. He is a Professor of Urology, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and Program Director of the Urology Residency Mayo Clinic Florida. Dr. Broderick has been a member of the Mayo Clinic in Florida staff since 1998.
Dr. Broderick earned his MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, following his degree he completed an internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in general Surgery. He then returned to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine to complete his residency in General Surgery, and Urology. Following his residency, Dr. Broderick completed his fellowship at the University of California Davis in the Neurourology and Impotence.
Dr. Broderick is an active member of the Florida Urologic Society and the American Urological Association. He is Fellow of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and its past-President. He has served as a co-author of AUA Clinical Guidelines for Priapism, Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction. He is a member of the Sexual Health Function Council to AUA Foundation and Survivorship Committee to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Pamela W. Coleman, MD, FACS,FPMRS
Associate Professor of Urology;
Department of Surgery/ OB GYN;
Howard University College of Medicine
Pamela W. Coleman, MD, FACS, FPMRS, is associate professor in the department of urology, surgery and the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Howard University Hospital. She serves as the interim chief of urology at the Howard University Hospital. Dr. Coleman is a seasoned urologist with 36 years of clinical experience and 22 years in private practice. Dr. Coleman received her Doctor of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and conducted her residency at the Albert Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Urology Resident Physician, PGY-3
Gabriela Gonzalez MD, is a PGY-3 urology resident physician at the University of California, Davis. She received her medical training at the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez is committed to mentorship in medical training and has collaborated with physicians, medical students, and undergraduates to create mimentor.org, an online mentorship platform focused on diversity and inclusion in healthcare. Dr. Gonzalez’s has also conducted scholarly work about disparities in urinary incontinence care and is currently leading a study about the Latinx urology trainee experience.
Tomas L. Griebling, MD, MPH, FACS, FGSA, AGSF
John P. Wolf 33rd Degree Masonic Distinguished Professor of Urology;
Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education and Program Director of Urology Residency Training at the Landon Center of Aging;
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Orr Academic Medical Society at the University of Kansas School of Medicine
Tomas L. Griebling, MD, MPH, FACS, is the John P. Wolf 33 Masonic Distinguished Professor of Urology at the University of Kansas. He is professor and senior associate dean of medical education, program director of urology residency training, faculty associate at the Landon Center on Aging, assistant dean of student affairs and director of the Orr Academic Medical Society at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed medical school and his urology residency training at the University of Iowa. He subsequently remained in Iowa for a two-year fellowship in geriatric and reconstructive urology, urodynamics and outcomes research. He has extensive clinical and research experience in the field of geriatric urology, including work in the long-term care setting, and has published and presented extensively on the topic.
Nathan D. Grunewald, MD FACS
Chief Medical Innovation Officer at Sauk Prairie Healthcare
Nathan Grunewald is the Chief Medical Innovation Officer at Sauk Prairie Healthcare. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed a residency in urologic surgery and an internship in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. In his clinical work, Grunewald champions the needs of the 20% of U.S. citizens relying on rural health facilities and the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Lourdes Guerrios Rivera
Urologist at VA Caribbean Healthcare System;
Assistant Professor and Puerto Rico Trauma Center Research Program Director at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Lourdes Guerrios Rivera is assistant professor of surgery at the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine. Guerrios received her Doctor of Medicine at the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine and completed her research, residency and internship programs at the Puerto Rico Medical Center. Guerrios was a member of a team that engages the United States Department of Defense to create a proposal to advance health equity and reduce disparities in prostate cancer among Puerto Ricans and African American Veterans.
Justin Han, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology at Hofstra-Northwell Zucker School of Medicine;
Director for Male Reconstructive Urology, Smith Institute for Urology, Northwell Health;
Chair for Quality, Department of Urology, North Shore University Hospital
Justin Han, MD, is a specialist in urologic reconstruction and male incontinence. His clinical interests include urethral strictures, urologic trauma, erectile dysfunction and male voiding dysfunction. He is the only fellowship-trained urologist in Queens and Long Island specializing in male urologic reconstruction. Dr. Han joined the Smith Institute for Urology at North Shore-LIJ following a fellowship in Genitourinary Reconstruction and Prosthetics. His fellowship training focused on a variety of reconstructive surgeries, including urethroplasty, artificial urinary sphincter, male slings, Peyronie s reconstruction, and minimally invasive surgery.
Linda McIntire, MD
Urologist at MyMichigan Health;
President of R. Frank Jones Urological Society
Linda McIntire, MD, is a urologist at MyMichigan Health, President of R. Frank Jones Urological Society, a board member and chairperson of the Nominating and Human Resources Committees for the Hamilton Community Health Network and a member of the AUA Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University, conducted her residency at Henry Ford Health Systems and a general surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. McIntire presented the first ever course on Diversity and Inclusion at the AUA 22 conference. Dr. McIntire’s commitment to increasing diversity in the urology workforce includes presenting a Prospect Pilot Program to the North Central Section board of directors to increase the numbers of underrepresented medical students to the field of urology among other activities.
Miguel Pineda, MD
Director of Male Sexual Dysfunction and Urologic Prosthetics, Staten Island University Hospital - Northwell Health
Miguel Pineda, MD, is the Director of Male Sexual Dysfunction and Urologic Prosthetics at the Staten Island University Hospital and serves as Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Urology Service Line at Northwell Health. Dr. Pineda received a Doctor of Medicine from Weill Medical College of Cornell University and completed an internship and residency at Brookdale Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in sexual medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine department of urology.
Michelle Jo Semins, MD
Professor, West Virginia University School of Medicine;
Chief, Division of Urology, West Virginia University Wheeling Hospital
Michelle Semins, MD, is a professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the chief of the division of urology at the West Virginia University Wheeling Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She then completed her internship in surgery and residency urology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital with additional specialty training in the field of endourology.
Dr. Semins is a board member of the Northeastern Section of the AUA. She is a member of the Endourological Society and serves as Chair of their Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. She is also a member of Research on Calculus Kinetics Society and the Society of Women in Urology. She has a clinical research focus in kidney stones and is a past awardee of a Young Investigator Research Grant by the Northeastern Section of the AUA. She was also named the Young Urologist of the Year by the AUA in 2016. Dr. Semins is a reviewer for the Journal of Urology and many other peer-review journals, and an Associate Editor of Urology. She is a published author of over 40 articles, more than 50 abstracts, and 9 book chapters.
Gjanje Smith-Mathus, MD
Staff Urologist, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
Gjanje Smith-Mathus, MD, is a board-certified urologist with subspecialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS/urogynecology). Her clinical interests include male and female incontinence and voiding dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal native tissue prolapse repairs and robotic assisted sacrocolpopexy, vesicovaginal fistulae, urethral diverticula and complications related to vaginal mesh.
Dr. Smith-Mathus received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her urology residency training at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, and her fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She serves on the Society of Women in Urology’s task force on the Role of Women Urologists in Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Urology Residency Recruitment, and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) DEI Taskforce.
Simone Thavaseelan, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery/Urology and Chief Director Urology Residency at Brown University
Simone Thavaseelan, MD, completed her fellowship training at Brown University in Minimally Invasive Urology/Endourology/Robotics in 2011. She joined as full time faculty in urology and serves as Chief of Urology at the VA Hospital, overseeing all clinical care and resident training. She is actively involved in resident training at all clinical sites and is an active participant for staffing urology clinic cases. Her interests including stone disease, endourology and robotics. Dr. Thavaseelan is a member of the urology staff at Rhode Island Hospital, the Miriam Hospital, Providence VA Medical Center, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Women & Infants Hospital.
Vijaya M. Vemulakonda, JD, MD
Professor of Pediatric Urology, Director of Research and Residency Program Director, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD is a professor of pediatric urology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine an affiliate faculty member at the Colorado Fetal Care Center and an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado. Dr. Vemulakonda received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, a surgical internship at the Baylor College of Medicine, a residency in the Scott Department of Urology at the Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Washington. Dr. Vemulakonda has conducted work in ethics and law focused on prenatal intervention and the potential impact of fetal status under the law on at risk populations, including immigrant women. As an educator and residency program director at the University of Colorado, Dr. Vemulakonda has worked to develop programs focused on URM representation, including a urology-focused preliminary internship program and a one-year medical research fellowship program, that have offered alternative pathways to successfully place URM and female applicants in urology residency programs. Dr. Vemulakonda has also served on D&l committees locally and nationally, most recently serving as co-chair of the SAU DEI committee and as a member of the AUA Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.