Meet the 2023-2024 Leadership Class

Piyush Agarwal, MD

Piyush Agarwal, MD

North Central Section

Piyush Agarwal is a urologic oncologist at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Comprehensive Cancer Research Center.  He is a Professor of Surgery and Urology and the Director of the Bladder Cancer and Urologic Oncology Fellowship Programs.  He completed his undergraduate degrees at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from Cornell University (Weill) School of Medicine and completed his urology residency at CASE Western Reserve University and urologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  His clinical and laboratory research focus on bladder cancer, specifically novel therapies for BCG-unresponsive disease.  Dr. Agarwal has served on the FDA’s oncologic drug advisory committee and authored over seven book chapters and 100 manuscripts. 

Aditya Bagrodia, MD

Aditya Bagrodia, MD

Western Section

Aditya Bagrodia is an Associate Professor of Urology and genitourinary oncology disease team leader at UC San Diego. His practice is comprised of complex, multidisciplinary management all urologic malignancies. Dr. Bagrodia’s clinical and research focus centers on basic, translational, and clinical research for patients with germ cell tumors.  He chairs the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group testicular cancer working group and serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network testicular cancer guidelines.  He is recognized as a leader and innovator in novel educational platforms, having co-created and hosting a podcast—Backtable Urology—a unique means to educate urology providers. Dr. Bagrodia volunteers his time and energy organizing patient-facing summits geared towards patients with prostate, bladder, testicular, and kidney cancers. 

Doreen Chung, MD

Doreen Chung, MD

New York Section

Dr. Doreen E. Chung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She received her MD and completed her residency at the University of Toronto. Following a fellowship in Female Urology, Voiding Dysfunction, and Reconstructive surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2010, she worked the University of Chicago for several years then relocated to New York to join the faculty at Columbia in 2014.  

Dr. Chung is board certified in Urology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). She specializes in male and female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, neurourology, overactive bladder, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and complex genitourinary reconstruction.  

Paul Chung, MD

Paul Chung, MD

Mid-Atlantic Section

Dr. Chung is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He obtained his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University and subsequently completed general surgery and urology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed a research fellowship at the Urologic Oncology Branch of the National Institutes of Health and a clinical fellowship in urologic trauma, reconstruction, and prosthetics at the University of Washington Medical Center. His clinical practice and research interests are focused on urethral stricture disease, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease, buried penis repair, and genitourinary trauma. He serves on committees in the Mid-Atlantic AUA, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, International Society of Sexual Medicine, Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons, and the Société Internationale d'Urologie.

Marisa M. Clifton MD, FACS

Marisa M. Clifton MD, FACS

Mid-Atlantic Section

Marisa M. Clifton MD, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and serves as the Urology Residency Program Director and the Director of Robotic Education. Additionally, Dr. Clifton is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is Director of Women’s Health at the Brady Urological Institute and is fellowship trained and board certified in Urology with subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She is a board member of the MidAtlantic Section of the American Urological Association. She is the Chair of the Medical Student Education Committee and the Chair-elect of the American Urological Association Young Urologists Committee. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of JU Open Plus.

Dr. Clifton received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interests include medical education, female sexual dysfunction, and safety and quality.

Jimena Cubillos, MD

Jimena Cubillos, MD

Northeastern Section

Dr. Cubillos was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States as a child.  She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Religion, cum laude, from the University of Rochester, where she also obtained her Doctorate in Medicine.  She went on to Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC for her residency and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Schneider’s Children’s Hospital.  She joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2010, where she started the robotic program for pediatric urology.  Dr. Cubillos also has a passion for quality and program improvement and is the Vice Chair of Quality, Safety, and Patient Outcomes for the Department of Urology.  She is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.

Christopher Deibert, MD

Christopher Deibert, MD

South Central Section

Chris Deibert MD, MPH is an associate professor of urology, program director, and director of the Men's Health Clinic at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  His clinical focus is on men's health issues including testosterone deficiency, sexual dysfunction, prosthetic surgery, and male fertility.  He also has a non-oncologic general urology practice.

Sarah Faris, MD

Sarah Faris, MD

North Central Section

Sarah Faris, MD is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Chicago where her practice focuses on male and female voiding dysfunction and reconstructive urology.  She completed her undergraduate at Princeton University, received her medical degree from the University of Michigan followed by urology residency at Vanderbilt University and completed a GURS fellowship at the University of Iowa.   Current leadership roles include Urology Residency Program Director, founder and president of the interdepartmental Women Surgeons Committee, prior Ambulatory Medical Director for Urology and current Surgical Director of the DCAM Operating Room.  Research interests include an ongoing RCT looking at the role of antibiotics in prosthetics, urologic trauma and reconstructive surgery outcomes.  She is a senior editor for the AUA Core Curriculum.

Boris Gershman, MD

Boris Gershman, MD

New England Section

Dr. Gershman is a urologic oncologist in the Division of Urologic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) fellowship at Mayo Clinic. His clinical practice focuses on the management of urologic malignancies, including bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer. Dr. Gershman has a broad research interest in comparative effectiveness and health services research within urologic oncology, with a particular focus on causal inference from observational datasets.

Candace Granberg, MD

Candace Granberg, MD

North Central Section

Candace Granberg is a pediatric urologist and Associate Professor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her urology residency at Mayo Clinic, and pediatric urology fellowship at Children’s Medical Center/University of Texas–Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Granberg is Surgeon-in-Chief of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, and Associate Program Director for the Urology residency program. She serves on the Urology Care Foundation Pediatric Health Committee and is Section Editor of the AUA Core Curriculum. She has a strong interest in advocacy, serving as Health Policy Council Chair of the North Central Section, where she is on the Board of Directors. She is on the executive committee of the Minnesota Urological Society, and Past President of the Society for Fetal Urology.

Gwen Grimsby, MD

Gwen Grimsby, MD

Western Section

Raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Gwen completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, urology residency at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and pediatric urology fellowship at UT Southwestern.  She joined Phoenix Children’s in 2015, has 46 publications and is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Mayo Clinic as well as the University of Arizona.

Her interests include neurogenic bladder and genitourinary reconstruction, the advancement of women in medicine, and global health and volunteerism.  She started a Urology Transition Clinic for young adults with congenital urologic conditions, became a founding member of the Phoenix Children’s Women’s Surgical Collaborative (a faculty group formed to recruit, promote, and retain female surgeons), and has completed eight medical missions to Ecuador, Haiti, and Peru. 

Andrew Harris, MD

Andrew Harris, MD

Southeastern Section

Dr. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Kentucky and the Chief of Surgery at the Lexington VA Medical Center. He directs the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety program. He completed medical school at the University of Kentucky in 2007 and residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and entered private practice. He subsequently did a Robotics and Endourology Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. He completed a graduate certificate in Improving Health Care Value with an emphasis in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Harris is most passionate about quality improvement, lean operations, and patient safety education. He is a VA National Shark Tank winner.  Clinically, his main interests involve robotic surgery.

Ryan Hsi, MD

Ryan Hsi, MD

Southeastern Section

Ryan Hsi, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  He completed his residency training at University of Washington, followed by a fellowship in Endourology and Laparoscopy at UCSF.  He is principal investigator of grants from the National Institutions of Health focused on risk assessment, treatment and prevention of kidney stones.  He is a member of EDGE and CoRE.   His clinical areas of interest are performing the medical and surgical management of kidney stone disease.  He co-leads the complex kidney stone clinic at Vanderbilt.  In 2018 he was an AUA/JUA Academic Exchange Scholar.  He is the Tennessee Representative to the SESAUA.

Dharam Kaushik, MD

Dharam Kaushik, MD

South Central Section

Dr. Dharam Kaushik is an Associate Professor and program director of the Society of urologic oncology (SUO) fellowship at the University of Texas Health, San Antonio, Texas.  He completed his urology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska and an SUO fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.  During the COVID pandemic, he trained to become a certified Yoga AllianceÒ teacher (RYT 200) and has created and implemented a program of wellness- incorporating yoga, mindfulness and breathwork for healthcare professionals. He has written op-eds on strategies to mitigate burnout. Dr Kaushik will leverage the resources at the AUA Leadership Program to develop a framework for policy-level advocacy on burnout prevention programs in urology.

Kathleen Kieran, MD

Kathleen Kieran, MD

Western Section

Dr. Kathleen Kieran is a board-certified pediatric urologist, Pediatric Urology Fellowship Director at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Professor and Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the University of Washington Department of Urology. Her clinical and research interests include general and prenatal urology, health care disparities, impact of public health initiatives on pediatric urologic health, and surgeons’ communication skills.

Dr. Kieran completed her undergraduate education at Tufts University, her MD at Boston University School of Medicine, urology residency at University of Michigan, and pediatric urology fellowship at University of Tennessee.  She earned master’s degrees at University of Michigan and University of Iowa.

Outside work, Dr. Kieran enjoys hiking, dog training, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with family.

Ahmed Kotb, MD

Ahmed Kotb, MD

Northeastern Section

I am an assistant professor of Urology in Northern Ontario school of Medicine (NOSM) since 2018. A senate of the NOSM University since 2023. I earned my Bachelor degree in Medicine and surgery from Egypt, followed by obtaining ECFMG certificate and LMCC. I had my master and doctorate degrees in Urology from Egypt, followed by obtaining FEBU in 2011, FRCS Urology in 2017 and FRCSC in 2022.

My current responsibilities are both academic through teaching medical students, fellows, and residents beside leading many research projects and clinical which is mainly through managing patients with urological malignancies.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my free time with my lovely 3 kids.

Janet Kukreja, MD

Janet Kukreja, MD

South Central Section

Dr. Kukreja is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Colorado. She did urology residency at the University of Rochester and urologic oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. At the University of Colorado she teaches and is an active member of the Institute of Healthcare Quality Safety and Effectiveness. She is a researcher focusing on bladder cancer research and received the AUA Urology Care Foundation grant. She is also active in the SUO and recently joined the YUO board. In addition, she serves as an urologic oncology section editor of Urology Times. 

Eugene Lee, MD

Eugene Lee, MD

South Central Section

Eugene K. Lee is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Kansas Health System. He serves as the Director of Urologic Oncology and the Program Director for the SUO Fellowship. Additionally, he leads the Clinical Research program for the Department of Urology. After completion of his residency training at the University of Kansas, he completed a urologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Lee is a surgeon-scientist who focuses on urologic cancers. His main areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, penile cancer, and testicular cancer. He performs both open and minimally invasive surgery.

John Leppert, MD

John Leppert, MD

Western Section

Dr. John Leppert is a Professor of Urology and, by courtesy, Medicine at Stanford University and the Chief of the Urology Division at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Leppert’s clinical practice includes care for Veterans with urologic cancers - including open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical approaches. His research includes two areas of study. At the VA, Dr. Leppert applies epidemiology and health services approaches to help improve outcomes for Veterans with urologic cancers and urinary stone disease. At Stanford, Dr. Leppert heads the Stanford Kidney Cancer Research Program and is using advanced proteomics to develop diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of kidney cancer. Dr. Leppert enjoys spending time with his family, and playing and listening to music.

Lara MacLachlan, MD

Lara MacLachlan, MD

New England Section

Lara S MacLachlan, MD is an Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Urology Residency Program Director at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and previously had a career in engineering prior to pursuing her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center followed by a fellowship in female urology/urogynecology at Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical interests include the treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders and neurourology.

Sarah McAchran, MD

Sarah McAchran, MD

Dr. Sarah E. McAchran, MD, FACS, is Associate Professor of Urology and Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Wellness for the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. McAchran earned her A.B. in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and her M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  She completed Urology residency at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. McAchran is the founder and co-director of the Women’s Pelvic Wellness center at UW Health.  She is the Immediate Past President of the Wisconsin Urologic Society and Vice-Chair of the Women in Urology Committee of the North Central Section. At the national level, she serves as Faculty for the AUA Oral Board Review Course, as a member of the AUA Public Policy Committee, and was a Peer Reviewer for the AUA Guidelines on Stress Urinary Incontinence. 

Reza Mehrazin, MD

Reza Mehrazin, MD

New York Section

Dr. Mehrazin is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the SUO Fellowship Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. He grew up in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He completed his urology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences followed by a two-year society of urologic oncology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  His clinical practice consists of treatments of kidney and bladder cancer with a focus on minimally invasive or robotic surgery. He has lectured at numerous national and international meetings, particularly on improving outcomes following kidney and bladder cancer surgery. He has published over 130 articles and book chapters. He is passionate about education and mentorship of residents and fellows and methods to improve patient outcomes.

Akanksha Mehta, MD

Akanksha Mehta, MD

Southeastern Section

Dr. Akanksha Mehta is an Associate Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine. She completed her Urology residency at Alpert Medical School at Brown University, followed by fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a Master of Science in Clinical Research at Emory University.  

Dr. Mehta currently serves as Director of Male Reproductive Health for Emory Urology and is a guest researcher in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC. Her research interests focus on improving access to care for couples with male factor infertility and studying the impact of male factor infertility on reproductive outcomes. She is the Residency Program Director for Emory Urology and is passionate about teaching and training future leaders in medicine.  

Stephen Riggs, MD

Stephen Riggs, MD

Southeastern Section

Dr. Riggs is currently an Associate Professor of Urology and residency program director at Atrium Health. He attended medical school at the Medical University of S.C., internship at Vanderbilt University, residency at the University of MS and fellowship in Urologic Oncology at UCLA. He obtained his MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business with a concentration on the “Business of Medicine.” He currently serves in several system roles within Atrium Health, including Chair of its eight hospital Commission on Cancer Committee, Chair of the Robotics Strategy and Development Council as well as chair of the Surgical Hospital at Home initiative.  He also serves as Chair of the finance committee for the Southeastern Section AUA and is Vice President of the North Carolina Urologic Association.  His clinical interest includes all aspects of Urologic Oncology with a focus on bladder, kidney, and testicular cancer. His research passion lies in the use of technology and protocol driven care to improve coordination, cost efficiency, quality, and patient experience. Outside of work he is passionate about anything that includes spending time with his wife and three children. 

Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, MD

Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, MD

Mid-Atlantic Section

Dr. Siddiqui is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).  Dr. Siddiqui completed his undergraduate work in Biology and Chemical Engineering at MIT, MD at Harvard Medical School, residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and urologic oncology fellowship at the NIH.  At UMSOM, he holds leadership responsibilities of the Urology Residency Program Director, Chief of Urology for the Maryland VA Healthcare System, Director of Urologic Oncology and Director of Robotic Surgery.   His research interests focus on utilizing imaging and biomarkers for improved diagnosis and management of prostate and bladder cancer for which he manages a lab and research group which has been funded by the NIH, DOD, VA, and PCORI.

Vannita Simma-Chiang, MD

Vannita Simma-Chiang, MD

New York Section

Vannita Simma-Chiang, MD, MBA, is an Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). 

A native (Bronx) New Yorker, she graduated from Brown University with Honors in Human Biology, completed her M.D. and residency at the Keck SOM/USC Institute of Urology in Los Angeles and a Voiding Dysfunction Fellowship at Weill Cornell. A lifelong learner, she also earned her MBA at Brandeis University. She is also an active member of the NYSAUA, SWIU, SAU, President’s Advisory Council at Brown, and AUA Research Council for DEI and Leadership/Business Education Committees, her 3 sons (and husband) complete her very fulfilling life!

Simone Thavaseelan, MD

Simone Thavaseelan, MD

New England Section

Simone Thavaseelan is an Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, a graduate of Georgetown University SOM in 2005, urology residency in 2010 followed by fellowship in Endourology/ Minimally Invasive Urology in 2011 both at Brown University.  She is Section Chief of Urology at the Providence VA Medical Center, and attending staff specializing in Endourology at Brown Urology where she is the Program Director of the residency.  She focuses her scholarship on graduate medical education and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  She serves on the GME Committee at Brown, and Board of Directors of BUI, Office of Women in Medicine & Science and the Society of Women in Urology.  She has recently completed service on the Board of the Society of Academic Urology as well as Vice Chair of the AUA Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion in 2021.

Robert Welliver, Jr., MD

Robert Welliver, Jr., MD

Northeastern

R Charles Welliver Jr, MD is an Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Men’s Health in the Department of Urology at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He received a BS from the University of Rochester in Biomedical Engineering and graduated from Stony Brook School of Medicine. Prior to completing a fellowship in andrology, he completed residency at Albany Medical College.

He is a member of the BPH Guidelines committee, AUA Public Media committee, the Urology Care Foundation and is a senior consultant for the AUA Core Curriculum.  He is a board member for the Northeast Section and the Society of Benign Prostate Disease. 

His clinical and research interests focus on BPH, male infertility, sexual dysfunction and men’s health.