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Meet our lab members!

 

Rose Khavari, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Rose Khavari is an Associate Professor of Urology at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Khavari received her M.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and with an interest in functional urologic surgery, following her residency at Baylor College of Medicine she completed her fellowship in male and female continence, pelvic reconstructive surgery and neurourology at Houston Methodist Hospital. Beside her clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Khavari is also the program director for Urology residency Program at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Faculty Profile

Clinical Profile

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Hamida Rajab

Research Coordinator

Hamida graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology/Genetics from the University of Memphis. With many years of experience in clinical research, Hamida facilitates study recruitment and ensures all of our clinical trials and studies run smoothly and comply with good clinical practice.

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Khue Tran

Research Assistant

Khue graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. With a research background in neuroimaging and behavioral psychology, Khue is interested in using neuroimaging modalities to further current understandings on the brain control over the bladder.

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Carlina (Carol) Acosta

Medical Assistant and Urodynamics Technician

As our experienced medical assistant and technician, Carol performs and oversees the urodynamics (UDS) portion in all of our concurrent UDS/fMRI studies. Always making sure that our participants feel safe and our studies run smoothly, Carol is a valuable member of our team.

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Mentors & Collaborators

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Timothy Boone, MD, PhD

As the Chair of the Houston Methodist Urology Department and the Director of the Houston Methodist Academic Institute, Dr. Boone has been a mentor to Dr. Khavari since 2006. With over 25 years of professional and academic career focused on neurourology, Dr. Boone has been supporting and advising majority of our projects in the past decade. Dr. Boone’s unapparelled mentorship has been instrumental in shaping Dr. Khavari’s academic career.

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Doroles Lamb, PhD

As the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Lamb has been a mentor to Dr. Khavari since her residency training. With an extensive background in both clinical diagnostic and basic science in the fields of urology, prostate cancer, and genitourinary birth defects, Dr. Lamb has been supporting many of our research projects and grant applications. Dr. Lamb is an excellent researcher with various funding mechanisms through NIDDK who has mentored Dr. Khavari for over a decade and has shaped her academic career into a rising surgeon-scientist.

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Christof Karmonik, PhD

As the Director of the Houston Methodist Translational Imaging Center, Dr. Karmonik has been been working closely with us on numerous projects on the brain control of the bladder since 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in clinical and preclinical MRI research, Dr. Karmonik offers valuable insights on the planning, execution, and analysis in many of our studies.

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Ricardo Gonzalez, MD

Dr. Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Urology at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine and Texas A&M University. With an expertise in minimally invasive treatments for voiding dysfunction, he has been a strong collaborator in many of our studies in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Many of his patients participate in our clinical trial.

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Santosh Helekar, MD, PhD

Dr. Helekar is one of the inventors of the Transcranial Rotating Permanent Magnet Stimulator (TRPMS), a device used in one of our clinical trials. With many years of expertise, Dr. Helekar has been a consultant and collaborator supporting all our TRPMS-related studies.

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Rachel High, DO

Dr. High a skilled urogynecologist is interested in evaluating the higher neural changes following the administration of overactive bladder (OAB) medications. We have been collaborating over the past two years to create the first multi-center human trial designed specifically to study cognitive effects of medications use in OAB.

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Brian Miles, MD

Dr. Miles is a Professor of Urology at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. With and expertise in robotic surgery and a specialization in urologic oncology, especially cancer of the prostate, Dr. Miles has been a collaborator in many of our studies on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male urinary incontinence. Additionally, Dr. Miles has been a mentor to Dr. Khavari over the past decade helping shape her academic urology career. Many of Dr. Miles patients participate in our clinical trials.

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Zhaoyue Shi, PhD

Dr. Shi is an Instructor of Radiology at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine. With a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Shi is interested in translating fMRI analysis techniques to the clinic to investigate brain networks. Dr. Shi performs neuroimaging analysis on many of our studies, which helps further our understanding on the brain control over the bladder and its clinical implications.

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Argyrios (Argy) Stampas, MD

Dr. Stampas is a physiatrist at TIRR Memorial Hermann and has a few active trials evaluating transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in acute and chronic spinal cord injury patients. With a clinical interest in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Dr. Stampas has been a collaborator in many of our studies, especially on bladder and bowel management of neurogenic patients.

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Julie Stewart, MD

Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College and specializes in treating men and women with urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction. Dr. Stewart has been a collaborator in several of our studies and many of her patients participate in our clinical trials.

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Yingchun Zhang, PhD

Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University, China in 2004. After completing his postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, he joined the University of Houston in Fall 2012 as an Associate Professor. Dr. Zhang has been collaborating with us on several projects using dynamic MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to explore the brain control of the bladder.

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Neurogenic Bladder Research Group (NBRG)

As an active member of the Neurogenic Bladder Research Group (NBRG), Dr. Khavari and her research team have been collaborating with NBRG on many projects to improve the quality of life, surgical outcomes, and clinical care of individuals living with neurogenic bladder.

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Trainees in the lab

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Natalia Hernandez, MD

PGY-5 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Christopher Tallman, MD

PGY-5 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Alexander MacKay, MD

PGY-4 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Logan Hubbard, MD

PGY-3 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Paola Bustillos, MD

PGY-3 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Thaiphi Luu, MD

PGY-2 Urology Resident
Houston Methodist Hospital

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Darshil Choksi

MS2
Texas A&M College of Medicine (EnMed)

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Bradley Schott

MS1
Texas A&M College of Medicine (EnMed)

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Yongchang (Ryan) Jang

MS3
Texas A&M College of Medicine

 

Lab Alumni

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Rachel Sosland, MD

Urologist
Urology Austin

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Sanchita Bose, MD

Urologist
MaineHealth

 

Join our team!

We are always looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in NeuroUrology research to join our team.