Core Curriculum Committee Members

Philippe E. Spiess, MD, MS
Chair

Dr Philippe Spiess is presently an associate member in the department of Genitourinary Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and associate professor in the department of urology at the University of South Florida. He completed his urology residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and then a 3-year urologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. Dr Spiess has published over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and has edited 5 textbooks in urologic oncology. Dr Spiess currently serves as the vice-chair of the NCCN panel on bladder and penile cancer and is on the editorial board of several national and international peer reviewed journal such as Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, International Brazilian Journal of Urology, and BMC Urology.


 Kenneth Ogan, MD
Senior Consultant: Calculus, Lap/Robotics, Upper Tract Obstruction

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Jodi Antonelli, MD
Senior Editor: Calculus, Lap/Robotics, Upper Tract Obstruction

Jodi Antonelli, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in the medical and surgical management of kidney stone disease. Dr. Antonelli earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. She completed a general surgery internship and a urology residency at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in endourology and stone disease in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern. Her research interests include evaluation of dietary and medical therapies for kidney stone prevention, assessment of outcomes for minimally invasive surgical treatments, and development and assessment of surgical innovation. She was the recipient of the 2014 Elisabeth Pickett Research Award for the Society of Women in Urology. Dr. Antonelli is a member of the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society, and ROCK Society.


Benjamin N. Breyer, MD, MAS
Senior Consultant: Core/General

Benjamin N. Breyer, MD, MAS is a Associate Professor of Urology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He is a Vice-Chair of Urology. He serves as Chief of Urology, San Francisco General Hospital and directs UCSF Male Genitourinary Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery Fellowship. He is Residency Program Associate Director. In addition to clinical work and resident education, Dr. Breyer has a busy research group focused on reconstruction and trauma, BPH and sexual medicine.


 Larissa Bresler, MD
Senior Editor: Core/General
Dr. Bresler MD, DABMA is an Associate Professor of Urology with a joint appointment in the LUMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine. She is an AOA graduate of the Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed her Urology Residency at Loyola followed by a formal medical acupuncture training (Helms Medical Institute) achieving a title of DABMA (Diplomate of American Board of Medical Acupuncturea). Since 2016, she has been serving on the board of directors of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and a chairperson of their research committee.  Dr. Bresler is also a physician scientist with variety of research interests. Her multifaceted interests include male and female pelvic medicine, pain management, bladder dysfunction, and Resident Wellness. She is the recipient of funding from the Industry, the Interstitial Cystitis Association, and is an applicant for NIH and Merit funding from the VA system for her work on the microbiomes of the urinary tract. She is an active participant in the AUA Core Curriculum Committee in a senior editor role of all core topics as well as the team leader and author for anatomy and physiology section. Dr. Bresler was chosen to participate in the 2018-19 AUA leadership program and successfully completed their group leadership project.

Nelson Bennett, MD
Senior Consultant: Impotence, Infertility, Andrology

Nelson Bennett, MD, FACS, (Associate Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) graduated from Mercer University with a degree Biomedical Engineering in 1995. He went to medical school at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete a residency in Urologic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After finishing a 2-year fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Sexual Medicine and Surgery, he joined the faculty at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As a board certified urologist and microsurgeon, Dr. Bennett specializes in the management of erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, disorders of ejaculation and orgasm, low testosterone levels, penile prostheses, and varicocele repair. Dr. Bennett has authored numerous articles and presented research work on a national and international level. He is an associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA and an active member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), American Urologic Association (AUA), and National Medical Association (NMA).


 Alan W. Shindel, MD, MAS
Senior Editor: Impotence, Infertility, Andrology

Alan W. Shindel, MS MAS, is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He graduated from the school of medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2002. He completed his residency training in urology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2007. After completion of his residency he started a 3-year research and clinical fellowship in andrology (men’s reproductive and sexual health) at UCSF under the direction of Drs. Tom Lue and Ira Sharlip. He joined the faculty of urology at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in 2010 as an assistant professor of urology; he was promoted to associate professor of urology in 2014. His clinical practice at that time was devoted towards care of patients with sexual concerns, urinary tract symptoms, and chronic pain syndromes. During his time at UC Davis he served in numerous capacities on the medical school admissions committee and was director of the medical student rotations in urology. He was the Inaugural Editor in Chief for Sexual Medicine, an open access journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine from 2012 to 2015 and served on the board of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 he left UC Davis to serve as a Medical Director at Genomic Health Inc, a manufacturer of genomic based tests for prostate cancer. After two years at Genomic Health Inc. Dr. Shindel returned to UCSF in 2017.


Philippe Spiess, MD
Senior Consultant: Oncology, Urinary Diversion, Adrenal

Dr. Philippe Spiess is presently an associate member in the department of Genitourinary Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and associate professor in the department of urology at the University of South Florida. He completed his urology residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and then a 3-year urologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. Dr Spiess has published over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and has edited 5 textbooks in urologic oncology. Dr Spiess currently serves as the vice-chair of the NCCN panel on bladder and penile cancer and is on the editorial board of several national and international peer reviewed journal such as Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, International Brazilian Journal of Urology, and BMC Urology.


Brian F. Chapin, MD
Senior Editor: Oncology, Urinary Diversion, Adrenal

Dr. Brian Chapin is an Associate Professor, Director of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship and Co-Director of Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Urology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He provides complete surgical care for men and women diagnosed with urologic malignancies. He performs open surgery and minimally invasive/robotic surgery, for patients with prostate, kidney, bladder and testis cancers. His major clinical focus is on the treatment of high risk- localized, locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancers. He has active clinical research protocols developing the integration of surgical, radiation and medical therapies in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Chapin coordinates grant funded translational research at M.D Anderson, which is attempting to identify the biologic and immunologic changes that occur with surgical and systemic therapy treatments in advanced prostate cancer and how these changes may be exploited with use of integrating local and systemic therapies. Using a comprehensive multimodality approach to this disease, Dr. Chapin’s goal is to ease suffering and prolong survival in men with advanced prostate cancer.


Brian VanderBrink, MD
Senior Consultant: Pediatrics

Dr. VanderBrink received his undergraduate degree form State University of New York at Geneseo in Biology and then his medical degree form Tufts University.  His urology residency was completed at North shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center and pursued a pediatric urology fellowship at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

Currently he is faculty member at Cincinnati Children’s Division of Urology and Associate Professor at university of Cincinnati School of Medicine.  His clinical interests are in the field of neurogenic bladder and lower urinary tract reconstructive surgery for a variety of conditions such as spina bifida, exstrophy-epispadias complex and posterior urethral valves.   He works within multicenter collaborative to actively research clinical care pathways and outcomes in order to improve care of children with complex congenital urologic conditions


 Adam Hittelman, MD
Senior Editor: Pediatrics

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Melissa R. Kaufman, MD
Senior Consultant: Voiding, Female, BPH

Dr. Melissa Kaufman is Associate Professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center.   She received her B.A. from Washington University – St. Louis and Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics at University of Tennessee.  Following postdoctoral research at Stanford and completion of medical school in her home state of Arkansas, Dr. Kaufman commenced her Urology residency at Vanderbilt in 2002.  She completed fellowship training in both Male Reconstruction and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in 2009 at Vanderbilt.  Her practice focuses on female and male voiding dysfunction and incontinence, cancer survivorship, pelvic organ prolapse, neurourology, transitional care for congenital urologic conditions, urologic prosthetics, as well as reconstructive surgery for urethral stricture, fistula and trauma.  She is additionally a past-president of the Society of Women in Urology.


Matthew P. Rutman, MD
Senior Editor: Voiding, Female, BPH

Matthew Rutman, M.D., is the Director of Voiding Dysfunction, Incontinence and Urodynamic Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He graduated with honors from Emory University and The Chicago Medical School. After completing his residency at William Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Rutman completed a fellowship in female urology, voiding dysfunction, neurourology and urodynamics at the UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Rutman is board-certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FMPRS). His practice is limited to male and female voiding dysfunctions including urinary retention, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, neurogenic bladder, urinary tract infections, and reconstructive female urology surgery for vaginal prolapse, urethral diverticulum and vesico-vaginal fistulae. He has authored over  40 book chapters and publications in leading journals and urology textbooks. His clinical and research interests are in male and female incontinence, vaginal prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics and surgical outcomes.