August 2022
News from The University of Florida Department of Urology
Li-Ming Su, MD, FRCS(Glasg) | Chairman, UF Urology
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Greetings UroGator Alumni and Friends,

I am pleased to provide you an update on our departmental faculty, residency program and activities. Despite the few challenging years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am excited to tell you that the UF Department of Urology is stronger than ever. We have weathered the storm and have emerged with broader clinical and clinical trials offerings and positive additions to our residency program. With the addition of key advanced fellowship-trained faculty hires including Wayne Brisbane, MD (UCLA), Kevin Campbell, MD (Baylor), and John DiBianco, MD (Michigan), we now cover additional subspecialty services including advance prostate cancer imaging and focal therapy, male infertility and men's health, and holmium laser enucleation for benign prostatic hyperplasia, respectively. This brings us to a total of 20 clinical faculty, who in addition to these new service lines, allow us to provide comprehensive, full-subspecialty services in all areas of urologic care as the number one urology program in the state of Florida.
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
Assistant Professor
Executive Director, University of Florida Prostate Disease Center, Prostate Cancer Advisory Council

Kevin J. Campbell, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
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John Michael DiBianco, MD
Assistant Professor
Commensurate with our faculty growth, we have further enhanced our group of advanced practice providers to a total of 12 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who contribute to all areas of outpatient and inpatient care. We are proud of the diversity of our residency program with the current PGY2 class composed of three outstanding female residents and our incoming intern class including our very first African American female resident, Elizabeth Kwenda (University of Florida College of Medicine). She is joined by Robert Drury (Tulane University) and Chase Mallory (FL International University).

We are delighted to announce our three rising chief residents will be pursuing advanced fellowship training upon completion of residency including Kenan Ashouri, MD (Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery with University of Iowa), Nik Batra, MD (Pediatric Urology Fellowship training at Riley Children’s Health at Indiana University), and Hiro Miyagi, MD (Oncology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL).
From a research perspective, we are seeing promising results in a new potential target for bladder cancer immunotherapy, artificial intelligence for small renal masses, clinical trials in refractory cases of bladder cancer and uric acid stone formers and hyperoxaluric patients, as well as, several device trials including micro-ultrasound as an advanced imaging tool to localize prostate cancer foci.
Lastly, UF Health, as a healthcare system, remains in an aggressive growth strategy with establishment of regional programs throughout the state. Taken together, our future remains extremely bright as our team persists in its quest to become the leading urology center of excellence in the southeast. I hope you will remain in touch with our team and we collectively appreciate your continued support.
Li-Ming Su, MD
Secretary General, Endourological Society
David A. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Urologic Oncology
Chair, Department of Urology
Tom Stringer, MD | UroGators Alumni Society
The UroGators Alumni Society was formally established in 2007 under the auspices and support of the newly formed (2005) UF Department of Urology. UroGators represents a rebirth of the Urology Foundation fostered by former division chief Dr. David Drylie in the early 1970s and represents over six decades of UF Urology residents, fellows and faculty.

Established and ongoing UroGators annual events include: the UF Department of Urology/UroGators Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the American Urological Association Meeting, the UF Urology Resident Graduation Banquet and the David M. Drylie, MD, Visiting Professorship Lecture, Reception and Alumni Tailgate. Watch for our News from UF Health Urology, Gator Bites | News from the UroGators Alumni Society visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all UroGators activities. Through the generosity of the Department, we have grown interest and participation every year.

Proud UroGators have continued to make significant contributions to our profession and to their communities across the nation. As alumni, we were afforded a multitude of professional and personal opportunities from our shared time at UF. Through your generosity, we continue to serve as patrons of the Resident Education Fund. The David M. Drylie, M.D. Visiting Professorship, which greatly enhances national reputation and prestige, is permanently and fully endowed as the result of generous gifting from many UroGators. The same unique philanthropic spirit resulted in the full funding of the Birdwell Finlayson Research Professorship in 2021. 
On October 6 - 8, 2022, the UF Department of Urology and the UroGators Alumni Association will celebrate what has become a much anticipated and much appreciated visiting professorship weekend. Our honored guest for the 8th Annual David M. Drylie Visiting Professorship will be Dr. Seth Lerner from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. This event, as in years past, will be a mixture of academic focus with relaxed social gatherings that will include our residents, faculty, alumni and Dr. Lerner, along with our extended staff and families. The combination of a scholarly activity with family friendly relaxation is what defines the event. The Visiting Professor/UroGators Alumni Weekend is a vital part of our department. It exposes our residents to thought leaders from around the country and enhances UF Urology’s reputation and national prestige.

On Friday, October 7th, we will honor Dr. Robert Newman as our UroGators Alumni Society Golden Gator Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. Dr. Newman and his wife Lynn have been integrally involved in the growth, prominence, and prestige of UF Urology for many decades. He has served many vital roles including both as chief of the division and as the inaugural interim chairman. Dr. Newman continues to prioritize and personify the tripartite mission of UF/Urology represented by clinical care, research and education. This prestigious award has been presented only two times in the past and Dr. Newman joins Drs. Dixon Walker and Zev Wajsman as prior honored recipients. The UF Department of Urology and the UroGators alumni association pays tribute to our proud heritage and to our bright future. 

Information regarding Dr. Newman's reception, as well as all other weekend activities can be found by visiting We hope to see all of you in Gainesville in October.
I humbly restate that I am proud to serve and to represent a truly special group of friends and professionals that share a common Gainesville past. Please consider UF Urology your home away from home.

Thomas F. Stringer, MD
UroGators President
Associate Chair of Philanthropy and Alumni Affairs
2022 Resident & Fellow Graduation Celebration
The 2022 UF Department of Urology Resident Graduation Banquet was held June 24, 2022 inside the grand atrium of the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville. Faculty, Residents, and Families gathered to celebrate the graduation of residents Dr. Jeremy Archer, Dr. Troy Larson, Dr. Tanner Rawlings and endourology fellow Dr. Hemant Chaparala.

This annual event celebrates many years of growth, hard work and dedication for each of our graduates. As has been said before, the days go by slowly but the years go by quickly. One of the great parts of the graduation ceremony is the opportunity to share both the humorous moments and the significant accomplishments of our graduates with their families.
Meet Our PGY-1's
Meet Dr. Robert H. Drury,
UF Urology PGY1
 Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Born and raised in Idaho, I am the youngest of seven children. We are a close-knit “yours, mine, and ours” family, a modern-day Brady Bunch. I met my beautiful wife, Hannah, while we were both attending Brigham Young University (BYU).

Meet Dr. Elizabeth Kwenda,
UF Urology PGY1
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

I was lucky enough to get early exposure to the field during my first year of medical school. I found myself drawn to urology each time I came back to rotate. Urology as a field is innovative, diverse, and can improve the quality of life for patients.

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Meet Dr. Chase William Mallory, UF Urology PGY1
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL

By no means was urology on my radar when I entered medical school. However I came to love the warm, genuine and thoughtful personalities of the field. I enjoy the longitudinal patient relationships as well as the difficult, intimate and humorous conversations.

Meet Our Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow
UF Urology is excited to welcome Dr. Bristol Whiles as our Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow!

What are you most looking forward to this year?
  • Learning from the MIS/Endo faculty and getting to know the residents! I am also excited to explore Florida. 

What are your hobbies?
  • I love to travel and spend time outdoors! Some of my favorite activities include hiking, fishing, and playing golf. A few of my favorite places I have traveled include New Zealand and Italy. 

Tell us about your family.
  • My husband is Austin, and we have a 1 year old son named Bexton!

To learn more about Dr. Whiles visit
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Congratulations Drs. Ashouri, Batra and Miyagi
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Congratulations to Chief Resident Dr. Kenan Ashouri for matching at the University of Iowa for a fellowship in Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery.
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Congratulations to Chief Resident Dr. Nikhil Batra for matching
at the Riley Children’s Health
for a fellowship in
Pediatric Urology.
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Congratulations to Chief Resident Dr. Hiroko Miyagi for matching 
at Moffitt Cancer Center for
a 2 year fellowship in
The 2022 David M. Drylie, MD Visiting Professorship Lecture & UroGators Alumni Weekend | October 6 – 8, 2022
2022 Visiting Professor Lecture
with Dr. Seth Lerner

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
“Bladder Preservation for Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer”
UF Health Shands Shands Auxiliary Conference Center
The 2022 UroGators Alumni Society Welcome Reception Honoring Robert C. Newman, MD, Professor Emeritus the UroGators Alumni Society Golden Gator Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2022 UroGators Alumni Society
Homecoming Tailgate
Time & Location TBD

Missouri Tigers vs Florida Gators (Homecoming)
“The Swamp” | Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
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and to RSVP for all events.
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