Previous LIFT Fellows

Philip Bucur:  2012-2013

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Philip completed his undergraduate studies at UC Irvine and attended medical school at UC Irvine, and is currently a 3rd-year urology resident. He became interested in urology during his clinical clerkships and completed the year-long LIFT fellowship conducting clinical, translational, and educational research with Dr. Landman. He also completed the MS-BATS program. His accomplishments during his fellowship year include initiating and leading a prospective comparative trial, receiving two research grants from the Foundation for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery, being recognized by the UC Irvine faculty for distinction in research, co-founding the Department of Urology Summer Surgery Program for high school students, and presenting his research at the 2013 annual AUA conference. Following the LIFT fellowship, Philip matched for urology residency at UC Irvine in 2014.

Publications:

  1. Yoon R, Del Junco M, Kaplan A, Okhunov Z, Bucur P, Hofmann M, Alipanah R, McDougall EM, Landman J. Development of a Novel iPad-Based Laparoscopic Trainer and Comparison With a Standard Laparoscopic Trainer for Basic Laparoscopic Skills Testing. J Surg Educ. 2015 Jan-Feb;72(1):41-6.
  2. Menhadji AD, Nguyen V, Okhunov Z, Bucur P, Chu WH, Cho J, Billingsley J, Morrison D, Kelly CR, Landman J. Technique for Office-Based, Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy of Renal Cortical Neoplasms Using a Novel Transducer for Facilitated Ultrasound Targeting.BJU Int. 2013 Oct 8.
  3. Lusch A, Liss MA, Greene P, Abdelshehid C, Menhadji A, Bucur P, Alipanah R, McDougall E, Landman J. Comparison of optics and performance of a distal sensor high definition cystoscope, a distal sensor standard definition cystoscope, and a fiberoptic cystoscope. Urology. 2013 Dec;82(6):1226-30.
  4. Lusch A, Bucur PL, Menhadji AD, Okhunov Z, Liss MA, Perez-Lanzac A, McDougall EM, Landman J. Evaluation of the impact of three-dimensional vision on laparoscopic performance. J Endourol. 2014 Feb;28(2):261-6.
  5. Menhadji A, Nguyen V, Cho J, Chu R, Osann K, Bucur P, Patel P, Lusch A, McDougall E, Landman J. In vitro comparison of a novel facilitated ultrasound targeting technology vs standard technique for percutaneous renal biopsy. Urology. 2013 Sep;82(3):734-7.
  6. Okhunov Z, Helmy M, Perez-Lansac A, Menhadji A, Bucur P, Kolla SB, Cho JS, Osann K, Lusch A, Landman J. Interobserver reliability and reproducibility of S.T.O.N.E. Nephrolithometry for renal calculi. J Endourol. 2013 Oct;27(10):1303-6.
  7. Nguyen V, Menhadji A, Chu R, Cho J, Osann K, Bucur P, Patel P, Okhunov Z, Lusch A, McDougall E, Landman J.In vitro randomized comparison of a standard and novel echogenic needle for ultrasonography-guided renal targeting. J Endourol. 2013 Oct;27(10):1277-81.

 

Ashleigh Menhadji:  2012-2013

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Ashleigh attended UC Irvine for her undergraduate studies before completing medical school at Boston University. She spent a year between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school as a LIFT fellow with the Department of Urology at UC Irvine working on a variety of clinical, translational, and educational studies. Her largest project involved testing a novel ultrasound transducer used for renal mass biopsy. She helped move the project from an in vitro study to a multi-center clinical trial. Her work was published in both Urology Gold Journal and the Journal of Endourology and was presented at the World Congress of Endourology in 2013. She presented her paper on resident education and surgical training at the 2013 AUA annual meeting.

Publications:

  1. Lusch A, Okhunov Z, Del Junco M, Yoon R, Khanipour R, Menhadji A, Landman J. Comparison of Optics and Performance of Single Channel and a Novel Dual-channel Fiberoptic Ureteroscope.Urology. 2015 Jan;85(1):268-72.
  2. Menhadji AD, Nguyen V, Okhunov Z, Bucur P, Chu WH, Cho J, Billingsley J, Morrison D, Kelly CR, Landman J. Technique for Office-Based, Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy of Renal Cortical Neoplasms Using a Novel Transducer for Facilitated Ultrasound Targeting.BJU Int. 2013 Oct 8.
  3. Lusch A, Liss MA, Greene P, Abdelshehid C, Menhadji A, Bucur P, Alipanah R, McDougall E, Landman J. Comparison of optics and performance of a distal sensor high definition cystoscope, a distal sensor standard definition cystoscope, and a fiberoptic cystoscope. Urology. 2013 Dec;82(6):1226-30.
  4. Lusch A, Bucur PL, Menhadji AD, Okhunov Z, Liss MA, Perez-Lanzac A, McDougall EM, Landman J. Evaluation of the impact of three-dimensional vision on laparoscopic performance. J Endourol. 2014 Feb;28(2):261-6.
  5. Menhadji A, Nguyen V, Cho J, Chu R, Osann K, Bucur P, Patel P, Lusch A, McDougall E, Landman J. In vitro comparison of a novel facilitated ultrasound targeting technology vs standard technique for percutaneous renal biopsy. Urology. 2013 Sep;82(3):734-7.
  6. Okhunov Z, Helmy M, Perez-Lansac A, Menhadji A, Bucur P, Kolla SB, Cho JS, Osann K, Lusch A, Landman J. Interobserver reliability and reproducibility of S.T.O.N.E. Nephrolithometry for renal calculi. J Endourol. 2013 Oct;27(10):1303-6.
  7. Nguyen V, Menhadji A, Chu R, Cho J, Osann K, Bucur P, Patel P, Okhunov Z, Lusch A, McDougall E, Landman J. In vitro randomized comparison of a standard and novel echogenic needle for ultrasonography-guided renal targeting. J Endourol. 2013 Oct;27(10):1277-81.
  8. Menhadji A, Abdelshehid C, Osann K, Alipanah R, Lusch A, Graversen J, Lee J, Quach S, Huynh V, Sidhom D, Gerbatsch I, Landman J, McDougall E. Tracking and assessment of technical skills acquisition among urology residents for open, laparoscopic, and robotic skills over 4 years: is there a trend? J Endourol. 2013 Jun;27(6):783-9.

 

Garen Abedi:  2013-2014

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Garen attended UC Irvine for both his undergraduate and medical studies. He is currently a 2nd year urology resident at UC Irvine and pursuing his interest in minimally invasive urology. He completed the MS-BATS program concurrently with the LIFT fellowship program. His main projects during his fellowship year included a clinical trial of intra-detrusor Botox injections for the treatment of post-ureteral stent pain and lower urinary tract symptoms as well as a comparative study of the radiation dose exposure during triple bolus CT urography and coventional CT urography for small renal cortical neoplasms. His work has been published in the Urology Gold Journal and has received much recognition at both regional and national urologic meetings. Following the LIFT fellowship, Garen matched for urology residency at UC Irvine in 2015.

Publications:

  1. Abedi G, Okhunov Z, Lall C, Babaian K, del Junco M, Helmy M, Landman J.Comparison of radiation dose from conventional and triple-bolus computed tomography urography protocols in the diagnosis and management of patients with renal cortical neoplasms. Urology. 2014 Oct;84(4):875-80.
  2. Del Junco M, Okhunov Z, Yoon R, Khanipour R, Juncal S, Abedi G, Lusch A, Landman J. Development and Initial Porcine and Cadaver Experience with Three-Dimensional Printing of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Equipment. Journal of Endourology. January 2015, 29(1): 58-62. doi:10.1089/end.2014.0280.
  3. Spradling K, Khoyilar C, Abedi G, Okhunov Z, Wikenheiser J, Yoon R, Huang J, Youssef RF, Ghoniem G, Landman J. Redefining the autonomic nerve distribution of the urinary bladder using three-dimensional image reconstruction. Journal of Urology. 2015 Dec; 194(6): 1661-7.

 

Martin Hofmann:  2013-2014

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Martin received his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego before entering medical school at UC Irvine in 2010. He is currently a 2nd year urology resident at UC Irvine. He completed the MS-BATS program and the year-long LIFT fellowship between his 3rd and 4th years of medical school. His research interests include minimally invasive treatments of kidney and upper urinary tract pathology. As a fellow, Martin helped develop a tablet-based surgical atlas for urology trainees for which he received a $25,000 grant from the Society for Urology. He is very involved in the medical school community and has served as the co-president for the medical student body as well as the president of the urology interest group. Following the LIFT fellowship, Martin matched for urology residency at UC Irvine in 2015.

Publications:

  1. Yoon R, Del Junco M, Kaplan A, Okhunov Z, Bucur P, Hofmann M, Alipanah R, McDougall EM, Landman J. Development of a Novel iPad-Based Laparoscopic Trainer and Comparison With a Standard Laparoscopic Trainer for Basic Laparoscopic Skills Testing. J Surg Educ. 2015 Jan-Feb;72(1):41-6.
  2. Spradling K, Uribe B, Okhunov Z, Hofmann M, del Junco M, Hwang C, Gruber C, Youssef RF, Landman J. Evaluation of ignition and burn risk associated with contemporary fiberoptic and distal sensor endoscopic technology. Journal of Endourology. 2015 Sep;29(9): 1076-82.

 

Kyle Spradling:  2014-2015

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Kyle completed his undergraduate degree at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. After working as a high school teacher for two years he entered medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2011. He became interested in urology research during his MS3 clerkships and joined the UC Irvine Department of Urology as a LIFT fellow between his 3rd and 4th year of medical school. He has conducted several research projects under the mentorship of Dr. Landman, including a 3D reconstruction of the autonomic nerve distribution to the bladder and multi-center comparison study of upper urinary tract biopsy devices. During his fellowship year, Kyle has presented projects at multiple urology meetings, including the AUA annual meeting in May 2015. Kyle matched for urology residency at Stanford University in 2016.

Publications:

  1. Spradling K, Lotan Y, Shokeir A, Abol-Enein H, Mosbah A, Morgan JB, Ghoneim M, Youssef RF. Lymphovascular invasion is associated with oncologic outcomes following radical cystectomy for squamous cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder. Urologic Oncology. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations , Volume 34 , Issue 9 , 417.e1 – 417.e8
  2. Spradling K, Vernez SL, Khoyilar C, Morgan JB, Okhunov Z, Preminger GM, Lipkin ME, Landman J, Youssef RF. Prevalence of hyperoxaluria in urinary stone formers: chronological and geographical trends and a literature review. Journal of Endourology. April 2016, 30(4): 469-475. doi:10.1089/end.2015.0676.
  3. Spradling K, Youssef RF (2015). Controversies related to diabetes and risk of bladder cancer. Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry. In Press.
  4. Adsul P, Wray R, Spradling K, Darwish O, Weaver N, Siddiqui S. Systematic review of decision aids for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients making treatment decisions. Journal of Urology. 2015 Nov;194(5): 1247-52.
  5. Spradling K, Khoyilar C, Abedi G, Okhunov Z, Wikenheiser J, Yoon R, Huang J, Youssef RF, Ghoniem G, Landman J. Redefining the autonomic nerve distribution of the urinary bladder using three-dimensional image reconstruction. Journal of Urology. 2015 Dec; 194(6): 1661-7.
  6. Youssef RF, Spradling K, Yoon R, Dolan B, Chamberlin J, Okhunov Z, Clayman R, Landman J. Applications of three-dimensional printing technology in urologic practice. BJU International 2015 Nov;116(5): 697-702.
  7. Spradling K, Uribe B, Okhunov Z, Hofmann M, del Junco M, Hwang C, Gruber C, Youssef RF, Landman J. Evaluation of ignition and burn risk associated with contemporary fiberoptic and distal sensor endoscopic technology. Journal of Endourology. 2015 Sep;29(9): 1076-82.

 

Rahul Dutta: 2015-2016

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Rahul completed his undergraduate degree at The College of New Jersey as part of an accelerated BS/MD program. He is now a medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He became interested in Urology while on his surgery clerkship during his 3rd year at Rutgers NJMS, and subsequently joined the UC Irvine Department of Urology as a LIFT Fellow. He worked on several research studies with Dr. Landman and Dr. Clayman, including a prospective trial on using Botox injections to reduce pain and irritative voiding symptoms following the placement of a ureteral stent and a trial to test the video quality of a cell phone operated cystoscope. During his year as a LIFT fellow, Rahul presented at the 2015 AUA Western Section conference and AUA annual meeting in May 2016. Following the LIFT fellowship, Rahul matched in urology at Wake Forest University in 2017.

Publications:

  1. Dutta R, Abdelhalim A, Martin JW, Vernez SL, Faltas B, Lotan Y, Youssef RF. Effect of Tumor Location on Survival in Patients with Adenocarcinoma of the Urinary Bladder. Urologic Oncology.  DOI: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2016.06.009
  2. Dutta R, Vyas A, Landman J, Clayman RV. Death of the Safety Guidewire. Journal of Endourology. DOI: 10.1089/end.2016.0314
  3. Dutta R, Okhunov Z, Vernez SL, Kaler K, Gulati AT, Youssef RF, Nelson K, Lotan Y, Landman J. Cost Comparisons Between Different Techniques of Percutaneous Renal Biopsy for Small Renal Masses. Journal of Endourology. DOI: 10.1089/end.2016.0015
  4. Vernez SL, Okhunov Z, Wikenheiser J, Khoyilar C, Alkashgari HR, Yoon R, Dutta R, Osann K, Kaler K, Youssef RF, Lee TK, Clayman RV, Landman J. Three-Dimensional Image Reconstruction of the Autonomic Nerve Distribution of the Entire Human Ureter. Journal of Urology, DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2016.08.118
  5. Chang BC, Tran N, Verma S, Dutta R, Tang P, Mousa M, Hernandez-Rangel E, Nayyar M, Lall C. Cross-sectional imaging following surgical interventions for stress urinary incontinence in females. Abdominal Radiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00261-016-0684-0
  6. Farhan B, Ahmed A, Dutta R, Ghoniem G. Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation in Urology: Overview. Women’s Health & Gynecology. ISSN: 2369-307X
  7. Martin JW, Ahmed A, Farhan B, Dutta R, Carballido E, Smith C, Youssef RF. Squamous cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder: Systematic review of clinical characteristics and therapeutic approaches. Arab J Urology. DOI: 10.1016/j.aju.2016.07.001

Simone Vernez: 2015-2016

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Simone completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Stanford University. After working as a research project manager and bioethics teaching assistant at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, she entered medical school at the University of California, Irvine.  Simone became interested in urology during her urology clerkship and subsequently joined the UC Irvine Department of Urology as a LIFT fellow between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jaime Landman and Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, she conducted several research projects including a 3D reconstruction of the autonomic nerve distribution to the entire human ureter and determining the impact of skin-to-tumor distance on success rates for percutaneous cryoablation for small renal masses. During her fellowship year, she wrote grants and obtained funding for her research, presented at multiple urology and genitourinary oncology meetings, and published several papers.  Following the LIFT fellowship, Simone matched in urology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2017.

Publications:

  1. Vernez SL, Okhunov Z, Wikenheiser J, Khoyilar C, Dutta R, Osann K, Kaler K, Lee TK, Clayman RV, Landman J. Precise Characterization and Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Autonomic Nerve Distribution of the Human Ureter.  J Urol. 2016 Sep 14. pii: S0022-5347(16)31300-3. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2016.08.118. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27639714
  2. Vernez SL, Huynh VB, Osann KE, Okhunov Z, Landman J, Clayman R. Assessing Surgical Skills Among Urology Resident Applicants: Can Crowd-Sourcing Identify the Next Generation of Surgeons?J Endourol. 2016 Sep 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27633332
  3. Dutta R, Abdelhalim A, Martin JW, Vernez SL, Faltas B, Lotan Y, Youssef RF. Impact of Tumor Location on Survival in Urinary Bladder Adenocarcinoma: A Population-Based Analysis. Urol Oncol. 2016. Ahead of print: doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2016.06.009.
  4. Ahmed A, Farhan B, Vernez SL, Ghoniem G. The Challenges In The Diagnosis Of Detrusor Underactivity In Clinical Practice: A Mini-Review. Arab Journal of Urology, 2016; 14(3): 223-227.
  5. Kaler K, Vernez SL, Dolich M. Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair in Pelvic Surgery.  J Endourol. 2016 July, Ahead of print. doi:10.1089/end.2106.0225.
  6. Dutta R, Okhunov Z, Vernez SL, Kaler K, Gulati AT, Youssef RF, Nelson K, Lotan Y, Landman J. Cost Comparisons Between Different Techniques of Percutaneous Renal Biopsy for Small Renal Masses. J Endourol. 2016 May;30 Suppl 1:S28-33.
  7. Vernez SL, Okhunov Z, Motamedinia P, Bird V, Okeke Z, Smith A. Nephrolithometric scoring systems to predict outcomes of percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Rev Urol. 2016;18(1):15-27.
  8. Spradling K, Vernez SL, Khoyilar C, Morgan JB, Okhunov Z, Preminger GM, Lipkin ME, Clayman RV, Landman J, Youssef RF. Prevalence of Hyperoxaluria in Urinary Stone Formers: Chronological and Geographical Trends and a Literature Review. J Endourol 2016; 30(4):469-75.

Shoaib Safiullah:  2016-2017

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Shoaib completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at North Park University, in Chicago, Illinois. Following college, he worked as a research assistant conducting research on multidrug-resistant organisms, including MRSA and VRE, at Rush University Medical Center, and subsequently began his medical education at Chicago Medical School. Shoaib became interested in urologic research during his third-year surgery clerkship, while working with his mentor, Dr. Nejd Alsikafi of the Trauma and Urologic Reconstructive Network of Surgeons (TURNS). After completing several sub-internships, he joined the UC Irvine Department of Urology as a LIFT Fellow. He is currently conducting several research studies under the mentorship of Dr. Landman and Dr. Clayman, including retrospective and prospective studies regarding an innovative approach to the preoperative planning of PCNL and partial nephrectomy using virtual reality technology. Shoaib recently presented work at the World Congress of Endourology (Cape Town) and expects to present his ongoing research at the AUA and EUS annual conferences in May 2017. During his LIFT Fellowship year, he successfully matched in Urology at the University of Missouri.

Publications:

  1. Safiullah, S., Patel, R., Uribe, B., Dutta, R., Spradling, K., Lall, C., Okhunov, Z., Clayman, R.V., Landman, J., 2016. Prevalence of Protective Shielding Utilization for Radiation Dose Reduction in Adult Patients Undergoing Computed Tomography. Submitted for Publication.
  2. Kaler, K., Huynh, L., Safiullah, S., Ahlering, T., 2016. Impact of Regional Hypothermia on Urinary Continence During Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: A Randomized Control Trial. Submitted for Publication.
  3. Safiullah, S., Okhunov, Z., Patel, R., Vernez, S.L., Juncal, S., Tailly, T., Duty, B., Martin, J., Fukawa, S., Garland, H., Khajeh, N., Yoon, R., Youssef, R., Jordan, M.L., McDougall, E., Clayman, R., Landman, J., 2016. Evaluation of Urology Residency Training and Perceived Resident Competencies in the United States. Manuscript.

Daniel Lama:  2016-2017

Daniel completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to starting his medical education at the University of California, Irvine, he worked as a research associate in their Department of Pharmacology investigating the effects of estrogen on cerebrovasculature. While pursuing his passion in surgery, Daniel developed a strong interest in Urology during his surgery clerkship and joined the UC Irvine Department of Urology as LIFT fellow between his 3rd and 4th years of medical school. Currently, he is conducting several studies under the mentorship of Dr. Landman and Dr. Clayman, including a prospective randomized comparative evaluation of triple-bolus CT urography and conventional CT urography for hematuria; the feasibility of performing dialysis in the rabbit retroperitoneum; a novel technique for real-time intrarenal pressure measurements during ureteroscopy; and a multi-center retrospective evaluation of the quality of several upper urinary tract biopsy devices. Daniel recently presented at the 2016 World Congress of Endourology, and the AUA and EUS conferences in May, 2017.

Publications:

  • Lama DJ, Safiullah S, Patel RM, Zhang L, Lee TK, Margulis V, Savage SJ, Uchio E, Landman J. Multi-Institutional Evaluation of Upper Urinary Tract Biopsy Using Backloaded Cup Biopsy Forceps, a Nitinol Basket, and Standard Cup Biopsy Forceps. Submitted to European Urology, 11/2017
  • Lama DJ, Safiullah S, Yang A, Hoang T, Landman J, Clayman RV. Three-Dimensional Evaluation of Perirenal Fat Volume in Patients with Nephrolithiasis. Submitted to Urolithiasis, 11/2017.
  • Lama DJ, Owyong M, Parkhomenko E, Patel RM, Landman J, Clayman RV. Fluid Dynamic Analysis of Hand-Pump Infuser and UROMAT E.A.S.I. Pump Facilitated Irrigation through a Flexible Ureteroscope. Submitted to Journal of Endourology 11/2017.
  • Kaler KS, Valley ZA, Bettir KC, Safiullah SM, Lama D, Yoon R, Landman J, Clayman RV. Crowdsourcing Evaluation Of Ureteroscopic Videos Using the Post-Ureteroscopic Lesion Scale (PULS) to Assess Ureteral Injury. Accepted to Journal of Endourology, 2017.
  • Safiullah S, Lama DJ, Patel RM, Clayman RV. Flexible Cystoscopy. Accepted, Atlas of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, Journal of Endourology, 2017.