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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Director:Emily Lukacz, MD, MAS

Associate Director: Keisha Dyer, MD




The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program at UCSD – Kaiser Permanente, San Diego is a joint training program developed by Dr. Charles Nager at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Dr. Karl Luber at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego in 2000. The educational objective is to train the next generation of leaders in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. While there is a very strong clinical component to the fellowship, the focus is to prepare graduates for careers in academic medicine and teaching. The fellow is welcome to participate in ongoing research, but he/she/they will be also be encouraged to develop his/her/their own ideas and to plan, execute, analyze, and report on these subjects. Presentations are expected at the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) meeting. The fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and the American Board of Urology. As such, the fellowship program length is three years for both ob/gyn and urology residency graduates.

The fellowship is jointly (50/50) shared and funded by UCSD and Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. This combined program takes advantage of the strengths of each institution and diversifies the educational experience and training of the fellow with broad exposure to several faculty members. It is expected that the fellow will spend approximately 50% of their clinical time at UCSD and 50% of their clinical time at Kaiser. The clinical experience will be approximately 50% ambulatory and 50% operative. The diverse faculty provide training in the full spectrum of incontinence and prolapse surgical procedures including open, vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic approache.

Faculty

UCSD

  • Charles Nager, MD - completed his residency in Ob/Gyn at UCSD in 1986; then after a preceptorship in 1987 with Dr. Donald Ostergard became the Director of the UCSD Urogynecology Clinic. He completed a fellowship in urogynecology in 1997 at St. George's Hospital with Professor Stuart Stanton. .
  • Michael Albo, MD - is a UCSD urologist who completed a Female Urology fellowship with Dr. Shlomo Raz at UCLA in 1994. He serves as Vice Chief of the Department of Urology.
  • Emily Lukacz, MD - completed her fellowship at UCSD/Kaiser in June of 2003 and joined Drs. Charles Nager and Michael Albo at UCSD's Women's Pelvic Medicine Center at that time. She has extensive experience in clinical research and completed a Masters in Advanced Studies of Clinical Research at UCSD. Dr. Lukacz took on the role of director for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program in 2010 and is also the Division Chief.
  • Marianna Alperin, MD, MS – completed her fellowship at University of Pittsburg, Magee-Women's Hospital. She joined the division in July 2017 and accepted the role of Fellowship Research Director in April 2019.. 
  • Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD – is a UCSD urologist who completed a FPMRS fellowship at the University of Michigan. In August 2016, she joined UCSD Women's Pelvic Medical Center.
  • Linda Brubaker, MD, FACOGcompleted her fellowship at Rush University. In January 2017, she joined UCSD Women's Pelvic Medical Center.  Dr Brubaker took on the role of Interim Department chair in July 2020.

Kaiser Permanente

  • Shawn Menefee, MD - completed a fellowship in urogynecology at Louisiana State University and was director of the Urogynecology Division at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego before joining Kaiser Permanente, San Diego.
  • Keisha Dyer, MD, MPH – completed her fellowship at UCSD/Kaiser in June 2010 and joined Drs. Menefee and Luber at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. She is the Co-Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program and Fellowship Site Director at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego.
  • Gouri Diwadkar, MD - completed her fellowship at Cleveland Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Barber. In 2010, she joined Drs. Karl Luber and Shawn Menefee at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego.
  • Jasmine Tan-Kim, MD - completed both her residency and fellowship training at UCSD/Kaiser in June 2011 and joined Drs. Karl Luber and Shawn Menefee at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego
  • Kimberly L. Ferrante, MD – completed her fellowship at UCSD/Kaiser in June 2015. She practiced at NYU for two years and in January 2018 joined Kaiser Permanente, San Diego in January 2018.
  • Tatiana Catanzarite, MD, MAS - is our 2018 graduate who joined as faculty in February 2019.  She accepted the role of Fellowship Simulation and Skills Director in April 2019.

     

    Other faculty includes Drs. Marco Tomassi and Daniel Klarensfield for the colorectal rotation.