Greene Appointed Chair of the Department of Urology

July 12, 2019 by School of Medicine Webmaster

Kirsten L. Greene, MD, MAS, FACS

I am pleased to announce that Kirsten L. Greene, MD, MAS, FACS, has been appointed as the Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the University of Virginia Department of Urology, effective October 1, 2019. In this position, Dr. Greene will continue the department’s history of excellence in providing urological services to the community and training the next generation of urologists.

Dr. Greene completed her undergraduate studies at UVA, where she was an Echols and Jefferson Scholar and received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1995. She earned her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2000. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she was first an intern (2000-2001) and then resident (2001-2002) in the Department of Surgery followed by her residency in the Department of Urology (2002-2006). From 2006-2008, Dr. Greene pursued a Master of Science in Clinical Research with a focus on urologic oncology. After joining UCSF as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Urology (2006), she was promoted to assistant (2008), associate (2013), and full professor (2018). She was named to the Frank Hinman Jr., MD Endowed Professorship in Urologic Education in (2018). During her time at UCSF, Dr. Greene served as Associate Chair for Education and Vice Chair and Chief of the Urology Service at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC).

Dr. Greene‘s clinical interests include urologic cancer outcomes, screening, quality of life, minimally invasive surgery, and novel imaging technology. She helped develop the robotic partial nephrectomy program at UCSF in 2008 and went on to help develop and build their robotic cystectomy and robotic nephroureterectomy programs. She currently is developing the retzius sparing prostatectomy program. She was one of the highest-volume robotic surgeons at UCSF and SFVAMC.

A dedicated educator and mentor who frequently has been recognized with awards for her teaching, Dr. Greene has held multiple roles as an educator — clerkship director, director of the SFVAMC’s Clinical Immersion Experience for Urology, and UCSF Urology Program Director. She oversaw all Urology content in the UCSF School of Medicine and was the Urology discipline leader for the new Bridges curriculum. She served as a member of GME, the School of Medicine curriculum oversight committee, and has served on task forces looking at resident work hours, wellness, and burnout. Dr. Greene has ongoing research focusing on physician wellbeing and burnout.

Dr. Greene served as a member of the American Urological Association Guidelines committee and helped create guidelines on prostate cancer screening and treatment. These documents, intended for a broad audience of practitioners, describe recent literature and provide recommendations for best practices in these areas. She has published on prostate cancer outcomes, active surveillance for prostate cancer, and treatment of advanced disease. She collaborates with investigators at SFVAMC on translational projects in prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers; a field in which she performed basic science research as a resident. She also collaborates on projects using novel PET imaging for the identification of disease in pre-treatment, post-treatment, and patients with metastatic disease, including work on intraoperative identification of tumor foci.

Her invited presentations include the Great Wall International Translational Andrology and Urology Forum and Huaxia Medical Forum (Hefei, China), America Urological Association Western Section annual meeting (Vancouver, Canada), Societe Internationale Urologie (Cape Town, South Africa), Society of Academic Urologists (multiple sites), American Urological Association (multiple sites), American College of Surgeons (multiple sites), and other national meetings and symposia.

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Greene to the University of Virginia School of Medicine. I thank the search committee for their thoughtful and diligent work, and the Department of Urology for their support for both Dr. Greene and outgoing chair, Dr. Raymond Costabile. Please join me in thanking Dr. Costabile for his service, first as acting chair, then full chair. We are pleased that he is staying with us as an active clinician and surgeon providing care to our patients.


David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

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