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Urological Surgery

Faculty & Staff



Program Director

Barry A. Kogan, MD, FAAP, FACS

Barry A. Kogan, MD, FAAP, FACS is the recipient of the Falk Chair in Urology and is the Chief of the Division of Urology at Albany Medical College. He is the recipient of more than 35 professional honors and awards. His special medical interests include pediatric urology, genital and urinary tract reconstruction and prenatal urinary problems. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and has a subspecialty certificate in Pediatric Urology. He has authored over 175 professional publications, including co-editing the Handbook of Pediatric Urology.

In addition to his clinical practice, research and teaching activities, Dr. Kogan has served as an expert for many hospital and professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Kidney Foundation, the European Society of Pediatric Urology and the American Urological Association.

Dr. Kogan received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, completed his residency training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England. He worked at the University of California, San Francisco for 15 years, ultimately as Professor of Urology and head of pediatric urology. He is the Program Director of the Urology Residency Program at Albany Medical College where he holds joint appointments as Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics. Dr. Kogan is an active clinical researcher who has served as Invited Visiting Professor at major academic medical centers worldwide and has presented on hundreds of topics in the field of urology, pediatric and fetal urology throughout his career.

Our faculty comprises a wide range of backgrounds and interests with many holding dual certifications or other advanced degrees. In addition to providing hands-on, 24-hour department supervision and teaching, all faculty members share a commitment to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the advancement of our specialty.

Faculty members also participate in regional and national professional organizations and research endeavors. Many also serve on national committees and organizations dedicated to the growth and development.


Assoc. Program Director

Mark D. White, MD, FACS

Mark D. White, MD, FACS is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  He completed his residency training in urology at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, New York and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. 

Dr. White’s clinical and academic interests are in the areas of endourology and stone disease as well as male erectile dysfunction.  Dr. White has given podium and poster presentations at numerous clinical meetings across the United States and in Scotland.  He has published extensively in peer reviewed medical journals including the prestigious Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology, and Journal of Endourology.  He is a member of numerous professional organizations and societies, serves as the Chairman of the Surgical Review Committee, and is a member of the Institutional Ethics Committee of the Albany Medical Center. 

In addition to his private practice, Dr. White holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery at Albany Medical College. 

Donald A. Bentrovato, MD, FACS

Donald A. Bentrovato, MD, FACS joined the Urological Institute after 33 years of private practice. He is a graduate of Union College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Bentrovato completed his surgical training at Columbia University School of Medicine and his training in general surgery at Dartmouth Medical Center. He completed additional training in urology at Albany Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident.  Dr. Bentrovato is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Endourologic Society, and the American Reproductive Society. His expertise is in general urology and sees patients at the Image Guided Radiation Therapy suite in Latham on Thursday afternoons.

Laura Chang Kit, MD 

Laura Chang Kit, MD specializes in female and male reconstructive surgery.  She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Ontario, where she received her Bachelor's of Science (BSc Biochemistry,) and her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) degrees. Dr. Chang Kit completed her residency training in urological surgery at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia,) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC.) She moved to Albany from Nashville, Tennessee following completion of a two-year accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) at Vanderbilt University. 

Dr. Chang Kit joined the faculty at Albany Medical College as an assistant professor of surgery.  Her clinical and research interests are in female, male and neurogenic voiding disorders, including incontinence, female pelvic organ prolapse, and male penile diseases such as urethral strictures and Peyronie’s disease.

Elise De, MD

Elise De, MD is a graduate of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York and received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She completed her residency training in urology at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and her fellowship in female urology, neurourology, and urinary tract reconstruction at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.

Dr. De’s clinical and academic interests are in the areas of incontinence in men and women, urinary dysfunction, neurourology, pelvic organ prolapse and reconstructive urology.  She has published articles, abstracts and chapters in peer reviewed journals and books and has presented at medical meetings in the United States, France and Ireland.  Dr. De is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology, Albany Medical College.

Hugh A. G. Fisher, MD, FACS

Hugh A. G. Fisher, MD, FACS specializes in cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidney, testis and penis. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Fisher is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his medical degree from St. Louis University.  He completed his residency training in Surgery at the University of Vermont and in Urological Surgery at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, New York.  Dr. Fisher also served as a Special Fellow in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer Center, New York.

He has served as Principal Investigator for more than a dozen clinical trials and is a nationally recognized expert in his field and frequent speaker at clinical meetings across the country.  Dr. Fisher has published close to 50 peer reviewed articles and serves as a Reviewer for such prestigious journals as JAMA, Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fisher is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Albany Medical College, Division of Urological Surgery. 

Jean Hollowell, MD

Jean Hollowell, MD practices pediatric urology which includes surgical reconstruction for all congenital and acquired problems of the genito-urinary tract in infants and children. Dr. Hollowell holds full certification in urology and subspecialty certification in pediatric urology from the American Board of Urology. Following residency in urology at the Lahey Clinic and Boston’s Children’s Hospital, she completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Hollowell did her research fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, England. She was the first to study detrusor function and publish on urodynamic investigations in children born with bladder exstrophy and received one of the five senior registrar fellowships awarded each year in the UK from Action Research for the Crippled Child. Following the fellowship in London, she joined the faculty of the School of Medicine at Tulane University where she was named the JU Schlegal Research Scholar and was awarded a grant from the American Foundation of Urologic Disease for study of kidney damage with vesicoureteral reflux.

Ronald P. Kaufman, Jr., MD, FACS

Ronald P. Kaufman, Jr., MD, FACS is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.  Dr. Kaufman completed his internship in general surgery at Case Western Reserve-Integrated Hospitals of Cleveland and a research fellowship at The Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. His additional residency training in urologic surgery was completed at the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. 

Dr. Kaufman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.  He has served as Principal Investigator or Sub Investigator on more than 45 clinical trials.  He has more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and served as a reviewer for numerous journals including Journal of Urology.  Dr. Kaufman’s expertise is in BPH, Erectile Dysfunction and Oncology with special emphasis on laparoscopic oncology including laparoscopic nephrectomy and robotic prostatectomy.  Dr. Kaufman is Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Urologic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Physiology & Cell Biology, Department of Physiology at Albany Medical College.

Andrew McCullough, MD 

Andrew McCullough, MD obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Florida School of Medicine, followed by a residency in urology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland. Dr. McCullough finished his education as a W. W. Scott Research Fellow with the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Andrew McCullough is an internationally recognized expert in sexual health and has presented his research work in sexual dysfunction and male infertility at conferences throughout the world, including major cities in Asia, Mexico, and Hawaii. Dr. McCullough has served as a consultant for pharmaceutical companies to investigate medical therapies for the treatment of male and female sexual dysfunction. Dr. McCullough has served as Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator on more than 40 clinical trials.

Badar M. Mian, MD, FACS

Badar M. Mian, MD, FACS has a special interest in the treatment of cancers of the genito-urinary system. Dr. Mian received his residency training in both Surgery and Urology at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Mian completed fellowship training in Urologic Oncology and Cancer Biology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he also served as a Clinical Faculty Associate. Dr. Mian specializes in cancers of the prostate, kidney and bladder as well as the use of laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery for kidney and prostate cancer.

Dr. Mian serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. He is very active in clinical research in the treatment outcomes for prostate cancer. In addition, he has received funding to conduct basic molecular research to understand the biologic behavior of bladder cancer. Dr. Mian has authored a number of book chapters on prostate and testis cancers and serves as a reviewer for a number of major journals. He has published numerous articles on prostate and bladder cancer in prestigious peer-reviewed publications and has lectured frequently on these subjects at national and international meetings.

Rebecca O'Malley, MD

Rebecca L. O’Malley, MD specializes in the treatment of genitor-urinary cancers.  After graduating cum laude from Tufts University she completed her medical degree at Stony Brook University School of Medicine where she received several honors including election to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.  She completed general surgical and urologic training at NYU Langone Medical Center where she was awarded the urology resident inservice award several times for scores exceeding the 95th percentile nationwide. 

Dr. O’Malley completed a Society of Urologic Oncology accredited two year fellowship in urologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York which included extensive training in robotic cystectomy , robotic prostatectomy and robotic kidney surgery.  Additionally, she gained skills in the multidisciplinary approach to cancer, which are crucial in this age of rapid technological and pharmaceutical advancements, in order to provide total care for complicated cancer patients. 

Dr. O’Malley’s research interests include outcomes of treatment of all urologic cancers with a particular focus on kidney cancer treatment.  She has specific training in biostatistics involving public health concerns in urologic cancers.  She has authored or co-authored more than 45 papers, book chapters and abstracts in peer reviewed publications.  She has presented extensively at national and international conferences.  Dr. O’Malley currently holds appointment at Albany Medical College as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology.

Donald Rivard, MD, FACS

Donald Rivard, MD, FACS is a cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University and also received his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 1973. Dr. Rivard received his surgical residency training as well as his urological speciality training from Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, New York.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Urology. He was Associate  Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology until 1985 when he became the urologic surgeon for Community Health Plan-later Kaiser Permanante. After several years in community practice, Dr. Rivard  joins the Urological Institute of Northeastern New York concentrating mainly in the clinical practice of urology at multiple office practice sites utilizing ambulatory and outpatient surgical facilities.

Dr. Rivard’s fields of expertise include male sexual health, male infertility, stone disease, urinary incontinence, urinary infections and urologic cancer screening.

Staff

Carl Diaz-Parker, RPA-C is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and the Center for Physician Assistant Studies at Albany Medical College.  He has expertise in Family Medicine as well as Urology and has been practicing with the Urological Institute of Northeastern New York since 1999. His special medical interests include men’s health and wellness, erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease and he is an author of a recently published scientific article on Epididymitis, Urethritis, and Prostatitis in the peer reviewed journal Clinicians Review.  He is an active guest lecturer at the Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies and frequent speaker to cancer survivor groups, Man-To-Man groups. Additionally, he speaks regionally and at the National level for the American Academy of Physician Assistants on Urological issues.

Karla Giramonti, RN, MS, FNP, is a graduate of the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing,  Regents College and the Sage Graduate School.  She has expertise in Family Medicine as well as Urology and has been practicing with the Urological Institute Of Northeastern New York since 2002.   Her special medical interests in the area of pediatric urology include reflux, neurogenic bladder, and mylomeningocele; in the areas of pediatric urology and adult urology her special interests are in the area of incontinence and renal calculi.

She is an author of a recently published scientific article on The Association of Constipation with Childhood Urinary Tract Infections, in the Journal of Pediatric Urology and has been published in the Journey of Nursing Care Quality.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.