Grandest Rounds Schedule (FY21-22)

Join the over 400 participants registered.










5th Annual UCI PCNL Course

Over 660 registered for this course;
across 28 countries.

4th UCI Advanced International Men’s Health Course

Over 787 registered for this course;
across 61 countries and 626 institutions.


Thank you for the course reviews!

I wanted to share my gratitude for this wonderful course. This was so well organized, so well delivered, and the content and the speakers were absolutely superb. I love that you included a physical therapist in the game of urological pathologies and enigmas. It is so important that we focus on a comprehensive assessment of the pelvic floor with any urological ailment. Truly, this has been like one of the finest courses I have ever attended. Thanks again. - AS

Program was really well organized and your reminder notes for the weeks and days since I registered was good! - S.A.L

The UCI conference was outstanding. Thank you for your amazing work with the participants. - WS

Outstanding course, well organized and all presenters were very well prepared, with effective state of the art lectures!!! - IK

I would like to thank you for the great course you organized. That was really fantastic. - MG

This was a very informative conference. Thank you for organizing it. - Dr. B

This was a fantastic podcast. The speakers, IT staff, and moderators all did a great job. I look forward to next year’s meeting. Thanks again. - TA

Just wanted to say congrats and thanks to you all for providing such a great conference over the weekend! Found it all so very useful. During this year off fellowship we have not had the chance to get to any life meetings, but meetings like on the weekend are very much appreciated. - JS


Congratulations to our Resident and Fellowship Graduates of 2021!

Justin La, M.D.
Justin La, M.D.
Peter Ghamarian, M.D.
Peter Ghamarian, M.D.
John Barnard, II M.D.
John Barnard, II M.D.
Pengbo Jiang, M.D.
Pengbo Jiang, M.D.

3 New Members Added to the Residency Team

Edward Choi, M.D.
Elliott Freudenber, M.D.
(UT Galveston)
Jake Miller, M.D.



Deserving recognition are Drs. Thomas Ahlering, David Lee, and Ralph V. Clayman, ranked #12 with 336 citations of top 100 cited articles in surgical education. Out of over 400,000 articles in all surgical specialties, this 2003 article in Journal of Urology (Successful Transfer of Open Surgical Skills to a Laparoscopic Environment Using a Robotic Interface: Initial Experience with Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy) has been cited among the top 100 for surgical education. This makes UCI Urology among the top 20 institutions with the highest number of articles in the top 100 and only the only UC campus to be included.


Dr. Antoine Khoury was one of 25 across the country nominated for the 2021 residents and fellows committee teaching award, sponsored by the AUA residents and fellows committee. This award is given annually to recognize an outstanding urology educator who has dedicated a portion of their career to teaching residents and advancing urologic education. Dr. Khoury, thank you for your commitment to our Teach mission educating advancing urologic training.

Akhil Peta, 2020-2021 LIFT Scholar, was awarded the Endourology Society Summer Student Scholarship for his project titled "Evaluation of Augmented Reality as a Perioperative Aid to Assist with Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy – A Pilot Study." Using 3D printed markers and a smartphone, urologists will be able to see a patient’s anatomy overlaid on top of them intraoperatively to more effectively target kidney stones with a shockwave lithotripsy machine. Akhil is a rising 4th year medical student from Chicago Medical School aspiring for a career as an innovative urologic surgeon.


David-Csuka David Csuka (far right) has conducted research with Dr. Ghoniem since January 2019. He received seven independent research grants, including four Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grants and three Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) grants. He was awarded the UROP Researcher of the Month award in August 2020. David’s research has also been honored with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in Biological Sciences and selected as an Excellence Finalist. He also won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the School of Biological Sciences, the highest research honor that is given to one student per UCI school.

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