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UAB Urologists

Himanshu Aggarwal, M.D., M.S., F.P.M.R.S.

Himanshu Aggarwal, M.D., M.S., F.P.M.R.S.

Listen to what Dr. Aggarwal has to say about Urology

Dr. Himanshu Aggarwal is the first and only fellowship trained FPMRS/Urogynecology/Female urology specialist in river region and one of the few in whole state of Alabama.

Dr. Aggarwal completed his medical schooling in both India and the United States completing a surgical residency at M.G.M Medical College, Indore, India, Master of science program at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, a surgical internship at Duke University, a urology residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, and an ACGME accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS/Urogynecology/Female Urology) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Aggarwal is a skilled robotic surgeon, an expert in urodynamics, neurourology, erectile dysfunction, male/female incontinence (both urinary and fecal), pelvic floor reconstruction using non-mesh techniques (using patient’s own tissues), pelvic/urethral mesh removal, as well as in general urology and urooncology. He is board eligible for American Board of Urology as well as subspecialty certification of FPMRS. Active in research, Dr. Aggarwal has presented extensively at many conferences and published extensively in national and international journals including 5 book chapters and more than 30 peer reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Aggarwal has received several honors during his education including the First prize in basic science podium presentation at 2014 annual resident research competition, NY, Best in-service score award 2014 and 2013 during urology residency, First prize at annual resident research day 2013, Albany medical Center NY, First prize in poster presentation at 2013 Annual meeting of Northeast section of AUA, NY, First prize award in basic science research category at 2012 Annual meeting of Northeast section of AUA, Canada, 2nd Prize in resident prize essay competition at 2011 Annual meeting of Northeast section of AUA, LA, SUFU Resident Travel Award in September 2011, Sexual Medicine Society Traveling Fellowship Award in May 2011 and First prize (gold medal) for excellence in scholarly activity during surgical residency in India in April 2007.

Dr. Aggarwal is married to Anshu Aggarwal who holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Together they have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Aggarwal enjoys spending time with his family, participating in cultural events, ping pong, yoga, and music.

Clinical Interests:
  • Female incontinence (mesh slings and NO-MESH techniques using patients own tissues)
  • Male voiding dysfunction and incontinence (BPH)
  • Overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (Using NO VAGINAL MESH techniques and patient’s own tissues)
  • Vaginal mesh and sling complications
  • Urethral diverticulum
  • Vesico-vaginal fistula
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pelvic floor disorders including constipation
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Male hypogonadism/Low testosterone
  • Prostate cancer/Elevated PSA
  • Kidney, bladder and testicular cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Varicocele
  • General Urology (Testicular/scrotal diseases/Hydrocele)
  • Urethral stricture disease
  • Male infertility, penile disorders
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Interstitial cystitis/Pelvic pain
  • Pediatric urological issues
Surgical Expertise
  • In-office Botox injections for OAB and Neurogenic bladder
  • In-office injections for incontinence
  • Video-Urodynamics
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anal US for Fecal incontinence
  • In-office Testosterone pellets implants
  • No needle/no scalpel vasectomy
  • In-office Testis Biopsy
  • Sacral nerve modulation
  • All different Vaginal surgery for prolapse and female incontinence
  • Abdominal and robotic surgery for prolapse
  • Penile prosthesis for erectile dysfunction
  • Male sling and artificial urinary sphincter for male incontinence
  • Urethroplasty
  • Kidney stone surgery: Ureteroscopy, shock wave lithotripsy, PCNL
  • Laser vaporization of prostate for BPH
  • Robotic surgery: varicocele, prostate and kidney
  • Endoscopic and open surgery for bladder
  • Circumcision
  • Pediatric hernia/Hydrocele
  • Pediatric undescended testes repair

Dr. Aggarwal is now seeing patients.

Geoffrey Habermacher, M.D., Ph.D.

Geoffrey Habermacher, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Geoffrey M. Habermacher completed his internship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his Urology residency. He completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received both his M.D. and his Ph.D. at Emory. He is board certified with the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Habermacher received several honors during his education to include the Leander W. Riba Urology Award for Outstanding Performance, Empathy, and Skill, the Charles Huggins Award for Urologic Research and the Joseph B. Whitehead Scholarship in Surgery.

Dr. Habermacher’s practice consists of general urology with a special interest in prostate cancer, renal cancer and laparoscopy. Other interests include fishing and military history.

Dr. Habermacher is now seeing patients.

Joseph Pazona, M.D.

Joseph Pazona, M.D.

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Dr. Joseph F. Pazona is the Chief of Urology at the UAB Multispecialty Clinic and Director of Robotic Surgical Services at Baptist Medical Center South. He received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Pazona continued his education at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he received his medical degree. Dr. Pazona remained at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago where he would complete his residency. During his education, Dr. Pazona received numerous awards including the Vincent J. O’Connor, Sr. Award for Excellence in Teaching of Medical Students. He became a Robotic Surgery Proctor in 2011, and is board-certified by the American Urological Association. After 8 years in a successful clinical practice in Washington State, Dr. Pazona was asked to lead the UAB Urology service and build the Robotic Surgical Services program at Baptist Medical Center South. He has successfully performed over 200 robotic urologic surgeries. As a former Eagle Scout, he further refined his leadership skills as Chief-of-Staff at Wenatchee Valley Hospital in Washington State. Dr. Pazona’s clinical interests include: minimally invasive treatments of prostate/kidney/bladder cancer, kidney stones, female incontinence, male urinary dysfunction, pediatric urology and no-needle/no-scalpel vasectomy.

Dr. Pazona enjoys traveling with his family, running, camping, cooking and baseball.

Clinical Interests:
  • All areas of adult and pediatric urology including:
    • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
    • Kidney Stones
    • Male urinary difficulties due to an enlarged prostate (BPH)
    • Screening for prostate cancer (elevated PSA management)
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Prostate, kidney, testicular and bladder cancer
    • Benign disorders of the penis and scrotum in adults and children
Surgical Expertise:
  • Robotic-assisted surgery and minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer, kidney cancer and adrenal gland disorders
  • Minimally invasive urinary tract reconstruction
  • No-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy
  • Laser surgery for kidney stones
  • Outpatient surgery for female incontinence
  • Open and endoscopic treatment of BPH

Dr. Pazona is now seeing patients.

UAB Rheumatologists

Carlos Gadea, M.D.

Carlos Gadea, M.D.

Dr. Carlos Gadea received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his medical degree from the Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, Farmington and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Gadea is married to fellow physician Dr. Ximena Ruiz and they have one son. In their spare time, they enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors and shopping.

Clinical Interests:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis/Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia with high risk for fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Myositis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Hydradenitis Suppurativa
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Finger
Procedures:
  • Local steroid injections (joints and tendons)
  • Viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis
  • Ultrasound guided steroid injections (hips, Baker’s cyst, carpal tunnel, plantar fascia).

Dr. Gadea will join the practice in January of 2017.

Matthew Mullen, M.D.

Matthew Mullen, M.D.

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Dr. Matthew B. Mullen graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville majoring in chemistry. Dr. Mullen’s medical education began at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Mullen received several awards during his education including Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Tinsley Harrison Achievement Award, which is awarded to third year internal medicine residents for outstanding performance on general medicine wards.

In his free time, Dr. Mullen enjoys hiking, traveling, fishing, and watching college football. He also enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.

Clinical Interests:
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Gout and Pseudogout
  • Lupus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Myositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Osteoarthritis
Procedures:
  • Local corticosteroid injections for pain relief. Sites of injections include:
    • Knee
    • Wrist
    • Shoulder
    • Ankle
  • Carpal tunnel injections.
  • Injections for bursitis/tendinitis, including:
    • Biceps tendinitis
    • subacromial (shoulder) bursitis
    • trochanteric (hip) bursitis

Dr. Mullen is now seeing patients.

Ximena Ruiz, M.D.

Ximena Ruiz, M.D.

Dr. Ximena D. Ruiz received her medical degree from the Universidad CES - School of Medicine, Medellin, Colombia. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, Farmington and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the American College of Rheumatology. She is also a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Ruiz received several awards during her education including Veterans Administration Award for Excellence in geriatric patient care and teaching at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Ruiz is married to fellow physician Dr. Carlos Gadea and they have one son. In their spare time, they enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors and shopping.

Clinical Interests:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis/Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia with high risk for fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Myositis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Hydradenitis Suppurativa
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Finger
Procedures:
  • Local steroid injections (joints and tendons)
  • Viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis
  • Ultrasound guided steroid injections (hips, Baker’s cyst, carpal tunnel, plantar fascia).

Dr. Ruiz will join the practice in May of 2017.

UAB Endocrinologists

Manisha Garg, M.D.

Manisha Garg, M.D.

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Dr. Manisha Garg received her Bachelor of Medicine while attending the Government Medical College in Amritsar, India. Dr. Garg completed her medical schooling at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. She is a member of the American Thyroid Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Endocrine Society. Dr. Garg has received numerous awards including the Early Career Forum Travel Award, Endocrine 2016. She has also received the Meritorious Oral Presentation Award at Internal Medicine Research Day at University of Buffalo. Dr. Garg is board-certified by the American Boards of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Garg’s practice consists of general Endocrinology. In her spare time, Dr. Garg enjoys spending her time dancing, cooking and reading.

Dr. Garg is now seeing patients.

Rajasree Nambron, M.D.

Rajasree Nambron, M.D.

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Dr. Raj Nambron received her medical school degree from Bldea's Shri B.M. Patil Medical College in Bijapur, India. Dr. Nambron completed her fellowship in Diabetes at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Kochi, India. Dr. Nambron completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She completed her first year of clinical fellowship in Endocrinology at the University Hosptial Case Medical Center Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her second year of fellowship in endocrinology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Nambron is a board certified internist in clinical metabolic disease and is board-certified by the American Boards of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Nambron received several awards during her education including the Resident Travel Grant Winner awarded by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, as well as an award for the American College of Physicians Wisconsin Chapter Scientific Meeting. She also earned membership in the Royal College of Physicians in London, England.

Dr. Nambron is now seeing patients.

UAB Gastroenterologists

Omair Atiq, M.D.

Omair Atiq, M.D.

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Dr. Omair Atiq received his medical degree from the Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham Internal Medicine Residency Program in Montgomery, Alabama. He also completed a fellowship in digestive and liver diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Atiq is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UAB. He is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine and he is a member of The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Atiq received several awards and honors during his education including the Tinsley Harrison Outstanding resident of the year, the W.J. Many “Member of Elite Team”, Medical Society of Montgomery County Outstanding resident of the year, Teamwork and Professionalism Award.

In his spare time, Dr. Atiq enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and gardening.

Clinical Interests:
  • Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Gastric ulcer, Duodenal ulcer)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Acute/Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Chronic abdominal pain, chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases [Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis]
  • Esophageal motility disorders, dysphagia
  • Esophageal stricture and stenosis
  • Achalasia
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Occult/overt GI Bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • Celiac disease
  • Acute/chronic pancreatitis
  • Liver cirrhosis and its complication management including Pre and post liver transplant management
  • Hepatitis C treatment, Hepatitis B treatment
  • Elevated liver function test
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), Primary Sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Diverticulitis/Diverticular Bleeding
  • Liver cirrhosis and its complications
  • Pre and post liver transplant management
  • Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B
  • Elevated liver function tests
  • Fatty Liver, Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic liver disease (NASH)
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis, Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • And all other Gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-Biliary disease...
Procedures:
  • Upper endoscopy [EGD–esophagogastroduodenoscopy]
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tube placement
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Botox treatment for achalasia
  • Esophageal variceal banding
  • Hemorrhoidal banding
  • Upper and lower Gastrointestinal bleeding control (Clipping, Gold probe cauterization)
  • Argon plasma coagulation (APC) for various conditions like GAVE, AVMs, radiation proctitis etc...
  • Cold or hot snare polypectomy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection of polyp (EMR)
  • Esophageal and gastric foreign body /food bolus removal
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal motility study
  • 24-hour of/48 over Ph study [Bravo]

Dr. Atiq is now seeing patients.

Pranav Patel, M.D.

Pranav Patel, M.D.

Listen to what Dr. Patel has to say about Gastroenterology

Dr. Pranav Patel received his medical degree from BJ Medical College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. Before he moved to United States, he completed general surgery training in India. He also worked as an adult cardiac surgery fellow at Yale New Haven Hospital for two years before he joined Internal Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training and gastroenterology fellowship training at East Tennessee State University. He is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He was awarded the Richard Jordan Trust Fund Research Award for two consecutive Academic Years at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Patel is married to an anesthesiologist and has a five year old son. He and his wife enjoy exploring the outdoors in different cities. He also enjoys powder painting, portrait sketching and meeting new people.

Clinical Interests:
  • Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Gastric ulcer, Duodenal ulcer)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Acute/Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Chronic abdominal pain, chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases [Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis]
  • Esophageal motility disorders, dysphagia
  • Esophageal stricture and stenosis
  • Achalasia
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Occult/overt GI Bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • Celiac disease
  • Acute/chronic pancreatitis
  • Liver cirrhosis and its complication management including Pre and post liver transplant management
  • Hepatitis C treatment, Hepatitis B treatment
  • Elevated liver function test
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), Primary Sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Diverticulitis/Diverticular Bleeding
  • Liver cirrhosis and its complications
  • Pre and post liver transplant management
  • Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B
  • Elevated liver function tests
  • Fatty Liver, Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic liver disease (NASH)
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis, Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • And all other Gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-Biliary disease...
Procedures:
  • Upper endoscopy [EGD–esophagogastroduodenoscopy]
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tube placement
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Botox treatment for achalasia
  • Esophageal variceal banding
  • Hemorrhoidal banding
  • Upper and lower Gastrointestinal bleeding control (Clipping, Gold probe cauterization)
  • Argon plasma coagulation(APC) for various conditions like GAVE, AVMs, radiation proctitis etc...
  • Cold or hot snare polypectomy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection of polyp (EMR)
  • Esophageal and gastric foreign body/food bolus removal
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal motility study
  • 24-hour of/48 over Ph study [Bravo]
ERCP Procedures:
  • ERCP–endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for various benign and malignant conditions.
  • Bile duct stone removal
  • Bile duct (benign/malignant) stricture dilation
  • Bile duct stent placement for benign and malignant conditions
  • Mechanical lithotripsy of Bile duct stone
  • Stent placement for biliary leak
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal motility study
  • 24-hour/48-hour Ph study [Bravo]

Dr. Patel is now seeing patients.

UAB Breast Surgeon

Kertrisa McWhite, M.D.

Kertrisa McWhite, M.D.

Get to know Dr. McWhite

Dr. McWhite is a fellowship trained surgical breast oncologist bringing over 13 years of experience providing a full range of surgical options to patients battling breast cancer, along with high risk counseling services for women with histories of breast cancer in their families.

She describes herself as a “fixer” and attributes her gravitation toward surgery to that characteristic. She likes surgery because it’s technical, but she also enjoys the emotional support she can offer a patient undergoing a personal procedure like a mastectomy.

“It’s not just surgery,” said McWhite. “It’s a relationship. When you first meet eyes and discuss the diagnosis, something special happens. Breast surgery is so much more personal than, say, a knee surgery. My patients know I’m going to be with them every step of the way.”

In addition to being a “fixer,” McWhite says she sees part of her role as “teacher.”

“I like to help my patients understand their options for dealing with breast cancer,” said McWhite. “It’s my job to inform my patient so she can make the best decision for her lifestyle.”

Dr. McWhite is a Yale University graduate. She went on to pursue her Doctorate of Medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, residency in general surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey and completed her fellowship in surgical breast oncology at Susan G. Komen/University of Texas Southwestern, one of the most prestigious surgical breast oncology fellowships in the U.S.

“It’s important for my patients to know,” said McWhite, “as a member of the UAB Medicine Division of Breast Health, I am not only able to provide the highest level of treatment options in the Montgomery area, but I am also able to coordinate my patients’ care with additional specialists at UAB Health System in Birmingham to ensure the greatest access to appropriate medical services is delivered.”

Dr. McWhite is now scheduling patients for August appointments.

UAB Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Harry Kourlis, M.D.

Harry Kourlis, M.D.

Get to know Dr. Kourlis

Dr. Harry Kourlis is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in general and vascular surgery at Baylor University Medical Center as well as thoracic surgery at the University of Louisville.

He has been in practice for more than twenty years and was most recently affiliated with Providence Regional Medical Center located in Everett, Washington where he was one of four doctors in specialty. Dr. Kourlis’ practice specializes in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery with sub-specialties of general cardiac and general vascular surgery. His medical interests also include mitral valve repair, minimally invasive surgery, valvular surgery, and coronary bypass.

Dr. Kourlis is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and he is a proud member of multiple professional organizations including the Society of Thoracic Surgery and the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association.

His personal interests include outdoor activities and agriculture.

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