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Chester Koh, M.D.

Daniel W. Thomas, M.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatric Urology
Director, CHLA Robotic Surgery Program
Principal Investigator, Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, and Surgery Program, Saban Research Institute

Dr. Koh is a surgeon-scientist in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the USC Institute of Urology. He is a principal investigator in the Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, and Surgery Program at the Saban Research Institute at CHLA, as well as an associate member of the Genitourinary Cancers Research Program, USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where his lab is investigating bladder development and wound healing pathways and the use of stem cells for bladder tissue engineering purposes. He has received NIDDK / NIH funding for his research as well as several foundation research grants, including an American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Fellowship. He is also the director of the CHLA Robotic Surgery Program, and a founding Co-Director of the Southern California Center for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP).

Education

College: University of California, Berkeley - B.S. - Mechanical Engineering

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Internship: University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine; General Surgery

Residency: University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine; Urology

Fellowship: Children's Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School - Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Research; Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Research; Children's Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School - Pediatric Urology

Expertise

Primary Specialty: Urology

Secondary Specialty: Pediatric Urology

Clinical Interests: Robotic Surgery / Minimally Invasive Surgery / Laparoscopic Surgery in Pediatric Urology; Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction / Pyeloplasty; Vesicoureteral Reflux; Advanced Fetal Care; Hypospadias; Undescended Testicles (cryptorchidism); Hydronephrosis; Hydroceles / Hernias; Kidney / Bladder / Urinary Tract Reconstruction

Research

Research Interests

Regenerative Medicine / Stem Cells for Tissue Engineering Applications in the Genitourinary Tract (Bladder); Bladder Regeneration, Development, and Pathophysiology; Robotic Surgery / Minimally Invasive Surgery / Laparoscopic Surgery in Pediatric Urology

Selected Publications

Behan JW, Kim SS, Dorey FJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, and Koh CJ. Human Capital Gains Associated with Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty in Children Compared to Open Pyeloplasty. Journal of Urology 186:1663-7, 2011. PMID: 21862079

Koh CJ, Delo D, Lee JW, Siddiqui MM, Lanza RP, Soker S, Yoo JJ, and Atala A. Parthenogenesis-derived Multipotent Stem Cells for Tissue Engineering Applications. Methods 47(2):90-7, 2009. PMCID: PMC2680210, NIHMS [92797]

Kim PH, Patil M, Kim SS, Dorey FJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, Gill IS, Desai MM, and Koh CJ. Early Comparison of Nephrectomy Options in Children (Open, Transperitoneal Laparoscopic, Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS), and Robotic Surgery). British Journal of Urology International, 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10524.x [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 21883858

Chung S, Kang DO, Yamzon J, Warburton D, and Koh CJ. Down-regulation of O-GlcNAc-mediated Glycosylation in Cyclophosphamide-induced Cystitis. Journal of Urology 183(1): 351-6, 2010. PMCID: PMC2840040, NIHMS [174567]

Koh CJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, Berger A, Eisenberg M, Patil M, Aron M, Gill IS, and Desai MM. Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Nephrectomy in Pediatric Patients: Initial Clinical Series from Infants to Adolescents. Urology 76(6):1457-61, 2010.

Accomplishments

Certification: Pediatric Urology - American Board of Urology; Urology - American Board of Urology

Medical Memberships: American Urological Association; Western Section, American Urological Association; American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology; Society for Pediatric Urology; American College of Surgeons; Tissue Engineering Society International; International Society for Stem Cell Research; Korean American Urological Association; Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

 

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