Rose Khavari, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


With passion for medicine and surgery, Rose Khavari, MD received her Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas with highest honors and completed her residency in Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khavari has been an Alpha Omega Alpha member since her junior year of medical school. During that time she was awarded the American Federation of Research Award (AFAR) scholarship for a summer research grant at Harvard Medical School where she studied regional cerebral auto regulation during orthostatic changes. During Urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine she was awarded multiple research awards such as the Department of Urology Research Award and the Elisabeth Pickett Research Award by the Society of Women in Urology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Boone, Dr. Khavari received advanced fellowship training in male and female continence, pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, and neurourology at Houston Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Training in voiding dysfunction, urinary tract and pelvic reconstruction with a focus on prosthetics, soft tissue reconstruction, bowel reconstruction and a supplemental experience in colorectal, gynecologic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery has allowed her to become a well-rounded and highly skilled reconstructive surgeon in the growing field of Neurourology.

In October of 2012 she joined The Urology Associates at the Houston Methodist Hospital. She serves as director of research at the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine. She became a faculty member involved in clinical training of Urology, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology residents affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. In 2012, she and her team established the Neurourology and Transitional Urology Clinic and serves as clinic director. This clinic is devoted to the care of pediatric patients transitioning to adulthood with neurologic/congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract. Using her comprehensive and advanced training through residency and fellowship, combined with her interest in research and teaching, Dr. Khavari plans to build and lead a career in urogynecology, female urology, neurourology, and pelvic reconstruction.

Description of Research

Dr. Khavari serves as director of research at the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine, and firmly believes that medicine is lost without its backbone in research. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Khavari has participated in various research endeavors. Her research has included:

  1. A unique modification to augmentation cystoplasty with catheterizable stoma for neurogenic patients
  2. Impaired detrusor contractility and surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence
  3. Nerve growth factor as a predictor biomarker in female patients with obstructive urinary symptoms, and
  4. fMRI imaging combined with concurrent urodynamic to study storage and voiding in neurogenic and idiopathic overactive bladder patients.

Areas Of Expertise

Urogynecology Female Urology Prolapse Male and Female Incontinence Neurourology Neurogenic Bladder Botox Multiple Sclerosis Transitional Urology Urinary Diversion and Urinary Reconstruction
Education & Training

, The Methodist Hospital
, Baylor College of Medicine
, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Nephrogenic adenoma arising in a complex circumferential urethral diverticulum of a female patient with a history of childhood neuroblastoma and chemotherapy
High, R, Velasquez, C & Khavari, R 2016, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pp. 1-3. DOI:

Trained and dedicated staff appears to be the main factor in decreasing anxiety and improving overall satisfaction during urodynamic testing: A prospective, randomized trial
Khavari, R, Gu, C, Tran, AC & Chan, R 2016, Journal of the Canadian Urological Association, vol 10, no. 5-6June, pp. 187-190. DOI:

Functional mapping of the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles from high-density surface EMG recordings
Peng, Y, He, J, Khavari, R, Boone, TB & Zhang, Y 2016, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pp. 1-8. DOI:

Bladder dysfunction in 2015: Novel findings continue to challenge researchers and clinicians
Khavari, R & Boone, T 2016, Nature Reviews Urology, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 69-70. DOI:

Pelvic organ prolapse in female patients presenting to transitional urology care clinic
Khavari, R, Tokaz, MC, Stewart, JN & Boone, TB 2015, Journal of Urology, vol 194, no. 6, pp. 1654-1658. DOI:

The single-incision sling to treat female stress urinary incontinence: A dynamic computational study of outcomes and risk factors
Peng, Y, Khavari, R, Nakib, NA, Stewart, JN, Boone, TB & Zhang, Y 2015, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, vol 137, no. 9, 91007. DOI:

Imaging: CNS changes in interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
Khavari, R & Boone, T 2015, Nature Reviews Urology, vol 12, no. 7, pp. 365-366. DOI:

The association of urinary nerve growth factor levels with bladder outlet obstruction in women
Chan, R, Munoz, A, Wenker, EP, Stewart, J, Boone, T & Khavari, R 2015, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 111-115. DOI:

Urethral diverticulum after midurethral sling erosion, excision, and subsequent management
Chan, R, Rajanahally, S, Hollander, A & Khavari, R 2015, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 21, no. 1, pp. e3-e5. DOI:

The fate of transitional urology patients referred to a tertiary transitional care center
Chan, R, Scovell, J, Jeng, Z, Rajanahally, S, Boone, T & Khavari, R 2014, Urology, vol 84, no. 6, pp. 1544-1548. DOI:

Functional magnetic resonance imaging during urodynamic testing identifies brain structures initiating micturition
Shy, M, Fung, S, Boone, TB, Karmonik, C, Fletcher, SG & Khavari, R 2014, Journal of Urology, vol 192, no. 4, pp. 1149-1154. DOI:

Prolapse of a single system large ureterocele containing multiple stones in a pregnant woman
Scovell, JM, Chan, RC & Khavari, R 2014, Urology, vol 83, no. 3. DOI:

Complex rectovaginal fistulas after pelvic organ prolapse repair with synthetic mesh: A multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and management
Choi, JM, Nguyen, V, Khavari, R, Reeves, K, Snyder, M & Fletcher, SG 2012, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 18, no. 6, pp. 366-371. DOI:

A modification to augmentation cystoplasty with catheterizable stoma for neurogenic patients: Technique and long-term results
Khavari, R, Fletcher, SG, Liu, J & Boone, TB 2012, Urology, vol 80, no. 2, pp. 460-464. DOI:

A Report of an Iatrogenic Bladder Rupture in a Normal Healthy Child During Voiding Cystourethrography
Khavari, R, Bayne, AP & Roth, DR 2010, Urology, vol 75, no. 3, pp. 684-686. DOI:

Who's too old to screen? Prostate cancer in elderly men
Mistry, S, Mayer, W, Khavari, R, Ayala, G & Miles, B 2009, Journal of the Canadian Urological Association, vol 3, no. 3, pp. 205-210.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy performed in a patient with severe thrombocytopenia due to primary myelofibrosis
Khavari, R, Stamatakis, L & Miles, B 2009, Journal of the Canadian Urological Association, vol 3, no. 4.

Prior Circumcision Does Not Complicate Repair of Hypospadias With an Intact Prepuce
Snodgrass, WT & Khavari, R 2006, Journal of Urology, vol 176, no. 1, pp. 296-298. DOI:

Regional cerebral autoregulation during orthostatic stress: Age-related differences
Sorond, FA, Khavari, R, Serrador, JM & Lipsitz, LA 2005, Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, vol 60, no. 11, pp. 1484-1487.