Department of Urology

At Houston Methodist, we are pioneering research in cell regeneration and translational imaging to restore bladder function in patients with urologic disease or after injury. In both translational science and clinical trials, we are expanding our knowledge of urologic conditions and disorders ― including prostate cancer, bladder disease and urinary incontinence — in order to deliver new technologies and treatments to our patients faster.

Repairing bladder dysfunction caused by spinal cord injury

Researchers are testing a novel, localized drug-release approach to stimulate spinal cord regeneration after injury and restore bladder function. Learn More >

Patient’s cells may ease urinary incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

Researchers are testing a treatment that uses a patient’s own progenitor muscle cells to cure urinary incontinence. Learn More >

Pinpointing areas of the brain that control bladder function

Our clinicians and researchers are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with urodynamics to identify brain centers associated with bladder function. Learn More >

Defining procedural standards for robotic simulation

At the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE), clinicians are developing standards for skills testing using simulation to define procedural competencies for better patient care. Learn More >

Department Chair

Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS joined Houston Methodist Urology Associates in November 2021 and serves as Department Chair. She was previously the Director of the Pelvic Floor Center and the Residency Program Director at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.


Department of Urology 
Houston Methodist 
6560 Fannin St., Suite 2100 
Houston, TX 77030