Rose Khavari, MD

Associate Professor of Urology, Academic Institute
Associate Member, Research Institute
Residency Program Director, Department of Urology
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Urology Residency Program


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

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

Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
Internship, Baylor College of Medicine
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Clinical Fellowship, The Methodist Hospital
Active Clinical Trials

Supraspinal Targets in Voiding Dysfunction



Noninvasive, Individualized Cortical Modulation Using Transcranial Rotating Permanent Magnet Stimulator for Voiding Dysfunction in Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Trial
Khavari, R, Tran, K, Helekar, SA, Shi, Z, Karmonik, C, Rajab, H, John, B, Jalali, A & Boone, T 2022, , Journal of Urology, vol. 207, no. 3, pp. 657-667.

Preliminary Analysis of Brain Footprints in Multiple Sclerosis Females With Detrusor Sphincter Dyssynergia: A Concurrent Urodynamic and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
Tran, K, Hubbard, L, Karmonik, C, Boone, TB & Khavari, R 2022, , International Neurourology Journal, vol. 26, no. Suppl 1, pp. S38-S46.

Prospective Evaluation of Intradetrusor Injections of OnabotulinumtoxinA in Adults With Spinal Dysraphism
Mackay, A, Sosland, R, Tran, K, Stewart, J, Boone, T & Khavari, R 2022, , Urology, vol. 161, pp. 146-152.

Treatment of refractory overactive bladder with OnabotulinumtoxinA vs PTNS: TROOP trial
Kopcsay, KS, Marczak, TD, Jeppson, PC, Cameron, AP, Khavari, R, Tefera, E & Gutman, RE 2022, , International Urogynecology Journal, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 851-860.

Alterations in brain activation patterns in women with functional defecatory disorder: A novel fMRI rectal balloon expulsion study
Neshatian, L, Karmonik, C, Khavari, R, Shi, Z, Elias, S, Boone, TB & Quigley, EMM 2022, , Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

Therapeutic effects of non-invasive, individualized, transcranial neuromodulation treatment for voiding dysfunction in multiple sclerosis patients: study protocol for a pilot clinical trial
Tran, K, Shi, Z, Karmonik, C, John, B, Rajab, H, Helekar, SA, Boone, T & Khavari, R 2021, , Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 83.

Noninvasive, Individualized Cortical Modulation Using Transcranial Rotating Permanent Magnet Stimulator for Voiding Dysfunction in Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Trial
Khavari, R, Tran, K, Helekar, SA, Shi, Z, Karmonik, C, Rajab, H, John, B, Jalali, A & Boone, T 2021, , The Journal of urology, pp. 101097JU0000000000002297.

Dissecting the role of radical cystectomy and urinary diversion in post-operative complications: an analysis using the American College of Surgeons national surgical quality improvement program database
Anaissie, J, Dursun, F, Wallis, CJD, Klaassen, Z, Taylor, J, Obando-Perez, C, Xu, J, Boone, T, Khavari, R & Satkunasivam, R 2021, , International Braz J Urol, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 1006-1019.

Contemporary Review of MRI in Benign Genitourinary Pelvic Medicine: What Every Urologist Should Know
Choksi, D, Schott, B, Tran, K & Khavari, R 2021, , Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 52-63.

Artificial intelligence in functional urology: how it may shape the future
Bentellis, I, Guérin, S, Khene, ZE, Khavari, R & Peyronnet, B 2021, , Current Opinion in Urology, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 385-390.

High spatial correlation in brain connectivity between micturition and resting states within bladder-related networks using 7 T MRI in multiple sclerosis women with voiding dysfunction
Shi, Z, Tran, K, Karmonik, C, Boone, T & Khavari, R 2021, , World Journal of Urology, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 3525-3531.

Low interrater reliability of videourodynamic diagnosis of detrusor external sphincter dyssynergia
Miller, BD, Tallman, CT, Boone, TB & Khavari, R 2021, , Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 297-299.

Contemporary management considerations of urinary tract infections for women with spina bifida
Fremion, E, Bustillos, P & Khavari, R 2022, , International Urogynecology Journal, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 493-505.

Current Use of the Artificial Urinary Sphincter in Adult Females
Peyronnet, B, Greenwell, T, Gray, G, Khavari, R, Thiruchelvam, N, Capon, G, Ockrim, J, Lopez-Fando, L, Gilleran, J, Fournier, G, Van Koeveringe, GA & Van Der Aa, F 2020, , Current Urology Reports, vol. 21, no. 12, 53.

Protocol for a multicenter randomized, double blind, controlled pilot trial of higher neural function in overactive bladder patients after anticholinergic, beta-3 adrenergic agonist, or placebo
High, RA, Danford, JM, Shi, Z, Karmonik, C, Kuehl, TJ, Bird, ET & Khavari, R 2020, , Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 19, 100621.

Contemporary multicenter outcomes of continent cutaneous ileocecocystoplasty in the adult population over a 10-year period: A Neurogenic Bladder Research Group study
Cheng, PJ, Keihani, S, Roth, JD, Pariser, JJ, Elliott, SP, Bose, S, Khavari, R, Crescenze, I, Stoffel, JT, Velaer, KN, Elliott, CS, Raffee, SM, Atiemo, HO, Kennelly, MJ, Lenherr, SM & Myers, JB 2020, , Neurourology and Urodynamics, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 1771-1780.

Refractory bladder dysfunction: A multi-institutional experience with intravesical botulinum toxin-a injection in adult patients who underwent previous augmentation cystoplasty
Martinez, L, Tubre, R, Roberts, R, Boone, TB, Griebling, TL, Padmanabhan, P & Khavari, R 2020, , Turkish Journal of Urology, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 309-313.

Are White Matter Tract Integrities Different in Multiple Sclerosis Women With Voiding Dysfunction?
Tran, K, Karmonik, C, Boone, TB & Khavari, R 2020, , Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery.

Higher neural contribution underlying persistent lower urinary tract symptoms in men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia undergoing bladder outlet procedures
Khavari, R, Hernandez, N, Karmonik, C, Shi, Z, Miles, BJ & Gonzalez, RR 2020, , Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 17, 100498.

Brain activation patterns of female multiple sclerosis patients with voiding dysfunction
Khavari, R, Chen, J, Boone, TB & Karmonik, C 2020, , Neurourology and Urodynamics, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 969-977.