Judy Choi, MD
2019 Japanese Urological Association (JUA) Academic Exchange Program Scholar
Judy Choi, MD, is a urologist who specializes in the field of female pelvic and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS). She received extensive training in both general urology and female urology, and she specializes in urinary incontinence, vaginal and uterine prolapse, neurogenic bladder, voiding dysfunction, vaginal mesh complications, vesico-vaginal fistulas, urethral diverticula, bladder stones, painful bladder syndrome, and pelvic reconstruction. She is skilled in the most advanced surgical treatments for these conditions, including endoscopic techniques, robotic surgery, and neuromodulation.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Choi graduated from Yale University in psychology and neuroscience, then obtained her medical degree with Honors in Research from Cornell University. She completed her general surgery internship and urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she received the American Urogynecologic Society Resident Scholar Award. Dr. Choi completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA under Dr. Shlomo Raz, with whom she collaborated on a video surgical atlas of female urological procedures.
During her fellowship at UCLA, she was awarded both the 2014 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award and a Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation research grant to investigate how chronic stress modulates bladder motor and sensory function.
She has served as Assistant Professor in Urology at University of California, Irvine, since 2015. Her research interests focus on the pathophysiology underlying voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence, as well as the development of treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse. She is currently collaborating with the Women’s Health Initiative, a multi-center, national study, to evaluate the impact of lifetime obesity, race/ethnicity, and behavioral lifestyles on urinary incontinence in the United States.
As part of the Japanese Urological Association (JUA) Academic Exchange Program Scholar Program, Dr. Choi will attend the 2019 JUA Congress in Nagoya, Japan. Prior to the Congress, Dr. Choi will visit Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan where she will have the opportunity to observe urologic surgeries and procedures, as well as attend staff activities and clinics.