Meet your urological surgery staff at VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

Get to know your urological surgical team. Here you will find photos and biographies for urology staff.

Dr. Lerner is board certified in urology and an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine

Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Residence: Internship at the University of Arizona, (Specialty: General Surgery)
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, (General Surgery and Urology)

Partnership: Bay of Plenty Urology, Tauranga, New Zealand (Fellowship: Endourology and Laser Surgery).

Board Certification: Urology

Dr. Lerner’s clinical interests include male and female voiding dysfunction, benign prostate surgery including laser therapy, neurourology, and reconstruction. She is an active member of numerous professional urological organizations, journal editorial boards, and currently serves as Chair of the American Urological Association Guidelines for BPH. She is very interested in issues related to women in surgery, surgical energy and residency training. Dr. Lerner has been with the VA for 18 years and finds it a great privilege to work with veterans and his VA colleagues.

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Dr. Garisto Risko is a urologist and assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School

Medical school: Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Residence: University of Panama – General Urology
Partnership: University of Toronto (Urologic Oncology Fellowship)
Cleveland Clinic (advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery)
Board Certification:

Dr. Garisto is interested in uro-oncology and robotic surgery

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Dr. Latini is board certified in urology and an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine

Medical school: Dartmouth Medical School, MD, 1996
Residence: Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Urology, 2002
Partnership: University of Iowa, Urogenital Surgery and Neurourology, 2003
Board Certification: Urology

Dr. Latini’s clinical interests include male urethral stricture and fistula, male urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction, and neurourology. She is an active member of several professional urology organizations and journal editorial boards. She is very involved in teaching medical and urology students as well as mentoring interns and fellows.

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Dr. David S. Wang is board certified in urology and is an associate professor of urology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Medical school: Yale School of Medicine, MD, 1996
Residence: Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Urology, 2002
Partnership: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, 2003.
Board Certification: American Board of Urology

Dr. Wang’s interests include all aspects of minimally invasive urologic surgery.

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Matthew J. Bain is a physician assistant in urology

Undergraduate school: Interservice Physician Assistant Program/University of Nebraska Medical Center 2010.
Nursing or PA School: Interservice Physician Assistant Program/University of Nebraska Medical Center 2011.
Board Certification: N/A

PA Bain’s clinical interests include perioperative evaluation, management and optimization in our veteran population. PA Bain also enjoys spending time with family and providing medical and BH support to soldiers as a PA in the US Army Reserves.

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Kimberly Heinz is a Urology Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified in Family Practice.

Undergraduate school: University of Cincinnati – Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2012
Nursing or PA School: Walden University – Masters in Nursing 2020
Board Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner; FNP-BC

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Lauren F. Lenihan [she / her / hers / herself] is a board certified family medicine nurse practitioner in podiatry and urology

Undergraduate school: University of Massachusetts-Boston 2013
Breastfeeding : Simmons University 2019
Board Certification: FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Lenihan currently practices with the urology and podiatry specialties at Virginia Boston. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking care of her animals, and participating as a member of a local dance company.

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Tamari Witt is a Urology Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Undergraduate school: Southern University, Bachelor of Nursing, 2010
Nursing or PA School: Bowie State University, 2015
Board Certification: FNP-BC

Tamari Witt’s clinical interests are in general urology, including BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), ED (erectile dysfunction, kidney stones, OAB (overactive bladder), and bothersome urinary symptoms. In her spare time, Tamari Witt enjoys reading , gardening and spending time with his family.

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