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PGY-1 Residents

Brandon Henslee

Brandon Henslee

Medical school: University of Nebraska Medical Center


Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research Interests: Minimally invasive Surgery/Robotics

After Residency: Unknown

Hobbies: Hiking, Golfing, Biking, Spending time with my wife and pets.

Bio: I grew up in Lincoln, NE and attended the University of Nebraska where I majored in biology with a minor in history. I stuck around in my home state for medical school and attended it at UNMC. I quickly realized I wanted to go into a surgical field. I chose urology as I felt it had a ton of variety with many types of procedures. Also as a bonus we get to play with lasers! I ranked Mizzou because I loved Columbia and it reminded me a lot of my home town. I also enjoyed the residents and faculty here and felt they were very down to earth.

I recently got married this March to my beautiful wife, Paige. We have two pets who we love, our cat Michael and our dog, Theo (In picture). We have been through a lot of changes together the past few months with moving and buying our first home together!

In my spare time I enjoy hiking and feel I have moved to a perfect city for this. I’m still surprised how many trails there are nearby! I’m so far enjoying my time here and feel the city along with the program are a perfect match for me!

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Kimberly Kocour

Kimberly Kocour

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine


Hometown: Andover, KS

Medical School: University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS

Research Interest: Female Pelvic Medicine

After residency: No plans career-wise yet, but I plan to move back to Kansas City or Atchison, KS where our families live

Hobbies/Interests: snowboarding, wake boarding, wake surfing, kickboxing, cycling, cooking

Bio: I grew up in a medical family with us all carving our own paths in different fields. My dad is a Radiologist, my mom a NICU nurse, my brother a Dentist and my sister an Occupational Therapist. I was always excited to see where my medical path would take me, and here at Mizzou as a Urology resident is the perfect fit. I moved here with my husband who is a high school teacher at a local high school, and my two dogs. We love it here and are so excited to be a part of such an awesome program and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

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PGY-2 Residents

Emma Libby, MD

Emma Libby, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri


Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois

Medical School: Mizzou

Research Interests: Andrology

After residency: undecided

Hobbies/Interests: board games, wine, bad reality tv, spending time with my pets (I have 2 cats and a puppy), Logboat Brewery, biking, Mizzou tailgates

Bio: I was born in New York, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but Missouri has been my home since doing undergrad here. I love Columbia because it is the perfect college town! I love all the tailgates, homecoming, cultural events, the fun restaurants/bars in Columbia, and it has a great cost of living. The thing that sets our program here is the sense of family/team we have. All the residents and faculty are great to work with and learn from. We also get good operative experience that starts from the PGY-1 year and grows exponentially as you progress through the program.

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Garth Sherman, MD

Garth Sherman, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City


Hometown: St. Louis, Mo

Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City

Research interests: Oncology

After residency: The only thing that I have planned out so far is that I end up somewhere near mountains so I can take my dogs hiking. I have a goal to hike the John Muir trail and bike the Colorado Trail some day.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy being very active. I spend my free time, working out, trail running, biking, paddle boarding all of which are made significantly better when my dogs join.

Bio: I was born and raised in St. Louis. I went to undergrad at Millikin University (you shouldn’t have heard of it) where I played football and met my significant other, Lindsey. We have been together since 2012. Not long after we met we adopted our German Shepherd-Husky, Stella. We added Indy (German Shepherd) to our pack 2 years later. Finally, Gambit (German Shepherd-Malinois) was added earlier this year. We love being active and adventuring with our dogs.

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PGY-3 Residents

Geoffrey Rosen, MD

Geoffrey Rosen, MD

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Hometown: Portland, OR

Medical School: Columbia University 

Research Interests: Antibiotics, big data, health policy, endourology

After residency: Lap/Endo/MIS fellowship

Hobbies/interests: Running, gymming with Matt, traveling

Bio: I’m from the suburbs of Portland, OR, and came to Mizzou via Atlanta and NYC. I sometimes get in trouble for treating too many primary care issues in urology clinic (but if someone has conjunctivitis and needs eye drops and can’t see their PCP for a week, why shouldn’t I be the one to help?). I’m very into physiology and research – mostly database analysis and analysis of publicly available data. 

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Matthew Sims, MD

Matthew Sims, MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine


Hometown: Germantown, TN

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (Memphis, TN)

Research Interests: Oncology, pain control

After residency: Private practice in Germantown, TN

Hobbies/Interests: Travel, golf, soccer, watching sports, grilling

Bio: I was born in Charleston, SC, but grew up in Germantown, TN, outside of Memphis. Almost all of my free time was spent playing sports: soccer, golf, basketball.

I went to University of Michigan for undergrad, where I got a degree in chemical engineering. Ultimately, I decided engineering wasn’t for me and settled on medicine. I went straight to UTHSC for med school after college.

I chose urology because I loved the variety of pathology and surgeries we perform. We do endoscopic, laparoscopic/robotic, and big open cases. We treat patients for oncologic, reconstructive, fertility and benign problems. I also like that we follow most our patients and can develop meaningful relationships with them.

If you run into me outside of work, I’ll probably be wearing something with the Michigan block ‘M’ on it. I love my Michigan Wolverines, and my other sports passion is Liverpool FC. I still try to find time to play golf and soccer, which are my two absolute favorite things to do. When I get time off for vacation, I prefer to travel to new places. The picture below is from Vietnam, my favorite country I’ve ever visited.

Mizzou Urology excels in our balance and camaraderie. We have excellent surgical volume balanced with good clinical experience. I especially think our strong presence at the VA is an underrated but valuable experience in our training. Finally, we all get along well with each other, which makes the hard work we do that much easier. Resident wellness is not hard work for us. For me in particular, my wellness involves regular exercise and regularly cooking and grilling with my co-resident, Geoff Rosen.

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PGY-4 Residents

Geoff Anderson, MD

Geoff Anderson, MD

Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine


Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Undergrad: University of Florida

Medical School: University of Central Florida

Research Interests: Checkpoint inhibitor use in transplant patients, Prostate cancer screening in rural communities

After Residency: Private Practice

Hobbies/Interests: Working out, cooking (barbecue), watching sports (especially Florida Gator football)

Bio: Grew up on the southeast coast of Florida (moved there when I was 3 years old). Ever since I can remember, my dad would always cheer for the Florida Gators. Consequently, I cheered for them. It was awesome to subsequently go there for college. Medical school took me a little south from Gainesville to Orlando, Florida. Once rotations began, I was interested in procedures. Urology captured my interest for a few reasons: the disease processes, ability to perform surgical procedures and the camaraderie of the people you get to work with. In the future, I would like to work in private practice. I foresee my practice including general urology with a particular interest in PCNL and robotic surgery.

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Shoaib Safiullah, MD

Shoaib Safiullah, MD

Medical School: Chicago Medical School


Hometown: Prospect Heights, IL

Medical School: Chicago Medical School

Research Interests: Virtual reality for surgical training and planning

After residency: Practice

Hobbies/Interests: Family time, computer hardware and building gaming PCs, woodworking and home improvement, grilling/cooking, roller coasters

Bio: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and completed all my schooling there. For those who want to know what part of Chicago I am from… I grew up as a Cubs fan. And a Bulls fan for life. After a stint doing research in southern California as a fellow in the UC Irvine LIFT program, I returned to the Midwest to start my training in urological surgery.

Columbia has been the perfect fit, with the feel of a Chicago suburb… without the high costs of living. It has turned out to be a great place to start and raise a family, as I now have three beautiful children who are giving the rigors of residency training a run for its money!

Throughout my years in training here, I have learned several intangibles about Mizzou’s Urology program. It has incorporated my family as part of its own, allowing me the ability to focus on my training while knowing my family has a network of support around them. This support extends to work life as well, with cordial and collegiate relationships with other surgical divisions, and a camaraderie among our urology residents that ensures our time in the hospital is enjoyable. The training is excellent, covering the spectrum of urology; learning from highly experienced kidney transplant surgeons, and from high-volume robotic surgeons, and everything in between, is a residency experience that is hard to beat.

I know that as I near graduation, I will be comfortable in any practice setting I choose; I have been given a skill set that would allow me to pursue any career aspiration, be it fellowship training or private practice.

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PGY-5 Residents

Taha Anwar, MD

Taha Anwar, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa


Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Medical School: University of Iowa

Career/Research interests: General Urology, Oncology, Pediatrics

After residency: Private practice in the Quad Cities

Hobbies/Interests: Grilling, Hiking, Hunting, Eating, Playing Sports

Bio: I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. I went to college at the University of Illinois, where I studied Economics. I really enjoy working with my hands and knew I wanted to do something surgical. I’ve always been a huge sports fan and initially went into medicine thinking I wanted to go into orthopedics, but got connected with a couple Urologists for research after my first year of medical school. Their personalities are what really sparked my initial interest in Urology, and as I went through my rotations, the decision became obvious. Though I’m no longer interested in torn ligaments and broken bones, I still love watching and playing sports in my free time. I try to take advantage of all the great hiking trails Columbia has to offer and then undo the burnt calories at one of the great restaurants in town or something off the grill!

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JuliAnne Rathbun, MD

JuliAnne Rathbun, MD

Medical School: University of Kansas Salina Campus


Hometown: Durham, KS

Medical School: University of Kansas - Salina Campus

Research Interests: Biomedical engineering collaboration, Quality Improvement

After residency: Private Practice, Salina, KS

Hobbies/Interests: Faith, family (3 kids), leadership studies, volleyball, Fixer Upper, house reno

Bio: I met my husband, Drew, at Kansas State University. We were married right before medical school and had our first daughter in the M3 year. I matched at Mizzou and couldn't have been more excited to join a family-friendly program! We had our son halfway through intern year, and then our youngest daughter toward the end of PGY-3 year. We are planning to return home to central Kansas to join a private practice group.

Fun Facts: I played volleyball in college, and there are still opportunities to play pretty good ball in CoMo. We also regularly serve our CoMo church and are able to participate in small groups and kids activities.

Best thing about Mizzou: the people. They are the reason we love it here!

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