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Physician Extenders

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Juan Aparicio, PA-C

Juan Aparicio, PA-C

Juan Aparicio is a graduate of the Charles Drew University Physician Assistant Program in Los Angeles, Calif., and former Dean’s List member. His training involves rotation at King Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. He has been with the USC Institute of Urology since 2007, working with cutting-edge technology; robotic and open surgery. Juan is an active member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Raafat Attalla, PA-C

Raafat Attalla, PA-C

Raafat Attalla, PA-C, received his physician assistant certification from Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Calif., and his Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA. Raafat has trained as an orthopaedic surgical assistant with the U.S. Air Force and conducted research and design of a guide for placement of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and ACL reconstruction. Prior to joining the USC Institute of Urology in 2011, Raafat served at the Comprehensive Urology Medical Group, Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and at UCLA. Raafat is fluent in Arabic.

Lauren Cameron Bender, PA-C

Lauren Cameron Bender, PA-C

Lauren Bender graduated from USC Marshall School of Business in 1997. Her academic accolades include the Order of the Laurel and the Palm (top 1% of graduating class), Skull and Dagger, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Order of Omega honor society and Golden Key Honor Society. She earned two academic scholarships to partially fund tuition.

After working for Eli Lilly and Company for two years, Lauren realized her true calling — helping people in medicine. She graduated from Keck School of Medicine of USC Physician Assistant Program in 2004, earning a Master of Physician Assistant Practice.

Selected Salutatorian by faculty and classmates for graduation, Lauren delivered the keynote speech while she was 5 months pregnant with her first child.

Prior to joining USC Urology, Lauren spent 10 years working in Urgent Care.

Lakshmi Damerla, PA-C

Lakshmi Damerla, PA-C

Lakshmi Damerla, PA-C,received her physician assistant certification from Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated with Suma Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Science degree from UC Irvine. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Lakshmi trained as a Respiratory Therapy at Loma Linda University and worked in emergency room, ICU, ABG lab and bronchoscopy lab. Prior to joining the USC Lakshmi worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as Associate Director of Clinical Research Operations in their Clinical Trials Office in Children’ Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Lakshmi comes to USC with previous experience in Family Practice, Pediatrics and Clinical Research. Lakshmi is fluent in Spanish.

Elizabeth Ephraim, PA-C

Kevin Wayne, PA-C

Elizabeth Ephraim, PA-C, received her Master of Science as a physician assistant from Cornell University, and is also a proud graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Science. She joined the USC Institute of Urology in 2018. Elizabeth has gained extensive experience with our urology faculty, working with both open and minimally invasive (robotic)surgeons. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Angela Hsu, PA

Angela Hsu, PA

Angela Hsu, PA, graduated with cum laude and campus-wide honors from the University of California, Irvine, earning her a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marshall B. Ketchum University, in 2017. After completion of her training, she soon found a position with USC’s Department of Urology, in 2018, and has worked with multiple providers who specialize in general urology and urology oncology. Her work is primarily in the clinical setting, with prior experience in robotic surgery. She is a member of the American Urological Association and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Sean Jin Hyuk Lee, PA-C

 Sean Jin Hyuk Lee, PA-C

Shirly Mahgerefteh, MPAP, PA-C

Shirly Mahgerefteh, MPAP, PA-C

Shirly Mahgerefteh is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine of USC PA Program, where she received a master’s degree in of Physician Assistant Practice. Her training involved rotations at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and a large variety of medical specialties. After completing her PA training in 2010, she worked in an urgent care setting and in men’s health until joining the USC Institute of Urology with high recommendations in 2011. Since joining the department, she has gained extensive experience in post-operative care working with both open and minimally invasive surgeons at Keck Medicine of USC. She is a member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Daniel Park, PA-C, MHA

Daniel Park, PA-C, MHA

Daniel Park holds a doctorate in Medical Science, a master’s in Healthcare Administration and has been a practicing urology physician assistant (PA) for more than 19 years. He is an instructor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves as the director of clinical operations at USC Urology. He is also director of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology’s PA Fellowship in Clinical Urology. He has many years of clinical experience, in both office and operating room settings. He has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and is a regularly invited guest lecturer for the American Urological Association’s national and sectional meetings. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Keck School’s PA Program, which is housed within the Department of Family Medicine.

Richard Preciado, PA-C

Richard Preciado, PA-C

Richard Preciado attended California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., and graduated with Dean’s Honors from the Riverside Regional Medical Center Physician Assistant Program in Riverside, Calif., in 2002. He worked for a busy private practice urologic medical group for ten years where he had extensive surgical, hospital and clinical exposure. He was recruited to the USC Institute of Urology in 2013 and works closely with Monish Aron, co-director of robotic surgery and advanced laparoscopy, and with Matthew Dunn, director of endourology. Richard spends time at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and travels to Keck Medicine – Pasadena, Keck Medicine – Beverly Hills and Glendora clinics. He is a member of Urology Association of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Cesar Romero, PA-C

Cesar Romero, PA-C

Cesar Romero is a proud alumnus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC PA Program, earning his Master’s in Physician Assistant Practice in 2018. During his coursework, he underwent a surgical clerkship at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Desiring to expand his clinic and surgical training following graduation, Cesar completed the Physician Assistant Fellowship Program in Urology at USC. Cesar then joined the top ranked USC Institute of Urology as a staff Physician Assistant in July 2019. His member affiliations include the American Urological Association, the California Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Kevin Wayne, PA-C

Kevin Wayne, PA-C

Kevin Wayne graduated with honors from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program in Washington, D.C., in 1994. After serving with the U.S. Public Health Service’s National Health Services Corps, he joined a private urology practice in northern California, where he helped to provide the full-range of general urologic services to the surrounding agricultural community. After 12 years working in private practice, Kevin joined the clinical staff of USC’s Institute of Urology in January 2011. Kevin’s areas of interest are urologic oncology, general urology and male reconstructive surgery.

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