Toby C. Chai MD

Professor of Urology and of Organization Department; Vice Chair of Research; Co-Director Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Program

Biographical Info

  • Practice Location: York Street Campus (Smilow and 800 Howard Ave)
  • Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia – Charlottesville
  • Clinical Interests: urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder, urinary tract reconstruction, and urinary fistula, and bladder cancer

Toby C. Chai, MD, received his BA from Johns Hopkins University, MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his urology residency at University of Michigan Medical Center. He then completed a 2-year AFUD (American Foundation for Urologic Diseases) Research Scholar fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Chai was a urology faculty at University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) over the last 15 years and holder of the John D. Young Professorship. He recently moved to Yale University in January 2013 to become the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Urology and Co-Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery clinical program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Chai has an active research interest in urinary incontinence and bladder physiology. He was a Principal Investigator in the NIH Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN) which published several landmark articles in the New England Journal of Medicine related to evaluation and management of stress urinary incontinence. Dr. Chai has been investigating how bladder urothelial cell pathophysiology affects bladder function has contributed important foundational articles in this field. He has published over 100 papers and reviews and chapters.

He has been nationally recognized with key awards including the recipient of the 2001 Young Investigator Award from the SBUR (Society for Basic Urologic Research), the 2005 Paul Zimskind Award from SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction) for continuing excellence and leadership in the field of voiding dysfunction, and recently, the 2013 Victor A. Politano Award from the AUA (American Urological Association) for his outstanding work in the treatment of urinary incontinence and innovations in bladder research. He is the Basic Science Section Editor for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and is an Assistant Editor for The Journal of Urology. He serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Physiology – Renal.


Education & Training

M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine (1989)
Residency
University of Michigan Medical Center, General Surgery  (1989 - 1991)
Residency
University of Michigan Medical Center, Urological Surgery  (1991 - 1994)
Fellowship
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Neuroscience/Neurourology  (1995 - 1997)
Board Certification
Urology, Board Certified  (2008)

Honors & Recognition

  • Young Investigator Award
    Society for Basic Urologic Research (2001)
  • First Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    MidAtlantic AUA Section (2001)
  • Second Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    MidAtlantic AUA Section (2003)
  • First Prize, Basic Science Investigation
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2001)
  • Paul Zimskind Award
    Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (2005)
  • First Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    MidAtlantic AUA Section (2006)
  • Second Prize in Basic Science Investigation
    American Urological Association (1997)
  • First Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    MidAtlantic AUA Section (2008)
  • Second Prize in Basic Science Investigator (Mentor)
    American Urological Association (2004)
  • John D. Young, Jr. Professorship
    University of Maryland School of Medicine (2007)
  • Third Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    American Urological Association (2007)
  • First Prize in Basic Science Investigations (Mentor)
    Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (2006)
  • Second Prize in Basic Science Investigation (Mentor)
    American Urological Association (2009)
  • Victor A. Politano Award
    American Urological Association (2013)

Professional Service

  • Charter Member, NIDDK DDK-D Study Section (10/01/2012 - 10/01/2015)
  • Charter Member, NIH/CSR, UKGD (02/01/2005 - 06/30/2008)

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