Christopher K. Payne


Dr. Christopher Payne grew up in West Virginia and attended the University of Virginia where he received a Chemistry BA with English minor. He matriculated to Vanderbilt University for medical school after which he completed urology residency at University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Female Urology, Urodynamics, & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA. He was recruited to Stanford University in August 1993 to initiate a Division of Female Urology and NeuroUrology. He advanced to a tenured position as Professor of Urology and served continuously until retiring from Stanford in 2014 as an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Payne’s current venture is a joint practice with Dr. Jeannette Potts--Vista Urology & Pelvic Pain Partners. The goal is to provide personalized urologic care while continuing to advance our knowledge base through clinical research.

Dr. Payne is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader on issues in female urology having served on NIH advisory/oversight panels on urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis. His expertise in clinical research has been recognized through two NIH grants principal investigator grants focusing on treatment of interstitial cystitis. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and interstitial cystitis. He twice been elected a Trustee for the International Continence Society. He has been recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors for ten consecutive years.

Dr. Payne has a special interest in Obstetric Fistula and Women’s Health issues in the developing world. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Worldwide Fistula Fund and has served on the Fistula and Developing World Committees of the International Continence Society.

• Male and Female Urinary Incontinence
• Urodynamics
• Interstitial Cystitis
• Pelvic Prolapse
• Genitourinary fistulas
• Neurogenic bladder
• All types of pelvic reconstructive surgery with emphasis on native tissue repairs


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