Emil A. Tanagho, MD

Emil A. Tanagho, MD

Emil A. Tanagho, MD

Professor Emeritus of 


MB, ChB, 1952, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt, Medicine
Diploma/Urology, 1955, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt, Urology
Master/Surgery, 1957, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt, Urology


Emil A. Tanagho, MD served as Chairman of the UCSF Department of Urology from 1976 to 1996. Under his direction, the department became known for its pioneering work in the field of neurostimulation for control of micturition. In 1985, his work was recognized with the Jacob Javits Neurosciences Award, and was so honored for ten consecutive years. His group won the Jack Lapides Prize for Neurourology and Urodynamics eight of the eleven times it was given during his tenure. He has developed electrodes for stimulation of the sacral roots and has broad and lengthy experience with a large series of patients in whom these have been implanted. The author of hundreds of scientific articles, Tanagho also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including The Journal of Urology, Urology, and Neurourology and Urodynamics.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tanagho's sees patients at the UCSF Parnassus campus where his main clinical interests lie in Adult (non-cancer) specialties of Neurourology, UroGynecology and Voiding dysfunction.

Research Interests

Tanagho’s current research focuses on tissue engineering in reconstructive urologic surgery, using an organ-specific acellular matrix to enhance organ regeneration. This technique had been successful in expanding bladder capacity (augmentation cystoplasty), urethral stricture, and Peyrone’s disease.

Patient Contact

For appointments, please contact:

415.353.2200  (Phone)
415.353.2480  (Fax)

UCSF Medical Center

400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite A-610
San Francisco, CA 94143-0330

Academic Contact

415.476.1611  (Phone)

415.476.8849  (Fax)

Department of Urology

Box 0738

San Francisco, CA 94143- 0738