Biography

Kris Gaston, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in urologic oncology.

Dr. Gaston earned his medical degree at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After his residency in urology at the University of North Carolina, he gained advanced training in urologic oncology through a clinical and research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Certified by the American Board of Urology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022 after being in practice for 15 years in North Carolina.

Dr. Gaston’s clinical interests include minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer. In addition to robotic expertise, he is a specialist in complex urinary orthotopic and continent catheterizable neobladder reconstruction, with quality of life and sexual preservation emphasis in younger patients. He is also trained in post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for young testicular cancer patients. His main research interest is ethnic disparities in prostate cancer.

A manuscript reviewer for Urologic Oncology, Dr. Gaston is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association, and the Society of Urologic Oncology.

Dr. Gaston has presented widely and published numerous articles and reviews in academic journals related to his areas of interest. His recent publications include a contribution to Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology.

He has been listed as a Top Doctor consistently by Castle Connolly and Charlotte Magazine.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2007-2008), Urologic Oncology
  • Research Fellowship - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2006-2007), Urology
  • Residency - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002-2006), Urology
  • Residency - The Brady Urologic Institute Johns Hopkins Medicine (2000-2001), Urology
  • Internship - The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1999-2000), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (2001-2000), Urologic Oncology
  • Medical School - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1995-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • Society of Urologic Oncology
Honors & Awards
  • Castle Connelly Top Doctors 2018-2022
  • Charlotte Magazine Top Doctor 2021-2022
  • Medical Students Teaching Award 2021, UNC Health
  • Residents Teaching Award 2011, UNC Health
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Surgery of Testes Tumors in Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology 12th Ed.
      Riggs SB, Gaston KE, Clark PE (2021)
    • Robotic-Assisted Pelvic Lymphadenectomy in Robotic Surgery of the Bladder
      Gaston KE, Davis JW (2014)
    • Proteomic assays for the detection of urothelial cancer in Methods in Molecular Biology
      Gaston KE, Grossman HB (2010)
    • Mutational analysis of the androgen receptor using laser capture microdissection and direct sequencing in Methods in Molecular Biology
      Greene S, Stockton P, Kozyreva OG, Gaston KE, Flake GP, Mohler JL (2003)
Research
  • Clinical trials for bladder, prostate, and kidney cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery

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