Joel T. Funk, MD, FACS

Associate Professor
Chief of Surgical Services at Banner University Medical Center - South Campus
Director of Urology at Banner University Medical Center - South Campus
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Surgery

Joel T. Funk, MD, FACS

Associate Professor
Chief of Surgical Services at Banner University Medical Center - South Campus
Director of Urology at Banner University Medical Center - South Campus
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Surgery

Joel Funk, MD, FACS, is a nationally and internationally recognized expert and key thought leader in laser prostatectomy and female urology. He was the first urologist to perform a holmium prostatectomy in southern Arizona and remains one of a handful of surgeons nationwide, performing at least 100 of these procedures a year.

Dr. Funk has extensive experience in the surgical and non-surgical management of prostate and bladder outlet obstruction in men. Furthermore, he is an active female urology specialist with expertise in robotic sacrocolpopexy, vaginal mesh excision, and anti-incontience surgery. Dr. Funk received his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and matriculated to The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1997. Upon his graduation, he joined the University of Arizona in Tucson as a urology resident in 2001. Completing his residency in 2007, he realized Tucson was home and joined the clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery. He completed additional training in laser prostatectomy at Addensbrooke Hospital in Cambridge in 2009.

Dr. Funk is the chief of surgical services and the director of urology at Banner University Medical Center South.

Research Interests: 

MRI imaging and evaluation of pelvic organ prolapse
Long term outcomes from HoLEP
Prostate cancer risk
Histologic evaluation of the pathogenesis of benign prostatic hypertrophy
MR fusion biopsy in the diagnosis and decision-making of prostate cancer

Degrees
  • MD: Northwestern University Medical School, 2001
Honors and Awards
  • Bodinger Stegmann Award-WSAUA, Best Tips/Tricks, 2004
  • Resident Teaching Award - Department Surgery, 2002
Residency
  • University of Arizona, Urology, 2003-2007
  • University of Arizona, General Surgery, 2001-2003
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Urology, 2011

Select Publications

2015

Michalak, J., D. Tzou, and J. Funk, "HoLEP: the gold standard for the surgical management of BPH in the 21(st) Century.", Am J Clin Exp Urol, vol. 3, issue 1, pp. 36-42, 2015. PMCID: PMC4446381  PMID: 26069886

2007

Phull, H., M. Salkini, T. Purves, J. Funk, D. Copeland, and C. V. Comiter, "Angiotensin II plays a role in acute murine experimental autoimmune cystitis.", BJU Int, vol. 100, issue 3, pp. 664-7, 2007 Sep. PMID: 17550411

2005

Ramakumar, S., H. Phull, T. Purves, J. Funk, D. Copeland, J. B. Ulreich, L-W. Lai, and Y-H. Howard Lien, "Novel delivery of oligonucleotides using a topical hydrogel tissue sealant in a murine partial nephrectomy model.", J Urol, vol. 174, issue 3, pp. 1133-6, 2005 Sep. PMID: 16094080