Youssef S Tanagho, M.D., MPH
Youssef Tanagho, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery/Urology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Tanagho completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to this, Dr. Tanagho completed his residency program in Urology at Case Western Reserve, University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Tanagho received his undergraduate training, as well as a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford with academic distinction and was selected to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter of Stanford University. Dr. Tanagho completed his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School and received an academic scholarship to pursue a Master of Public Health at Harvard University.
At an early age, Dr. Tanagho felt he would pursue a career in medicine. He knew early that he wanted to become a person whose life work would fulfill a mission, desiring to be involved in people’s lives and health.
While in medical school and considering which subspecialty to pursue, Dr. Tanagho decided Urology provided the various aspects of medicine that he enjoyed, namely surgery, clinical medicine and the opportunity to interact with patients on a long-term basis. “Most importantly, I wanted to specialize in a field in which I could see my patients’ quality of life improve. Urology affords me the opportunity to impact my patients’ lives in a very tangible way,” states Dr. Tanagho.
Commenting on how he approaches patient care, Dr. Tanagho states, “I view my patients not as cases or appointments, but as individuals with real concerns and anxiety. My role is to alleviate their anxiety by addressing their unique concerns and recommending a course of action to improve their quality of life. Healing occurs not just in the operating room but in the course of a trusting relationship established between a patient and physician.”
In addition to his medical training, Dr. Tanagho has two master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology and in Public Health. “This background gives me a unique insight with my patients, allowing me to provide more sensitive and comprehensive patient care as I view patients not just from a medical perspective but also in a social context,” states Dr. Tanagho.
Dr. Tanagho is the author of more than 75 urological publications and has given dozens of presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Tanagho joined Eisenhower Medical Center and, more recently, partnered with Walsh Urology Associates to establish a practice in a community with great need for urological care, while enjoying his strong family ties to the region. Dr. Tanagho has been on the staff of Eisenhower Medical Center since 2013.