Dr. Yafi is Assistant Professor of Urology, Chief of the Division Men’s Health and Reconstructive Urology and Director of Men’s Health and Newport Urology at the University of California, Irvine. His practice is specialized in men’s health, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, Peyronie’s disease, prosthetic surgery, male voiding dysfunction/enlarged prostate and male infertility.
Dr. Yafi earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He then served his internship in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and subsequently completed his residency in Urology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He then completed a two year fellowship in Andrology, Sexual Medicine and Prosthetic Urology at Tulane University. Dr. Yafi is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Yafi serves on numerous national and international society committees as both Member and Chair. With the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, he serves as Middle East liaison and a member of the Industry Relations and the Fellowship and Residency Education committees and has served as chair of the Abstract Review Committee for the 2017 annual meeting. He is currently the co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2020 annual meeting and is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2021 meeting. With the International Society for Sexual Medicine, he is currently serving his second term as chair of the Grants and Prizes committee. With the Société Internationale d’Urologie, he serves as a member of the SIU Academy Governance Committee and chair of the Infertility/Men’s Health Sub-committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons. He also serves as team leader for the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons Pelvic Floor Consortium Sexual Function in Men committee. Dr. Yafi is the director of the International Advanced Male Prosthetics and the Advanced Men’s Health courses held yearly at UCI, and has been chair of the penile prosthetic courses at the last 2 Société Internationale d’Urologie congresses in Korea and Greece.
Dr. Yafi has an avid interest in both basic and clinical research. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, educational guidelines and book chapters, has been invited as a visiting professor and a speaker at multiple national and international venues, and has received multiple national and international awards and recognitions, including the University of California Irvine Rising Stars award in 2020. Along with his wife Natalie, he is the co-editor of a book entitled “Effects of Lifestyle on Men’s Health”.
Statement/motivation of why I am applying for Member at Large
I am excited to announce my nomination for the vacant position of Member-at-Large with the International Society for Sexual Medicine. If elected, this position will allow me to continue my active involvement with the society and to help promote and expand the field of Sexual Medicine across the world.
Throughout my training, and now in my position as an academic Urologist and Director of Men’s Health at the University of California Irvine, I have continuously demonstrated a strong dedication to both the ISSM and SMSNA.
With the ISSM, I am proud to be serving my second term as chair of the Grants and Prizes committee. During my tenure, the committee has grown considerably and is now in charge of awarding 10 yearly scholarships to physicians from mostly underserved countries to attend the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine, 5 bi-yearly ISSM research grants, and 3 ISSM awards (Zorgniotti-Newman, FSD, Emil Tanagho) at the World Meetings of Sexual Medicine. This year, we will, for the first time, be expanding to add a Mental Health award as well as 4 other awards recognizing individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the field of Sexual Medicine.
With the SMSNA, I serve as Middle East Liaison, as member of the Industry Relations as well as the Fellowship and Residency Education committees, and as SMSNA representative on the board of directors of the Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons. I have also served as chair of the Abstract Review Committee for the 2017 annual meeting. I currently serve as the co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2020 annual meeting and have been appointed Chair of the Scientific Committee for the upcoming 2021 meeting.
I also have an avid interest in both basic and clinical research and have, to date, published more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, educational guidelines and book chapters, and have been invited as a visiting professor and a speaker at multiple national and international venues.
I hope that you find here ample evidence of my strong commitment and passion for the field of Sexual Medicine. With your vote, I hope to be able to join the ISSM Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large which would help me continue to work hard and diligently for the betterment and advancement of our society and the field of Sexual Medicine as a whole.