Dr. Christopher Payne, MD

Dr. Christopher Payne, MD


Urology | Male | 57 years old

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With over 20 years of experience in academic medicine, research with the National Institutes of Health, and national/international medical leadership positions we offer the expertise that you need coupled with the care that you deserve.Read more

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Dr. Christopher Payne grew up in West Virginia and attended undergraduate school at the University of Virginia where he received...Read more

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Dr. Payne says...

Dr. Christopher Payne grew up in West Virginia and attended undergraduate school at the University of Virginia where he received a BA degree in Chemistry with a minor in English.  He attended Vanderbilt University for medical school after which he completed a urology residency at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  After completing a fellowship in Female Urology, Urodynamics, and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA in 1992-1993, he was recruited to Stanford University in August 1993 to initiate a new program in Female Urology and NeuroUrology.  He advanced to a tenured position as Professor of Urology and served continuously until his retirement from Stanford in 2014 as an Emeritus Professor.

Dr. Payne is nationally recognized as a leader on issues in female urology having served on NIH advisory/oversight panels on urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis.  His expertise in clinical research has been recognized through two NIH grants principal investigator grants focusing on treatment of interstitial cystitis.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence, pelvic reconstructive surgery, and interstitial cystitis.  He served three times as the committee chair for "Research Methodology" for the International Consultation on Incontinence and has twice been elected as a Trustee for the International Continence Society, a position he currently holds.  He has been recognized as one of America's Top Doctors for ten consecutive years.

Dr. Payne's most recent venture is a joint practice with Dr. Jeannette Potts:  Vista Urology and Pelvic Pain Partners.  The goal is to provide outstanding, personalized urologic care while continuing to advance our knowledge base through clinical research.

Dr. Payne's Care Philosophy

With over 20 years of experience in academic medicine, research with the National Institutes of Health, and national/international medical leadership positions we offer the expertise that you need coupled with the care that you deserve.

Dr. Payne says...

For over 20 years I have had a highly specialized practice focused on medical and surgical treatment of lower urinary tract problems--urinary incontinence, difficulty urinating, pain, and pelvic organ prolapse.  I  have special interest and unique experience in treating urinary tract fistulas.  For the past 5 years I have been advocating for a new vision of interstitial cystitis with individualized treatment based on the specific characteristics of each patient's disease.

If you are not making progress with your current treatment or if you are dissatisfied with the treatment plan proposed, this is the place to go for a thoughtful, thorough second opinion.

Dr. Payne says...

I am fellowship trained in Female Urology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and have over 20 years of experience with all types of surgical procedures for lower urinary tract problems in men and women.  In particular, I have the great expertise in surgery for urinary fistulas having lived in Africa and worked extensively with women suffering from this condition after childbirth injury.

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  •  Specializes in Urology
  •  Board certified in Urology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Urology

Conditions Treated

  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Bladder Atony
  • Bladder Diseases
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bladder Stones
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney Infection, Chronic
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Pelvic Neuralgia
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Prostatitis
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Ureteral Stones
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Urinary-Genital Tract Fistula, Female
  • Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux


  • Medical School
    Vanderbilt University

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    University Pa

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1992

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of California Los Angeles

    Completed in 1993

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Virginia

    Graduated in 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Urology
  • Female Adult Urology
  • Female Urology
  • Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery
  • Male Adult Urology
  • Neurological Urology
  • Neurourology & Reconstructive Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Biofeedback
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cystometry
  • Cystoscopy
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Fistula Repair
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • Interstim® Sacral Nerve Stimulator
  • Pessary for Prolapse
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound
  • Ureteroneocystostomy
  • Urethral Reconstruction
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Vaginal Prolapse Surgery