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John J. Pahira, MD

Dr. Pahira received his undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biology in 1970. He attended medical school at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Penn State University. He received his MD in 1974. After two years of a General Surgery residency at Abington Memorial Hospital he started his Urology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in 1979 and joined the teaching faculty in the Division of Urology at Georgetown University Medical Center. He was Board Certified in Urology in 1981 and promoted to Professor in 1992. He established the first Center for Kidney Stone Disease and Lithotripsy in Washington DC in 1986. He has served as President of the Washington Urologic Society, the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urologic Association and the Medical Faculty of Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Pahira developed a program to enhance communication skills and it is now being taught throughout the Medical Center. Dr. Pahira has authored many papers and multiple book chapters regarding the treatment of kidney stones. He has served as a reviewer for several medical journals including the Journal of Urology, the Journal of the American Family Physician and the International Journal of Urology and Nephrology. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2004 and inducted into the Georgetown University Medical Center Magis Society of Master Teachers in 2017
Dr. Pahira comes to the Urology Group with over 41 years of expertise in the management of kidney stone disease. He hopes to offer patients at risk of recurrent kidney stones a comprehensive evaluation to determine possible underlying risk factors. He places a strong emphasis on diet and hydration with limited medication use only as needed.

Dr. Pahira has a philosophy of treating patients as if they were members of his family. In the current medical environment, he believes much of a kidney stone patient’s metabolic evaluation can be completed with telemedicine. This can be done at the patient’s convenience and enhancing the time to diagnosis and treatment.

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