About Dr. Payne  Christopher K. Payne, MD.   Emeritus Professor of Urology, Stanford University Medical School  Co-Founder, Vista Urology & Pelvic Pain Partners

Christopher K. Payne, MD.
Emeritus Professor of Urology, Stanford University Medical School
Co-Founder, Vista Urology & Pelvic Pain Partners

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.  He has been recognized by Castle-Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors for ten consecutive years.  Current non-clinical activities include:

  • Medical Advisory Board of Simon Foundation
  • Medical Advisory Board of Interstitial Cystitis Association
  • Board member of Worldwide Fistula Foundation
  • Board member of Danja Fistula Center
  • American Urologic Association Interstitial Cystitis Guideline Committee
  • Committee member ACTTION-APS (Food & Drug Administration and American Pain Society partnership) Pain Taxonomy working group on Visceral and Pelvic Pain

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 personalized urologic care while continuing to advance our knowledge base through clinical research.

Clinical Interests

  • Male and Female Urinary Incontinence
  • Urodynamics
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pelvic Prolapse
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • All types of pelvic reconstructive surgery with emphasis on native tissue repairs
  • Dr. Payne has a special interest in obstetric fistulas in the developing world.  He has made several trips to Africa for treatment and research on this problem and was elected President of the Board of the Worldwide Fistula Foundation in 2017.