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Meet Aaron Smith, DO

Dr. Aaron C. Smith earned his DO at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Des Moines University, with urology residency at Michigan State University Health Care in East Lansing. Before joining UI Health Care, he served as adjunct assistant professor of urology at Des Moines University for 10 years.

Dr. Smith joined the Department of Urology faculty fresh off his year as our Endourology, Robotics, and Laparoscopy Fellow. His primary role is providing urology care at our outreach location at Mahaska Health in Oskaloosa, delivering easier access to UI Health Care expertise for patients in the region. He also continues to develop a clinical interest in minimally invasive procedures for BPH.

He took time out of his busy schedule to tell us a little bit more about himself.

How do you describe yourself and your practice to other urologists?

I still see myself as a blue collar community urologist fortunate enough to join a team of really amazing doctors. When I’m not working in Oskaloosa, I’m in Iowa City, continuing to learn from them and grow while helping them care for patients who’ve been referred to us by other community providers like me.

What’s special to you about joining the UI Department of Urology team?

I love the mission of the university. The UI has a great patient experience because it is a teaching institution. There are teams of learners and teachers waiting to help the sick. It’s medicine the way it was designed to be practiced. The approach is evidence-based, and patients are directed to experienced subspecialty providers who really want to help them or get them in front of the provider who can serve them best.

Why is urology the right field for you?

I don’t like unsolvable problems. In urology, there’s usually something that we can offer the patient that solves their problem. So it was a good match for me. Also, a sense of humor can be a big help in this specialty. I like the people who are drawn to the field for that reason.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

I have a great wife and the coolest sons a guy could ask for. We spend a lot of time at their artistic and athletic endeavors. They are the joy of my life.


Fellow Physicians

Endourology, Robotics, and Laparoscopy Fellow

Thomas Stout, MD, joined us after serving his residency at the University of Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine and a BA in biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Genitourinary Reconstruction Fellow

Mei Tuong, MD, joined us following residency at the University of Virginia. She earned her MD at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and a BA in government at Virginia.


Resident Physicians

Elise Myers, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine—Salina


Adam Kemp, MD
University of North Dakota School of Medicine


Ben Plambeck, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center