Doctor of Urology at AUUA

Amy Schlaifer, MD

Dr. Amy Schlaifer is a urologic surgeon bringing her advanced surgical skills to the Valley. Dr. Schlaifer grew up in Arizona and graduated from Prescott High School. She earned her Bachelors of Science with a minor in Spanish at Northern Arizona University where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. During medical school, she participated in a rural health program as well as student government. After graduating she was awarded a urology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Her residency at Loma Linda included two years of general surgery training and four years of urologic surgical training. Her training encompassed not only a wide array of male and female procedures, but also minimally invasive surgeries, cryotherapy of the prostate, and advanced low dose radiation techniques for stone treatment. She has contributed to advancements in the field of urology with multiple publications and presentations at international conferences. Her publications include work in female urology, prostate cancer, and radiation safety. Working alongside fellowship trained experts has afforded Dr. Schlaifer a wide array of surgical skills and expertise.

Dr. Schlaifer is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and open communication with her patients and families. Patient education and personalized healthcare along with a commitment to surgical excellence are high priorities for Dr. Schlaifer. In her spare time, Dr. Schlaifer enjoys traveling and backpacking with her family as well as participating in recreational sports such as softball. Through a friendly personality and a commitment to patient care, Dr. Schlaifer strives to provide comprehensive urologic care.

Education, Publications & Experience

Amy Schlaifer, MD

Education and Training

Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ
August 1999 - May 2002
Bachelor of Science
(Zoology, minor Chemistry and Spanish)

University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ
June 2004 – May 2008
Medical Degree

Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA
June 2008 – June 2009
Internship (Surgery)
Program Director: Mark Reeves, M.D., FACS

Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA
July 2008 – current
Residency (Urology)
Program Director: Herbert Ruckle, M.D., FACS

Certification

California Department of Public Health Fluoroscopy X-ray Supervisor and Operator
May 2009 - current

License

California State License #A109711
2010 - Current

Arizona Medical License #49213
2014 - Current

Employment History

Bradshaw Mountain Diagnostic Laboratory - Prescott, AZ
(specimen intake and processing)
April 1999 - April 2004

LifeLine Ambulance
June 2003 - April 2004

Committees

OR committee, resident representative
Loma Linda University Medical center
2011 - present

Resident Advisory Council, member
Loma Linda University Medical center
2011 - 2012

Professional Societies

Society for women in Urology
2011 - present

AUA
2010 - present

AMA
2009 - present

San Bernardino County medical society
2010 - present

Awards

Best of session AUA 2013:
The Effects of Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee on Voiding Symptoms in Young Healthy Volunteers

2nd place poster session WSAUA Vancouver 2011:
Does Androgen Deprivation Therapy Before Salvage Cryotherapy Improve Treatment Outcomes?

2nd place LLU postgraduate meeting 2012:
Does Androgen Deprivation Therapy Before Salvage Cryotherapy Improve Treatment Outcomes?

Publications

  1. Staged Bilateral Nephrectomy For Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease: A Rare Clinical Scenario Amy E. Schlaifer, Gautum Agarwal, Gideon D. Richards, Kirk M. Anderson, David A. Chamberlin, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Department of Urology
  2. Deep bladder biopsies through the 9.5 fr offset pediatric cystoscope: a new use for a common urologic tool Kirk M. Anderson, Gideon D. Richards, Gautum Agarwal, Amy E. Schlaifer, David A. Chamberlin Loma Linda University Medical Center, Department of Urology
  3. Congenital Mesoblastic Nephroma in the Newborn Amy E. Schlaifer, Gideon D. Richards, Gautum Agarwal, Kirk Anderson, David A. Chamberlin Loma Linda University Medical Center, Department of Urology
  4. Body habitus affects detection of ureteral calculi using low-dose computed tomography scans Jonathan P. Heldt, Jason C. Smith, Gideon D. Richards, Gautum Agarwal, Kirk M. Anderson, Amy E. Schlaifer, Damien L. Smith, Nicholas T. Pittenger, Daniel S. Han, Brenton D. Baldwin, Eric M. Peters, Gabriel T. Schroeder, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  5. Diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the bladder in the pediatric patient: a rare case Kirk M. Anderson, Gautum Agarwal, Gideon D. Richards, Amy E. Schlaifer, David A. Chamberlin Loma Linda University Medical Center, Department of Urology
  6. Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder in the pediatric patient: a rare case Kirk M. Anderson, Amy E. Schlaifer, Gautum Agarwal, Gideon D. Richards, David A. Chamberlin Loma Linda University Medical Center, Department of Urology
  7. Does Androgen Deprivation Therapy Before Salvage Cryotherapy Improve Treatment Outcomes? Gautum Agarwal MD, Amy E. Schlaifer MD, Herbert Ruckle MD, Loma Linda, CA, Robert Given MD*, Norfolk, VA, J. Stephen Jones MD*, Cleveland, OH Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology Presented at WSAUA 2011, AUA 2012
  8. Comparison of radiation exposure with continuous and pulsed fluoroscopy Damien L. Smith, Jonathan P. Heldt, Gideon D. Richards, Gautum Agarwal, Catherine Chen, Joshua D. Chamberlin, D. Duane Baldwin MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  9. Comparing stone attenuation in low-dose and conventional non contrast computed tomography. G Richards, G Agarwal, K Anderson, A Schlaifer Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  10. Ureteral calculi detection accuracy using low-dose computed tomography protocols is compromised in overweight and underweight patients Jonathan P Heldt, B.S., Jason C. Smith, M.D., Gideon D. Richards, M.D., Gautum Agarwal, M.D., Kirk M. Anderson, M.D., Nicholas T. Pittenger, B.S., Brenton D. Baldwin, B.S., Daniel S. Han, B.S, Eric M. Peters, B.S., Gabriel T. Schroeder, B.S., Damien L. Smith, M.D., D. Duane Baldwin, M.D Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  11. Hybrid Transureteral NOTES Nephrectomy: A Survival Study in the Porcine Model Damien L. Smith, Gautum Agarwal, Gideon D. Richards, Jonathan P. Heldt, Joshua D. Chamberlin, Amy E. Schlaifer, Kirk M. Anderson, Don C. Arnold II, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  12. Determining Volume of Renal Calculi Using OsiriX Software Joseph E. Fargusson, Damien L. Smith, Jonathan P. Heldt, Khanh K. Nguyen, Hillary J. Wagner, Michael A. Fargusson, Ingrid N. Wahjudi, Kirk M. Anderson, Amy E. Schlaifer, Don C. Arnold II, Jason C. Smith, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  13. Shielding Using Automated Settings Increases Radiation Exposure to Surrounding Unshielded Tissues Khanh K. Nguyen, Damien L. Smith, Don C. Arnold II, Amy E. Schlaifer, Kirk M. Anderson, Jonathan P. Heldt, Joseph E. Fargusson, Michael A. Fargusson, Hillary J. Wagner, Ingrid N. Wahjudi, Jason C. Smith, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology Presented at World Congress of Endourology 2011
  14. Comparing Radiation Exposure in Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy to Ureteroscopy in Treating Urolithiasis Hillary Wagner, Joseph Fargusson, Damien L. Smith, Don C. Arnold, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology Presented at World Congress of Endourology 2011
  15. Preservation of pubovesical fascia during robotic radical prostatectomy Gene Huang, Gideon Richards, Forrest Jellison, Damien Smith, Don Arnold, Kirk Anderson, Amy Schlaifer, D.Duane Baldwin Video presentation WCE 2011
  16. Radiation Reduction protocol for ureteroscopic lithotripsy Gene Huang, Damien Smith, Don Arnold, Kirk Anderson, Amy Schlaifer, Jonathan Heldt, Jospeh Fargusson, D.Duane Baldwin Video presentation WCE 2011
  17. A Prospective, Randomized Comparison of Regular and Diet Lemonade Upon Risk for Urinary Stone Formation Damien L. Smith, Joseph Fargusson, John R. Asplin, Michael Fargusson, Jonathan P. Heldt, Catherine J. Chen, Amy E. Schlaifer, Kirk Anderson, Georgia Hodgkin, Danetta Frost, and D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  18. Low-Dose Fluoroscopy During Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy: Feasibility, Outcomes, and Effects on Radiation Exposure Kirk Anderson, Amy Schlaifer, Roger Li, Brian Blair, Don Arnold, Damien Smith, D. Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  19. Comparison of Unimodal and multimodal approaches for entombed stents Michael Fargusson, Jonathan Heldt, Ingrid Wahjudi, Joseph Fargusson, Hilary Wagner, Khanh Nguyen, Amy Schlaifer, Kirk Anderson, Damien Smith, Don Arnold, D.Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  20. Low-dose fluoroscopy during PCNL: feasibility, outcomes, and effects on radiation exposure Kirk M. Anderson, Amy E. Schlaifer, Brian Blair, Don C. Arnold, Damien Smith, Caroline Wallner, Roger Li, Gaudencio Olgin, D.Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  21. The predictive value of early dieresis renograms in determining pyeloplasty success or failure Isaac Kelly, Kirk Anderson, Amy Schlaifer, Gene Huang, Don Arnold, Gaudenico Olgin, Caroline Wallner, D.Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  22. Comparison of renal function outcomes after percutaneous cryoablation and partial nephrectomy Roger Li, Amy Schlaifer, Caroline Wallner, Kirk Anderson, Gene Huang, Daniel Han, Don Arnold, D.Duane Baldwin Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology
  23. The rationale of female patients seeking care from a female urologist who is a woman Amy E. Schlaifer MD, Kirk M. Anderson MD, H. Roger Hadley MD, Herbert Ruckle MD, Andrea Staack MD/PhD Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology Presented at WSAUA 2012
  24. Salvage cryotherapy: Outcomes and Management of Complications Amy Schlaifer, Kirk Anderson, Herbert Ruckle Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology Presented at WSAUA 2012
  25. The effects of regular and decaffeinated coffee on voiding symptoms in young healthy volunteers Andrea staack, Brian distelberg, Chris Chung, Kirk Anderson, Amy Schlaifer, Kirk Baker, Joan Sabate Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Urology SUFU 2013, AUA 2013
  26. Kidney donor radiation exposure prior to transplantation David couple paper, Amy E. Schlaifer, Kirk Anderson, Don Arnold, Andrew Mai, Steven Engebretsen, Christopher Chung, Jonathan Creech, Caleb Ng, Gene Huang, Caroline Wallner, D.Duane Baldwin AUA 2013

Published Articles

  1. Doctor finds her true calling is back home in Prescott. The Daily Courier, 2015
  2. Reduced Fluoroscopy Protocol for Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy: Feasibility, Outcomes, and Effects on Fluorscopy Time. Brian Blair, Gene Huang, Don Arnold, Roger Li, Amy Schlaifer, Kirk Anderson, Steven Engebretsen, Caroline Wallner, Gaudencio Olgin, D. Duane Baldwin. Journal of Urology 2013
  3. Preservation of Pubovesical Fascia During Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Gene O. Huang, Gideon D. Richards, Forrest C. Jellison, Damien L. Smith, Don C. Arnold II, Kirk M. Anderson, Amy E. Schlaifer, Paul D. Lui, and D. Duane Baldwin. J Endourol 2013 (Videourology)
  4. A Prospective Analysis of Robotic Tip Cover Accessory Failure. Engebretsen SR, Huang GO, Wallner CL, Anderson KM, Schlaifer AE, Arnold Ii DC, Olgin G, Baldwin DD. J Endourol. 2013
  5. Fluoro-less ureteral stent placement following uncomplicated ureteroscopic stone removal: a feasibility study. Brisbane W, Smith D, Schlaifer A, Anderson K, Baldwin DD. Urology. 2012
  6. In automated fluoroscopy settings, does shielding affect radiation exposure to surrounding unshielded tissues? J Endourol. 2012 Nguyen KK, Schlaifer AE, Smith DL, Anderson KM, Arnold DC 2nd, Heldt JP, Fargusson JE, Fargusson MA, Wagner HJ, Wahjudi IN, Smith JC, Baldwin DD.
  7. Ureteral calculi detection using low dose computerized tomography protocols is compromised in overweight and underweight patients. Heldt JP, Smith JC, Anderson KM, Richards GD, Agarwal G, Smith DL, Schlaifer A, Pittenger NT, Han DS, Baldwin BD, Schroeder GT, Baldwin DD. J Urol. 2012
  8. Prostate specific antigen levels and prostate cancer detection rates in patients with end stage renal disease. Chen CJ, Heldt JP, Anderson KM, Ruckle HC, Agarwal G, Smith DL, Schlaifer AE, Richards GD, Arnold DC 2nd, Baldwin DD. J Urol. 2012