Benjamin Kirk Canales, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Director of Urologic Research
Department of Urology


  • Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • Residency: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Fellowship: Laparoscopy and Endourology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Clinical Interests: Urologic Stone Disease, Endourology and Laparoscopy

Postdoctoral Training:

  • Fellow and Clinical Instructor in Laparoscopy, Endourology, and Robotics,University of Minnesota, Department of Urologic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN
  • Urology Residency, University of Minnesota, Department of Urologic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN
  • General Surgery Internship, University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery, Minneapolis, MN

Present Hospital Affiliations:

  • UF Health Shands
    Department of Urology
    University of Florida
    College of Medicine
    1600 SW Archer Road
    Gainesville, Florida 32610
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
    1601 SW Archer Road
    Gainesville, Fl 32608

Particular Clinical Interests and Skills:

  • Minimally invasive urologic surgery
  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic prostatectomy
  • Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy
  • Endourology
  • Kidney stone disease/pathogenesis

Honors & Awards:

  • UF College of Medicine University Term Professor, 2019
  • US News Best Doctor, 2019
  • Cook Urological “Arthur Smith” Award, 2017
  • American Urological Association International Academic Fellowship Committee, 2016
  • Engineering and Urology Society Meeting “Top Ten Abstract”, 2016
  • American Urological Association Research Council, 2016
  • American Urological Association Gold Cystoscope Award, 2016
  • “Best of Posters” Award, Basic Science, 2015
  • American Urological Association Stone Disease Abstract Review Team Leader, 2015
  • American Urological Association/Japanese Urological Association Academic Exchange Program, 2015
  • American Urological Association Urologic Oncology Symposium Travel Award Recipient, 2014
  • American Urological Association Urology Care Foundation Travel Award Recipient, 2012-2014
  • Engineering and Urology Society Meeting “Top Ten Abstract”, 2012
  • American Urological Association Care Foundation/Astellas Rising Star in Urology Award, 2011-2015
  • University of Florida Department of Urology Teacher of the Year Award, 2010-2011
  • 30th Société Internationale D’Urologie Congress, abstract selected “Take Home Message Top Pick”, 2009
  • World Congress of Endourology 2008 Abstract selected for 2009 Highlights Issue J. of Endourology, 2009
  • American Urological Association Research Forum – “Showcasing New Investigators”, 2009
  • NIDDK Young Investigator Travel Award, 2008
  • American Urological Association/Gyrus ACMI Prize Essay Contest 1st Place, Laboratory Research, 2008
  • Endourological Society Basic Science Fellow Essay Contest 2nd Place, 2007
  • NIDDK Fellow Travel Award, 2006
  • University of Minnesota Urology, Research Contest 1st and 3rd Place,  2006
  • Leslie Zieve Award – Outstanding Fellow or Resident Research at VAMC, 2006
  • American Urological Association Foundation Research Scholar, 2006
  • World Congress of Endourology 2005 Abstract in 2006 Highlights Issue, Journal of Endourology, 2005
  • American Urological Association/Praecis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, 2005
  • University of Minnesota Urology, Research Contest 1st Place, 2005
  • Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award, 2003
  • Who’s Who Among Students – America’s Colleges and Universities, 2000-2001
  • Louisiana Tech University Presidential Scholar, 1992-1996
  • National Shakespearean Competition Finalist, 1992

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Urological Association
  • Endourological Society
  • Florida Urological Society
  • Research on Calculus Kinetics Society
  • Southeastern Society of the American Urological Association

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