Evan M. Vapnek, MD

Evan M. Vapnek, MD


Dr. Vapnek attended the University of Rochester in New York where he received his bachelor of science degree. He then continued his education at the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn and earned his medical degree there. After graduating, Dr. Vapnek served his internship at the University of California and his urology residency at the State University of New York. He also completed a renal transplantation and renovascular surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Vapnek has received many awards and honors including the Award for Highest Score on the AUA In-Training Exam on numerous occasions as well as receiving 2nd prize in the Murray Freedman Essay Contest. He has had numerous presentations and publications. His hospital appointments include the Sharp Memorial Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital, both located in San Diego.

Dr. Vapnek is currently very active in many medical societies. Some of his memberships include the American Urological Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Vapnek is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Vapnek is one of the foremost laparoscopic urologic surgeons in San Diego, performing more than 100 major laparoscopic procedures per year in addition to teaching other urologists and residents this less invasive surgical technique.

Current Position

Urological Physicians of San Diego, a Division of Genesis Healthcare Partners
Surgical Director, Living Donor Transplant Program, Sharp Memorial Hospital Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Center


1987 to 1991 State University of New York, Downstate Medical School
Brooklyn, New York
Degree: M.D.
1983 to 1987 University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
Degree: B.S., Biological Sciences: Neuroscience
Distinction in Research

Post-Graduate Training

1997 to 1999 Department of Urology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
Cleveland, Ohio, Renal Transplantation and Renovascular
Surgery Fellowship
1993 to 1997 Department of Urology, State University of New York
Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York -
Post-graduate levels III - VI
1991 to 1993 Department of Surgery, University of California,
San Francisco, California - Post-graduate levels I - II

Licensure and certification

California #G 75357 exp. 1/31/12

Board Certification:
Diplomate American Board of Urology, Certified 2001, exp. 2/28/2021

Hospital Appointments

Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA

Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA

Sharp Coronado Hospital, Coronado, CA

Awards and Honors

New York Academy of Medicine, Ferdinand Valentine Fellowship for Urologic Research, July 1997-June 1998

2nd Prize - Clinical Division, Murray Freedman Essay Contest, American College of Surgeons, Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter, May 1994

Department of Urology, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Award for Highest Score on AUA In-Training Exam 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996.

Professional Societies

  • San Diego Urological Society, Past President
  • American Urological Association
  • Western Section, American Urological Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Urologic Society for Transplantation and Vascular Surgery


2008 - present Vice Chairman, Urology Supervisory Committee, Sharp Memorial Hospital
2004 Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Lifesharing Organ Procurement Organization
2001 - present Cancer Committee, Scripps Mercy Hospital


  1. Kapoor A., Morita, K., Engeman, T., Koga, S., Hobart, M., Vapnek, E., and Fairchild, R. Early production of IFN-g induced chemokines in allogeneic heart grafts is mediated by CD8 T cells. Transplantation, Vol. 69, 2000: pp. 1147-1155
  2. Plawker, M.W., Fleisher, J.M., Vapnek, E.M., Macchia, R.J. Current Trends in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Staging Among United States Urologists, Journal of Urology, Vol. 158, No 5 (November) 1997: pp. 1853-1858.
  3. Bretan, P.N., Banfasche, R., Vapnek, E., Garavoy, M. Minimizing Recipient-Donor Size Differences Improves Long-Term Graft Survival Using Single Pediatric Cadaveric Kidneys. Transplantation Proceedings, Vol. 26, No 1 (February), 1994: pp. 28-29.


  1. Early Intra-Graft Expression of Chemokine Genes During Acute Rejection of Allogeneic Skin and Cardiac Grafts. American Urological Association, Urologic Society for Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, San Diego, CA, June 1998
  2. Early Intra-Graft Expression of Chemokine Genes During Acute Rejection of Allogeneic Cardiac Grafts.
    American Society of Transplant Physicians, Chicago, IL, May 1998.

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