Get to Know Dr. Elizabeth Mobley, Renowned Worldwide for Urological Surgery
How and Why Did You Become a Urologist?
I grew up around the medical profession. My dad is a psychiatrist, and my mom was a physician assistant. From the age of three, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. I had a one-track mind, and that’s just what I always wanted to do.
I didn’t pick urology until the end of medical school. I had always imagined I would be a plastic surgeon. I was randomly selected for a urology rotation and fell in love with it. I loved the humor and the variety of conditions and surgery that I saw being performed. There is a lot of plastic surgery in urology, and that piqued my interest as well. I think some of the older men who I took care of then reminded me of my grandfathers, who I hugely respected and adored. That seemed to draw me towards urology a lot too.
I’m from Savannah, Georgia, and I did my undergraduate school at University of Georgia and medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Then I went to the University of Utah for urology residency, followed by a fellowship at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.
What’s an Average Day Like for You?
I work in Jollyville, Cedar Park and Round Rock. I spend about three-and-a-half days a week in clinic and one-and-a-half days in the operating room. I love operating and doing procedures, and I do a wide variety of them. My work days are long, and when I am done with my day job, I am home being a mom to my two beautiful children.
What’s Your Favorite Part of Working in Urology?
The things I love the most are treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), kidney cancers, incontinence and overactive bladder. I am passionate about prostate and bladder health, and I love educating patients on why these things matter. I also love robotic surgery, which is a platform I use to perform complex cancer cases as well as reconstructive surgery for the kidneys, ureters and pelvic floor. I try to keep my practice split evenly with male and female patients, as I prefer to keep my practice balanced. I love that we have a robust research program at Urology Austin. I am very active in that department. I am super-curious by nature, and I love to learn new things and advance our field.
What’s Your Approach to Patient Care?
My approach is to deliver efficient, patient-centered, and effective care. I try to ask the patient what their goals are, as they may be different than mine, and incorporate that into our plan of action.
I try to stay ahead of the bell curve. If there is something new that is in my area of interest, I’m going to educate myself on it, bring it to the practice and do it first, then teach others. As mentioned, I love our dedication towards research and being on the cutting edge. I like to educate my patients as well as my peers. That is why I play an active role as a faculty member for Teleflex’s urology division, teaching urologists all over the world about benign prostate hyperplasia, bladder health and the UroLift treatment option, among other options.
In fact, I developed the first Centers of Excellence at Urology Austin for the UroLift platform, and I am the only female physician faculty member for Teleflex in the world. I’ve had patients travel from across the United States and even from other countries to see me to have this procedure done. I’m also one of only three female physicians in the United States doing Aquablation therapy for BPH, and I am proud that I continue to learn new techniques so that I have multiple great options to offer each patient, allowing me to really personalize their treatment plan.
By staying abreast of the latest data, I can provide effective, evidence-based medicine to get patients the effective outcomes we are looking for.
What Do You Like To Do Outside of Work?
I love to spend time with my family. My wife and I have two young kids; Layla is four and Linc is two. They are both beautiful and bright. Layla is already fluent in Spanish, and Linc is on his way. My favorite things to do outside of work are playing golf, tennis and pickleball, and spending time on the lake with my family.
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