Skip to main content

Associate Professor of Urology and Plastic Surgery Director of UNC Transgender Health Program Program Director, Fellowship in Genitourinary Reconstruction and Gender Affirming Surgery Associate Program Director, Genitourinary Reconstruction & Gender Affirming Surgery

Dr. Figler is a board-certified Urologist and leader in the field of Genitourinary Reconstruction. Dr. Figler’s practice specializes in complex genital reconstruction, including urethral reconstruction (for strictures and fistulas), genital skin deficiency (after infection and trauma), penile/genital cancer, gender affirming bottom surgery, and surgery for incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

In addition to providing comprehensive care for all patients requiring complex genitourinary reconstruction, Dr. Figler specializes in the following conditions:

  • Urethral strictures, including after trauma, radiation, and failed surgery.
  • Rectourethral fistula
  • Lichen sclerosus.
  • Buried penis
  • Penile/genital cancer – including Extramammary Paget’s Disease (EMPD). A comprehensive team, including Dr. Marc Bjurlin in uro-oncology and Dr. Brad Merritt in Dermatology/Mohs surgery, utilize an innovative set of techniques to maximize chances of curing the cancer, preserve as much genital tissue as possible, and maximize quality of life.
  • Vaginoplasty. Dr. Figler developed an innovative “graft only” approach for patients with sufficient genital skin and, in coordination with Dr. Marc Bjurlin, performs robot assisted peritoneal flap vaginoplasty for patients with insufficient genital skin.
  • Metoidioplasty. Dr. Figler utilizes the “ring flap” approach to achieve excellent functional and aesthetic results.
  • Phalloplasty. Dr. Figler and Dr. Yemi Ogunleye (plastic surgery) perform radial forearm free flap and anterolateral thigh (ALT) phalloplasty for transgender patients and cis-gender patients after penile cancer and trauma.
  • Hidradenitis. As part of a comprehensive team, including Dr. Chris Sayed in dermatology, Dr. Figler offers comprehensive genital reconstructive surgery to reduce disease burden and improve quality of life.

Dr. Figler received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Urology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Following residency, Dr. Figler completed a two-year fellowship in Genitourinary Trauma and Male Reconstruction at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center with Dr. Hunter Wessells, a pioneer in Genitourinary Trauma and Male Reconstruction. During this time, Dr. Figler also worked at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, where he pursued an interest in health services research. After his fellowship training, Dr. Figler worked at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he founded and directed the Division of Reconstructive Urology. In 2016, Dr. Figler joined UNC, where he serves as Associate Professor of Urology and Plastic Surgery.

As founder and Director of the UNC Transgender Health Program, Dr. Figler is committed to improving access to gender affirming care in the Southeast. In July 2022, Dr. Figler started the first fellowship in Reconstructive Urology and Gender Affirming Surgery, and currently serves as the Fellowship Director.

Dr. Figler’s research interests include clinical outcomes and innovative techniques in genitourinary reconstruction, access to urologic surgery and strategies to address barriers.

Specialties

Gender Affirmation Surgery
Urology and Urologic Surgery
Incontinence
Reconstructive Urology
Men’s Health

Board Certifications

Urology – Board Certified

Publications

To View Click Here

Education

Fellowship: University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA 2011-2013
Residency: Emory University, Atlanta, GA 2006-2011
MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 2002-2006

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Figler

UNC Urology (Hillsborough Campus)

Refer a Patient to Dr. Figler

Medical professionals interested in referring a patient please visit our Refer a Patient page for more information.

News

View All