Dr. Kobashi is Head of the Section of Urology and Renal Transplantation at Virginia Mason Medical Center and Director of Virginia Mason’s Pelvic Floor Center. She founded the Virginia Mason Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship in 2003 and a new Urology residency in 2014, for which she serves as the Program Director. She is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Kobashi received her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College and her medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her urologic residency at the University of California, Irvine followed by a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellowship at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles before joining Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Dr. Kobashi has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse and has been invited faculty on the subject around the globe. She is the Immediate Past President of the SUFU (Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), President-elect for the Western Section, American Urological Association (AUA) and serves on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee. Dr. Kobashi also is Associate Editor of the new AUA journal, Urology Practice. She received the 2006 Continence Care Champion award from the National Association for Continence, the prestigious Paul Zimskind Award from SUFU in 2010, and a Presidential Citation from the American Urological Association in 2013.