Dr. Larissa V. Rodríguez is Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair of Academics and Director of the Division of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Beverly Hills at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Associate Provost of Faculty and Student Initiatives for STEM and Health Sciences at USC. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MIT. She completed her medical training and Urology residency at Stanford University and completed her Female Urology, Voiding Dysfunction, and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at UCLA. Among a number of initiatives as Associate Provost, she has helped oversee USC’s equity and inclusion efforts, developed a leadership academy for faculty, and developed an innovative pipeline program for undergraduate students in STEM. Dr. Rodríguez’s clinical research focuses on outcomes of vaginal and robotic surgery, quality of life and health disparities as it relates to pelvic floor disorders, and the pathophysiology and treatment of interstitial cystitis. In the laboratory she is pursuing investigations on the role of environmental stress in the development and maintenance of urinary symptoms, voiding dysfunction and bladder pain. She has been involved in some of the seminal work of the use of adipose derived stem cells for lower urinary tract reconstruction. She is currently Principal Investigator in the NIH sponsored Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Urologic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) research network. She has been a recipient of numerous research grants and has served as reviewer of multiple journals and member of study sections for the NIH and other research foundations. She has been the recipient of multiple research awards from the American Urological Association (AUA), the Western Section of the AUA, and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU). In 2008 she was the recipient of the Zimskind Award, an award given by SUFU to an individual with significant contribution to the field of Pelvic Medicine and Voiding Dysfunction within the first 10 years of their career.