Meet the providers dedicated to improving your quality of life.
A. Z. Beshai, MD
Dr. Beshai was born in Assiut, Egypt, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 10 years of age. He grew up in Los Angeles, Calif., and attended UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and received Highest Honors in Biochemistry.
After completing medical school at UCLA he went on to do his internship in surgery at Duke University. He completed his second year in surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and received his urology training back at Duke University. He has been serving Grand Junction & the Western Slope since joining Urological Associates of Western Colorado in 1993.
Dr. Beshai’s practice is one of general urology with a focus on urologic oncology. He has vast experience in open surgery and since 2006 he has performed numerous robotic surgeries for benign and malignant urologic conditions.
Dr. Beshai has served on several boards of directors in Grand Junction including St. Mary’s Foundation, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and Community Hospital. He enjoys many outdoor activities with his family including hiking, biking, skiing and horseback riding.
M.J. Murray, MD
Dr. Murray joined Urological Associates of Western Colorado in Grand Junction in 2000. He is a former clinical staff member at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he served as the Residency Directory at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Murray has served as Chief of Surgery, Chairman of the Operating Room Steering Committee, and Board Member at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is currently the Chairman of the Robotic Steering Committee and is working to develop a Robotic Center of Excellence at St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Murray is a member of the Rocky Mountain Urological Society, Colorado Medical Society, and the American Urological Association.
Dr. Murray graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then went on to receive his medical doctorate with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in urologic surgery where he was named Chief Resident in urologic surgery. Dr. Murray is board certified by the American Board of Urology in adult and pediatric urology.
At Urological Associates of Western Colorado in Grand Junction Dr. Murray devotes his practice to urologic oncology and pediatric urology. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery with the daVinci robot:
· Nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy
· Robotic partial nephrectomy
· Radical nephrectomy
· Pelvic lymph node dissection
His pediatric practice specializes in:
· Hypospadias repair
· Treatment of Vesicoureteral reflux with open and minimally invasive procedures.
Mark Nishiya, MD, FACS
Dr. Nishiya was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1985. He received his medical degree from the University of California at Davis in 1990 and went to University of Colorado for his surgical and urologic training. After finishing his residency in 1996, he completed a Urologic Oncology fellowship at the University of Colorado in 1997. After his fellowship, he came to Grand Junction and joined Urological Associates of Western Colorado. He is board certified in adult and pediatric urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Nishiya helped establish the Pelvic Health and Wellness Center in 2007 and now focuses on female urologic issues. Special interests include urinary incontinence, recurrent bladder infections, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor disorders, and painful bladder syndromes. He has extensive experience in female reconstructive surgery, including robotic surgery using the DaVinci robot.
Caleb James Stepan, MD
Dr. Stepan was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, but primarily grew up in Logan, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1999. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 2003 and went to the University of Nebraska for his surgical and urologic training. After finishing his residency in 2009, he came to Grand Junction and joined Urological Associates of Western Colorado. He is board certified in general urology.
Dr. Stepan sees and treats all areas of urology including male, female and pediatrics. He received robotics training during his residency at the University of Nebraska and uses this technology in the surgical management of his patients. He takes a special interest in male pelvic health and sexual function which includes prostate/urination disorders, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, infertility, low testosterone and testicular disorders.
Gregory J. Tarman, MD, FACS
Dr. Tarman grew up in Southern California. In 1987 Dr. Tarman graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in biochemistry. He then attended Georgetown University, and Dr. Tarman was awarded a Medical Degree in 1992.
Moving back to California, Dr. Tarman completed a surgical internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego in 1993. For two years he served as a battalion surgeon for the Marines at Camp Pendleton and deployed to the Middle East for a tour of duty.
Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Tarman resumed his surgical and urologic residency training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, completing in 2000. Following this he served as the Department Head of Urology at Pensacola Naval Hospital in Florida. Dr. Tarman received his board certification in adult and pediatric urology and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2002. In 2003 he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and, subsequently, joined Urological Associates of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
Dr. Tarman’s practice treats a broad range of adult and pediatric urologic conditions. Special areas of interest include urologic malignancies, stone disease, prostate disease, erectile dysfunction and kidney disease. Dr. Tarman possesses in-depth experience in minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic procedures and prostate brachytherapy.
Nicholas Westfall, MD
Dr. Westfall joined Urological Associates of Western Colorado in 2017 after completing his residency at The University of Colorado in Denver. He is a Colorado native and grew up in Oregon. He attended college and medical school in Oregon at Linfield College and Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Westfall is well trained in the comprehensive urologic care of the both male and female genitourinary tract. This includes urologic cancers, upper/lower tract reconstruction, stone disease, voiding dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, BPH, and sexual health. He is trained in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is comfortable with pediatric and adult patients. During his training, he received the gold humanism award and high-test scores. He also published research.
He is married and enjoys time with his family and friends. His interests include construction, the great outdoors, his dogs, collegiate and professional sports, food, and traveling.
Laura Blau, PA-C
Laura Blau is a Physician’s Assistant who has been with Urological Associates of Western Colorado and the Pelvic Health and Wellness Center since 2015. Laura grew up on a cattle ranch in Menard, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science. She then went on to receive a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, with a special focus in Bioethics. She is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Laura has been working in Urology since 2013, with an interest in surgical assisting and perioperative care as well as kidney stone disease, prostate disorders, erectile dysfunction, urinary infections, urine incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and hormone replacement therapy. Outside of work she enjoys the beautiful outdoors of the Grand Valley and surrounding areas, as well as international travel and spending time with her pets and loved ones.