Dr. Dennis "Denny" Kubinski
“Dr. K” grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. He has one brother, Tim, who is a former big-league pitcher. Dr. K attended The University of California at San Diego where he also pitched on the varsity baseball team and spent more time in Tijuana than his parents would have liked. He then moved to Winston-Salem, NC to attend graduate school at Wake Forest, where he earned a Master’s Degree in molecular biology while becoming a huge Demon Deacon fan. He was then lucky to have the opportunity to go to medical school at The University of North Carolina, where he graduated with honors. He then returned to Wake Forest University North Carolina Baptist hospital for urology residency, becoming one of the first residents to train in robotic surgery. Following residency Dr. K joined the esteemed Charleston Urology Associates, with whom he practiced for 17 years. During this time his primary focus was on men’s health, including a particular interest in prostate cancer. He was the first urologist in the region to perform a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, and subsequently performed hundreds of them. In 2022, he earned his MBA at a third Tobacco Road school, Duke University, earning Fuqua Scholar honors for graduating in the top 10% of his business school class. He will always be a Wake Forest and Chapel Hill fan, while tolerating Duke.
Dr. K met his wife Christina in 2010 when her youngest sister Caroline spent a week in the hospital on his service, and Christina loyally stayed in her room. Because he was immediately smitten by Christina, Dr. K made rounds on Caroline unusually frequently. Understanding that doctors cannot date their patients, Dr. K capitalized on the loophole that sisters are in play. They married in 2011 on Sullivan’s Island, and have a son Dorn and a daughter Halina. Christina’s IT skills have been instrumental to The Men’s Center. Christina designed the Men’s Center logo & this website.
As most of you know I have resigned from Roper St Francis Physician Partners after 12 years of service to RSFPP, and nearly 17 years in practice at Roper Hospital. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I was given in the Roper system, and the scores of wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff that grew to be like family. However as most of you know, I have two young children and have found myself missing too much of their lives, and it is time to make a change. It’s daunting and of course I am nervous. But I am also excited and optimistic. The decision to leave my employed position was not easy. Ultimately, I want to spend time with my patients, understand their needs, and improve their lifestyles in an environment that they can count on while also having time to be a good husband and parent.
In my first letter regarding this I assured you all that I would let you know what my plans are. I am happy to announce that I have decided to start a brand-new practice called The Men’s Center. My goal is to provide an integrative approach to prostate health, sexual health, and hormonal health. Among other men’s health issues, we’re tackling issues such as low testosterone & erectile dysfunction in a private & comfortable setting – and offer a full array of treatment options. If desired, patients can get medications & supplements immediately and discreetly in our office, making The Men’s Center a convenient one-stop shop for busy lives.
In addition, I am especially excited to offer a prostate cancer coaching service to give men struggling with the diagnosis somebody to talk to & provide education. Prostate cancer is a scary and often confusing topic. My goal is to help men understand their diagnoses and to fully understand their treatment options & the implications of each.
The Men’s Center will be a departure from typical medical practices. We will utilize a direct payment model meaning we will be out of network with all insurance carriers. Eliminating the need for the considerable overhead required to deal with insurance companies affords us the ability to see fewer patients per day. This will allow me to spend the time with my patients required to discuss what are complicated & often delicate subjects. Additionally, by keeping insurance companies out of the equation, we can eliminate the price opacity & surprise bills that have become frustrating for doctors and patients alike.
At The Men’s Center, all pricing will be completely transparent, allowing patients to truly act as consumers. In addition to all major credit cards, we will accept payment using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
My expectation is that my new practice will promise on-time visits that will not feel rushed (I’m moving from 30 patients a day to only 6!), with time to provide education & answer all of the patient’s questions. Additionally, a smaller patient cohort makes prompt access to my staff by phone possible. I’m looking forward to being able to practice medicine in a way that allows time for my patients in a relaxed and private setting. I am excited to focus my practice on men’s health issues and to have a meaningful impact on the lifestyle of my patients.
I understand that many of you may no longer be my patients, and that the transition to another doctor can be stressful. Please rest assured that my partners at Roper St Francis Physician Partners Urology are fantastic doctors and people, and that the Roper St. Francis system is the best around.
I wish you all the very best and thank you for trusting me to be your doctor.
Dennis J Kubinski, MD