About Our Pediatric Urology Program

The Division of Pediatric Urology offers diagnostic evaluation and surgical treatment for children with genitourinary disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Ureteropelvic junction obstructions (UPJO)
  • Congenital renal abnormalities
  • Stone disease
  • Hypospadias
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Undescended testis
  • Hernias
  • Hydronephrosis


Our experts offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical services, including minimally invasive and robotic techniques for conditions including:

  • Kidney tumors and other renal problems
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Pediatric stone disease
  • UPJ obstruction
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Minimally Invasive Pediatric Urologic Surgery

Our division is a national leader in providing minimally invasive urologic surgical options for an array of urological conditions. Reconstructive and extirpative techniques can be accomplished laparoscopically, robotically, and endoscopically. Common conditions treated by these modalities include UPJO, duplication abnormalities, reflux disease, and complex stone disease.

Multidisciplinary Stone Clinic

Along with our nephrology and nutrition colleagues, we are one of the few pediatric urology divisions in the country that offer a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of pediatric stone disease.

Disorders of Sexual Differentiation (DSD)

DSD, formerly termed “intersex conditions,” often require complex surgical reconstruction in addition to input from endocrinologists and psychiatrists. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the few pediatric hospitals offering a multidisciplinary DSD clinic.

Spina Bifida Clinic

Our multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic currently follows more than 400 patients and offers state-of-the-art reconstructive urologic surgery and ongoing care.

Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections

The UTI Center at Children’s Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing and investigating pediatric urinary tract infections (UTI). This creates a unique setting for providing the highest level of clinical care and research. A resource for families and clinical partners, the Center focuses on UTI and the related conditions of vesicoureteral reflux and bladder and bowel dysfunction. With more than two decades of experience caring for children with UTI, our nationally-recognized researchers have changed common practices for treating UTI, improving the lives of children in the process.

Current Research

The Division of Pediatric Urology is involved in a number of research studies, listed below.

  • Selection and Timing of drainage in high grade pediatric renal trauma
  • Risk factors for perinatal testicular torsion
  • Do premature babies with posterior urethral valves have worse outcomes
  • To treat or not to treat: the randell’s plague dilemma
  • PCNL and Children
  • Chemotherapy induced hemorrhagic cystitis in the pediatric population
  • The use of resonance stents in the pediatric population
  • Identifying Dietary Risk Factors for Nephrolithiasis in the Pediatric Population and Establishing Age Specific 24-Hour Urine Metabolite Reference Ranges
  • Radiation doses of pediatric patients during ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy
  • Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty for Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction in Children
  • UTI after correction of vesicoureteral reflux: a comparison of two cohorts
  • The late descending testis: at risk for ascent
  • Hydronephrosis and its significance in pediatric renal transplant recipients
  • Urolithiasis in the Spina Bifida Population
  • Inhibin B Among Cryptorchid Children: A Potential Predictor of Future Fertility?
  • Fertility Research Registry
  • Testicular tissue cryopreservation for fertility preservation in patients facing infertility-causing diseases or treatment regimens
  • Identifying the ideal candidate for medical expulsive therapy with pediatric urolithiasis
  • Contemporary review and experience of utilizing external fixation button during orchidopexy
  • Evaluation urolithiasis and hormonal contraception in adolescent and young adult women
  • Evaluation of antibiotic prophylaxis for endoscopic urolithiasis surgery
  • Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation for fertility preservation in patients facing infertility-causing diseases or treatment regimens
  • Evaluation of heavy metals and trace elements concentration in urinary stones
  • Global Renal Mass Study- A Prospective International Study on Indications, Treatment Modalities and Outcomes
  • Urinary Tract Infection NIH Observational Study (CUTIE)
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) NIH Clinical Trial

Open Clinical Trials

Pediatric Urology Publications from UPMC