Department of Urology

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The Department of Urology at Boston Children's Hospital evaluates, diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents with disorders of the genitals, urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys.  If your child has one of these disorders, whether it's a relatively common condition or a rare, complex congenital condition, we can help you.

Our department is recognized internationally and is staffed by experienced physicians who are teachers, leaders and innovators dedicated to state of the art urologic care, surgical expertise and research in all aspects of pediatric urology.

Boston Children’s Department of Urology is the largest pediatric urology service in the world with:

  • 3,100 surgical procedures each year
  • 18,000 outpatient visits
  • 12 world-renowned faculty members
  • Urodynamics laboratory and Uroradiology unit
  • More robotic-assisted surgeries performed than any other pediatric hospital


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Our expertise

At Boston Children's Hospital, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence. Through our Program for Patient Safety and Quality, we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. Since the diseases and chronic conditions that affect children and adolescents are quite different from those of adults, it is often not appropriate to use adult measures to evaluate the quality of pediatric care.  That’s why we have taken a leadership role in developing scientifically sound methods to measure the quality of care provided to all children and adolescents.

Boston Children's is home to the largest pediatric urology department in the world, with physicians who are experts in a wide range of proven procedures, from simple kidney stone removal to complete repair of bladder exstrophy (a rare birth defect in which the bladder is inside out and exposed outside the body).

We perform more than 3,100 surgical procedures each year and care for almost 15,000 children from throughout the country and all over the world

Clinical Highlights

  • Boston Children's pioneered the use of robotic surgery for complex procedures through small incisions, reducing pain, recovery time, and hospital stays. Today we perform more pediatric robotic surgeries than any other hospital in the world, and train physicians around the country to do them.
  • Special counseling programs, such as the bladder exstrophy support group, are opportunities for children and their families to learn, receive emotional support and meet others who have shared similar experiences.
  • Physicians at Boston Children's Kidney Stone Center perform metabolic evaluations on each child to check for dietary or environmental factors that can lead to development of a stone.
  • Our researchers are at the forefront of laboratory investigation.

Urology Firsts at Boston Children's Hospital

Many urology "firsts" happened here. All of our expertise goes toward the same goal: treating and curing your child.

  • First Department of Pediatric Urology at a major children's hospital. 
  • First minimally invasive procedure to correct pediatric ureteral reflux.
  • First laparoscopic removal of a kidney in a child in the eastern United States.
  • First creation of a tissue engineered organ (bladder). 
  • First training program in robotic assisted surgery for pediatric urologic conditions.
  • First Bladder exstrophy support group and comprehensive care program. 
  • First comprehensive, early bladder management program for children with neurogenic bladder.

New Urologist-in-Chief

David A. Diamond, MDDavid A. Diamond, MD, has been named Urologist-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Urology at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Diamond succeeds Alan Retik, MD, who founded what is now the Department of Urology when he arrived at Boston Children’s in 1977.

Dr. Retik will remain at Boston Children’s as senior associate in Urology and as executive director of the hospital’s International Health Services.

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