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    Boston Children's HospitalDepartment of Urology300 Longwood AvenueHunnewell, 3rd FloorBoston, Massachusetts 02115
Alan Retik, MD

Alan B. Retik, MD

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Executive Chair/Medical Director, International Health Services; Former Urologist-in-Chief; Senior Associate in UrologyProfessor of Surgery (Urology), Harvard Medical School
Primary Office Location: Boston Children's HospitalDepartment of Urology300 Longwood AvenueHunnewell, 3rd FloorBoston, Massachusetts 02115

Contact: 617-355-7796

Fax: 617-730-0474

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    • Departments/Divisions
    • Urology
    • Services/Programs
    • Andrology Program
    • Bladder Exstrophy Program
    • Center for Robotic Surgery
    • Neurourology Program
    • Perinatal Urology
    • Voiding Improvement Program
    • Advanced Fetal Care Center
    • Vesicoureteral Reflux
  • Pediatric Urology

    Robotic Surgery

    Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Undergraduate

    Cornell Univeristy,

    Ithaca, NY

    Medical School

    Cornell University Medical College,

    New York, NY

    Internship, Surgery

    Strong Memorial Hospital,

    Rochester, NY

    Residency, Surgery

    Tuft-New England Medical Center,

    Boston, MA

    Residency, Urology

    Peter Bent Brigham Hospital/Children's Hospital Medical Center,

    Boston, MA

    Fellowship, Pediatric Urology

    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children,

    London, England

  • American Board of Urology - Urology and Pediatric Urology

  • Dr. Retik received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Following internship and one year of surgical residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester New York, he spent two years at the National Cancer Institute. He completed further surgical residency at New England Medical Center Hospital and trained in urology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Dr. Retik then undertook further specialization in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Children in London under the tutelage of Sir David Innes Williams.

    Dr. Retik began his clinical career at the Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children. In 1977 he was appointed Chief of Pediatric Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, a position he occupied for 35 years. Thirty-five urologists have graduated from the pediatric urology fellowship and virtually all are in academic medicine, eight being department or division chairman and one a CEO of a major children’s hospital.

    Dr. Retik was made Professor of Surgery (Urology) in 1981. He has held numerous national leadership positions including chairman of the Section on Urology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, President of the Society for Pediatric Urology of the American Urological Association, and President of the New England Section of the American Urological Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

    Dr. Retik has been a Visiting Professor at more than 100 institutions Nationally and Internationally. His biography comprises over 400 contributions to the scientific literature, including editorship or several texts. He has been the Pediatric Editor of three editions of Campbell’s Urology.

    Dr. Retik has been awarded the Pediatric Urology Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics (1994) and the Ferdinand C. Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine (2002). Dr. Retik also received the Certificate of Achievement (2002), the Distinguished Contribution Award (2005) and the Ramon Guiteras Award (2006) from the American Urological Association.

    In 2002 Dr. Retik was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, a position he occupied through 2008. In April 2005 Harvard Medical School established the Alan B. Retik, M.D. Professorship in Pediatric Urology. Dr. Retik was appointed Executive Chair/Medical Director of Boston Children's Hospital’s International Health Services in 2010.

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