Boston Childrens Hospital Names David A Diamond MD New Urologist in Chief

Also named Harvard Medical School’s first Alan B. Retik Professor of Surgery (Urology); succeeds outgoing urologist-in-chief Alan Retik, MD, who will remain at Boston Children’s as senior associate in Urology and executive director of International Health Services

April 4, 2012

Boston, Mass. – David A. Diamond, MD, has been named urologist-in-chief and chair of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Urology. The department—the largest of its kind in the world—was ranked as the nation’s top pediatric urology program in 2011-2012 by U.S.News & World Report.

Dr. Diamond has served on the faculty at Boston Children’s since 1995, most recently as senior associate in Urology. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, completed his internship at the University of Vermont and finished his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. An internationally prominent urologist and urological surgeon, Dr. Diamond has particular expertise in treating children with disorders of sexual differentiation and has co-directed Boston Children’s Gender Management Service since its 2006 inception. He is president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and immediate past-president of the American Association of Pediatric Urologists.

In becoming Urologist-in-Chief, Dr. Diamond succeeds his longtime colleague and mentor, Alan B. Retik, MD, who founded what is now the Department of Urology when he arrived at Boston Children’s in 1977. The longest-serving chief in hospital history, Dr. Retik was also Boston Children’s surgeon-in-chief from 2002 to 2008. Under his direction, the Department of Urology has become the preeminent care center for children of all ages with urological disorders, as well as a world leader in urology research. During Dr. Retik’s tenure, the department has launched a major tissue engineering enterprise, performed more robotically assisted surgeries than any other pediatric hospital and established the world’s first regenerative medicine research laboratory in a pediatric urology department.

Dr. Retik will remain at Boston Children’s as senior associate in Urology and as executive director of the hospital’s International Health Services. The Alan B. Retik Professorship in Surgery (Urology)—of which Dr. Diamond is the inaugural incumbent—has been established at Harvard Medical School in his honor.

For more information about the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Urology, please click  here.

Erin Tornatore

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for the past 22 years. Boston Children’s is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 396 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, comprise the Boston Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital, visit