Department of Urology | For Clinicians

How to refer a patient

The members of the Department of Urology at Boston Children's Hospital are available to answer questions.

  • If you have a question about a patient referral, call 617-355-7796 and choose option 1 to speak to one of our clinicians.
  • Choose option 2 to refer a patient or schedule an appointment for your patient.
  • Fax pertinent patient medical records to our Urology Department including medical notes and test results. Our fax number is 617-730-0474.
  • Our clinicians take great pride in ensuring seamless communication with you, the referring provider. We do this by providing follow-up clinical notes, and our clinicians are accessible by telephone to answer your questions.

Fellowship training

Established in 1979 by Alan Retik, MD, the Department of Urology continues its mission to provide the best clinical and research training experience in pediatric urology.

We offer a three-year fellowship experience for two fellows per year. The first two years are dedicated to basic science or clinical research. The third year, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), is devoted to clinical training.

Faculty members are also involved in numerous educational programs, courses, and research projects.

Resident and medical student training

Residents from Boston-area urology training programs rotate through Boston Children's. Third- and fourth-year students at Harvard Medical School, as well as students from across the U.S. and abroad, take part in the hospital's urology elective.

In addition, the department's laboratory offers a research elective to undergraduate students, medical students, and residents from a variety of training programs.

VUR Resolution Rate Calculator

The VUR Resolution Rate Calculator is a tool that can be used to predict a child's chance of resolving reflux at a given year after diagnosis.

How to use the calculator

Click here for the VUR Calculator

In order to calculate a child's chance of resolution, you will need to select:

  • child category
  • clinical presentation
  • age at presentation
  • grade of VUR
  • ureter anatomy
  • time to resolution (years)

The above inputs will determine the child's chance of resolution.

About VUR

Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is a condition in which urine flows the wrong way, from the bladder back into the ureters and often back into the kidneys. [read more]

The VUR Program at Boston Children's

Our pediatric urologists provide basic management, such as antibiotics and regular follow-up imaging tests, as well as surgical treatment when necessary.

  • Make an appointment: 617-355-7796

Disclaimer

The VUR Resolution Rate Calculator is a predictive model based on analysis of past data. Like all models based on aggregate data, it is not intended to predict definitively the chances in specific cases, which often present unique features, and you should not rely on it for that purpose. It is offered as generally suggestive and is not a substitute, nor is it intended to be a substitute, for personal health care. It is not the provision of health care, and your use of it does not create a physician/patient relationship, or hospital/patient relationship, among you, Boston Children's Hospital or any Boston Children's Hospital physicians, including the creators of the VUR Resolution Rate Calculator. You should always consult a qualified clinician concerning a specific patient's care and prognosis, and your use of the VUR Resolution Rate Calculator is conditioned on your understanding and agreeing to that requirement. BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING ITS FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR RELIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, AND TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW SUCH WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.