Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Michael Kurtz


Medical School

  • Alpert Medical School, Brown University , 2007 , Providence , RI


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2008 , Boston , Massachusetts


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2009 , Boston , Massachusetts


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2013 , Boston , Massachusetts


Pediatric Urology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2016 , Boston , Massachusetts

Philosophy of Care

As a pediatric urologist, I am passionate about the care of children with urologic conditions. As a parent, my goal is to give each patient and family the care I would give my own child. I prioritize communication – my hope is that every parent feels fully informed about their child’s condition as we work as a team to make them better. I feel privileged to work at a place like Boston Children’s Hospital, which has a tremendous spirit of collaboration toward children’s health.  In additional to surgery I am also dedicated to research so that we can bring the latest in ideas and technology to care for children today.


Michael P. Kurtz MD, MPH is a board certified pediatric urologist specializing in robotic surgery, the multidisciplinary treatment of kidney stones in children, and the care of pregnancies when babies have urologic conditions. He attended college and medical school at Brown University as part of the 8-year medical program, awarded the Dean’s Prize as the top male student in the graduating class. He completed his internship in General Surgery and residency in Urology at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a fellow in surgery at Harvard Medical School. On completion of training he was an attending urologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then trained in a 3-year pediatric urology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Urology, the best department in the nation. During this time he obtained a Masters of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

His research interests are in the delivery of quality, effective care for children with urologic conditions, and he co-directs a lab focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of fetal lower urinary tract obstruction, this is one of the most severe urologic abnormalities affecting pregnancies and young babies – for this work he received the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith President's Innovation Award.


  • American Board of Urology, Pediatric Urology


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Kurtz MP. Serum Markers in Adolescent Varicocele. J Urol. 2020 Dec 17; 101097JU0000000000001580. View abstract
  2. Nelson CP, Kurtz MP, Logvinenko T, Venna A, McNamara ER. Timing and outcomes of testicular torsion during the COVID-19 crisis. J Pediatr Urol. 2020 Dec; 16(6):841.e1-841.e5. View abstract
  3. Nelson CP, Kurtz MP, Venna A, Cilento BG, Baum MA. Pharmacological Dilutional Therapy Using the Vasopressin Antagonist Tolvaptan for Young Patients With Cystinuria: A Pilot Investigation. Urology. 2020 Oct; 144:65-70. View abstract
  4. Gray MC, Zillioux JM, Varda B, Herndon CDA, Kurtz MP, Chow JS, Kern NG. Assessment of urinary tract dilation grading amongst pediatric urologists. J Pediatr Urol. 2020 Aug; 16(4):457.e1-457.e6. View abstract
  5. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Response to commentary Re: 'Urology Mythbusters: Are topical corticosteroids effective for treating post-circumcision penile adhesions?' J Pediatr Urol. 2020 04; 16(2):229. View abstract
  6. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Urology Mythbusters: are topical corticosteroids effective for treating postcircumcision penile adhesions? J Pediatr Urol. 2020 04; 16(2):222-226. View abstract
  7. Acuña C, López PJ, Sierralta MC, Kurtz MP, Nelson CP, Yankovic F. Urology mythbusters: do we need to surgically correct vesicoureteral reflux in older girls to prevent problems in future pregnancy? (revision 1). J Pediatr Urol. 2019 Dec; 15(6):668-671. View abstract
  8. Kurtz MP. Fluoroless or fluoro less. J Pediatr Urol. 2019 10; 15(5):591-592. View abstract
  9. Wang HH, Kurtz M, Logvinenko T, Nelson C. Why Does Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection not Result in Less Renal Scarring? A Deeper Dive into the RIVUR Trial. J Urol. 2019 08; 202(2):400-405. View abstract
  10. Finkelstein JB, Cahill D, Kurtz MP, Campbell J, Schumann C, Varda BK, Grant R, Humphrey K, Meyers H, Nelson CP, Estrada CR. The Use of Telemedicine for the Postoperative Urological Care of Children: Results of a Pilot Program. J Urol. 2019 07; 202(1):159-163. View abstract
  11. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Urology Mythbusters: should hydronephrosis grade be used to decide which newborns should undergo voiding cystourethrogram? J Pediatr Urol. 2019 Feb; 15(1):93-96. View abstract
  12. Kurtz MP, Diamond DA. Measuring testicular asymmetry in healthy adolescent boys. BJU Int. 2018 10; 122(4):530-531. View abstract
  13. Kokorowski PJ, Chow JS, Cilento BG, Kim DS, Kurtz MP, Logvinenko T, MacDougall RD, Nelson CP. The effect of surgeon versus technologist control of fluoroscopy on radiation exposure during pediatric ureteroscopy: A randomized trial. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 08; 14(4):334.e1-334.e8. View abstract
  14. Kokorowski PJ, Chow JS, Cilento BG, Kim DS, Kurtz MP, Logvinenko T, MacDougall RD, Nelson CP. Response to letter to the editor re "The effect of surgeon vs. technologist control of fluoroscopy on radiation exposure during pediatric ureteroscopy: A randomized trial". J Pediatr Urol. 2018 08; 14(4):363. View abstract
  15. Kurtz MP, MacDougall RD, Nelson CP. Urology mythbusters: Radiation and radiophobia. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 06; 14(3):291-295. View abstract
  16. Varda BK, Wang Y, Chung BI, Lee RS, Kurtz MP, Nelson CP, Chang SL. Has the robot caught up? National trends in utilization, perioperative outcomes, and cost for open, laparoscopic, and robotic pediatric pyeloplasty in the United States from 2003 to 2015. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 08; 14(4):336.e1-336.e8. View abstract
  17. Diamond DA, Chan IHY, Holland AJA, Kurtz MP, Nelson C, Estrada CR, Bauer S, Tam PKH. Advances in paediatric urology. Lancet. 2017 Sep 09; 390(10099):1061-1071. View abstract
  18. McQuaid JW, Kurtz MP, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. Bladder debris on renal and bladder ultrasound: A significant predictor of positive urine culture. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Aug; 13(4):385.e1-385.e5. View abstract
  19. Sack BS, Schäfer M, Kurtz MP. The Dilemma of Adolescent Varicoceles: Do They Really Have to Be Repaired? Curr Urol Rep. 2017 May; 18(5):38. View abstract
  20. Kurtz MP. What Can we Learn (and What Can't we Learn) from Observational Studies of Adolescent Varicocele Treatment? J Urol. 2017 07; 198(1):6-8. View abstract
  21. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Urology mythbusters: The 5:1 ratio in ureteral reimplantation. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 04; 13(2):187-188. View abstract
  22. Borer JG, Vasquez E, Canning DA, Kryger JV, Bellows A, Weiss D, Groth T, Shukla A, Kurtz MP, Mitchell ME. Short-term outcomes of the multi-institutional bladder exstrophy consortium: Successes and complications in the first two years of collaboration. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Jun; 13(3):275.e1-275.e6. View abstract
  23. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Urology Mythbusters: Introducing a new feature of the journal. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 04; 13(2):122. View abstract
  24. Kurtz MP, Nelson CP. Re: "Sureka SK, Patidar N, Mittal V, Kapoor R, Srivastava A, Kishore K, et al. Safe and optimal pneumoperitoneal pressure for transperitoneal laparoscopic renal surgery in infant less than 10 kg, looked beyond intraoperative period: A prospective randomized study." J Pediatr Urol 2016;12:281.e1-281.e7. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 04; 13(2):236. View abstract
  25. Kurtz MP, Eswara JR, Vetter JM, Nelson CP, Brandes SB. Blunt Abdominal Trauma from Motor Vehicle Collisions from 2007 to 2011: Renal Injury Probability and Severity in Children versus Adults. J Urol. 2017 03; 197(3 Pt 2):906-910. View abstract
  26. Schaeffer AJ, Kurtz MP, Logvinenko T, McCartin MT, Prabhu SP, Nelson CP, Chow JS. MRI-based reference range for the renal pelvis anterior-posterior diameter in children ages 0-19 years. Br J Radiol. 2016 Nov; 89(1067):20160211. View abstract
  27. Kurtz MP, Leow JJ, Varda BK, Logvinenko T, Yu RN, Nelson CP, Chung BI, Chang SL. Robotic versus open pediatric ureteral reimplantation: Costs and complications from a nationwide sample. J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Dec; 12(6):408.e1-408.e6. View abstract
  28. Kurtz MP, Leow JJ, Varda BK, Logvinenko T, McQuaid JW, Yu RN, Nelson CP, Chung BI, Chang SL. The Decline of the Open Ureteral Reimplant in the United States: National Data From 2003 to 2013. Urology. 2017 Feb; 100:193-197. View abstract
  29. Kurtz MP, Koh CJ, Jamail GA, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Shamshirsaz AA, Espinoza J, Cass DL, Olutoye OO, Olutoye OA, Braun MC, Roth DR, Belfort MA, Ruano R. Factors associated with fetal shunt dislodgement in lower urinary tract obstruction. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Aug; 36(8):720-5. View abstract
  30. Diamond DA, Kurtz MP. Re: Evaluation and Management of the Adolescent Varicocele: T. F. Kolon J Urol 2015; 194: 1194-1201. J Urol. 2016 04; 195(4 Pt 1):1173-5. View abstract
  31. Kurtz MP, McNamara ER, Schaeffer AJ, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. Association of BMI and pediatric urologic postoperative events: Results from pediatric NSQIP. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug; 11(4):224.e1-6. View abstract
  32. McNamara ER, Kurtz MP, Schaeffer AJ, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. 30-Day morbidity after augmentation enterocystoplasty and appendicovesicostomy: A NSQIP pediatric analysis. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug; 11(4):209.e1-6. View abstract
  33. Kurtz MP, Chow JS, Johnson EK, Rosoklija I, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. Imaging after urinary tract infection in older children and adolescents. J Urol. 2015 May; 193(5 Suppl):1778-82. View abstract
  34. Kurtz MP, Zurakowski D, Rosoklija I, Bauer SB, Borer JG, Johnson KL, Migliozzi M, Diamond DA. Semen parameters in adolescents with varicocele: association with testis volume differential and total testis volume. J Urol. 2015 May; 193(5 Suppl):1843-7. View abstract
  35. Kurtz MP, Migliozzi M, Rosoklija I, Zurakowski D, Diamond DA. Accuracy of orchidometry in boys with varicocele. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug; 11(4):185.e1-5. View abstract
  36. Kurtz MP, Rosoklija I, Kringle G, Zurakowski D, Yu RN, Diamond DA. Prepubertal presentation of varicocele does not affect outcomes. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Apr; 11(2):73.e1-4. View abstract
  37. Sharma A, Kurtz MP, Eswara JR. Three distinct urethral fistulae 35 years after pelvic radiation. Nephrourol Mon. 2014 Mar; 6(2):e14197. View abstract
  38. Kurtz MP, Svensson E, Heimann TM. ???????????????Use of platelet-derived growth factor for delayed perineal wound healing in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a case series. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2011 Apr; 57(4):24-31. View abstract
  39. Kurtz MP, Eisner BH. Dietary therapy for patients with hypocitraturic nephrolithiasis. Nat Rev Urol. 2011 Mar; 8(3):146-52. View abstract
  40. Eisner BH, Kurtz MP, Harisinghani MG. Evolving role of magnetic resonance imaging in renal cancer imaging. J Endourol. 2010 May; 24(5):707-11. View abstract
  41. Christison-Lagay ER, Rodriguez L, Kurtz M, St Pierre K, Doody DP, Goldstein AM. Antegrade colonic enemas and intestinal diversion are highly effective in the management of children with intractable constipation. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jan; 45(1):213-9; discussion 219. View abstract
  42. Eisner BH, Kurtz MP, Dretler SP. Ureteroscopy for the management of stone disease. Nat Rev Urol. 2010 Jan; 7(1):40-5. View abstract
  43. Kurtz MP, Heimann TM. Perineal adenocarcinoma thirty years after proctocolectomy: report of a case. Dis Colon Rectum. 2007 Dec; 50(12):2241-3. View abstract
  44. Paul S, Kurtz M, Mentzer SJ. Osteomalacia associated with a fibroblast growth factor-23 secreting chest wall tumor. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Sep; 134(3):803-5. View abstract