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Department of Urology

Department of Urology

Pediatric Urology

The practice of pediatric urology is dedicated to the care of infants and children with genitourinary problems. Pediatric urologic conditions are very different than those of adults. As with pediatric surgery, specialized training and experience enables the pediatric urologist to quickly recognize and treat complex conditions while minimizing invasive tests and procedures. At UC Davis Children's Hospital, our experience has shown that specialization not only lessens surgical complications, but also allows many children to avoid surgery.

What is our training?

All urologists must complete a six-year urology residency, which includes two years of general surgery and four years of adult and pediatric urology. An additional two-year pediatric urology fellowship is necessary to become a pediatric urologist certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Urology. Pediatric urology is the first and only subspecialty within urology that requires subspecialty certification by the American Board of Urology. Our pediatric urologists are specially trained in minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and microscopic surgery.

Our Program

The pediatric urology office has been designed specifically for the care of infants and children. From the waiting room to the staff, the clinic is prepared to make parents and children comfortable. Voiding dysfunction patients and young girls benefit from the extra attention of a nurse practitioner trained in pediatric urology.

Common Conditions

  • Hypospadias
  • Undescended testicles
  • Hernias and hydroceles
  • Sexual ambiguity
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pre- and postnatal kidney anomalies
  • Kidney and testicular tumors
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Voiding dysfunction and urodynamics

About our care

Most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. Patients requiring kidney or bladder surgery usually require only a one to two-day hospitalization. When reconstructive surgery is needed for conditions such as hypospadias or undescended testicles, pediatric urologists prefer to operate during the patient's first year of life when children recover more quickly and are more easily cared for by the parents. Early referral is important for optimal care and results.

Specialty Clinics

Pediatric urology information handouts

Eric A. Kurzrock, M.D., F.A.A.P., professor of urology and pediatrics and chief of pediatric urology at UC Davis, and Jennifer H. Yang, M.D., assistant professor of urology at UC Davis, have prepared informational handouts. Most of the handouts are available in English and Spanish and can be viewed using Adobe Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader icon PDF) and will open in a new Web page. These handouts are for basic information only and are not to replace your visit with a physician.

Where we practice

The pediatric urology staff is actively involved in patient care at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Sutter Memorial Hospital.

Pediatric Urology Clinic
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y Street, Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-2222

UC Davis Medical Group, Roseville
2261 Douglas Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 783-7109

For more information

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a pediatric urologist, please call (916) 734-2222 or (800) 770-6930.

Health-care professionals may contact us for referrals, resources, or more information at (800) 4-UC DAVIS (800-482-3284).