Urinary and Reproductive Systems

A pediatric urologist is someone who specializes in the treatment of children and young adults who have problems involving the kidney, bladder, urethra, and reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, vagina, testicles, and penis). University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to Iowa’s only board specialty certified pediatric urologists. Unlike adults, children are still growing and it’s important that they are seen by someone with extensive knowledge and training in children’s care. Our pediatric urologists have undergone two years of additional pediatric urology training following their general urology residency.

All children receive care from a team that includes not only pediatric urologists and pediatricians, but also nurses, pediatric radiologists, child life specialists, and other health care professionals who specialize in treating children.

Our team is specially trained to treat children and young adults with conditions such as:

  • Daytime wetting or voiding dysfunction
  • Bedwetting
  • Hydrocele or hernia
  • Hypospadias
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Undescended testicle (cryptorchidism)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Treatments, tests or procedures we offer include:

  • Behavior modification
  • Medication
  • Minimally invasive (robotic) urological surgery
  • Renal ultrasound
  • Surgical correction
  • Urethral catheterization

The Pediatric Urology Clinic recognizes the special needs of young patients and their families. We understand the sensitive nature of these conditions and treatments, so it is our goal to provide a comfortable environment for both you and your child. Our team offers a welcoming atmosphere while providing special expertise to give you and your family an accurate diagnosis and solution.

Our pediatric urologists specialize in the care of infants, children and adolescents. We also collaborate with obstetricians to provide diagnoses and care plans for genitourinary issues of the fetus. Our pediatric urologists have all completed a urology residency of five to six years, as well as two years of intensive pediatric urology fellowship training. Each of our staff has also achieved special certification in pediatric urology from the American Board of Urology.

Our urology services are available for patients and families at Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.

Videos

For Families: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children During Catheterization

Catheterization can be a procedure that makes patients of any age nervous. This video demonstrates ways to reduce pain and stress for children through preparation, positioning, and the use of Lidocaine gel.

Patient Stories

  • Christopher Turnis

    Christopher Turnis, portrait Christopher was born at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at 34 weeks gestation with several organs that were severely damaged. The first of many surgeries took place when he was just 2 weeks old. Since birth, Christopher has undergone more than 40 surgeries and has spent more than 1,000 nights in the hospital.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Kendra Mennen

    Heather Mennen, portrait Heather was referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital with a distended abdomen when she was about 8 months old. Read more
  • Sam Spore

    Sam Spore Sam was born in Uganda with hydrocephalus, spina bifida—a birth defect in which bones don’t properly form around the spinal cord—and malformations in his bowel and bladder. He lived in an orphanage where specialized medical care wasn’t readily available, but he was adopted in 2015.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Ashley Feldman

    "The nurses make you feel like they are part of your family and that they care about your child as much as you do. The staff was so reassuring in some of the scariest times."Read more
  • Maxwell Stancel-Hess

    Maxwell Stancel-Hess portrait Max’s team of pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital began working for him before he was even born, when his parents learned he had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly. Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    Suite 400
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
    Contact
    • Appointments: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

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