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Researchers in the Department of Pediatric Urology work to improve the treatment and care for patients with urologic conditions. Our team’s expertise in basic, translational, clinical outcomes and quality improvement research are aimed at understanding urologic conditions present at birth and how best to treat them. Research drives our mission to minimize interventions and maximize outcomes for our young patients.
Adrian Francisco had his first kidney transplant at age 4, but complications left him back on dialysis and highly sensitized to future transplant. Ten years later, a process called desensitization was his only option.
Some of our research areas include bladder development, urologic oncology, prenatal imaging and congenital hydronephrosis.
"Parents feel a weight in making the right decision for their child. Even though we push for shared decision-making, many parents just want the physician to make the decision."
Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD
Pediatric UrologistLearn about Dr. Vemulakonda’s research
While many childhood urological conditions are not life-threatening, all of them make a very real and often long-term impact on quality of life. Our research focuses on identifying and implementing new and better treatment practices — more effective, less invasive — with the goal of making life easier for kids, adolescents and even adults with urological conditions, here and around the nation. Read about just a few of our efforts below.
Learn more about the Department of Pediatric Urology.