Pediatric Urology and Reconstructive Surgery

Director: Ellen Shapiro, M.D.

Urologic diseases of childhood differ from those of adults in many respects, often requiring specialized diagnostic studies and treatments. Dr. Shapiro has established a pediatric urology team that provides a friendly environment to address the special needs of infants, children and adolescents. She has 20 years of surgical experience caring exclusively for pediatric urological disorders such as undescended testes, hernias, varicoceles, hypospadias, vesicoureteral reflux, prenatally diagnosed hydronephrosis, neurogenic bladder and vaginal abnormalities.

Dr. Shapiro works closely with obstetricians specializing in the diagnosis of prenatal hydronephrosis and provides prenatal counseling to expectant parents. The pediatric radiologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, and other pediatric specialists at NYU Langone Medical Center strive to provide excellence in service to children. Sonographic evaluation is available in the office to expedite the care of children.

State-of-the-art video-urodynamic testing is performed by our specialists in the Neurourology Program. This information often guides the decision for Dr. Shapiro to perform complex surgical reconstruction of the bladder. In conjunction with the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program, laparoscopy can be performed when a kidney needs to be removed or an intra-abdominal testis requires orchiopexy.

Dr. Shapiro's current research focuses on the embryology of the human lower urinary tract using detailed histological and three-dimensional reconstructive techniques.

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