Urology program takes top honors

Center for Pediatric Urology at Children’s using the da Vinci robot

When a 12-year-old ranks among the nation’s elite for the fourth year in a row, it’s time to celebrate.

So, let the celebration begin. For the fourth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report honored the Center for Pediatric Urology at Children’s Medical Center Dallas as one of its top programs in the country.

That’s a great accomplishment for a program established just 12 years ago.

“Others in this listing have much longer histories and great name recognition,” Warren Snodgrass, M.D. of Children’s Medical Center, said. “We don’t have that history, so this honor is truly a sign of our accomplishments year in and year out.”

So why the recognition?

For starters, the program is the only one in the country with two faculty members holding advanced clinical studies degrees. This focus helps the team live out its commitment to continually review clinical practices to improve patient care. The results are in the great care they give to more than 6,000 patients every year.

Children’s ranked in all 10 specialties analyzed for the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals

The Center for Pediatric Urology at Children’s includes expertise in pediatric robotic surgery, which is led by Dr. Patricio Gargollo, and is also known internationally for innovative repair of hypospadias (a rare birth defect in males affecting the urethra). It conducted more than 200 corrective procedures last year alone and also offered the country’s first live hypospadias surgery course, attended by more than 90 people from the U.S. and 20 other countries.

“Patient care has been our priority since day one, above educating trainees or research,” Dr. Snodgrass said. “We believed that if our focus was on the best possible care for our patients, then we would always have sufficient activity to teach trainees and publish research.”

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