USC pediatric urology, based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), is one of the largest groups of fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric urologists in the nation. Our pediatric urologists perform more than 2,000 surgeries annually, possibly the largest clinical care volumes in the southwestern United States. We are one of only 11 children’s hospital in the nation — and the only hospital in California — to be named to the elite honor roll of children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
At CHLA, USC physicians provide comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with congenital and acquired disorders of the urinary tract.
Our urologists use state-of-the-art endoscopy, laparoscopic and robotic surgery and laparo-endoscopic single-site (LESS) surgery or belly button surgery, which leaves virtually no scarring. The number of surgeries completed annually by the CHLA Robotic Surgery Program places it among the top five programs in the nation. The benefits of robotic surgery include smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, decreased need of pain medication and improved cosmetic appearance. We have one of the few dedicated surgical robots in the world being used to provide minimally invasive surgical care exclusively for children. Our program also serves as a pediatric robotic research and training center for pediatric surgical specialists.
Our research programs are actively pursuing a wide range of investigations including stem cell development, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and health systems innovation to serve as a foundation for continuous quality improvement to ensure that we treat children in the safest and best way possible.