The Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is recognized as a world leader in pediatric urology, consistently top ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Each year we treat almost 20,000 children and perform more than 2,000 surgeries. We treat patients in our communities, from across the nation and from around the world. Our commitment to children and their families is long-standing.

Established in 1970 as the first program dedicated to the urologic needs of children, our Division has a history of innovation, commitment to optimal care, and dedication to the training of future generations of pediatric urologists from the United States and abroad.


The Division of Urology is comprised of a team of world leaders in minimally invasive surgery, genito-urinary reconstruction, comprehensive management of disorders of sex development, management of the neurogenic bladder, and the treatment of kidney stones and dysfunctional voiding. These physicians offer the full complement of surgical approaches including laparoscopic, robotic and open surgical procedures.

Integrated care

The Division is different from many other pediatric urology practices in that it offers the full complement of services to help your child and your family. During a child’s evaluation, we will assess his medical, surgical and psychosocial needs. We have a team of surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and clinical psychologists available to help you. Because we recognize the health of your child and your family is paramount, we will work with your pediatrician, other specialty care physicians and schools to ensure that your child is able to function to his fullest potential.


Scientific research is an integral part of our program; our discoveries in the laboratory are translated into new therapies. At the same time, our clinical research enables us to fine-tune the care of children with urologic abnormalities. Current areas of research include:

  • Care of bladders injured from in-utero obstruction
  • Genital wound healing
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux
  • Disorders of sex development
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Kidney stone disease
  • Fertility outcomes in children with undescended testis

Featured Faculty

Douglas A. Canning, MDDouglas A. Canning, MD
Chief, Division of Urology

Douglas Canning, MD is the Chief of the Division of Urology and a leader in the field of pediatric urology. His area of expertise is the care of chronic, complex urological conditions in children. Dr. Canning is a dedicated and caring physician who develops long lasting relationships with his patients. 

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