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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Congenitalism

Conducting research to improve the management and outcomes of patients born with congenital anomalies of the genitourinary system.

 David Chu Lab

Studying pediatric surgical quality improvement and health services

Research Description

Dr. Chu is interested in chronic kidney disease diagnosis and management in congenital and acquired urologic conditions, clinical care variation, and preventable readmissions and complications following surgery.

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 Stephanie Kielb Lab

Evaluating the needs and outcomes of adults with congenital urologic anomalies

Research Description

Dr. Kielb is the urologic director of the multidisciplinary adult spina bifida clinic at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is investigating the long-term management, medical problems, and urologic outcomes in spina bifida patients. She is currently conducting a prospective, longitudinal study to determine the current clinical outcomes of spina bifida patients at Northwestern (such as treatment choice, prognosis, and complications) to help better understand the long-term urologic needs of this population. The overall goal of Dr. Kielb’s research is to aid clinicians in determining treatment choice for spina bifida patients as well as to improve overall quality of life for spina bifida patients.

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 Elizabeth Yerkes Lab

Studying treatment and management of genitourinary anomalies, neurogenic bladder and disorders of sex development

Research Description

Dr. Yerkes is currently investigating neurogenic bladder in pediatric spina bifida patients. She is collaborating with Dr. Earl Cheng and Dr. Robin Bowman to integrate knowledge and input from both Urology and Neurosurgery for a multidisciplinary approach to research.

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 Diana Bowen Lab

Studying the process of patient transition from pediatric to adult care

Research Description

Dr. Bowen is Assistant Professor of Pediatric, Adolescent, Transitional and Adult Urology at Northwestern. Her research to date has been focused in pediatric urology with a specific interest in care of patients with neurogenic bladder. Her previous research aimed to understand the long-term fate of the neurogenic bladder in high-risk spina bifida patients in addition to basic science research focused on bladder outlet obstruction in mice and resultant hypertrophy of the bladder muscle. 

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