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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Pediatrics

Performing basic science and clinical research to improve the treatment and outcomes for children with urologic conditions.

 Diana Bowen Lab

Studying the process of patient transition from pediatric to adult care

Research Description

Dr. Bowen's research is 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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 Earl Cheng Lab

Conducting bladder tissue engineering research

Research Description

Dr. Cheng's basic science research is in the areas of tissue engineering and bladder physiology. He is currently partnering with Arun Sharma to develop a tissue engineered replacement for bladder tissue that restores regular urinary function while avoiding the issues associated with bowel augmentation. Two major focuses of this research are scaffolding for cells and source of stem cells in bladder engineering.

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 David Chu Lab

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

Research Description

Dr. Chu is interested in spina bifida research; surgical health disparities; surgical quality improvement; and chronic kidney disease.

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 Edward Gong Lab

Studying the mechanisms behind pathologic bladder degeneration

Research Description

Bladder dysfunction from obstruction or denervation is the cause of kidney failure in many pediatric patients. Dr. Gong leads research to determine mechanisms behind pathologic bladder degeneration. His goal is to develop therapeutic agents that can prevent loss of bladder function and promote regeneration of healthy bladder tissue in children affected by posterior urethral valves or neurogenic bladder.

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 Emilie Johnson Lab

Improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both acute and chronic urologic conditions

Research Description

Emilie K. Johnson, MD, MPH, is a pediatric urologist with an academic focus in health services and outcomes research. Her research interests and long-term goals are focused on improving outcomes for pediatric patients with both acute and chronic urologic conditions. She has a particular interest in projects with opportunities to develop interventions to improve the quality and safety of care and improve outcomes. Currently, Dr. Johnson is involved in research projects related to differences of sex development and access to neonatal circumcision

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 Bruce Lindgren Lab

Studying minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques and outcomes in pediatric urology patients

Research Description

Dr. Lindgren is active in clinical research in several areas of urology including laparoscopic/robotic surgery and voiding dysfunction. His areas of special interest include hypospadias, undescended testes, hydronephrosis and urinary tract obstruction, and maternal-fetal urology.

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 Dennis Liu Lab

Conducting research to improve care and outcomes for pediatric urology patients

Research Description

Dr. Liu’s research focuses on hypospadias, medical education, and vesicoureteral reflux.

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 Max Maizels Lab

Applying computer enhanced visual learning to enhance traditional teaching methods in pediatric urology

Research Description

Dr. Maizels designs and evaluates computer-enhanced visual learning (CEVL) modules. CEVL is a web-based education program created to enhance traditional teaching methods. The method breaks down surgery into specific sections and steps for trainees. Dr. Maizels’ research aims to make preparations for surgery and interactions between surgeons and operating room staff more effective and efficient.

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 Elizabeth Yerkes Lab

Studying the 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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