Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Congenital Genitourinary Disorders

Congenital Genitourinary Disorders

A congenital anomaly is an anatomic variation present at birth that can cause health problems or affect how the body works.

The Transitional Urology Program at Northwestern Medicine provides comprehensive and continuous care for all congenital conditions of the genitourinary system. These conditions often affect the reproductive and urinary systems, and require long-term, expert urologic care from childhood into adulthood.

Our team combines the expertise of an adult urologist who has been treating these conditions since 2002 with a urologist who has a joint appointment in adult urology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pediatric urology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Our team of experienced urologists has specialized training to facilitate uninterrupted care for all patients with long-term urologic problems diagnosed in childhood.

Our goal is to provide effective and streamlined care for all complex congenital conditions of the genitourinary system, including

  • Spina Bifida
  • Exstrophy and Epispadias
  • Cloacal Anomalies
  • Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel
  • Ureteral Anomalies (Ureterocele, Duplicated Kidneys, Ectopic Ureter)
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux
  • Posterior Urethral Valves
  • Prune Belly Syndrome (Eagle Barrett Syndrome)
  • Pediatric Urologic Cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma, Wilms)
  • Hypospadias
  • Differences of Sexual Development


Dr. Stephanie Kielb and Dr. Diana Bowen are conducting research on the needs and outcomes of patients with congenital disorders in adulthood. Proper care of these patients requires vigilant follow-up throughout the patient's life, including longitudinal care as they transition from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood.  Drs. Kielb and Bowen aim to identify the long-term needs of this population in order to improve care and quality of life for these patients.

 Patient Care

Our approach to care will be tailored to your specific condition. We work with our network of providers to develop a care plan that focuses on quality of life and independence. To learn more or make an appointment, please call (312) 695-8146 or visit the Complex Urologic Clinic of Northwestern Medicine.

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