Pediatric Urology Center

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Our Pediatric Urology Center is led by Joseph G. Barone, MD, MBA. Dr. Barone is Chief of Urology and Surgeon-in-Chief at BMSCH and Professor of Urology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a renowned expert in pediatric urology, providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to infants, children and adolescents with disorders developed before and after birth.

The Pediatric Urology Center provides a full range of services and focuses exclusively on children with urologic problems.

Our clinic sees more than 2,000 patients, and our surgeons perform approximately 700 surgeries each year.

Dr. Barone's patient is finally living a normal life after successful surgery.Our mission is to provide excellent, innovative care that improves the medical and quality-of-life outcomes of children and families living with complex conditions of the genitourinary systems. Our care is centered in compassion, integrity and regard for your child and family, and is designed to meet the needs of families as partners in the care team.

We strive to provide care that is safe, effective and family-centered with respect for the dignity and individuality of your child and family. In addition, our Transitional Urology Program has been created to care for pediatric urology patients as they move into adulthood.

Read about how Dr. Barone transformed a child's life with urological surgery.

Comprehensive Services

Our comprehensive services include evaluation, diagnosis, medical treatment, surgery and follow-up care for congenital and acquired urologic disorders. The conditions we treat include:

In caring for children with urologic abnormalities, our ultimate goal is to restore normal anatomy, preserve optimal organ function, and allow for normal development. Our evaluation and treatment methods are both comprehensive and current. Our pediatric urologists always use the most advanced and least invasive treatment techniques possible to achieve a positive outcome for each patient. In conjunction with our perinatal specialists, we are also able to treat urologic disorders in utero. Prior to birth, our team can employ state-of-the-art early diagnosis and treatment methods to prevent future medical issues for children and their families.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

The urology team has expertise in pediatric robotic and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. This involves using a video camera and very thin instruments. Using these small incisions we are able to perform complex surgery. Small incisions also mean less post-operative discomfort, and faster recovery so your child will get back to normal activity faster. This approach is offered for:

  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Undescended testis
  • Kidney tumors
  • Varicocele

Dr. Barone and his staff have developed a unique level of expertise in the state-of-the-art Deflux procedure. This minimally-invasive procedure makes it possible for children to avoid open surgery, repeated catheterizations, and other often unpleasant treatments. The Pediatric Urology Center at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has performed more Deflux procedures than the majority of facilities in the country and serves as a teaching center providing instruction to many established pediatric urologists.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Some children with complex urinary problems may require the expertise of a variety of pediatric specialists in fields other than urology. In partnership with Rutgers Health, BMSCH offers a wealth of expertise in every pediatric field including radiology, anesthesiology, endocrinology, oncology, orthopedics, and neurology. Whenever necessary, specialists from across the spectrum of care will work together to meet the needs of our young urology patients.

Specialized programs include:

Innovation and Advancement

Our Pediatric Urology Center is committed to improving the health of our patients through our active involvement in clinical research studies. These efforts help us expand our understanding of urinary and genital disorders as well as our exposure to leading-edge treatment techniques. In partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Health, we have been involved in pioneering studies that have advanced the practice of pediatric urology, and our findings have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

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