The first priority for faculty in the Division of Pediatric Urology is to provide excellent patient care. We achieve this by constantly:
- Working to improve our understanding of pediatric urinary tract and reproductive organ conditions
- Innovating through research to deliver new techniques and treatments that improve patient’s lives
- Training and developing future leaders in pediatric urology
Our highly experienced, award-winning faculty and fellows provide high volumes of care for simple to complex conditions through our nationally ranked program.
Patient Care Excellence
Our seven pediatric urologists diagnose and treat all types of pediatric urology conditions using the most advanced techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery.
Patients receive expert care from doctors active in pediatric urology research at one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals:
- Our team completed more than 28,000 outpatient visits in two years.
- Our surgical outcomes are outstanding, with less than 1 percent of patients needing unplanned reoperations after six years.
We see patients through the Vanderbilt Urology Clinic at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt at seven sites:
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Nashville
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Chattanooga
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Cookeville
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Jackson
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Murfreesboro
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Spring Hill
- Vanderbilt Children’s Urology, Memphis
Research and Clinical Trials
At Vanderbilt, pediatric urologists continuously work to discover new therapies that will change the lives of our children today and in the future.
We are innovators in:
- Robotic surgery. We partner with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and the Vanderbilt Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research to improve pediatric urologic procedures.
- Clinical, patient based research. We lead clinical trials for a variety of pediatric urology treatments.
- Basic science (laboratory) research. We study what’s happening at the cellular level, particularly in bladder inflammation.
This work ensures our doctors continue leading the nation in pediatric urology care and research. Two of our current projects include:
- National Institutes of Health-funded Management of Myelomeningocele (MOMS) trial and basic science bladder research.
- Designation as a Center for Disease Control Spina Bifida Program Center of Excellence for managing this condition and its related urologic conditions.
Innovations, Awards and Technology
The Division of Pediatric Urology is internationally recognized with many awards for clinical and scientific research and patient care.
Surgical improvements are our specialty. We use the da Vinci Surgical System for pediatric urology surgeries. Our faculty:
- Performed the first pediatric robotic renal surgery in the state of Tennessee in 2010
- Are skilled at reconstructive procedures with standard laparoscopy
- Are one of the most experienced in the country with sacral neuromodulation for children with refractory voiding dysfunction
As part of the staff at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, our faculty contribute to one of the nation’s best pediatric urology programs. The Children’s Hospital is:
- Ranked #7 in in the nation for pediatric urology, by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked in the Top 10 every year since U.S. News rankings began
- Mark C. Adams, MD
- John W. Brock III, MD
- Douglass B. Clayton, MD
- John C. Pope, IV, MD
- Stacy Tanaka, MD
- Abby S. Taylor, MD
- John Thomas, MD
- Julie F. Randolph, CPNP
Our pediatric urologists share their clinical and scientific research by publishing more than 200 articles and book chapters.
- Bladder stromal loss of transforming growth factor receptor II decreases fibrosis after bladder obstruction. Anumanthan G, Tanaka ST, Adams CM, Thomas JC, Wills ML, Adams MC, Hayward SW, Matusik RJ, Bhowmick NA, Brock JW 3rd, Pope JC 4th. J Urol. 2009 Oct;182(4 Suppl):1775-80.
- Recruitment of bone marrow derived cells to the bladder after bladder outlet obstruction. Tanaka ST, Martinez-Ferrer M, Makari JH, Wills ML, Thomas JC, Adams MC, Brock JW 3rd, Pope JC 4th, Bhowmick NA. J Urol. 2009 Oct;182(4 Suppl):1769-74.
- Mesenchymal stem cell recruitment and improved bladder function after bladder outlet obstruction: preliminary data. Woo LL, Tanaka ST, Anumanthan G, Pope JC 4th, Thomas JC, Adams MC, Brock JW 3rd, Bhowmick NA. J Urol. 2011 Mar;185(3):1132-8.
- Modulation of the hypoxic response following partial bladder outlet obstruction. Drzewiecki, BA, Anumanthan G, Penn HA, Tanaka ST, Thomas JC, Adams MC, Brock JW, Pope JC, Matusik RM, Hayward S, Clark PE, Clayton DB. J Urol. 2012 Oct;188(4 Suppl):1549-54. Epub 2012 Aug 19.
- Chronic cyclic bladder over distention up-regulates hypoxia dependent pathways. Stephany HA, Strand DW, Ching CB, Tanaka ST, Milne GL, Cajaiba MM, Thomas JC, Pope JC, Adams MC, Brock JW, Hayward SW, Matusik RJ & Clayton DB. The Journal of Urology 190, 1603-1609, (2013).
- F2-isoprostanes as a biomarker of oxidative stress in the mouse bladder. Clayton DB, Stephany HA, Ching CB, Rahman SA, Tanaka ST, Thomas JC, Pope JC, Adams MC, Brock JW, Clark PE, Hayward SW, Matusik RJ & Milne GL. The Journal of Urology 191, 1597-1601, 2014.
- Modulation of the rat micturition reflex with transcutaneous ultrasound. Casella DP, Dudley AG, Clayton DB, Pope JC 4th, Tanaka ST, Thomas J, Adams MC, Brock JW 3rd, Caskey CF. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017 Mar 27. doi: 10.1002/nau.23241. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28346718.
Pediatric Urology Fellowship
Our Fellowship in Pediatric Urology is an accredited two-year research/clinical program considered one of the top three programs in the country.
- Spend one year in research
- Spend one year in clinical training
- Pursue multiple basic science and clinical research projects
- Participate in multidisciplinary conferences
- Often move into academic appointments in pediatric urology upon program completion