Why Washington University Urology?

Gerald_AndrioleUrologists in the Division of Urologic Surgery are part of the Washington University Physicians medical group, which is recognized as an international leader in providing innovative, high-quality medical care. Their goal is to offer the most advanced care available in a compassionate, respectful and responsive environment.

Adult care provided at Barnes-Jewish Hospital by Washington University urologists is recognized annually as among the best in U.S.News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Hospitals. Pediatric urologists offer some of the most technologically advanced procedures at St. Louis Children's Hospital, which is ranked among the top pediatric hospitals for urology by U.S.News. To make services as accessible as possible, Washington University urologists also see patients at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis County.

Urology Chief Gerald Andriole Jr., MD, is a leader in a national, long-term study of prostate cancer screening practices. He also served as chairman of a trial showing that a drug used to shrink the prostate reduced the risk of prostate cancer in men with an increased risk of the disease. In clinical treatment, Washington University urologists have been leaders in developing and using methods to ablate, or destroy, a tumor without affecting the whole prostate.

Washington University urologists performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy (removal of a kidney) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1990 and more recently have developed widely used robotic urologic techniques. Various specialists offer treatment in reconstructive urology, the treatment of all urologic cancers, female urinary incontinence, kidney stones, enlarged prostates and erectile dysfunction. In pediatric urology, our surgeons offer treatment for many conditions and abnormalities that are present at birth.