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Douglas E. Coplen, MD

  • Associate Professor, Surgery
  • Director of Pediatric Urology, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1985

Post Doctoral Education

Residency: Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, 1987

Residency: Urologic Surgery, Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, 1988

Fellowship: NIH Oncology Training Grant, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, Missouri, 1990

Residency: Urologic Surgery, Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis , MO, 1992

Fellowship: Pediatric Urology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994

Board Certifications

Certificate of additional qualification--Pediatric Urology

Honors and Awards

2011, Listed in Best Doctors in America, (Best Doctors, Inc.)

2010, Listed in America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Coplen specializes in pediatric urologic surgery and pediatric urologic oncology.

His areas of clinic interest include pediatric urology, fetal urology, prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis, pediatric renal dilation, pediatric endopyelotomy, pediatric disorders of the penis, ectopic ureters, ureteroceles, buccal mucosal urethral replacement, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, urogenital sinus anomaly, cloacal anomaly, epispadias, prune belly syndrome, enuresis, bed-wetting, neurogenic bladder, myelomeningocele and testicular cancer.

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Shriners Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Progress West Health Center

Patients Seen At

St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite A, Second Floor
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-6034
Fax: (314) 454-2876

Selected Publications

Coplen DE, Austin PF. Prenatal diagnosis and neonatal management of congenital urethral diverticulum. Journal of Urology. 2007;177(6):2330-2332.

JM, Blanco VM, Yan Y, Coplen DE. The type and frequency of fetal renal disorders and management of renal pelvis dilatation. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2006;25(8):973-977.

Coplen DE, Austin PF, Yan Y, Blanco VM, Dicke JM. The magnitude of fetal renal pelvic dilatation can identify obstructive postnatal hydronephrosis, and direct postnatal evaluation and management. Journal of Urology. 2006;176(2):724-727; discussion 727.

Howard PS, Kucich U, Coplen DE, He Y. Transforming growth factor-beta1-induced hypertrophy and matrix expression in human bladder smooth muscle cells. Urology. 2005;66(6):1349-1353.

Coplen DE, Austin PF. Outcome analysis of prenatally detected ureteroceles associated with multicystic dysplasia. Journal of Urology. 2004;172(4 Pt 2):1637-1639; discussion 1639.

Coplen DE, Macarak EJ, Howard PS. Matrix synthesis by bladder smooth muscle cells is modulated by stretch frequency. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Animal 2003;39:157-162.

Brophy MM, Austin PF, Yan Y, Coplen DE. Vesicoureteral reflux and clinical outcomes in infants with prenatally detected hydronephrosis. Journal of Urology. 2002;168(4 Pt 2):1716-1719; discussion 1719.

Holmes NM, Coplen DE, Strand W, Husmann D, Baskin LS. Is bladder dysfunction and incontinence associated with ureteroceles congenital or acquired? Journal of Urology. 2002;168(2):718-719.

Coplen DE, Barthold JS. Controversies in the management of ectopic ureteroceles. Urology. 2000;56(4):665-668.

Bomalawski MD, Anema JG, Coplen DE, Koo HP, Rozinski T, Bloom DA. Delayed presentation of posterior urethral valves: A not so benign condition. Journal of Urology. 1999;162:2130-2132.

Coplen DE: Prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis. Journal of Urology. 1997;157:2270-2277.

Coplen DE, Hare JY, Zderic SA, Canning DA, Snyder HM, Duckett JW. 10-year experience with prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis. Journal of Urology. 1996;156:1142-1145.

Figenshau RS, Clayman RV, Colberg JW, Coplen DE, Soble JJ, Manley CB. Pediatric endopyelotomy. The Washington University experience. Journal of Urology. 1996;156:2025-2030.

Duckett JW, Coplen DE, Ewalt D, Baskin L. Buccal mucosal urethral replacement. Journal of Urology. 1995;153:1660-1663.

Coplen DE, Mikkelsen DJ, Manley CB. Accessory scrotum located on the distal penile shaft. Journal of Urology. 1995;154:1908.

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Coplen DE and Ortenberg J. Early Development of the Genitourinary Tract. In: Adult and Pediatric Urology. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2002:2027-40.

Coplen DE. Ureteral Obstruction and Malformations. In: Ashcraft KW, Holcomb GW, Murphy JP (eds). Pediatric Surgery. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2005:732-747.

Coplen DE. Prune Belly Syndrome. In: Adult and Pediatric Urology. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2002:2209-2226.

Coplen DE. Ectopic Ureterocele. In: Resnick MI, Elder JS, and Spirnak JP (eds.). Critical Decisions in Urology. BC Decker, Hamilton; 2004:248-250.

Coplen DE and Manley CB. Timing of Genital Surgery. In: Ehrlich RM, Alter GJ(eds.). Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery of the External Genitalia. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company; 1999:19-21.