Department of Urology

Sean P. Elliott, M.D., M.S.

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Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Director of Reconstructive Urology, Fellowship Director, Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction
Urologic Surgeon
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Urethral strictures
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Ureteral obstruction
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About Elliott, Sean P, MD, MS, FACS


Dr. Elliott is an Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Urology and Director of Reconstructive Urology at the University of Minnesota. He directs a fellowship in Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction and the Urology Clinic at Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare. He received his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed a urology residency and fellowship in Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction at the University of California-San Francisco. He earned a Master’s of Science in Health Services Research at the University of Minnesota and completed the program in leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Elliott’s clinical interests include urethral stricture disease, male urinary incontinence, urinary diversion, male genital reconstruction and neurogenic bladder including the long-term bladder management of people with spina bifida or spinal cord injury. He directs a clinical and research fellowship in Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction, with the goal of training future leaders in this field.

Dr. Elliott is board certified in urology and a member of the American Urologic Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, the leading academic and clinical forum for reconstructive urology. In this role, he directs the day-to-day activities of the society and guides the Society’s long-term vision.

Dr. Elliott is a founding member of the Trauma and Urinary Reconstructive Network of Surgeons (TURNS). University of Minnesota is one of 8 centers that collaborate in the study of patients treated for a variety of conditions in trauma and reconstructive urology. This network is designed to collect centralized data and provide sophisticated analysis of both surgical and patient reported outcomes from urethral stricture surgery, male incontinence and a variety of other conditions. This type of collaborative research effort is essential to moving forward outcome research that is increasingly important in modern medicine.

Dr. Elliott directs a urologic surgery outcomes research group at the University of Minnesota. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Gillette Children’s Foundation and the American Cancer Society. His group seeks to improve the delivery of urologic care, particularly in 4 areas: (1) benign prostatic hyperplasia, (2) urethral stricture disease, (3) neurogenic bladder secondary to spina bifida, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury, and (4) reducing complications of radiation or surgery for the treatment for prostate and cervical cancer.


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
University of California San Francisco (Urology)
University of California San Francisco (Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction)

Published Works


1. Lowentritt BH, Scardino PT, Miles BJ, Orejuela FJ, Schatte EC, Slawin KM, Elliott SP, Kim ED. Sildenafil citrate after radical retropubic prostatectomy. J UROL. 1999 Nov; 162(5):1614-7. PubMed PMID: 10524880

2. Elliott SP, Orejuela F, Hirsch IH, Lipshultz LI, Lamb DJ, Kim ED. Testis biopsy findings in the spinal cord injured patient. J UROL. 2000 Mar; 163(3):792-5. PubMed PMID: 10687979

3. Meng MV, Anwar HP, Elliott SP, Stoller ML. Pure laparoscopic enterocystoplasty. J UROL. 2002 Mar; 167(3):1386. PubMed PMID: 11832740

4. Elliott SP, Meng MV, Anwar HP, Stoller ML. Complete laparoscopic ileal cystoplasty. Urology. 2002 Jun;59(6):939-43. PubMed PMID: 12031386

5. Elliott SP, Shinohara K, Logan SL, Carroll PR. Sextant prostate biopsies predict side and sextant site of extracapsular extension of prostate cancer. JUrol. 2002 Jul;168(1):105-9. PubMed PMID: 12050501.

Care Philosophy

When we listen to the patients’ story, they will tell us everything we need to know. Many of the problems we care for in my practice are not life-or-death issues but are significant quality-of-life issues. No one knows better than the patient what the desired outcome is for treatment for these quality-of-life issues. Together, the patient and I will arrive at a care plan that addresses their urologic needs. I will then provide unparalleled quality of care. As the only urologist specialty trained in adult urologic reconstruction in the Upper Midwest I provide unique care for complex and challenging conditions. I emphasize evidence-based practice, advanced technology when helpful and careful surgical technique when intervention is appropriate.

Additional education:
Emerging Physicians Leadership Program; University of Minnesota (2008-11)


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
University of California San Francisco (Urology)
University of California San Francisco (Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction)

Board Certification



  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2001)
  • Resident Teaching Award (2001)
  • Mpls St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2014)
  •  1st Place in Poster Competition, Health Services Research Session (2010)
  • "Best Doctor for Women," Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2014)
  • Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctor" (2014)


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