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For more than 80 years, the award-winning physicians in the Department of Urology have delivered innovative care and groundbreaking treatments.

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Established in 1930, the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School has a long and illustrious history full of groundbreaking accomplishments. Consistently recognized as one of the premier urology departments in the country, we have been at the forefront of urologic patient care, education and teaching for more than eight decades.

Our people

Our department has trained more than 170 residents and fellows over the years. Many have gone on to become world leaders in urology today, including Dr. Ralph Clayman, dean at University of California Irvine and Paul Lange, director of the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The department’s 23 providers deliver top-notch patient care through University of Minnesota Physicians—our clinical practice made up of more than 700 university doctors. Highly trained, they are skilled physicians and surgeons who care for those with the most common and most complex urologic conditions.

Our combined expertise in treating diseases like prostate cancer and pediatric care is unparalleled. We are pioneering the latest urologic treatments and technologies, including robotic and laparoscopic surgeries.

Education and research

Our educational and training programs produce tomorrow’s best urologists, preparing them to deliver comprehensive and coordinated care. More than a dozen residents from the University of Minnesota and other top medical schools work and train beside our outstanding doctors and researchers. 

In addition, we are one of the national leaders in surgical education through simulated training. Our students and residents get unequaled training through our Center for Research in Education and Simulation (CREST).

We have several strong and well-funded research programs in a variety of areas in urology, including simulation, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, medical devices and incontinence. And because we’re a part of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our physicians regularly collaborate with colleagues in areas like pediatrics and oncology to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options.

What is urology?

Urology is a medical and surgical specialty dealing with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

Urologists are clinical doctors and surgeons. They not only examine and diagnose urological problems but also perform surgeries and procedures, which may be diagnostic, or may help resolve problems.

In our clinics, our experts provide comprehensive care throughout the patient’s life, from young children to the elderly. The nature of our academic hospital allows our physicians to be clinicians and researchers–enriching the patient experience by offering the most advanced treatments available.

Department head Q&A

Department head photoDepartment Head Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA, shares his thoughts on the department.

What sets this department apart from others in the country?

At the University of Minnesota, our multidisciplinary approach to medicine allows us to come up with—and participate in—several new advancements in care that other people might not have access to. We have an active training program and conduct ongoing, in-house research that puts us at the forefront of pioneering techniques to better deliver care to our patients.

Describe the department’s approach to care.

We take a very team-centered approach to patient care. Today, common urologic cancers are no longer managed under one model of care. That’s why our physicians at the Institute of Prostate and Urologic Cancers work with radiologists, oncologists and pathologists to determine the best treatment for each patient. And once a treatment plan is in place, we have the resources and expertise to provide the entire spectrum of care for patients—in one location.

What are the advantages of an academic medical center?

Because we are part of an academic medical center, our physicians are more likely to be attuned to the latest advances and discoveries that can be delivered for diseases. Not only that, but we are pioneering many in-house, ongoing efforts that may be used to treat diseases that may benefit patients more than using a standard approach.

How is the department engaging community members?

We know the importance of educating the community about our work. That’s why we offer numerous seminars and symposiums for the public. We also invite high school students to experience and see what we do. While on campus, they hear lectures from faculty and experience our simulation center—the same one we use to train medial students and nurses. Our objective is to get the best and brightest students in high school interested in urology so that they’ll hopefully pursue a career in the field.