Info For Urology Referrals

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Clinical Focus


  • Beginning with the world's first laparoscopic partial nephrectomy performed in 1992, to the present-day robotic prostatectomy, patients undergoing laparoscopic, robotic, and minimally invasive urologic surgery are experiencing shorter recovery times and outcomes equivalent to open procedures.
  • Faculty researchers in the Department of Urology achieve an ambitious agenda of clinical trials, including studies of adults with pelvic pain and chronic fatigue that are part of a national program: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain.
  • Urologic cancers are evaluated and treated by internationally recognized experts in partnership with the National Cancer Institute designated Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • The Department of Urology was one of the first U.S. sites to get an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter and continues to lead the way in urolithiasis.
  • Our male fertility clinic works in partnership with UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the infertile couples.
  • Iowa's only subspecialty-certified pediatric urologists and advanced nurse practitioners (see below) provide compassionate evaluation and treatment for the youngest urology patients.
  • The Continence Center for Male and Female Voiding Dysfunction offers state of the art diagnostic evaluations including video urodynamics and biofeedback, as well as comprehensive treatment options ranging from conservative therapies to the latest neuromodulation techniques and surgical procedures.

Our services include:

  • Adult General Urology
  • Male Fertility
  • UI Reproductive Services Home
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction
  • Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Robotic Surgery
  • Urodynamics and Reconstructive Urology
  • Urologic Cancers
  • Continence Center
  • Stones/Endourology

Pediatric Urology

Chris Cooper and Patient

The Department of Urology is home to Iowa's only subspecialty-trained pediatric urologists. Christopher Cooper, MD, is professor and vice chair of urology at The University of Iowa. Cooper completed his residency in urology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a pediatric urology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is joined by Kathleen Kieran, MD, who completed her urology residency at the University of Michigan and a pediatric urology fellowship at the University of Tennessee–Memphis, LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, and St. Jude's Children's Research Center, and by Douglas Storm, MD, FAAP, who completed his urology residency at the Geisinger Medical Center and pediatric urology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Kathleen Kieran

Subspecialty training in an accredited fellowship program assures that the individual has gained a documented level of expertise in the practice of pediatric urology. Fellowship training leads to subspecialty certification, which also requires a minimum level of clinical practice and successful completion of a board exam. Cooper holds subspecialty certification in pediatric urology from the American Board of Urology, and Kieran is working toward fulfilling the practice requirements.

Pediatric urologists specialize in treating the urologic problems of children, infants, and fetuses. These include malformations of the genitals and kidneys or obstructions of the urinary tract. Pediatric urologists also treat bladder dysfunction, whether from congenital or acquired conditions.


The Department of Urology has a rich heritage and is known worldwide for its educational, research and clinical expertise. Our educational program provides the basic knowledge of genitourinary tract morphology, function and disease, and offers career preparation in clinical or academic urologic surgery.

Our residency program includes:

  • Urologic Oncology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Andrology and Male Infertility
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Urodynamics and Reconstructive Urology
  • Laparoscopic Urology

The Rubin Flocks University of Iowa Urological Society represents physicians trained (and in training) at the UI Department of Urology as well as current and former members of the Department of Urology Staff. The Society currently has 208 active members. The Society is dedicated to maintaining excellence in all areas of Urologic care, preserving professional and personal relationships, and supporting the Department of Urology.