Urologists diagnose and treat problems involving the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Unlike most other medical subspecialists, urologists provide care throughout the life cycle — from newborns to elderly. Because of the broad range of clinical problems they encounter, urologists have a familiarity with many other medical fields — such as internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, geriatrics and oncology — in addition to surgical training.

The expertise of the Urology Department at Mayo Clinic Rochester covers the spectrum of clinical urology. Our physicians are leaders in clinical research that enhances our capability to offer the most advanced treatments available.

We are currently working on developing novel therapies for treatment of advanced urologic cancers. Our vast clinical experience and ongoing research into minimally invasive procedures are reflected in our low complication rates and improved outcomes.

One area of special expertise is laparoscopic surgery — a minimally invasive surgery that results in shorter hospital stays, less discomfort and bleeding and a shorter recovery period. Laparoscopy is not performed in all urology departments because it is a relatively new technique which requires special training and experience. Mayo Clinic urologists perform hundreds of laparoscopic kidney procedures each year.

The department is composed of 18 clinical urologists and three basic science researchers.