UNC Division of Pediatric Urology

Pediatric Urology TeamThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the four medical centers in North Carolina that can offer a Pediatric Urologic Services specialty.  This practice in the Department of Urology is devoted solely to the management of children with both simple and complex urological problems, including vesicoureteral reflux, hydronephrosis, undescended testicles, hernias, hydroceles, and genital reconstruction for problems such as hypospadias or ambiguous genitalia.  Endoscopic and laparoscopic equipment is used in the evaluation and treatment of patients from newborn to adult.  State-of-the-art laparoscopic procedures for pyeloplasty and genital reconstruction minimize morbidity and subsequently decrease hospital stay.  Further speciality in managing rare congenital problems such as female pseudohermaphroditism, prune belly syndrome, bladder exstrophy, and urethral valves is available.

RIchard Sutherland, MDDivision Chief of Pediatric Urology
Associate Professor of Urology
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Sherry Ross, MDVice Chief Pediatric Urology
Associate Professor Urology
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Timothy Bukowski, MDClinical Professor of Urology
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RichardsonBecky Richardson RN MSN is our Pediatric Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Becky has worked in Pediatric Urology for 23 years and is one of the most experienced Pediatric Urology nurses in North Carolina.  Originally from West Virginia, she has been a Tarheel for many years and received her Master’s degree in Pediatric Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill.  While Becky works closely with all Pediatric Urology patients, she has a special interest in patients with Spina Bifida, Bladder and Cloacal Exstrophy, and other complex urological anomalies.  She has dedicated her career to helping children and families navigate difficult procedures and transitions through education and support.  She is a firm believer in parent support groups and facilitates those connections whenever possible.  Becky lives on a pond in the “country” with her husband Lance and is the parent of two daughters, Megan and Amy. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and Carolina basketball! 

Anna NoellAnna Noell is the Administrative Associate for the UNC Pediatric Urology team. Anna is an outgoing person with a love of detail and planning. Anna is a “Mebanite” - born and raised in Mebane, North Carolina. She has a little boy named Aiden who keeps her  on her feet and is the light of her life! Anna graduated from Surgical Technology school in 2014. While she enjoyed medicine and learning about the human body, she realized the operating room was not the right fit. Anna thoroughly enjoys working for UNC Peds Urology team as she loves to engage with all of the patients and colleagues across the team. She is currently in school at UNC Chapel Hill part-time working on obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. When she is not at work, Anna likes to spend time with her family and bake sweets! 

UNC Urology Children's Hospital Office
NC Children's Hospital, 1st Floor
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
Phone: 984-974-1401
Fax: 984-974-9608 Click Here for Directions

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UNC Urology NC Children's Specialty Clinic at Rex
4414 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 505
Raleigh, North Carolina
Phone: 919-783-7809
Fax: 919-783-8454  Click Here for Directions

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Hillsborough Medical Office Building, 3rd Floor

460 Waterstone Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: 919-595-5927
Fax: 919-595-5668  Click Here for Directions

UNC Urology at GreensboroUNC Urology at Greensboro
301 East Wendover Ave. Suite 311
Greensboro, NC 27401  Click Here for Directions
Phone:  919-595-5927 

Bladder Exstrophy is a diagnosis that in the first days and months can seem overwhelming to families. At UNC Pediatric Urology, our goal is to educate parents about this diagnosis, to provide expert advice, and ultimately to help the parent become an expert. We have been treating infants and children born with Bladder Exstrophy for over 30 years. UNC supports the “B.E.Kids”, a group of families whose children were born with Bladder Exstrophy. They welcome all children and families affected by Bladder Exstrophy to be part of this support group. They meet during the year for social events and individual parents are available to visit with new families in the hospital if desired. This group has a private page on social media which can be accessed upon invitation, and serves as a forum for support and sharing of concerns and successes. The experts in Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Orthopedics, and Pediatric Voiding Dysfunction have extensive experience in caring for the newborn, older child and young adult. There is no question that Exstrophy is a complex diagnosis requiring a knowledgeable and dedicated team of physicians, nurses and support staff for quality care. We work together to ensure your child has the best medical care and a happy, healthy life.

Intersex and Disorders of Sex Development group includes families and their infants, children, adolescents and young adults. These complicated situations can be stressful to all involved. At UNC we have compiled a team of over 20 Health care providers in Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Surgery, Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, Pedaitric Radiology, Pediatric Psychology, Ethics, and Social work. Our multi-disciplinary team focuses on the immediate needs of the child and family but also aggressively considers the future. Our goal is to help the family understand this situation and reduce the anxiety that is often present with these complex diagnoses. We believe that support of all members of the family, not just the child results in the best outcome. If you would like to speak with a member of our team, please call 1-919-962-PURO. For urgent request 24/7, please call 984-974-1000 and ask for the Pedaitric Urology resident on call.

How do you teach a child to accept a urinary catheter? The fear and anxiety of the first few moments or weeks can be overwhelming at times creating a stressful environment for both the child and family. As parents, we attempt to show loving care and tell them it will be alright. Not surprisingly they don’t always believe us. But what if another child already using a catheter shows them. “Hey watch this”, and places the catheter through their belly button into the bladder. We have seen numerous children look on with surprised curiosity instead of fear when a pleasant little kid just like themselves does it with a smile on their face. These “kids helping kids” remember the days when they first started. We, the physicians and parents, let the conversations and questions drift back and forth between the kids at the children’s level of understanding. Not adding special “adult” words or questions to the conversation on our part. We have seen children who would never consider cathing all of a sudden just start doing it right then, that day. Our program is designed since “Kids” often can do what we adults cannot. If you feel your child may benefit from our “Kids helping Kids” program, please contact us at 919-962-PURO.

Stone disease in childhood can be a one-time event or a chronic condition that will be present for a lifetime. UNC’s kidney stone specialists focus on not only caring for the immediate needs and discomfort of the child, but at the same time look to future prevention. Our multi-disciplinary team is supported by UNC Children’s Hospital and includes fellowship-trained specialists in the areas of Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Urology, and Child Nutrition. The team also includes professionals in the fields of Psychology and Nursing who focus on the care of your child. Children affected by stone disease (nephrolithiasis) are not simply “small adults” and treatment must be tailored to their individual needs. Many children have unique anatomical abnormalities or metabolic conditions that must first be diagnosed and addressed as part of the treatment of their stone disease. Our goal is to treat the stone and the associated pain as appropriate, evaluate the child metabolically, and prevent any future stone formation. The focus of our multidisciplinary approach will address all the facets of kidney stone management. If your child has a kidney stone causing symptoms of pain or infection, or a history of stone disease, and you would like to see one of our Pediatric Urologists, please call 919-962-PURO for an appointment.

Due to current therapies and surgical treatments for diseases such as cancer, significant injury to reproductive organs can occur and future fertility is lost. When a child is sick, fertility is often the last thing on a parent’s mind. However, after recovery and when the children reach adulthood, fertility may be very important. At UNC Children’s Hospital, the UNC Division of Pediatric Urology, along our Infertility specialist, our colleagues in Reproductive Endocrinology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Nephrology have developed a program for families to discuss the potential for fertility preservation for their child. We offer counseling and education, as well as sperm and egg harvesting and options for long term storage so parents can make informed decisions about fertility preservation for their child. There is no obligation to proceed with retrieval. However, if you would like to learn more about fertility preservation for your child, please contact our office at 919-962-PURO to schedule a counseling appointment.

Patients with Spina Bifida have multiple needs due to their spinal abnormality. At UNC Children’s Hospital, we offer a state of the art Multidisciplinary Clinic which includes Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The clinic is held at our UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physical therapy clinic which is specially designed for easy access for children with walkers, wheel chairs and other special needs. Pediatric Urology uses a combination of radiological imaging, urodynamics, laboratory evaluation and clinical progress to offer the very best management of your child’s urinary system. Our goal is for your child is to have healthy kidneys with the best bladder function possible. If you would like to make an appointment for your child to be seen in our Multidisciplinary Clinic or if you would like to make an appointment with Pediatric Urology, please call 1-919-966-8812 (PM&R) or 1-919-962-PURO.

Prenatal counseling for parents with a fetus with genital abnormalities, renal or bladder abnormalities, spina bifida or with chromosomal abnormalities that result in abnormalities of the genitourinary system is offered at UNC Pediatric Urology. We work closely with our Maternal-Fetal Medicine team as well as other pediatric specialist to inform and counsel parents about their child’s diagnosis. Your Pediatric Urologist will review radiological imaging and discuss the potential diagnosis, plans for prenatal management and post-delivery care. Our goal is to inform and educate parents so they can make the best informed decision for their family and child and better understand their child’s diagnosis. If you would like to make an appointment for prenatal counseling with our Pediatric Urologist, please call 1-919-962-PURO. We also accept referrals from Obstetricians and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

UNC Pediatric Urology offers robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery for appropriate children requiring urological surgical intervention. Dr. Sherry Ross, Pediatric Urology and Dr. Matthew Raynor, Directory of Robotic Surgery in Urology work together to offer state of the art minimally invasive surgery for urological abnormalities requiring repair. Advantages of robotic surgery include smaller incisions, less pain and shorter hospitalizations. While not all surgeries or children are appropriate for robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Ross and Dr. Raynor will review your child’s surgical needs and if appropriate, discuss the option of robotic-assisted surgery. Our goal is to provide education and counseling to parents about their child’s diagnosis and to discuss advantages and disadvantages of each surgical approach. If you would like to discuss your child’s diagnosis and explore the option for robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, please call 919-962-PURO for an appointment.

Cloacal Exstrophy is a very rare disorder, which includes bowel, bladder and genital anomalies as well as orthopedic and in some cases neurosurgical or cardiopulmonary abnormalities. UNC Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Surgery have created a Cloacal Exstrophy team to treat the special children born with this anomaly. Our team works together to offer prenatal counseling for parents and to plan post-natal care, surgical repair and post-operative care. We aggressively combine efforts to insure the best possible outcome for children born with cloacal exstrophy. Our team follows children closely to manage bladder and bowel function, address orthopedic concerns and identify other needs for the family and child as these children mature. It is truly an honor to work with children born with this rare abnormality and their families. If your fetus or child has clocal exstrophy and you would like to meet with our team, please call 1-919-962-PURO for an appointment.

Voiding dysfunction in children can include an array of symptoms including urinary frequency, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence, nighttime bedwetting, recurrent urinary tract infections and pain with urination (dysuria). Some children have only one symptom while others have a combination of these symptoms. Children may also have stooling issues such as constipation or soiling in addition to urinary symptoms. UNC Pediatric Urology understands how frustrating this can be to families and especially to the children. We have developed a Voiding Dysfunction Clinic with extended appointment times to address your child’s needs with the goal to eliminate these symptoms. We utilize parental education, clinical evaluation, radiological imaging, and when appropriate, urodynamics and our Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy program to assist these children with their wetting and soiling problems. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our Pediatric Urologist in our Voiding Dysfunction clinic, please call 919-962- PURO.