The Division of Pediatric Urology

BC Children’s Hospital is the only tertiary referral centre for Pediatric Urological disorders in the province of BC. All aspects of Urological care including oncology, transplantation, and complex genitourinary reconstruction are referred to this site.


Dr. Andrew E. MacNeily MD FRCSC FAAP
Professor of Urology

Dr. MacNeily joined the faculty as Head of Pediatric Urology, and Urology Residency Program Director in Sept 2000.  A graduate of Queen’s University Medical School, he completed his Urology residency at UBC, followed by fellowships in pediatric urology (Northwestern University) and Reconstructive Urology (London UK).  After practicing adult and pediatric urology at Queen’s University for 61/2 yrs, he returned to Vancouver to focus on pediatric urology and postgraduate medical education. Dr. MacNeily finished his ten year term as Residency Director in June 2010.

Dr. Kourosh Afshar MD MSc FRCSC FAAP
Associate Professor of Urology

Dr. Afshar is a graduate of the UBC Urology Program.  He completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto.  Dr. Afshar joined our team at BC Children’s in July 2004.  He is the Director of Research for the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children’s and the Resident Research Coordinator for the Department of Urologic Sciences.  He recently completed his Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at UBC in 2007.  His areas of interest are laparoscopic surgery, renal transplant, genital reconstruction and clinical epidemiology.

Dr. John Masterson MD FRCSC FACS
Clinical Professor of Urology

Dr. Masterson graduated from the UBC Urology Residency Program in 1982, followed by a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore in 1983.  Dr. Masterson returned to UBC and became the Postgraduate Director for more than a decade and was a member of the examination committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for many years.  Dr. Masterson’s interests are many, but his primary focus is pediatric stone disease, undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr. Masterson was recently appointed as the interim Chair, Department of Pediatric Surgery and BC Children’s Hospital.

Maria Chaperon

Maria is Dr. MacNeily and Dr. Afshar’s Administrative Assistant in the Urology Department. She joined the department with more than 17 years of experience as a Medical Office Assistant and has a wide variety of excellent office skills. This expertise allows Maria to organize clinic appointments, arrange necessary tests, book surgeries, and generally keep the staff on track. Her phone never stops ringing! She will likely be the first person you will speak to when you plan a visit to our clinic..

Danielle Baghaii

Danielle is Dr. Masterson’s Administrative Assistant. She has 10 years of medical office assisting experience and prides herself on keeping her office organized and runnning smoothly. She loves working with children and enjoys that she is able to assist in their care through her role in the office. Being an aunt to three nephews and two nieces as well as being an expectant mom herself has given Danielle the tools needed to ensure children and their families have a helpful and easy visit to the Urology Clinic.

Heidi Barber, BScN, RN

Heidi is the Nurse Clinician for Pediatric Urology.  Heida received her nursing diploma from Camosun College (Victoria) in 1996, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria in 1999.  She obtained a specialty certificate in perioperative nursing from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2003.  She has been employed at Children’s and Women’s Hospital since 2001.  Heidi coordinates care and resources for urology patients and their families while they are in hospital, and when they are discharged home.  She acts as a resource for the hospital nursing staff and nurses throughout the province.  She is also responsible for managing the urodynamic laboratory.

More information can be found at the BC Children’s Hospital website.