As the only pediatric urology service in British Columbia, the Division of Pediatric Urology at BC Children’s Hospital performs more than 600 surgical procedures, and cares for more than 6,000 children each year. The program offers comprehensive medical and surgical care to diagnose and treat all aspects of pediatric urological problems, from simple diagnostics, to managing the most complex cases. Understanding the sensitivities that arise when caring for children, the team works in close partnership with many other pediatric programs at both UBC and the BC Children’s Hospital.
Our Pediatric Urology team members are consistently recognized for their efforts, through esteemed position placements, peer-reviewed publications, and on-going grants. Of note, Dr. Afshar continues as Associate Chief of Surgery – Quality and Safety, while assuming the role of BCCH Surgeon Champion for National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). Dr. MacNeily continues on as Head of the Division of Pediatric Urology, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs for the Department of Urologic Sciences, former Chair of the Royal College Specialty committee in Urology, as well as a member of the executive of the Canadian Urological Association. Dr. John Masterson retired in 2022 after 39 years of practice. He was instrumental in developing the current program. Dr. Soojin Kim joined the pediatric urology team as Clinical Assistant Professor in 2019. She recently obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University. Dr. Thomas De Los Reyes joined our team in 2022 as Clinical Instructor. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Systems Leadership and Innovation from University of Toronto.
The Division of Pediatric Urology continues to prioritize education, playing a major role within the UBC Department of Urologic Sciences and the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. A total of 14 residents from our UBC training program rotate through Pediatric Urology at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. Research productivity is excellent in the areas of bowel and bladder dysfunction, urinary tract reconstruction and neuropathic bladder dysfunction.