We found 5 urologists who accept Western Health Advantage HMO near Greenbrae, CA.
Dr. Harry Neuwirth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Neuwirth trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in robotic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Neuwirth is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction:  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Neuwirth's professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery
Dr. Patrick Bennett is an urologist. He speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Bennett include robotic surgery. Dr. Bennett is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bennett is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage. He has received distinctions including  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine and San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Clinical interests: Robotic Surgery
Dr. R. Yu is an urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yu include robotic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Yu obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish.
Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery
Dr. David Rudnick's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Rudnick performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha; American Foundation for Urologic Disease Scholar; and  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Rudnick is open to new patients.
Dr. Bart Gershbein practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Greenbrae, CA and Novato, CA. His professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Gershbein trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Gershbein is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gershbein takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction:  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He welcomes new patients.
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The specialty of urology focuses on the structures of the body that produce urine and remove it from the body, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Since related structures in men are responsible for both reproduction and the transportation of urine, urologists specialize in men’s sexual health in addition to disorders of the urinary tract. Urologists treat both men and women, as well as patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.
Certain urologic conditions are specific to male or female patients. Women are especially prone to stress incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis (a condition causing pain in the bladder), and urethral diverticuli (a structural issue where a small pouch develops from the urethra into the vagina). Some of these conditions may be adequately treated by a gynecologist, but patients may prefer to see a urologist because of their expertise in the urinary tract system. As for men, male infertility and sexual problems can be treated by a urologist. For example, urologists treat erectile dysfunction with medications or prosthetics. They may also perform surgeries such as vasectomies or vasectomy reversals.
Some other conditions that urologists treat include:
- Kidney stones, which are mineral deposits that can form anywhere in the urinary tract. The stones can be quite painful, and some large stones may be impossible to expel naturally. Fortunately, kidney stone treatments have advanced quite a bit in recent years, and a urologist may recommend a procedure such as shockwave lithotripsy (where sound waves are used to break down the stones), or percutaneous extraction (where telescopic tools are inserted through tiny incisions in the back to remove the stones). There can be some pain associated with these treatments, but they are far less invasive than the older methods of removal.
- Urinary tract infections, which are extremely common. However, if they happen over and over again, there may be an underlying problem within the urinary tract.
- Congenital abnormalities, which refers to problems that are present at birth. Congenital abnormalities affect the genitourinary tract more often than any other system of the body, and they range from mild to severe in appearance and effect. The most common abnormality (in male infants) is cryptorchidism, where a testicle does not descend from the body down into the scrotum. Another common problem is hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra appears on the underside of the penis.
- Renal disease, which is the loss of kidney function. For patients with renal disease, their urologist may be their primary surgeon or a coordinating member of their care team.
- Tumors and malignancies, which are especially common in the case of prostate cancer. Urologists are most often consultants to oncologists in these cases.
The American Urological Association recognizes seven subspecialties of urology:
- Pediatric Urology, the treatment of genitourinary tract disorders in children and infants
- Urologic Oncology, the treatment of cancers within the genitourinary tract
- Renal Transplantation, the treatment of severe kidney disease by replacing a non-functioning kidney with a donor kidney
- Male Infertility, the treatment of infertility due to problems with sperm, semen, or male sexuality
- Calculi, the treatment of kidney stones
- Female Urology, the care of women’s urinary health
- Neurourology, the treatment of urinary disorders caused by problems with the nervous system. For example, certain voiding disorders happen when the bladder does not receive signals appropriately, and erectile dysfunction is sometimes due to nerve loss.
Urinary and sexual problems can be especially distressing for many people. Fortunately, urologists are experts at managing these health conditions.