We found 5 urologists who accept Western Health Advantage HMO near Greenbrae, CA.
Dr. Patrick Bennett is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is conversant in French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bennett include urologic (genitourinary) disorders and robotic surgery. Dr. Bennett's professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bennett at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bennett honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions:  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine and San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Laser Lithotripsy, Radical Nephrectomy, Ureteroscopy, Varicocele, Microsurgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Harry Neuwirth is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders and robotic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Neuwirth average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Neuwirth attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Neuwirth has received the following distinction:  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Neuwirth's professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He is accepting new patients.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Prosthetics, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Laser Lithotripsy, Laparoscopic Partial ... (Read more)
Dr. R. Yu's medical specialty is urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Clinical interests for Dr. Yu include robotic surgery. Dr. Yu takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Dr. Yu is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery
Dr. David Rudnick practices urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Rudnick is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and more. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Rudnick's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha; American Foundation for Urologic Disease Scholar; and  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.
Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Radical Nephrectomy, Ureteroscopy, Varicocele, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, ... (Read more)
Dr. Bart Gershbein sees patients in Greenbrae, CA and Novato, CA. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Gershbein at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Gershbein attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. He has received the following distinction:  Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.
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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.