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We found 9 urologists who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Savings Plan near Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Arnold B Aigen, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Arnold Aigen, who practices in Mountain View, CA, Los Gatos, CA, and Cupertino, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones. Dr. Aigen is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Aigen attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aigen's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders

Dr. Andrew Bruce Epstein, MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Epstein works as an urologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Patients rated Dr. Epstein highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Epstein attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Epstein trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Male ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh Shinghal, MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Rajesh Shinghal specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Fremont, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Shinghal's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shinghal include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shinghal takes. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Shinghal is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Male ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith L Lee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Keith Lee's medical specialty is pediatric urology. Dr. Lee's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Male ... (Read more)

Dr. James B Bassett Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. James Bassett works as an urologist in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Bassett is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bassett's training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bassett accepts. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Dr. Daniel Yao, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Yao works as an urologist and cancer surgeon. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Yao attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yao include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Yao's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Yao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Yao is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Surat Phonsombat, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Surat Phonsombat sees patients in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Phonsombat is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks Thai. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Phonsombat is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Monica Lucero Richardson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology, Urogynecology
300 Pasteur Drive; Department of Urology
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Monica Richardson's areas of specialization are urology (urinary tract disease) and urogynecology; she sees patients in Mountain View, CA, San Jose, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Her clinical interests encompass urogynecological problems. Dr. Richardson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Richardson's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Neurostimulation, Urodynamic Testing, Fecal Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott K Angell, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Scott Angell is an urologist. Dr. Angell's clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Angell is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Male ... (Read more)

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What is Urology?

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.