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

Dr. Arnold Aigen is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Aigen is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. He has a special interest in kidney stones. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aigen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Epstein average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epstein honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Epstein attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 works as an urologist in Fremont, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Shinghal is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shinghal include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Shinghal welcomes new patients. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a pediatric urologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Lee is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Lee speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Bassett average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bassett include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bassett honors. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bassett completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is an urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Dr. Yao is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yao include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Yao attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Yao average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yao is open to 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 is an urologist. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Phonsombat performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. In addition to English, he speaks Thai. Dr. Phonsombat is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes 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 medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease) and urogynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Richardson include urogynecological problems. Dr. Richardson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, Dr. Richardson speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurostimulation, Fecal Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urogynecological Problems, Urinary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Scott Angell's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Angell is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Angell's residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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.

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