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Dr. Robert Fritz Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Robert Smith is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. He has a special interest in prostate brachytherapy. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Dr. Smith obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Brachytherapy

Dr. William Tad Wilson, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independece, MO
 

Dr. William Wilson's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Wilson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Cryosurgery, Tumor, Outpatient Care, Laser Treatment, Kidney Problems

Dr. John Russell Moore, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. John Moore is an urologist. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Moore's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. Ryan Thomas Miller, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Ryan Miller is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Miller's clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and urinary incontinence. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Miller's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Cryosurgery, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Her clinical interests include robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. Dr. Piontek's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Bradley Keith Stanley, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Bradley Stanley is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Independence, MO. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Stanley completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Stanley has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Dr. James Sanford McIntosh, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. James McIntosh, who practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. McIntosh include robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Dr. McIntosh attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For Dr. McIntosh's residency, Dr. McIntosh trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. McIntosh takes Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. David C Lewing, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. David Lewing specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Lewing attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Lewing is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health.

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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.