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

Dr. James Bassett's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bassett include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Bassett is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Bassett is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Keith Lee's area of specialization is pediatric urology. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Lee's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Lee welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Arnold Aigen is an urologist in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. Dr. Aigen attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aigen include kidney stones. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Aigen is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders

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

Dr. Rajesh Shinghal is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Shinghal speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Shinghal focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Shinghal attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Shinghal takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Andrew Epstein's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Epstein attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epstein honors. Dr. Epstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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

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 a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Yao accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Yao completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Yao's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cryosurgery, Genitourinary 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Phonsombat attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He speaks Thai. Dr. Phonsombat's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Scott Angell specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Angell's clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Angell attended Stanford University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Monica Lucero Richardson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology, Urogynecology
2490 Hospital Drive; Suite 111, Melchor Pavilion
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Monica Richardson specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and urogynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Richardson include urogynecological problems. Dr. Richardson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Richardson attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Richardson speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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