The American Board of Surgery first recognized pediatric surgery as a subspecialty in 1974. Texas Children’s Hospital had focused on providing pediatric surgery since 1954, but in 1974 we launched official areas of specialization – including pediatric urology. This program has grown exponentially since the 70s and today Urology has six areas of specialized treatment, with over 15,000 outpatient visits a year and providing surgical treatment for more than 2,500 children.
As one of the first 15 physicians in the United States to practice pediatric urology full-time, Dr. Edmond T. Gonzales, Jr., was the first chief of Texas Children’s Hospital’s urology division from 1974 – 2012. Dr. Gonzales has been an integral part of the leadership and development in Texas Children’s Hospital’s Department of Surgery, as well as a distinguished surgeon in the field of Pediatric Urology. By his side for 18 years in the urology department was his nurse Barbara Montagnino who provided care to thousands of children.
Dr. Gonzales was named Chief of Surgery serving from 1988 to 2010 and was the hospital’s first Surgeon-in-Chief, guiding surgical efforts from 2008 to 2010. He was then named the first Director of Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus from 2010 to 2014. In his nearly 40 years at Texas Children’s, Dr. Gonzales has established a legacy of excellence for which the hospital and Baylor College of Medicine honored him by creating The Edmond T. Gonzales, Jr., MD, Chair in Pediatric Urology which he held from 2004 to 2012.
Additionally to recognize Dr. Gonzales’ contributions to the organization, the annual Edmond T. Gonzales Jr., Surgical Research Day provides a forum for researchers to unveil their work highlighting remarkable advancements in the field of pediatric surgery. A strong belief in advanced training for young surgeons led Dr. Gonzales to become a leader in the establishment and expansion of pediatric urology fellowship programs across the country.
Together with a group of colleagues, he created an organized approach to selecting fellows and increasing the number of fellowships available. The American Urological Association manages fellowships today based on this work. As a result, pediatric urology fellowship positions have more than quadrupled since the early 1980s.
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Under the direction of Dr. David Roth, the urology department is one of the largest groups of fellowship-trained pediatric urologists in the United States. Our program provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with congenital and acquired disorders of the genitourinary tract.
We provide surgical services for all genitourinary conditions and have specialized focus on minimally invasive, robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques, including extremely delicate procedures in newborns and infants, anorectic malformations, urological conditions caused by neurological problems such as spina bifida and management of stone disease.
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