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Message from the Pediatric Division Chief: Patrick H. McKenna, MD, FA CS, FAAP

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Pediatric Urology

UW Health Pediatric Urology Chief Patrick McKennaThe UW Health Pediatric Urology Program has a long tradition of providing outstanding care and contributing to the success of the overall urology residency training program, which has moved to the top tier in training programs and has successfully recruited some of the best and brightest specialists in urology.


My goal as the first Division Chief is to have the Pediatric Urology Program achieve that same level of recognition. The timing for pediatric urology could not be better with UW Health focusing on expanding the services at American Family Children’s Hospital.


Clinically, the hospital is ranked in the top 50 centers nationally for pediatric urology. With strong departmental support, UW Health’s integration and alignment of academic and clinical missions, along with the emphasis on social responsibility and providing “the right care to the person at the right time” we have significant opportunity to grow.


Our priorities include partnering with other pediatric specialists to develop team approaches to complex problems, remodeling facilities to better serve our patients, developing educational programs that rely heavily on independent learning and simulation, and bolstering the research program. UW Health is recognized as a national leader in quality and safety so it is a natural fit for my interest in quality improvement, improving efficiency and controlling costs.


Nationally, pediatric urology programs have focused on building teams of specialists to manage complex urologic problems, with most centers having one or two such programs. Our goal is to establish a larger number of disease-specific teams, develop quality monitors and improve the quality of care throughout our system. We will advance the health of children in our region by connecting improved quality to improved efficiency and cost savings. Utilizing the electronic health record as a tool to advance our program throughout the system will be crucial to the successful quality outcome projects.


Pediatric urology will continue to play a major role in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s education programs and spearhead new learning techniques. As leaders of the school’s new clinical simulation facility, we will contribute to new learning opportunities for the entire medical team, including clinical staff, medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.


Meanwhile, our Pediatric Urology Research Program is being reconstituted with a focus on quality outcomes, management of complicated pediatric urologic problems and review of the focused program results. It is a privilege to lead this successful division as we enthusiastically reach for new heights, clinically and academically. Our physician faculty and advanced practice providers, with the support of a tremendous patient care and academic team, look forward to a bright future.


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Patrick H. McKenna, MD, FACS, FAAP

Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Urology