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Surgery / Urologic Surgery

Douglas E. Coplen, MD

Current Position
Associate Professor, Surgery
Division of Urologic Surgery
Director, Pediatric Urology, St. Louis Children's Hospital


Specialty Areas
Pediatric Urologic Surgery
Urologic Surgery
Pediatric Urological Cancer

Patients Seen At
St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite A
St. Louis, MO  63110
314-454-6034
Fax:   314-454-2876
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Washington University Urology
Medical Building One
1040 North Mason Road, Suite 122
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Creve Coeur, MO  63141
314-454-6034
Fax:   314-454-2876
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8242
St. Louis, MO  63110

Academic Office
Children's Hospital Northwest Tower
One Children's Place, 1120
St. Louis, MO  63110
314.454.6014

Areas of Clinical Interest
Pediatric urology, fetal urology, prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis, pediatric renal dilation, pediatric endopyelotomy, pediatric disorders of the penis, ectopic ureters, ureteroceles, buccal mucosal urethral replacement, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, urogenital sinus anomaly, cloacal anomaly, epispadias, prune belly syndrome, enuresis, bed-wetting, neurogenic bladder, myelomeningocele, testicular cancer, pediatric urological cancer

Board Certification
Urology (Certificate of Added Qualification - Pediatric Urology) -- Certified

Medical Education
A.B., Chemistry : Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1981
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1985
Residency: Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, 1987
Residency: Urologic Surgery, Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, 1988
Fellowship: NIH Oncology Training Grant, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, Missouri, 1990
Residency: Urologic Surgery, Barnes Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis , MO, 1992
Fellowship: Pediatric Urology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Shriners Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2010-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)
Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2006-2012 (Castle Connolly Ltd.)

Editorial Responsibilities
Editor in chief, Yearbook of Urology 1997- present
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Urology 1994-present
Manuscript Reviewer, Urology 1994-present

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Vricella GJ, Coplen DE, Austin PF, White FV. Granulomatous lymphangitis. J Urol. 2013 Sep.

Oliver JL, Campigotto MJ, Coplen DE, Traxel EJ, Austin PF. Psychosocial comorbidities and obesity are associated with lower urinary tract symptoms in children with voiding dysfunction. J Urol. 2013 Oct.
Kim EH, Tanagho YS, Traxel EJ, Austin PF, Figenshau RS, Coplen DE. Endopyelotomy for pediatric ureteropelvic junction obstruction: a review of our 25-year experience. J Urol. 2012 Oct.

Chatterjee R, Ramos E, Hoffman M, Vanwinkle J, Martin DR, Davis TK, Hoshi M, Hmiel SP, Beck A, Hruska K, Coplen D, Liapis H, Mitra R, Druley T, Austin P, Jain S. Traditional and targeted exome sequencing reveals common, rare and novel functional deleterious variants in RET-signaling complex in a cohort of living US patients with urinary tract malformations. Hum Genet. 2012 Jun 23.

Ferguson GG, Chen C, Yan Y, Royer ME, Campigotto M, Traxel EJ, Coplen DE, Austin PF.
The efficacy of oral midazolam for decreasing anxiety in children undergoing voiding cystourethrogram: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. J Urol. 2011 Jun.

Thom M, Campigotto M, Vemulakonda V, Coplen D, Austin PF. Management of lower urinary tract dysfunction: a stepwise approach. J Pediatr Urol. 2012 Feb.

Chen LE, Zamakhshary M, Foglia RP, Coplen DE, Langer JC. Impact of wait time on outcome for inguinal hernia repair in infants. Pediatr Surg Int. 2009 Mar.

Austin PF, Ferguson G, Yan Y, Campigotto MJ, Royer ME, Coplen DE. Combination therapy with desmopressin and an anticholinergic medication for nonresponders to desmopressin for monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov.

Cox MJ, Coplen DE, Austin PF. The incidence of disorders of sexual differentiation and chromosomal abnormalities of cryptorchidism and hypospadias stratified by meatal location.J Urol. 2008 Dec.

Coplen DE, Austin PF, Yan Y, Dicke JM. Correlation of prenatal and postnatal ultrasound findings with the incidence of vesicoureteral reflux in children with fetal renal pelvic dilatation. J Urol. 2008 Oct.

Austin PF, Coplen DE. Enuresis and dysfunctional elimination. Mo Med. 2007 Sep-Oct

Reisiger K, Vardi I, Yan Y, Don S, Coplen D, Austin P, Venkatesh R, Bhayani S, Hmiel P, Figenshau R. Pediatric nephrolithiasis: does treatment affect renal growth? Urology. 2007 Jun.

Coplen DE, Austin PF. Prenatal diagnosis and neonatal management of congenital urethral diverticulum. Journal of Urology. 2007.

Dicke JM, Blanco VM, Yan Y, Coplen DE. The type and frequency of fetal renal disorders and management of renal pelvis dilatation. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2006.

Coplen DE, Austin PF, Yan Y, Blanco VM, Dicke JM. The magnitude of fetal renal pelvic dilatation can identify obstructive postnatal hydronephrosis, and direct postnatal evaluation and management. Journal of Urology. 2006.

Howard PS, Kucich U, Coplen DE, He Y. Transforming growth factor-beta1-induced hypertrophy and matrix expression in human bladder smooth muscle cells. Urology 2005

CoplenDE, Austin PF. Outcome analysis of prenatally detected ureteroceles associated with multicystic dysplasia. Journal of Urology. 2004.

Austin PF, Cook BL, Niederhoff RA, Manson SR, CoplenDE, Weintraub SJ. Inhibition of mitogenic signaling and induction of apoptosis in human bladder smooth muscle cells treated with doxazosin. Journal of Urology. 2004 Oct.

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