Hillary L. Copp, MD, MS

Pediatric urologist

Dr. Hillary L. Copp is a pediatric urologist who treats abnormalities of the urinary tract and genitals, including urinary tract infections, disorders of sex development and spina bifida. She cares for patients ranging in age from infants to teens. She has expertise in many surgical techniques, from open (traditional) approaches to minimally invasive procedures, including endoscopic, laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgeries.

Copp's research interests include pediatric urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux (a condition in which urine flows backward toward the kidneys), antimicrobial resistance, adherence with antibiotic prophylaxis and the urinary microbiome (the microorganisms that normally live in the urinary tract). She is also interested in studying robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery and disorders of sexual differentiation.

Copp earned her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed a urology residency at the University of Virginia and a pediatric urology fellowship at Stanford University, where she also earned a master's degree in epidemiology.

Copp is a member of the American Urological Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Society of Women in Urology and American Academy of Pediatrics. She has received a grant from the Urologic Diseases in America project, a research award from the California chapter of the Urology Care Foundation and a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. She is the lead author of several articles published in professional, peer-reviewed journals.


Continence Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2200
Fax: (415) 353-2480

Disorders of Sex
Development Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2200
Fax: (415) 353-2480

Spina Bifida Program
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-3899
Fax: (415) 502-7516

Urology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2200
Fax: (415) 353-2480

Vesicoureteral Reflux Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2200
Fax: (415) 353-2480

Conditions & Treatments

More about Hillary L. Copp


Penn State College of Medicine 2002
Stanford University, MS, Epidemiology 2009


University of Virginia, Urology 2007


Stanford Medicine, Pediatric Urology 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Selekman RE, Shapiro DJ, Boscardin J, Williams G, Craig JC, Brandström P, Pennesi M, Roussey-Kesler G, Hari P, Copp HL. Uropathogen Resistance and Antibiotic Prophylaxis: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2018 Jun 28.
  2. Gaither TW, Copp HL. Revisiting Prior Studies-Is There More There? J Urol. 2018 Mar 20.
  3. Gaither TW, Cooper CS, Kornberg Z, Baskin LS, Copp HL. Risk Factors for the Development of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction. Pediatrics. 2018 Jan; 141(1).
  4. Gaither TW, Awad MA, Leva NV, Murphy GP, Breyer BN, Copp HL. Missed Opportunities to Decrease Radiation Exposure in Children with Renal Trauma. J Urol. 2018 Feb; 199(2):552-557.
  5. Murphy GP, Gaither TW, Awad MA, Osterberg EC, Baradaran N, Copp HL, Breyer BN. Management of Pediatric Grade IV Renal Trauma. Curr Urol Rep. 2017 Mar; 18(3):23.
  6. Tran GN, Bodapati AV, Routh JC, Saigal CS, Copp HL. Parental Preference Assessment for Vesicoureteral Reflux Management in Children. J Urol. 2017 Mar; 197(3 Pt 2):957-962.
  7. Selekman RE, Sanford MT, Ko LN, Allen IE, Copp HL. Does perception of catheterization limit its use in pediatric UTI? J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Feb; 13(1):48.e1-48.e6.
  8. Gaither TW, Copp HL. Vesicoureteral Reflux: How to Interpret Different Studies with Different Results. J Urol. 2016 Oct; 196(4):981-2.
  9. Copp HL, Hanley J, Saigal CS, Saperston K. Acute health care utilization and outcomes for outpatient-treated urinary tract infections in children. J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Aug; 12(4):234.e1-5.
  10. Gaither TW, Copp HL. State appellant cases for testicular torsion: Case review from 1985 to 2015. J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Oct; 12(5):291.e1-291.e5.
  11. Ko LN, Chuang KW, Champeau A, Allen IE, Copp HL. Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Elementary School Children: Results of a Cross-Sectional Teacher Survey. J Urol. 2016 Apr; 195(4 Pt 2):1232-8.
  12. Menon V, Breyer B, Copp HL, Baskin L, Disandro M, Schlomer BJ. Do adult men with untreated ventral penile curvature have adverse outcomes? J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Feb; 12(1):31.e1-7.
  13. Schmidt B, Copp HL. Work-up of Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection. Urol Clin North Am. 2015 Nov; 42(4):519-26.
  14. Basta AM, Courtier J, Phelps A, Copp HL, MacKenzie JD. Scrotal swelling in the neonate. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Mar; 34(3):495-505.
  15. Copp HL. Editorial comment. J Urol. 2015 Apr; 193(4):1346.
  16. Botta S, Copp HL. To V(CUG) or not to V(CUG) in infants with prenatal hydronephrosis? J Urol. 2014 Sep; 192(3):640-1.
  17. Schlomer BJ, Copp HL. Cumulative incidence of outcomes and urologic procedures after augmentation cystoplasty. J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Dec; 10(6):1043-50.
  18. Edlin RS, Copp HL. Antibiotic resistance in pediatric urology. Ther Adv Urol. 2014 Apr; 6(2):54-61.
  19. Saperston KN, Shapiro DJ, Hersh AL, Copp HL. A comparison of inpatient versus outpatient resistance patterns of pediatric urinary tract infection. J Urol. 2014 May; 191(5 Suppl):1608-13.
  20. Schlomer B, Breyer B, Copp H, Baskin L, DiSandro M. Do adult men with untreated hypospadias have adverse outcomes? A pilot study using a social media advertised survey. J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Aug; 10(4):672-9.

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