Laurence S. Baskin, MD

Chief of Pediatric Urology

Dr. Laurence S. Baskin is a urologist who serves as chief of pediatric urology. He is an expert in genital development and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in treating the spectrum of pediatric urological conditions, including undescended testicles, blocked kidneys and ureters, prenatal urinary tract obstruction such a posterior urethra valves, adolescent varicoceles (enlarged veins in the testicles), disorders of sex development, cancers of the genital and urinary organs, and disorders that require urinary tract reconstruction. He founded the UCSF Center for the Study and Treatment of Hypospadias, to advance treatment for a developmental birth defect affecting the penile urethra (the tube through which urine is voided).

Baskin has written extensively on hypospadias and genital reconstruction, lectures extensively on these topics and has produced numerous videos on various surgical techniques. His laboratory focuses on investigating the causes of pediatric urological diseases – both those present at birth and those that develop later – to advance the prospect for cures. The lab looks specifically at how cells communicate during normal and abnormal development and at the effects of abnormal environmental exposure during pregnancy.

Baskin earned his medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, followed by a general surgery residency at UCSF. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Baskin is past president of the Societies for Pediatric Urology, Society for Fetal Urology, Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Urology, American Association of Pediatric Urologists and Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Societies of Pediatric Urology and American Urological Association (AUA), and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a past member of the American Board of Urology, serving on its exam committee, and served as assistant editor of the Journal of Urology (one of AUA’s official journals). He is past head of the National Institutes of Health’s study section on urologic disease, the primary author on more than 300 research articles, and editor of the Handbook of Pediatric Urology and Hinman's Atlas of Pediatric Urologic Surgery.

Baskin has participated in humanitarian trips to perform pediatric urological surgery in Honduras and Vietnam. He has received numerous honors, including awards from the AUA and the European Society for Paediatric Urology.


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

Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

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

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David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 1986


UCSF, Surgery 1991


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Urology 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Liu G, Liu X, Shen J, Sinclair A, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Contrasting mechanisms of penile urethral formation in mouse and human. Differentiation. 2018 May - Jun; 101:46-64.
  2. Cunha GR, Kurita T, Cao M, Shen J, Cooke PS, Robboy SJ, Baskin LS. Tissue interactions and estrogenic response during human female fetal reproductive tract development. Differentiation. 2018 Apr 18; 101:39-45.
  3. Wang MK, Chuang KW, Li Y, Gaither T, Brakeman P, Gonzalez L, Brennan J, Baskin LS. Renal function outcomes in pediatric patients with symptomatic reflux into the transplanted kidney treated with redo ureteroneocystostomy. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Mar 14.
  4. Isaacson D, Shen J, McCreedy D, Calvert M, McDevitt T, Cunha G, Baskin L. Lightsheet fluorescence microscopy of branching human fetal kidney. Kidney Int. 2018 Feb; 93(2):525.
  5. Wang MK, Li Y, Selekman RE, Gaither T, Arnhym A, Baskin LS. Scar acceptance after pediatric urologic surgery. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Jan 09.
  6. 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).
  7. Isaacson D, Shen J, McCreedy D, Calvert M, Cunha G, Baskin L. Dichotomous Branching of Human Fetal Lung Demonstrated with Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 12 01; 196(11):1476-1477.
  8. Cunha GR, Kurita T, Cao M, Shen J, Robboy SJ, Baskin L. Response of xenografts of developing human female reproductive tracts to the synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol. Differentiation. 2017 Nov - Dec; 98:35-54.
  9. Isaacson D, Shen J, Cao M, Sinclair A, Yue X, Cunha G, Baskin L. Renal Subcapsular xenografing of human fetal external genital tissue - A new model for investigating urethral development. Differentiation. 2017 Nov - Dec; 98:1-13.
  10. Robboy SJ, Kurita T, Baskin L, Cunha GR. New insights into human female reproductive tract development. Differentiation. 2017 Sep - Oct; 97:9-22.
  11. Cunha GR, Kurita T, Cao M, Shen J, Robboy S, Baskin L. Molecular mechanisms of development of the human fetal female reproductive tract. Differentiation. 2017 Sep - Oct; 97:54-72.
  12. Gaither TW, Patel A, Patel C, Chuang KW, Cohen RA, Baskin LS. Natural History of Contralateral Hypertrophy in Patients with Multicystic Dysplastic Kidneys. J Urol. 2018 Jan; 199(1):280-286.
  13. Baskin LS. Restoring normal anatomy in female patients with atypical genitalia. Semin Perinatol. 2017 Jun; 41(4):227-231.
  14. Ellens REH, Bakula DM, Mullins AJ, Scott Reyes KJ, Austin P, Baskin L, Bernabé K, Cheng EY, Fried A, Frimberger D, Galan D, Gonzalez L, Greenfield S, Kolon T, Kropp B, Lakshmanan Y, Meyer S, Meyer T, Mullins LL, Nokoff NJ, Palmer B, Poppas D, Paradis A, Yerkes E, Wisniewski AB, Wolfe-Christensen C. Psychological Adjustment of Parents of Children Born with Atypical Genitalia 1 Year after Genitoplasty. J Urol. 2017 Oct; 198(4):914-920.
  15. Baskin L. What Is Hypospadias? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 May; 56(5):409-418.
  16. Sinclair AW, Cao M, Pask A, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Flutamide-induced hypospadias in rats: A critical assessment. Differentiation. 2017 Mar - Apr; 94:37-57.
  17. Wolfe-Christensen C, Wisniewski AB, Mullins AJ, Reyes KJ, Austin P, Baskin L, Bernabé K, Cheng E, Fried A, Frimberger D, Galan D, Gonzalez L, Greenfield S, Kolon T, Kropp B, Lakshmanan Y, Meyer S, Meyer T, Nokoff NJ, Palmer B, Poppas D, Paradis A, Yerkes E, Mullins LL. Changes in levels of parental distress after their child with atypical genitalia undergoes genitoplasty. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Feb; 13(1):32.e1-32.e6.
  18. Shen J, Overland M, Sinclair A, Cao M, Yue X, Cunha G, Baskin L. Complex epithelial remodeling underlie the fusion event in early fetal development of the human penile urethra. Differentiation. 2016 Oct - Nov; 92(4):169-182.
  19. Fenton LZ, Karakas SP, Baskin L, Campbell JB. Sonography of pediatric blunt scrotal trauma: what the pediatric urologist wants to know. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Jun; 46(7):1049-58.
  20. Mouriquand PD, Gorduza DB, Gay CL, Meyer-Bahlburg HF, Baker L, Baskin LS, Bouvattier C, Braga LH, Caldamone AC, Duranteau L, El Ghoneimi A, Hensle TW, Hoebeke P, Kaefer M, Kalfa N, Kolon TF, Manzoni G, Mure PY, Nordenskjöld A, Pippi Salle JL, Poppas DP, Ransley PG, Rink RC, Rodrigo R, Sann L, Schober J, Sibai H, Wisniewski A, Wolffenbuttel KP, Lee P. Surgery in disorders of sex development (DSD) with a gender issue: If (why), when, and how? J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Jun; 12(3):139-49.

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