Michael DiSandro, MD

Pediatric urologist

Dr. Michael DiSandro, a pediatric urologist, is an expert in surgery for urinary disorders in children, including minimally invasive procedures and reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary system (genital and urinary organs). His expertise includes treating vesicoureteral reflux (a condition in which urine backs up toward the kidneys), neurogenic bladder (conditions in which a lack of bladder control is caused by a nervous system problem) and hypospadias (a birth defect involving the opening on the penis).

In research, DiSandro focuses on vesicoureteral reflux and hydronephrosis (in which a kidney is swollen because urine can't drain from it). He also is investigating the possible environmental causes of hypospadias.

DiSandro earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont's Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine. He completed residencies in surgery and urology at the University of California, Davis, followed by a fellowship in pediatric urology at UCSF.

Before coming to UCSF, DiSandro was chief of pediatric urology at the University of Minnesota and, most recently, at the University of Miami Health System.


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 Michael DiSandro


Larner College of Medicine 1989


UC Davis, Surgery 1991
UC Davis, Urology 1995


UCSF, Pediatric Urology 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Yiee JH, Baskin LS, Patel N, Yang J, Disandro M. Prospective blinded laboratory assessment of prophylactic antibiotic compliance in a pediatric outpatient setting. J Urol. 2012 Jun; 187(6):2176-81.
  4. DiSandro M. Pediatric urolithiasis: children as little adults. J Urol. 2010 Nov; 184(5):1833-4.
  5. Yiee JH, DiSandro M, Wang MH, Hittelman A, Baskin LS. Does severity of renal scarring on DMSA scan predict abnormalities in creatinine clearance? Urology. 2010 Jul; 76(1):204-8.
  6. Yang JH, Baskin LS, DiSandro M. Gender identity in disorders of sex development: review article. Urology. 2010 Jan; 75(1):153-9.
  7. Tasian GE, Hittelman AB, Kim GE, DiSandro MJ, Baskin LS. Age at orchiopexy and testis palpability predict germ and Leydig cell loss: clinical predictors of adverse histological features of cryptorchidism. J Urol. 2009 Aug; 182(2):704-9.
  8. Breyer BN, DiSandro M, Baskin LS, Hsieh MH. Obesity does not decrease the accuracy of testicular examination in anesthetized boys with cryptorchidism. J Urol. 2009 Feb; 181(2):830-4.
  9. Gosalbez R, Castellan M, Ibrahim E, DiSandro M, Labbie A. New concepts in feminizing genitoplasty--is the Fortunoff flap obsolete? J Urol. 2005 Dec; 174(6):2350-3, discussion 2353.
  10. Zapzalka DM, Krishnamurti L, Manivel JC, DiSandro MJ. Lymphangioma of the renal capsule. J Urol. 2002 Jul; 168(1):220.
  11. DiSandro MJ, Li Y, Baskin LS, Hayward S, Cunha G. Mesenchymal-epithelial interactions in bladder smooth muscle development: epithelial specificity. J Urol. 1998 Sep; 160(3 Pt 2):1040-6; discussion 1079.
  12. DiSandro MJ, Baskin LS, Li YW, Werb Z, Cunha GR. Development and regenerative ability of bladder in the transgenic epidermal growth factor receptor gene knockout mouse. J Urol. 1997 Sep; 158(3 Pt 2):1058-65.
  13. Baskin LS, Sutherland RS, DiSandro MJ, Hayward SW, Lipschutz J, Cunha GR. The effect of testosterone on androgen receptors and human penile growth. J Urol. 1997 Sep; 158(3 Pt 2):1113-8.
  14. Baskin LS, Hayward SW, Sutherland RA, DiSandro MJ, Thomson AA, Goodman J, Cunha GR. Mesenchymal-epithelial interactions in the bladder. World J Urol. 1996; 14(5):301-9.

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