Elizabeth B. Yerkes, MD

Attending Physician, Urology; Director of Neuro-urology; Co-Director of Reconstructive Pediatric Urology in the Division of Urology; Associate Professor of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Elizabeth B. Yerkes, MD, is an Attending Physician in the Division of Urology at Lurie Children’s and currently Associate Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board certified in Urology and Pediatric Urology. She is Director of Urodynamics and Co-director of Complex Urinary Tract Reconstruction. Dr. Yerkes received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine). She earned her medical degree and was awarded the Founder’s Medal before also completing residency training in urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She received her fellowship training in pediatric urology from 1999-2001 at Riley Hospital for Children of Indiana University School of Medicine. After fellowship, Dr. Yerkes served four years of active duty for the United States Navy in San Antonio, Texas, caring for the children of our servicemen and women.  She joined the faculty of the Division of Urology at Lurie Children’s in 2005.  

Dr. Yerkes is an author of many articles and chapters on various topics in pediatric urology. She gives lectures and seminars for primary care providers and affected patients and families regionally and nationally on these subjects. Dr. Yerkes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American Urological Association, North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologists, and Society of University Urologists. She serves or has served on the executive committees of the Society of Pediatric Urology and Society for Fetal Urology and on the Professional Advisory Council of the Spina Bifida Association. She currently serves as Editor in Chief of Dialogues in Pediatric Urology. Dr. Yerkes is also the current fellowship director for pediatric urology at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern University, a program with a long tradition of excellence.

Dr. Yerkes’ special clinical interests include complex genital anomalies and disorders of sex development (DSD), neurogenic bladder and urodynamics, pediatric and adolescent uro-gynecology, and complex congenital anomalies of the genitourinary tract, such as cloacal malformation and exstrophy-epispadias. A focus on neurogenic bladder and neurogenic bowel related to spina bifida and other spinal cord conditions includes individualized medical management, surgical reconstruction and nontraditional alternatives to enhance continence and independence.

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