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Earl Y. Cheng, MD

Earl Y. Cheng, MD

Division Head, Urology; Co-Head, Reconstructive Pediatric Urology; Founders’ Board Chair in Urology; President, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation Professor of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Language: English


Earl Y. Cheng, MD, is an Attending Physician in the Division of Urology at Lurie Children's, Co-director of complex urinary tract reconstruction, and Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cheng received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. He completed residency training at Northwestern University Medical School where he received the Leander Riba award for outstanding resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Children's Memorial Hospital during which he was named a scholar of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease and participated in a physician/scientist training grant from the NIH. After fellowship, he stayed at Northwestern University Medical School and Children's Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 1998 as an assistant professor and established a basic science Pediatric Urology Research Laboratory at Children's Memorial. From 1998 to 2002 Dr. Cheng was at the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma and Oklahoma University Medical Center, where he also served as an assistant professor of urology. Dr. Cheng returned to Northwestern and Children's Memorial Hospital in 2002.

Dr. Cheng is member of numerous societies including the Society for Pediatric Urology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Fetal Urology, and American College of Surgeons. He is the author of over 100 papers, invited articles, and book chapters. Dr. Cheng currently serves or served as a member of the Society of Pediatric Urology Executive Committee, the Executive Committee of the Section of Urology of the American Association of Pediatrics, the Exam Committee of the American Board of Urology, the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Urology, and the Professional Advisory Council of the Spina Bifida Association of America. His areas of special interest include complex urinary tract reconstruction, surgical management of the neurogenic bladder, bladder exstrophy, genital reconstruction, and disorders of sex development.

Dr. Cheng's basic science research is in the areas of tissue engineering and bladder physiology. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Samuel Stupp, a leader in the field of nanotechnology and Dr. Arun Sharma who heads the Basic Science Laboratory for Pediatric Urology and Regenerative Medicine. Together, they are investigating different methods of promoting tissue specific regeneration in the urinary tract with an emphasis on bladder regeneration.

Selected Publications

  1. Mickelson JJ, Yerkes EB, Meyer T, Kropp BP, Cheng EY. L stent for stomal stenosis in catherizable channels. J Urol. 2009;182(4 Suppl):1786-91.
  2. Lindgren BW, Hagerty J, Meyer T, Cheng EY. Robot-assisted laparoscopic reoperative repair for failed pyeloplasty in children: a safe and highly effective treatment option. J Urol. 2012;188 (3):932-937.
  3. Prasad MM, Marks A, Vasquez E, Yerkes EB, Cheng EY. Published surgical success rates in pediatric urology-fact or fiction? J Urol. 2012; 188 (4 suppl): 1643-1648.
  4. Casey JT, Hagerty JA, Maizels M, Chaviano AH, Yerkes E, Lindgren BW, Kaplan WE, Meyer T, Cheng EY. Early administration of oxybutynin improves bladder function and clinical outcomes in newborns with posterior urethral valves. J Urol. 2012; 188 (4 suppl): 1516-1520.
  5. Sharma AK, Bury MI, Fuller NJ, Marks AJ, Kollhoff DM, Rao MV, Hota PV, Matoka DJ, Edassety SL, Thaker H, Sarwark JF, Janick JA, Ameer GA, Cheng EY. Cotransplantation with specific populations of spina bifida bone marrow stem/progenitor cells enhances urinary bladder regeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013; 110 (10): 4003-4008.
Clinical Interests: ​Hypospadias, complex urinary tract/genital reconstruction, disorders of sex development, neurogenic bladder, bladder exstrophy, hydronephrosis

Education & Training

Education: Northwestern University, 1988

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric urology, Children's Memorial Hospital, 1994-1996; Internship and residency in urology, Northwestern University Medical School, 1988-1994

Board Certifications: Pediatric Urology, Urology

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Surgeons; American Foundation for Urologic Disease; American Urological Association; Society of Pediatric Urology

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Research Interests: Tissue engineering; bladder tissue; bladder smooth muscle physiology

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