Bruce W. Lindgren, MD

Director of Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery; Attending Physician, Urology; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Professor of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



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Bruce W. Lindgren, MD is an Attending Physician in the Division of Urology at Lurie Children's and the Director of Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery. He is also Associate Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Lindgren grew up on a farm in Nebraska, and attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska for his undergraduate training, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then entered Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. During his medical school training he received a travel grant to study pediatrics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. His residency training was completed at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, which included two years of general surgery training followed by four years of urology residency training. He received first place in the Chicago Urological Society’s Charles B. Huggins M.D. Resident Essay Contest for Clinical Research for two consecutive years. He then completed his fellowship in pediatric urology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/ Schneider Children’s Hospital (now Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York). He returned to the Chicago area as Assistant Professor of Urology and was on staff at Loyola University Medical Center for several years before leaving to form a new private practice. Dr. Lindgren was then recruited to join the Division of Urology at Children’s Memorial Hospital to lead their minimally invasive and laparoscopic/robotic surgery program. He is board certified in Urology, and received Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Urology in 2008, the first year that subspecialty certification was available.

Dr. Lindgren is member of numerous societies including the Society for Pediatric Urology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Fetal Urology, the Endourological Society, the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, and the American Association of Pediatric Urologists. He has authored peer-reviewed papers, case reports, and book chapters, and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology. His areas of special interest include laparoscopic and robotic (daVinci) surgery, hypospadias, undescended testes, hydronephrosis and urinary tract obstruction, and maternal-fetal urology.

Dr. Lindgren is active in clinical research in several areas of urology including laparoscopic/robotic surgery and voiding dysfunction.

Selected Bibliography

  1. Marks A, Vasquez E, Moylan S, Diaz-Saldano D, Schreiber J, Saker M and Lindgren BW: Definition of Reliable, Objective Criteria by Abdominal Radiography to Identify Occult Constipation in Children with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. J Urol [Epub ahead of print; Oct 2012]. PMID 23079375.
  2. Ellimoottil C, Faasse MA, Lindgren BW. Endoscopic management of transurethrally inserted magnetic beads. Urology. 2013 Feb;81(2):e13-4.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Vasquez E, Kallen RJ, Shore RM, Lindgren BW.. Pediatric renal lymphangiectasia: importance of recognition and accurate renal imaging. Urology. 2012 Aug;80(2):434-436.
  6. Moylan S, Armstrong J, Diaz-Saldano D, Saker M, Yerkes EB, Lindgren BW. Are abdominal x-rays a reliable way to assess for constipation? J Urol. 2010 Oct;184(4 Suppl):1692-1698.
  7. Meeks JJ, Hagerty JA, Lindgren BW. Pediatric robotic-assisted laparoscopic diverticulectomy. Urology. 2009 Feb;73(2):299-301.

Clinical Interests

​Minimally invasive urologic surgery, laparoscopy, robotic surgery, UPJ (ureteropelvic junction) obstructions, hypospadias, undescended testis, hydronephrosis, fetal urology and kidney stone disease


Education & Training

Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1990

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric urology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 1996-1998; Residency in urology, Loyola University Medical Center, 1992-1996; Residency in general surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, 1990-1992

Board Certifications: Pediatric Urology, Urology

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Urological Association, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Minimally Invasive Robotic Association, Society for Fetal Urology, Society for Pediatric Urology

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