Our Leading Experts
The Minimally Invasive Urology Surgery Program is led by Bruce Lindgren, MD, and Edward Gong, MD. Our experienced urology team includes seven additional doctors that perform minimally invasive surgery: Dennis Liu, MD; Elizabeth Yerkes, MD; Earl Cheng, MD; Emilie Johnson, MD, MPH; Diana Bowen, MD; Derek Matoka, MD; and Catherine Seager, MD.
Dr. Lindgren performed the first da Vinci assisted laparoscopic pediatric urological procedure in the greater Chicago area in 2006. In 2009, Lindgren and another urologist at Lurie Children's (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital) published the first report of pediatric robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery for removing a bladder diverticulum (a sac on the bladder that can cause serious problems). The group has published multiple subsequent papers related to robotic surgery in children, and have several additional research studies ongoing.