Laurence Baskin, MD

Chief of Pediatric Urology

Dr. Laurence S. Baskin is chief of Pediatric Urology and an expert in genital development and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in treating urological conditions in children including hypospadias, urinary tract reconstruction, adolescent varicoceles and genitourinary malignancies. He is the founder of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Hypospadias, a center that focuses on a congenital defect of the penis that results in incomplete development of the penile urethra.

Baskin earned a medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by general surgery training and residency at UCSF Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has participated in humanitarian surgical trips to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Saigon, Vietnam. He is the primary author on more than 200 research articles and is editor of the Handbook of Pediatric Urology and Hinman's Atlas of Pediatric Urologic Surgery. He is the president of the Society of Pediatric Urology; an active member the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Urological Association; he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; and past president of the Society of Fetal Urology and Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons.


Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Pediatric Urology, American Board of Urology
Urology, American Board of Urology

Academic Title


More about Laurence Baskin


UCLA Medical Center 1986


UCSF Medical Center, Urology 1991


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Urology 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Liu G, Liu X, Shen J, Sinclair A, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Contrasting mechanisms of penile urethral formation in mouse and human. Differentiation. 2018 May - Jun; 101:46-64.
  2. Cunha GR, Kurita T, Cao M, Shen J, Cooke PS, Robboy SJ, Baskin LS. Tissue interactions and estrogenic response during human female fetal reproductive tract development. Differentiation. 2018 Apr 18; 101:39-45.
  3. Wang MK, Chuang KW, Li Y, Gaither T, Brakeman P, Gonzalez L, Brennan J, Baskin LS. Renal function outcomes in pediatric patients with symptomatic reflux into the transplanted kidney treated with redo ureteroneocystostomy. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Mar 14.

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