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


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UCLA Medical Center 1986


UCSF Medical Center, Urology 1991


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Urology 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Isaacson D, Shen J, McCreedy D, Calvert M, Cunha G, Baskin L. Dichotomous Branching of Human Fetal Lung Demonstrated with Lightsheet Fluorescence Microscopy. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Sep 21.
  2. Robboy SJ, Kurita T, Baskin L, Cunha GR. New insights into human female reproductive tract development. Differentiation. 2017 Aug 11; 97:9-22.
  3. Gaither TW, Patel A, Patel C, Chuang KW, Cohen RA, Baskin LS. Natural History of Contralateral Hypertrophy in Patients with Multicystic Dysplastic Kidneys. J Urol. 2017 Jun 20.
  4. Baskin LS. Restoring normal anatomy in female patients with atypical genitalia. Semin Perinatol. 2017 Jun; 41(4):227-231.
  5. Ellens REH, Bakula DM, Mullins AJ, Scott Reyes KJ, Austin P, Baskin L, Bernabé K, Cheng EY, Fried A, Frimberger D, Galan D, Gonzalez L, Greenfield S, Kolon T, Kropp B, Lakshmanan Y, Meyer S, Meyer T, Mullins LL, Nokoff NJ, Palmer B, Poppas D, Paradis A, Yerkes E, Wisniewski AB, Wolfe-Christensen C. Psychological Adjustment of Parents of Children Born with Atypical Genitalia 1 Year after Genitoplasty. J Urol. 2017 Oct; 198(4):914-920.
  6. Baskin L. What Is Hypospadias? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 May; 56(5):409-418.
  7. Sinclair AW, Cao M, Pask A, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Flutamide-induced hypospadias in rats: A critical assessment. Differentiation. 2017 Mar - Apr; 94:37-57.
  8. Wolfe-Christensen C, Wisniewski AB, Mullins AJ, Reyes KJ, Austin P, Baskin L, Bernabé K, Cheng E, Fried A, Frimberger D, Galan D, Gonzalez L, Greenfield S, Kolon T, Kropp B, Lakshmanan Y, Meyer S, Meyer T, Nokoff NJ, Palmer B, Poppas D, Paradis A, Yerkes E, Mullins LL. Changes in levels of parental distress after their child with atypical genitalia undergoes genitoplasty. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Feb; 13(1):32.e1-32.e6.
  9. Nokoff NJ, Palmer B, Mullins AJ, Aston CE, Austin P, Baskin L, Bernabé K, Chan YM, Cheng EY, Diamond DA, Fried A, Frimberger D, Galan D, Gonzalez L, Greenfield S, Kolon T, Kropp B, Lakshmanan Y, Meyer S, Meyer T, Mullins LL, Paradis A, Poppas D, Reddy P, Schulte M, Reyes KJ, Swartz JM, Wolfe-Christensen C, Yerkes E, Wisniewski AB. Prospective assessment of cosmesis before and after genital surgery. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Feb; 13(1):28.e1-28.e6.
  10. Shen J, Overland M, Sinclair A, Cao M, Yue X, Cunha G, Baskin L. Complex epithelial remodeling underlie the fusion event in early fetal development of the human penile urethra. Differentiation. 2016 Oct - Nov; 92(4):169-182.
  11. Fenton LZ, Karakas SP, Baskin L, Campbell JB. Sonography of pediatric blunt scrotal trauma: what the pediatric urologist wants to know. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Jun; 46(7):1049-58.
  12. Mouriquand PD, Gorduza DB, Gay CL, Meyer-Bahlburg HF, Baker L, Baskin LS, Bouvattier C, Braga LH, Caldamone AC, Duranteau L, El Ghoneimi A, Hensle TW, Hoebeke P, Kaefer M, Kalfa N, Kolon TF, Manzoni G, Mure PY, Nordenskjöld A, Pippi Salle JL, Poppas DP, Ransley PG, Rink RC, Rodrigo R, Sann L, Schober J, Sibai H, Wisniewski A, Wolffenbuttel KP, Lee P. Surgery in disorders of sex development (DSD) with a gender issue: If (why), when, and how? J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Jun; 12(3):139-49.
  13. Sinclair AW, Cao M, Shen J, Cooke P, Risbridger G, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Mouse hypospadias: A critical examination and definition. Differentiation. 2016 Dec; 92(5):306-317.
  14. Overland M, Li Y, Cao M, Shen J, Yue X, Botta S, Sinclair A, Cunha G, Baskin L. Canalization of the Vestibular Plate in the Absence of Urethral Fusion Characterizes Development of the Human Clitoris: The Single Zipper Hypothesis. J Urol. 2016 Apr; 195(4 Pt 2):1275-83.
  15. Sinclair AW, Glickman SE, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Anatomy of mole external genitalia: Setting the record straight. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2016 Mar; 299(3):385-99.
  16. Sinclair AW, Cao M, Baskin L, Cunha GR. Diethylstilbestrol-induced mouse hypospadias: "window of susceptibility". Differentiation. 2016 Jan-Mar; 91(1-3):1-18.
  17. Chertin B, Kocherov S, Binenboym R, Gronovich Y, Tuchman I, Chertin L, Baskin L. Fenestrated sheet split-thickness skin grafting for reconstruction of penile skin loss in pediatric population. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug; 51(8):1362-5.
  18. Cunha GR, Baskin L. Use of sub-renal capsule transplantation in developmental biology. Differentiation. 2016 Apr-Jun; 91(4-5):4-9.
  19. Cunha G, Overland M, Li Y, Cao M, Shen J, Sinclair A, Baskin L. Methods for studying human organogenesis. Differentiation. 2016 Apr-Jun; 91(4-5):10-4.
  20. Menon V, Breyer B, Copp HL, Baskin L, Disandro M, Schlomer BJ. Do adult men with untreated ventral penile curvature have adverse outcomes? J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Feb; 12(1):31.e1-7.

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