Department of Surgery, Urology
Texas Children's Hospital
Cy-Fair Health Center, Kirby Health Center (River Oaks)
6701 Fannin St.Suite 620Houston, TX 77030Get Map & Directions
Attending Surgeon, Division of Pediatric Urology, Department of Surgery - Texas Children's HospitalDirector, Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program, Texas Children’s HospitalDirector, Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of MedicineAssociate Professor of Urology, Pediatrics, and OB/ GYN, Baylor College of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1996
University of Southern California, General Surgery, 1997
University of Southern California, Urology, 2002
Boston Children's Hospital - Urology, Pediatric Urology, 2005
My clinical area of expertise and interest is in minimally invasive surgery in children for their pediatric urologic conditions, especially with robotic surgery and single incision laparoscopic surgery, and I am the director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program. We have shown that minimally invasive surgery in children has been associated with smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, and decreased pain medication usage in comparison to open surgery in the field of pediatric urology for procedures such as pyeloplasty for ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, nephrectomy (kidney removal), and ureteral reimplantation for vesicoureteral reflux. This often leads to faster recoveries for children, and allows their parents to minimize their time away from work. Robotic surgery can also be used for select genitourinary reconstructive procedures in pediatric urology as well. Our program serves as a pediatric robotic surgery research and training center that collaborates with the other institutions here in the Texas Medical Center. More information can be found at www.texaschildrens.org/robotic-surgery.
I collaborate with our Pediatric Urology Laboratory, which is supported in part by NIH funding, as my NIH-funded laboratory in the past investigated novel therapeutic pathways for bladder regeneration / inflammation and other non-cancer urologic conditions.
I also serve as a principal investigator and founding co-director of a FDA-supported pediatric medical device consortium (the Southern California Center for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP)), a pediatric medical device consortium that is based in Los Angeles and which includes Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (www.txctip.com). This 5 year grant (P50 FD004896 – Koh / Bar-Cohen) from the FDA’s Office of Orphan Product Development is dedicated to improving children’s health by supporting the development of innovative pediatric medical devices through all of the necessary stages - concept formation, prototyping, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing, and commercialization. The need for these consortia arose from the slow pace of pediatric medical device development, which currently lags behind the development of adult devices by five to ten years. In addition, children differ from adults in terms of their size, growth, development, body chemistry, and disease propensity.
Koh CJ, Delo D, Lee JW, Siddiqui MM, Lanza RP, Soker S, Yoo JJ, and Atala A. Parthenogenesis-derived Multipotent Stem Cells for Tissue Engineering Applications. Methods 47(2):90-7, 2009. PMCID: PMC2680210, NIHMS .
Koh CJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, Berger A, Eisenberg M, Patil M, Aron M, Gill IS, and Desai MM. Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site Nephrectomy in Pediatric Patients: Initial Clinical Series from Infants to Adolescents. Urology 76(6):1457-61, 2010. PMID: 20970837.
Behan JW, Kim SS, Dorey FJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, and Koh CJ. Human Capital Gains Associated with Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty in Children Compared to Open Pyeloplasty. Journal of Urology 186(4 Suppl):1663-7, 2011. PMID: 21862079.
Kim PH, Patil M, Kim SS, Dorey FJ, De Filippo RE, Chang AY, Hardy BE, Gill IS, Desai MM, and Koh CJ. Early Comparison of Nephrectomy Options in Children (Open, Transperitoneal Laparoscopic, Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS), and Robotic Surgery). BJU Int 109(6):910-5, 2012. PMID: 21883858.
Choi IS, Yu KK, Kim J, Guzman E, Weisenberger DJ, Oghamian S, Kim HJ, Lee KH, Carroll C, Trinh BN, Kim M, Houshdaran S, Laird PW, Jones PA, Warburton D, Liang G, and Koh CJ. Alterations in the DNA Methylation Patterns of Calca, Timp3, Mmp2, and Igf2r Associated with Chronic Cystitis in a Cyclosphosphamide-induced Mouse Model. Urology 2013 Jul;82(1):253.e9-253.e15. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2013.04.010. PMID: 23806407.
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