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Konrad M. Szymanski, MPH, MD

Associate Professor of Urology

RI 4230
Indianapolis, IN
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Dr. Konrad Szymanski is a pediatric urologist specializing in reconstructive surgery of congenital abnormalities. After graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School, Toronto, Canada, he completed his Urology residency at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

During his residency, he demonstrated his commitment to research by earning a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete his fellowship training at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. He is an Associated Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of long-term and patient-centered outcomes, particularly after urological surgery. He has been the receipient of severeal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He is also a children's book author. "What You Should Know About Your Boy Parts: Silly Stories for Boys with Questions and Answers for Parents" addresses an unmet need for easily accesible and reliabl information for boys and parents about the most common and dangerous problems, and what to do about them. Question and Answer sections for parents written by a board-certified pediatric urologist accompany each illustrated story. The book is available on Amazon.

Konrad M. Szymanski, M.D., M.P.H.
Pediatric Urology 
RE: Appointments 
IU Health Riley Children's Hospital 
705 Riley Hospital Dr., Suite 4230
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Key Publications

Yun H, Yang SH, Ji Y, Kim SW, Bae E, Park J, Szymanski KM, Lee YS, Choi EK. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Korean modified version of the QUAlity of Life Assessment in Spina bifida for Young Adults (QAULAS-C-K). Disabil Rehabil. 2023 May 8:1-6.

Szymanski KM, Carroll AE, Misseri R, Moore CM, Hawryluk BA, Wiehe SE. Building a prototype of a continence goal-selection tool for children with spina bifida: patient, parental and urology provider recommendations. J Pediatr Urol. 2023 Aug;19(4):404.e1-404.e10.

Szymanski KM, Roth JD, Szymanski AJ, King SJ, Whittam B, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP, Misseri R. People with spina bifida use their MACE on long-term follow-up: A single institutional retrospective cohort study. J Pediatr Urol. 2023 Aug;19(4):405.e1-405.e7.

Szymanski KM, Roth JD, Hensel DJ, Wiener JS, Whittam B, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP, Misseri R. Sexual Activity And Function Of Adult Men With Spina Bifida. J Pediatr Urol. 2023 Jun;19(3):308.e1-308.e9.

Szymanski KM, Kokorowski P, Braga LH, Frady H, Whittam B, Hensel DJ, on behalf of the Life with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Study Group. Growing up with clitoromegaly: experiences of North American women with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. J Pediatr Urol. 2022 Dec;18(6):775-783.

Raveendran L, Koyle M, Bagli D, Twardowski K, Cicci N, Ronen GM, Swain KJ, Szymanski KM. Integrative Review and Evaluation of Quality of Life Related Instruments in Pediatric Urology. J Pediatr Urol. 2021 Aug;17(4):443.e1-443.e14.

Kawahara T, Sugita Y, Momose H, Szymanski KM, Hida E, Yamazaki A. Development and Validation of the Japanese Version of Quality of Life Assessment of Spina Bifida in Children (QUALAS-C-J).  Pediatr Int. 2020 Apr;63(4):423-429.

Szymanski KM, Szymanski AJ, Salama AK, Hains DS, Cain MP, Misseri R.  Estimating and tracking renal function in children and adults with spina bifida. J Pediatr Urol. 2020 Apr; 16(2):169-177.

Szymanski KM, Misseri R, Whittam B, Hollowell N, Hardacker RE, Swenson CR, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP.  Additional Surgeries after Bladder Augmentation in Patients with Spina Bifida in the 21st Century. J Urol. 2020 Jun;203(6):1207-1213.

Szymanski KM, Fuchs M, Mcleod D, Rosoklija I, Strine AC, VanderBrink B, Whittam B, Yerkes E, Gargollo PC; Pediatric Urology Midwest Alliance (PUMA). Probability of Bladder Augmentation, Diversion and Clean Intermittent Catheterization in Classic Bladder Exstrophy: A 36-Year, Multi-Institutional, Retrospective Cohort Study.  J Urol. 2019 Dec;202(6):1256-1262.

McLeod DJ, Szymanski KM, Gong E, Granberg C, Reddy P, Sebastião Y, Fuchs M, Gargollo P, Whittam B, VanderBrink BA.  Renal Replacement Therapy and Intermittent Catheterization Risk in Posterior Urethral Valves.  Pediatrics. 2019 Mar;143(3).

Szymanski KM, Whittam B, Kaefer M, Frady H, Cain MP, Rink RC. What about my daughter's future? Parental concerns when considering female genital restoration surgery in girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.  J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Oct;14(5):417.e1-417.e5.

Capolicchio JP, Braga LH, Szymanski KM. Canadian Urological Association/Pediatric Urologists of Canada guidelines on the investigation and management of antenatally detected hydronephrosis. Can Urol Assoc J. 2018 Apr;12(4):85-92.

Szymanski KM, Cain MP, Whittam W, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Misseri R.  All incontinence is not created equal: Impact of urinary and fecal incontinence on quality of life in adults with spina bifida. J Urol. 2017 Mar;197(3 Pt 2):885-891.

Szymanski KM, Cain MP, Haracker T, Misseri R. How successful is the transition to adult urology care in spina bifida?  A single center 7-year experience. J Pediatr Urol. 2017 Feb;13(1):40e1-40e6

Szymanski KM, Misseri R, Whittam B, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP. Quantity, not frequency, predicts bother with urinary incontinence and its impact on quality of life in adults with Spina Bifida. J Urol. 2016 Apr;195(4 Pt 2):1263-9.
         * 2016 High Impact Pediatric Urology Article, Journal of Urology

Szymanski KM, Misseri R, Whittam B, Raposo SM, Yang DY, King SJ, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP. QUAlity of Life Assessment in Spina bifida for Children (QUALAS-C):  Development and validation of a novel health-related quality of life instrument. Urology. 2016 Jan;87:178-84.

Szymanski KM, Whittam B, Misseri R, Flack CK, Hubert KC, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP.  Long-term outcomes of continent catheterizable urinary channels:  what do you use, where do you put it, and does it matter?  J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug;11(4):210.e1-7.

Szymanski KM, Misseri R, Whittam B, Adams C, Kirkegaard J, King S, Kaefer M, Rink RC, Cain MP.  Mortality after bladder augmentation in childhood in patients with spina bifida. J Urol. 2015 Feb:193(2): 643-649.
          * 2015 High Impact Pediatric Urology Article, Journal of Urology

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Urology
  • Education
    2014 FEL Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Riley Hosplital for Children
    2012 RES Urology Residency, McGill University
    2009 MPH Harvard School of Public Health
    2006 MD University of Toronto
    2002 BSC University of Toronto
  • Research

    His research interests include patient- and parent-reported outcomes and long-term outcomes after surgery performed in childhood. He is recognized for his work on quality of life with children and adults with spina bifida, health issues faced by young adults growing into adulthood after complex genitourinary reconstructive surgery, as well as healthcare concers experienced by girls and women with congenital adrenal hyperplasia and their families.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Urologic Association
    International Society for Quality of Life Research
    Society for Pediatric Urology
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Urology - Pediatric Urology
    American Board of Urology
  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Szymanski's clinical interests include hypospadias, undescended testicles, congenital upper tract anomalies, ureteral reimplantation and complex genitourinary reconstruction.

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