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We will open at 10 am on Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Our inclement weather policy follows Austin Independent School District. When school has a late start our office follows and patients with appointments during that time will be rescheduled.

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THE TOP DOCTORS IN AUSTIN 2017 by Austin monthly magazine

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

We are proud to have Dr. Jose Cortez selected as one of the 300 top local doctors by Austin Monthly, as compiled by Castle Connolly. The survey results were after careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers.


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Children’s Urology in Community Impact News

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

CommunityImpactLogoCommunity Impact News recently covered our exciting announcement about our new, second location in Cedar Park as well as our newest team member, Dr. Vani Menon. You can read the entire article here.

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New Additions to the Children’s Urology Family

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

We have some news! Children’s Urology is excited to share several important additions to our practice family.

We have an official second office location in Cedar Park. New appointment times and more scheduling availability will help ensure that your child is treated in the most efficient and timely manner possible. The new office is located at:

Strictly Pediatrics Specialty Building

1301 Medical Parkway, Ste. 310

Cedar Park, Texas 78613

The Cedar Park location opened on September 6. Our existing central location will continue to see patients as usual.

To help accommodate our growing practice, we are thrilled to announce another new addition…the arrival of Dr. Vani C. Menon. Dr. Menon is a fellowship trained pediatric urologist. She holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Menon completed her General Surgery internship and Urology residency at Loyola University in Chicago. She fulfilled her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Menon will see patients at both Children’s Urology locations.

Nichole L. Fleming, PA-C, also joins our team as a Physician’s Assistant.

We hope that with the addition of our new facility and expert staff, we will continue to meet the high standards you have come to expect from us over the past fifteen years as Central Texas’ premier healthcare provider of pediatric urology services.

If you have any questions about our new office location, Dr. Menon, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us here.

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Children’s Urology has a new Cedar Park location

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Children’s Urology Opens 2nd Location in Cedar Park, as covered in Hill Country News:

Children’s Urology has a new Cedar Park location

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Robotic Surgery & Kids: 5 Common Questions Answered

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Republished from

I saw firsthand the exciting promise of robotic surgery during my surgical training. After moving to Austin, I was excited to bring these skills to my patients here in Central Texas as the first robotically trained pediatric surgeon in this region.

Robotic surgery is exciting, especially in children, for the potential benefits it can offer patients—quicker recovery time, smaller scars and less blood loss.

Here are 5 of the most commons questions I get from patient families about this type of surgery.

1. What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. This means that the surgery is done through tiny incisions using small surgical tools and telescopes. In robotic surgery, a trained surgeon uses small tools attached to a robotic arm allowing for more precise movements.

2. How does it work?

The delicate movements of the robot arms help me get into small areas of the body, which is especially useful for surgery in children. I use my hands to direct the surgery instruments on the robot arms. This allows for extra precision and control, important for achieving the best possible outcomes.

3. What types of procedures use robotic surgery?

Robotic technology is appropriate for a number of complex pediatric urology procedures. The most common include kidney and bladder reconstruction, ureteral re-implantation and ureter reconstruction.

4. What are the benefits?

The biggest benefits of robotic surgery versus open surgery are faster recovery time, less scarring (smaller incisions) and less blood loss. For the procedures listed above and others, robotic surgery has offered similar results as traditional open surgery yet, with the additional benefits just mentioned. But, not every child who needs surgery is a candidate for robotic surgery which is why it is best to talk to a trained robotic surgeon for more information.

5. How long will it take for my child to recover?

Recovery times are different from patient to patient. However, in general, hospitalization and recovery times for patients who have undergone robotic versus an open surgery are much shorter.Rosenfield_2012ChildrensUrology_8059_1000px Children often can return to normal activities within a few days versus several weeks.

Dr. Danielle Sweeney is a board-certified pediatric urologist in Austin, Texas. She was the first pediatric surgeon in the region trained to perform robotic surgeries on pediatric patients.

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