The urology program at CHOC, ranked one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, has grown with the addition of Dr. Heidi Stephany. A fellowship- trained pediatric specialist, Dr. Stephany most recently served as assistant clinical director for the division of pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), where she was also an assistant professor.
“The pediatric program at CHOC is a distinguished specialty with a solid reputation. I was drawn to work alongside such remarkable physicians, including Dr. Antoine Khoury, who is world-renowned in the field of pediatric urology,” says Dr. Stephany. “I was also attracted to the opportunity to help educate and train residents and fellows, in addition to working on challenging patient cases.”
Dr. Stephany’s clinical interests include complex reconstructive surgery, specifically hypospadias and disorders of sexual differentiation. Her clinical outcomes research is focused on voiding dysfunction. She hopes to develop a combined urology/gastroenterology clinic for patients suffering from the condition.
A desire to solve problems and help others sparked, during her high school years, Dr. Stephany’s interest in surgery. After shadowing a urologist at the start of medical school, she knew urology—offering the perfect mix of medicine and surgery— was the specialty for her. She was intrigued by the wide array of complex issues and procedures within the specialty.
Working with children is particularly fulfilling for Dr. Stephany.
“In pediatrics, we have the opportunity to identify, address and achieve positive outcomes that will have a lasting impact on our patients’ lives,” she explains.
Since joining CHOC, Dr. Stephany has enjoyed immediate camaraderie with her colleagues and the team approach to care, which she says extends beyond her specialty and benefits patients. “It makes working here a truly fulfilling experience,” she adds.
Dr. Stephany is dedicated to treating patients like her own family members, and communicating complex issues in a compassionate way that is easily understood. She looks forward to becoming an integral part of the medical community in Southern California.
“I am excited to be here and want to be a resource for serving children in the area who need our care. I pride myself on being approachable and am eager to work collaboratively with local pediatricians,” says Dr. Stephany.
CHOC Hospital was named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ranked in the urology specialty.