Michael Daugherty.

Michael R. Daugherty, MD, MHI

  • Urologist, Division of Urology
  • Director, Healthy Bladder Clinic
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery
I also love that pediatric urology allows for long-term care and the development of relationships with patients and families. This allows me to see a child develop, grow and thrive, and I feel fortunate to be part of that.
Michael R. Daugherty, MD, MHI



As a pediatric urologist, I treat all conditions and problems with the genital and urinary tract in children. I take care of patients and perform surgeries on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. With each child, I provide the care that I would want for my own children.

I have always been interested in becoming a surgeon and have a significant interest in pediatrics. Solving a problem surgically, which can often yield an immediate benefit to my patient, is extremely rewarding. I also love that pediatric urology allows for long-term care and the development of relationships with patients and families. This allows me to see a child develop, grow and thrive, and I feel fortunate to be part of that.

In my practice, I offer a wide range of surgical treatment options from smaller procedures, such as penile surgery, hernia repairs and correction of undescended testicles, to complicated bladder and kidney reconstructions. I take care of patients who have congenital abnormalities that require complex reconstruction. I also have extensive experience using robotic surgery for a vast array of problems of the kidneys, bladder and ureters.

Through these types of surgeries, I am able to reduce recovery time and limit some post-operative pain by using smaller incisions that also minimize scars. One of my special interests is treating tumors of the urinary tract, especially in the kidneys. I have considerable experience in removing only the tumor and saving as much of the remaining kidney as possible. I am able to offer this to select patients and families who may benefit from this kidney-sparing surgery.

I feel that every child is unique and requires a specific and tailored treatment plan to address their issues. What works for one child will not necessarily work for another. It requires a careful, thoughtful process to work with the family and patient as a cohesive team to develop the optimal treatment.

I was honored to be selected as a Quality Scholar through Cincinnati Children’s. Through this program, and with the help of the great team of people at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, I work on improving childhood healthcare. I’ve learned about improvement science and used it with our urology team to improve the care we provide to our patients.

In addition to my practice, my research analyzes large databases from a population level to answer questions that are not easily answered at the level of single institutions. I also have an interest in informatics and using technology and the electronic health system to answer research questions and optimize care. The goal of our research is to improve patient care and to provide the best possible outcome for a child who needs to undergo treatment.

I spend my free time with my wife, our two young children and our goldendoodle. Our kids and our dog keep us very busy, but we love spending time with them. I play sports as well and was a competitive volleyball and badminton player while in school. I also learned to crochet in college and enjoy making hats, scarves and blankets.

BS: University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2009.

MD: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2013.

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2018.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2020.


Pediatric urologic oncology; robotic and laparoscopic surgery; hypospadias; complex genitourinary reconstruction; vesicoureteral reflux

Services and Specialties

Urology, Spina Bifida Clinic


Pediatric urologic surgical and clinical outcomes; large database analysis; quality improvement; and clinical informatics

Research Areas


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Reoperative Anorectal Procedures in Patients with Anorectal Malformations - Is Bladder Function Affected?. Kennedy, U; Daugherty, M; Frischer, J; DeFoor, W; Strine, AC; Reddy, PP; Sheldon, C; Minevich, E; VanderBrink, BA. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2023; 58:1910-1915.

The Pyrrhic Victory of Bladder Preservation. Daugherty, M. The Journal of Urology. 2023; 209:1068.

Current Indications for Robotic Surgery in Pediatric Urology. FitzGibbon, T; Daugherty, M. Current treatment options in pediatrics. 2023; 9:11-22.

Editorial Comment. Daugherty, M. The Journal of Urology. 2022; 207:1321.

Pediatric Robotic Pyeloplasty. Daugherty, M; Noh, PH. Techniques of Robotic Urinary Tract Reconstruction. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2022.

Diagnosis, management and recurrence rates of Mitrofanoff polyps. Ismail, N; Daugherty, M; Strine, AC; DeFoor, WR; Minevich, E; Reddy, PP; VanderBrink, BA. Journal of Pediatric Urology. 2021; 17:855.e1-855.e4.

MP55-13 TESTICULAR TISSUE CRYOPRESERVATION FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION PRIOR TO GONADOTOXIC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT PATIENTS. Grant, C; Fitzgibbon, T; Schulte, M; Ferrara, B; Frias, O; Riazzi, A; Daugherty, M; Vanderbrink, B; Noh, P; DeFoor, W; et al. Investigative Urology. 2021; 206:e963-e964.

MP44-12 STENTLESS ROBOTIC PYELOPLASTY: LESS OPERATIVE TIME AND NO INCREASE IN COMPLICATIONS. Grant, C; DeFoor, W; Daugherty, M; Strine, A; Reddy, P; Noh, P. Investigative Urology. 2021; 206:e797.

Comparison of risk of anticholinergic utilization for treatment of neurogenic bladder between in utero or postnatal myelomeningocele repair. Zaccaria, L; Daugherty, M; Grant, C; Strine, AC; Reddy, PP; DeFoor, WR; Minevich, E; Lim, FY; VanderBrink, BA. Journal of Pediatric Urology. 2021; 17:525.e1-525.e7.

Outcomes according to channel type for continent catheterizable channels in patients undergoing simultaneous urinary and fecal reconstruction. Daugherty, M; Strine, A; Frischer, J; DeFoor, WR; Minevich, E; Sheldon, C; Reddy, P; VanderBrink, B. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2021; 56:1335-1341.

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