Michael Daugherty.

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."

My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Urology, Spina Bifida Clinic

Research Divisions


My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

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.

Neurogenic Bowel in the Pediatric Patient—Management from Childhood to Adulthood. Daugherty, M; Strine, AC. Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports. 2021; 16:19-24.

Prevalence of Nocturia in United States Women: Results From National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Daugherty, M; Ginzburg, N; Byler, T. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 2021; 27:e52-e58.

Looking beyond hypogonadism: association between low testosterone and metabolic syndrome in men 20-59 years. Gleicher, S; Daugherty, M; Ferry, E; Byler, T. International Urology and Nephrology. 2020; 52:2237-2244.

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. 2020.

Histologic characterization of the post-radiation urethral stenosis in men treated for prostate cancer. Hughes, M; Caza, T; Li, G; Daugherty, M; Blakley, S; Nikolavsky, D. World Journal of Urology. 2020; 38:2269-2277.

Renal cell carcinoma and brain metastasis: Questioning the dogma of role for cytoreductive nephrectomy. Daugherty, M; Daugherty, E; Jacob, J; Shapiro, O; Mollapour, M; Bratslavsky, G. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2019; 37:182.e9-182.e15.

Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis Infection Among US Males, 2013-2016. Daugherty, M; Glynn, K; Byler, T. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2019; 68:460-465.

Robotic conversion of cecostomy tube to catheterizable antegrade continence enema (ACE): Surgical technique. Chelluri, R; Daugherty, M; Abouelleil, M; Riddell, JV. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 53:1871-1874.

Is pelvic lymph node dissection necessary in patients with biopsy proven Gleason 6 prostate cancer? - analysis of the SEER database. Daugherty, M; Sedaghatpour, D; Bratslavsky, G; Shapiro, O. Canadian Journal of Urology. 2018; 25:9414-9420.