A photo of Jeffrey Wacksman.

Emeritus, UC Department of Surgery


About Me


Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Wacksman spent more than two years as the director of pediatric urology at the Cleveland Clinic. In 1979, he left Cleveland and joined Hoodin, Levi and Hertzman to practice pediatric urology in Cincinnati. He was the first full-time pediatric urologist in the state. With the support of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff, Dr. Wacksman was able to establish a local pediatric urology practice independent of Cincinnati Children's. In 1988, with the support Drs. William Schubert, Lester Martin and Josef Fischer, Dr. Wacksman and Dr. Curtis Sheldon joined forces to establish the first formal Division of Pediatric Urology at Cincinnati Children’s.

In his time at Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Wacksman concentrated his efforts on hypospadias repair in young infants and the use of the operative microscope in reconstruction. He also had an academic interest in the management of multicystic kidney in children and established a registry with the American Academy of Pediatrics to prove that many of the cases do not require removal. Under his and Dr. Sheldon’s leadership, the division was interested in the management of vesical ureteral reflux and developed a modified surgical technique with excellent results. Dr. Wacksman and Dr. Sheldon established a pediatric urology fellowship within the division and trained two of the current faculty, Drs. Eugene Minevich and Robert DeFoor.

Dr. Wacksman’s retirement came in 2006, and he credits much of his success to the support from his “trusted administrative assistant,” Janet Knosp and his nurse, Lisa Phipps. In addition to Dr. Sheldon, Dr. Wacksman is also indebted to his first wife, Beatrice, and his second wife, Debora, as well as his two children, Allyson and Jeremy, who helped, supported and gave him the time to develop his career.

Academic Affiliation

Emeritus, UC Department of Surgery



My Education

BS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1966.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1970.

Residency: Surgical Internship and Junior Surgical Residency, Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA, 1972.

Residency: Pediatric Surgical Residency, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 1973.

Residency: Urology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1976.

Fellowship: Pediatric Urology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England, 1976.