Michael J. DiSandro, MD

Michael J. DiSandro, MD

Professor of Urology


BA, 1985, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, Chemistry
MD, 1989, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, Medicine
Residency, 1995, University of California, Davis, CA, Urology
Fellowship, 1998, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Pediatric Urology


Michael DiSandro, MD, graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry, where he received the Stanton Award for being the top pre-medical student.  He attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He then completed two years of a general surgery residency and four years of a urology residency at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. DiSandro is a fellowship trained pediatric urologist, having trained for two years at the University of California, San Francisco under Dr. Barry Kogan and Dr. Laurence Baskin.  Before returning to join the faculty in the Department of Urology at UCSF, Dr. DiSandro was faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School an the University of Miami School of Medicine, as well as an attending Pediatric Urologist at the Miami Children’s Hospital.

Between 2007 and 2013, Dr. DiSandro was an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at UCSF practicing pediatric urology exclusively.  He became a Professor in the Department of Urology at UCSF on July 1st 2013.  In 2012, Dr. DiSandro was appointed Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, CA.  Dr. DiSandro is site Principle Investigator for two clinical research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, both relating to disorders of sex development.  Dr. DiSandro’s main clinical interests are in genital reconstructive surgery, nephrolithiasis, and disorders of sex development.  DiSandro was an American Foundation of Urologic Diseases (AFUD) research scholar and a recipient of a National Institutes of Heath Research Service Grant. He has published numerous journal articles and has won several awards at national meetings, including the James L. Goebel Prize for top research presentation at the Western Section of the American Urological Association meeting. Dr. DiSandro is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology with a Certificate in Pediatric Urology, and is an active member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Pediatric Urology, and the Society of Fetal Urology. 

Research Interests

DiSandro’s research concentrates on studying disorders of sex development (DSD).  He is the site Prinicple Investigator for an NIH funded grant that will help establish a Translational Research Network in DSD to help better diagnose and treat these patients utilizing novel new genetic analyses, psychosocial measurements, and physical exam and diagnostic standardizations.  He also studies quality of life issues in DSD.  Other research interests include hypospadias especially with regard to patient perception of this genital disorder.  Dr. DiSandro has ongoing studies in prophylactic antibiotic use, and in the sonographic diagnosis of the undescended testis. He has also received a certificate in Advanced Training in Clinical Research from UCSF.


Patient Contact

UCSF Medical Center, Mission Bay Campus
Medical Building

1825 4th Street, 5th Floor Reception 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158

415.353.2200  (Phone)
415.353.2480  (Fax)

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
744 52nd Street Ambulatory Care 4th Suite 4100
Oakland, CA 94609

510.428.3402  (Phone)
510.597-7089 (Fax)

Children’s Outpatient Surgery & Specialty Care Walnut Creek
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
925.979.4000  (Phone)
925.939.8689  (Fax)

UCSF Children’s Hospital at ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton
5565 West Las Positas Blvd. Ste 140
Pleasanton, CA 94558
415.353.2200  (Appointment Phone)
415.353.2480  (Appointment Fax)
925.598.3500  (Phone)