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St. Luke's Children's Urology

Our specialists will support your child’s urinary health with skill and sensitivity. Our team includes fellowship trained physicians specializing in birth defects of the kidneys, bladder, and external genitalia (including urogenital sinus); laparoscopic and robotic surgery; voiding problems; vesicoureteral reflux; and urinary difficulties associated with spina bifida. We also treat genitourinary tumors and antenatal hydronephrosis.

For certain complex cases, our team collaborates with pediatric gastroenterologists and physical therapists through St. Luke’s Children's Bowel and Bladder Clinic.

Providers

  • Pediatric Urology

    Biography

    Michele Ebbers, MD specializes in all aspects of pediatric urology including hypospadias, undescended testicles, hydronephrosis, UTIs, voiding dysfunction, and spina bifida. She has special interest in reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive surgery. She takes special pride in getting to know her patients and their families, in order to provide individualized care and treatment options.

    Dr. Ebbers complete her pediatric urology fellowship at University of California at San Francisco, and has been practicing exclusively in pediatric urology in a variety of settings since then. She is board certified in both urology and pediatric urology. She currently serves as medical director of St. Luke's Children's Urology.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic nephrectomy
    • Robotic uretero-ureterostomy
    • Robotic pyeloplasty
    • Robotic ureteral reimplantation
    • Ureteral reimplantation
    • Deflux
    • Hypospadias repair
    • Bladder augmentation
    • MACE

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Urology

    Biography

    Kara Saperston, MD is a fellowship trained pediatric urologist with expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and the management of complex congenital anomalies and pediatric cancers of the kidneys, bladder, and external genitalia. She helped start the St. Luke's Children's Bowel and Bladder Clinic and will be helping initiate a multispecialty clinic to treat children born with complex genital anatomy. Her interests include treatment of hypospadias, urogenital sinus, posterior urethral valves, vesicoureteral reflux, undescended testicles, neurogenic bladder, bladder exstrophy, repair of a urogenital sinus, and urinary incontinence.

    Dr. Saperston has a passion for patient care and initially worked in Boise as a general urologist with an interest in pediatric urology. She recently extended her training by completing a fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of California, San Francisco, so that she could care for pediatric patients exclusively. She is board certified in urology and board eligible in pediatric urology.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic nephrectomy
    • Robotic uretero-ureterostomy
    • Robotic pyeloplasty
    • Robotic ureteral reimplantation
    • Ureteral reimplantation
    • Deflux
    • Hypospadias repair
    • Vaginoplasty/clitoroplasty
    • Bladder augmentation
    • MACE
    • Laparoscopic MACE

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Urology

    Biography

    Benjamin Taylor, MS, NP-C is a certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in pediatric urology, with interests in vesicoureteral reflux and dysfunctional voiding. He assists pediatric urologists in the operating room during surgery.

    He earned his master’s degree as a nurse practitioner from Idaho State University and completed his undergraduate studies at Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Procedures & Treatments

  • Robotic or minimally invasive surgery for the urinary tract and male reproductive organs.

Conditions

  • Vesicoureteral Reflux

    The backward flow of urine from the bladder into the kidneys.

  • Kidney Stones

    Crystals formed in the kidney that cause pain and potential blockage in the urinary tract.

  • Urinary Tract Infections in Children

    UTIs usually go away quickly if you treat them right away. But if your child keeps getting infections, see your doctor.

  • Hypospadias

    A birth defect in which the opening of the urethra develops abnormally, usually on the underside of the penis.

Building on Our Promise to Children

St. Luke

Children's Pavilion - Opening in 2019

Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, this state-of-the-art facility on our downtown Boise campus will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.
 

Kid for a Night

Help raise funds for St. Luke's Children's

Kid for a Night® emphasizes the fun in fundraising. This annual event encourages adults (21 and over) to act like kids again. Over 850 guests gather for an evening of games, activities, music, dancing, a silent auction, and a delicious dinner.