Craig A. Peters, MD, FAAP, FACS

Craig Peters, MD, is the Chief, Pediatric Urology, Children’s Health, Professor of Urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He received a BA and MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University, did his surgery and urology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital at the Brady Urological Institute, a Pediatric Urology Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and a research fellowship at Children's and Harvard. After joining the faculty of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, he developed the pediatric urology laboratory and carried on research into basic development and pathophysiology of the fetal urinary tract. His research has been funded by NIH/NIDDK and focused on urinary obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux, and bladder dysfunction, as well as quantitative imaging and robotics. Dr. Peters has extensive experience with developing minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robot-assisted procedures and treatment of pediatric urologic problems. He has authored numerous papers and chapters on minimally invasive surgery in children and lectured internationally in this area.

Dr. Peters was the John E. Cole Professor of Urology and Director of Pediatric Urology at the University of Virginia, where he continued his work in basic research and minimally invasive surgery, and subsequently was Chief of Surgical Innovation at Children’s National and an investigator at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington, DC.

Dr. Peters received his MD and Urology residency from Johns Hopkins and completed a Pediatric Urology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has been on faculty at Children’s Boston and Harvard Medical School, the University of Virginia, the George Washington University and now the University of Texas Southwestern. He was Chief of Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.. He is now the Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Medical Center and Professor of Urology in Dallas, Texas. His clinical interests include perinatal urology, minimally invasive urology and vesicoureteral reflux. He has been an active basic researcher with NIH funding in the areas of congenital obstruction, bladder development and vesicoureteral reflux. He has pioneered research and clinical applications of pediatric minimally invasive surgery, including robotics. He has chaired the AUA Guidelines Panel for Vesicoureteral Reflux, the data and safety board of the NIH RIVUR trial and the Section of Urology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He co-chaired the creation of a Pediatric Urology Research Strategic Plan for NIH. He is the pediatric editor of the Campbell-Walsh Textbook of Urology and recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Urological Association and the Advisory Council of the NIDDK at NIH. He serves on the Research Council of the AUA. Dr. Peters has published more than 185 original articles and over 100 chapters.


Medical School
Johns Hopkins University (1981)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1982), Surgery
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1987), Urology
Children's Hospital Boston (1990), Pediatric Urology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Adherence to AUA Clinical Guidelines: Motivations and Barriers.
188. Riley, JM, Padmanabhan P, Cost NG, Peters CA. Urol Practice 2020 7 91-97
Automated anaesthesia record system - Expensive toy or a change whose time has come?
Shinde H, Indian J Anaesth 2019 Oct 63 10 784-785
Building Markov state models using optimal transport theory.
Dixit PD, Dill KA, J Chem Phys 2019 Feb 150 5 054105
Managing vesicoureteral reflux in children: making sense of all the data.
Edwards A, Peters CA F1000Res 2019 8
Robotic Assisted Surgery in Pediatric Urology: Current Status and Future Directions.
Chen CJ, Peters CA, Front Pediatr 2019 7 90
High retrocaval ureter: An unexpected intraoperative finding during robotic redo pyeloplasty.
Junejo NN, Vallasciani S, Peters C, AlHazmi H, Almathami A, Alshammari A, AlJallad H, Azar F, Abasher A, AlShahrani S, Urol Case Rep 2018 Sep 20 19-21
Atypical presentation of obstructed hemivagina and ipsilateral renal anomaly.
Grant C, Bayne CE, Kern NG, Peters CA Urol Case Rep 2018 Jul 19 70-71
Dillman JR, Rigsby CK, Iyer RS, Alazraki AL, Anupindi SA, Brown BP, Chan SS, Dorfman SR, Falcone RA, Garber MD, Nguyen JC, Peters CA, Safdar NM, Trout AT, Karmazyn BK J Am Coll Radiol 2018 May 15 5S S91-S103
ACR Appropriateness Criteria(®) Urinary Tract Infection-Child.
Karmazyn BK, Alazraki AL, Anupindi SA, Dempsey ME, Dillman JR, Dorfman SR, Garber MD, Moore SG, Peters CA, Rice HE, Rigsby CK, Safdar NM, Simoneaux SF, Trout AT, Westra SJ, Wootton-Gorges SL, Coley BD J Am Coll Radiol 2017 May 14 5S S362-S371
Simple visual review of pre- to post-operative renal ultrasound images predicts pyeloplasty success equally as well as geometric measurements: A blinded comparison with a gold standard.
Kern AJM, Schlomer BJ, Timberlake MD, Peters CA, Hammer MR, Jacobs MA J Pediatr Urol 2017 Apr

Honors & Awards

  • AUA Presidential Citation Award
    American Urological Association (2017)
  • Chair, Section on Urology
    American Academy of Pediatrics (2011)
  • Journal of Urology
    Best Reviewer (2011)
  • Pfizer/AUA Visiting Professorship
    USC Keck School of Medicine, Dept. of Urology (2007)
  • Journal of Urology
    Best Reviewer (2006)
  • Pfizer/AUA Professorship
    Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Urology (2005)
  • Society of Scholars
    Johns Hopkins University (2005)
  • Pfizer/AUA Professorship
    Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh (2004)
  • Pfizer/AUA Professorship
    Univ. North Carolina (2000)
  • First Prize Research Essay Contest
    World Congress of Endourology (1997)
  • First Prize Research Essay Contest
    AAP, Section on Urology (1997)
  • J. Hartwell Harrison Memorial Resident Education Award
    Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Urology (1996)
  • Edwin Beer Program Award
    New York Academy of Medicine (1990)
  • Von L. Meyer Travelling Fellowship
    The Children's Hospital (1989)
  • Von L. Meyer Travelling Fellowship
    The Children's Hospital (1987)
  • Francis Schwentker Research Prize
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986)
  • First Place Resident Research Prize
    Mid-Atlantic Section, American Urological Assn. (1985)
  • American Cancer Society Research Fellow
    Brady Urologic Institute (1984-1985)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1981)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Johns Hopkins University (1978)
  • Dean's List, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Societies
    George Washington University (1974-1976)
  • National Merit Scholar
    Presidential Scholar (1974)