Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Complex Urinary and Bowel Issues (CUBI) Clinic


Complex Urinary and Bowel Issues Clinic

We understand that caring for children with bowel or urinary issues can be a difficult experience for parents. Because these conditions are often complex, our team of medical and surgical experts works hand-in-hand with your family. We do this through our unique Complex Urinary and Bowel Issues (CUBI) Clinic.

Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Urology physicians coordinate your child's care. You may meet with each of these physicians at your clinic visit. Our specially trained nurses help care for children with intestinal and urinary problems.


Call (615) 936-1050 for appointments, referrals and information.
Location: 7th floor of Children's Hospital Doctors' Office Tower.

Care coordinator Melissa Smith will assist your family, from the initial consultation through surgery and follow-up. Parents: you can save time by completing the following information sheet and bringing it to your clinic visit.

Benefits of coordinated care

  • A single point of contact to schedule clinic visits, surgery and follow-up
  • The combined efforts of a team of pediatric surgeons, gastroenterologists, urologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, family support staff, and more
  • Minimizes your travel demands and maximizes your connection to support services

Conditions we treat

Complex Urinary and Bowel Issues Team


Children often need surgery to repair the issues we treat. The exact procedure and number of surgeries depends on the type and severity of your child's diagnosis. Our team includes surgeons experienced in the latest techniques to restore as much function as possible for your child. We formulate a customized treatment plan for each patient.

We also care for patients who do not require surgery but need long-term management of chronic issues, including constipation and incontinence.

Long-term outlook

Our care doesn't end after surgery. Complex problems may need ongoing follow-up care here in the familiar and supportive environment of our Children's Hospital.

Related Disorders

Children with imperforate anus or anorectal malformations may have other anomalies requiring specialized care. Our CUBI Clinic team may be directly involved in this care, or can help coordinate it. We work closely with the doctors managing these anomalies. For example:

  • Spinal malformations
  • Kidney or urinary tract malformations
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Defects of the airway or esophagus
  • Missing bones or extra finger or toes
  • Functional disorders of the digestive tract


Call (615) 936-1050 for CUBI appointment and referral information.

Last Edited: March 9, 2017
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