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Adam Benjamin Hittelman MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Urology; Residency Director, Urology

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Adam Benjamin Hittelman, MD, PhD

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  • Urology

    PO Box 208058

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8058

    United States

Adam Benjamin Hittelman
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Biography

Dr. Adam B. Hittelman is an Associate Professor of Urology and Pediatrics who specializes in treating children and adolescents with urogenital problems. He is also the Residency Director of Urology. His practice at Yale’s Pediatric Specialty Center is dedicated to accommodating the specific needs of younger patients and their families. “Any surgery on your child, big or small, is always big when it’s your child,” says Dr. Hittelman. To ease the anxiety and strain on parents and caretakers, “we strive to coordinate all of the child’s care in a comfortable, child-friendly environment with as few visits as possible.”

Because children with complex urologic issues often develop associated medical conditions, Dr. Hittelman works closely with pediatric specialists in multi-disciplinary clinics, improving family access and continuity of care. “I always try to make myself available to parents and families,” he says. “We take the time to ensure that their questions and concerns are addressed and answered to everyone’s satisfaction.”

Dr. Hittelman earned his MD and a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from New York University. He later completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, a program renowned for its multidisciplinary approach to training and research in the field of pediatric urology.

Clinically, Hittelman’s primary focus is in reconstructive surgeries for children born with congenital anomalies like hydronephrosis (swelling of a kidney(s) due to a build-up of urine), primary vesicoureteral reflux (a valve defect that can prevent urine from flowing backward from the bladder into the ureters) and disorders of sexual development (congenital anomalies of the internal and external genitalia). Kidney stones, hypospadias, hydroceles and hernia are also part of his clinical work. He offers traditional and minimally invasive approaches to pediatric procedures, including laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques.

“As technology has improved and instruments are getting smaller, I have been able to apply this to younger and younger patients,” he says. “This has allowed for shorter hospital stays, decreased postoperative pain and smaller incisions.”

Dr. Hittelman is the author of a large body of peer-reviewed articles and research related to pediatric urologic conditions. He is also an active member of several national medical organizations, including the American Urologic Association, the Society of Pediatric Urology, the Society of Fetal Urology and the American College of Surgeons.

Education & Training

  • MD
    New York University School of Medicine (2001)
  • PhD
    New York University School of Medicine (2000)
  • Fellow
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Resident
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Resident
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Board Certification
    AB of Urology, Urology (2010, recertified: 2010)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Urology, Pediatric Urology (2010, recertified: 2010)

Activities

  • Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds: "Disorders of Sexual Development, Background and Management."
    New Haven, United States 2014
  • Bridgeport Hospital, Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Management of Hydronephrosis."
    Bridgeport, United States 2014
  • Management of Hydronephrosis
    Bridgeport, United States 2014
    Presentation at the Bridgeport Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Disorders of Sexual Development, Background and Management
    New Haven, United States 2014
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, CT State Assemble of Surgical Technologists, Pediatric Surgery: 6 Point Workshop, "Use of the DaVinci Robot in Pediatric Urologic Surgery."
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Use of the DaVinci Robot in Pediatric Urologic Surgery
    New Haven, United States 2013
    Yale New Haven Hospital, CT State Assemble of Surgical Technologists, Pediatric Surgery: 6 Point Workshop
  • Use of the DaVinci Robot in Pediatric Urologic Surgery
    New Haven, United States 2013
    Yale New Haven Hospital, CT State Assemble of Surgical Technologists, Pediatric Surgery: 6 Point Workshop
  • Yale School of Medicine, Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, "DSD, Surgical Management and Molecular Mechanisms."
    New Haven, United States 2012
  • Sociedad Colombiana de Urologia, Urology Grand Rounds, Video Conference: "Current Understanding of Disorders of Sexual Development."
    Bogotá, Colombia 2012
  • Yale School of Medicine, Urology Grand Rounds: "Disorders of Sexual Development, Review and Molecular Mechanisms."
    New Haven, United States 2012
  • Urologic Care - Optimizing management of the bladder and bowel.
    Sturbridge, United States 2012
    Presentation at the New England Spina Bifida Conference
  • Upper Tract Management of Lower Tract Problems
    New Orleans, United States 2012
    Presentation at the National Medical Association Annual Convention
  • Dysfunction voiding - Novel therapeutic approaches.
    Nicosia, Cyprus 2012
    Presentation at the National Congress of Turkish Association of Urology
  • National Congress of Turkish Association of Urology: "Dysfunctional voiding - Novel therapeutic approaches."
    Nicosia, Cyprus 2012
  • Disorders of Sexual Development - what have we learned about the molecular mechanisms?
    Nicosia, Cyprus 2012
    Presentation at the National Congress of Turkish Association of Urology
  • National Congress of Turkish Association of Urology: "Disorders of Sexual Development - what have we learned about the molecular mechanisms?"
    Nicosia, Cyprus 2012
  • Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Hydronephrosis, Does it Always Need to be fixed??"
    New Haven, United States 2012
  • DSD, Surgical Management and Molecular Mechanisms
    New Haven, United States 2012
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Disorders of Sexual Development, Review and Molecular Mechanisms
    New Haven, United States 2012
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Urology Grand Rounds
  • Hydronephrosis, Does it Always Need to be fixed??
    New Haven, United States 2012
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Surgery: "Surgical Management of Obstructive Uropathy."
    New Haven, United States 2011
  • 9th Annual Yale Pediatric Update: "Urinary Tract Infections: The Urologist's Perspective."
    New Haven, United States 2011
  • Bridgeport Hospital, Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome - The Straight Poop."
    Bridgeport, United States 2011
  • Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome - The Straight Poop
    Bridgeport, United States 2011
    Presentation at the Bridgeport Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Surgical Management of Obstructive Uropathy
    New Haven, United States 2011
    Presentation to the Pediatric Surgery Department of Yale School of Medicine
  • Urinary Tract Infections: The Urologist's Perspective
    New Haven, United States 2011
    9th Annual Yale Pediatric Update
  • Yale School of Medicine, Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds: "The foreskin: To Snip or Not to Snip."
    New Haven, United States 2010
  • The foreskin: To Snip or Not to Snip
    New Haven, United States 2010
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Ib/Gyn Grand Rounds
  • 7th Annual Yale Pediatric Update: "Common GU Problems: Pre- and Post-Circumcision."
    New Haven, United States 2009
  • Lattanzi-Pearson Lecture Series, Hospital of St. Raphael: "Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome: Getting the Wet Child Dry."
    New Haven, United States 2009
  • Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds: "Perinatal Testicular Torsion."
    New Haven, United States 2009
  • Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Vesicoureteral reflux - What's a Urologist to Do?"
    New Haven, United States 2009
  • Bridgeport Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Management of Vesicoureteral Reflux."
    Bridgeport, United States 2009
  • Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome: Getting the Wet Child Dry
    New Haven, United States 2009
    Lattanzi-Pearson Lecture Series, Hospital of St. Raphaels
  • Management of Vesicoureteral Reflux
    Bridgeport, United States 2009
    Presentation at the Bridgeport Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Common GU Problems" Pre- and Post-Circumcision
    New Haven, United States 2009
    7th Annual Yale Pediatric Update
  • Common GU Problems" Pre- and Post-Circumcision
    New Haven, United States 2009
    7th Annual Yale Pediatric Update
  • Perinatal Testicular Torsion
    New Haven, United States 2009
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Vesicoureteral reflux - What's a Urologist to Do?
    New Haven, United States 2009
    Presentation at the Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Danbury Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Vesicoureteral Reflux - What to Do?"
    Danbury, United States 2008
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux - What to Do?
    Danbury, United States 2008
    Presentation at the Danbury Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Samuel Soifer Memorial Award in Urology2001
Joseph Alexander Foundation Fellow (09/99-06/01)1999
Medical Scientist Training Program (09/93-06/01)1993
U.C. Berkeley Honors Thesis1993
Young Investigators Award, Symposium on Polyamines in CancerConquer Cancer Foundation1992
U.C. Berkeley Honors1991
U.C. Berkeley Honors1989
U.C. Berkeley Honors1989
U.C. Berkeley Honors1988
U.C. Berkeley Honorary Scholarship1988

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Clinical Operations Committee, Yale Urology2014 - 2015
Case Report in MedicineReviewer2014
AGCME program directors course2014
New England American Urologic Association Annual Meeting, Program Committee, Scientific Committee2014
US News and World Report "Best Children's Hospitals", Pediatric Urology Working Group2014
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Rotation, Yale School of MedicineModerator2014
Pediatric Urology Rotation in Core Pediatric Clerkship, Yale School of MedicineDirector2013 - 2015
Physician Shadowing Program, Yale School of Medicine2013
General Medical Education Committtee2013 - 2015
Pediatric Services Ambulatory Committee2013 - 2015
Patient Centered Communication2013 - 2014
Patient and Staff Satisfaction CommitteeChairperson2013 - 2015
Residency Clinical Competency CommitteeChairperson2013 - 2015
Children's Hospital Operating Room Committee2013 - 2015
Medical School Urology Interest Group, Yale School of MedicineMentor2013 - 2014
New England American Urologic Association Annual Meeting, Program Committee, Scientific Committee2013
US News and World Report "Best Children's Hospitals", Pediatric Urology Working Group2013
Medical student mock interviews for residency, Yale School of Medicine2013
Physician Shadowing Program, Yale School of Medicine2013
AUA course programDirector2013
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Rotation, Yale School of MedicineModerator2012
Physician Shadowing Program, Yale School of Medicine2012
AUA Annual MeetingReviewer2012
Medical education fellowship2012 - 2013
New England American Urologic Association Annual Meeting, Program Committee, Scientific Committee2012
US News and World Report "Best Children's Hospitals", Pediatric Urology Working Group2012
Medical student mock interviews for residency, Yale School of Medicine2012
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinical Rotation, Yale School of MedicineModerator2012
Physician Shadowing Program, Yale School of Medicine2012
AUA course programDirector2012
Endoscopy room renovation committee2011 - 2012
US News and World Report "Best Children's Hospitals", Pediatric Urology Working Group2011
Medical student mock interviews for residency, Yale School of Medicine2011
Journal of Pediatric UrologyReviewer2010
Medical student mock interviews for residency, Yale School of Medicine2010
Resident academic and lecture series, Yale School of MedicineDirector2010
Journal of Men's HealthReviewer2010
Medical student mock interviews for residency, Yale School of Medicine2009
Society of Fetal Urology2008
Society of Pediatric Urology2008
American Academy of Pediatrics2008
American Academy of Pediatric Urologists2008
Journal of UrologyReviewer2005
American Association of Clinical Urologists2003
American College of Surgeons2001
American Urologic Association2000

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