Urologist Job Profile and Description

Doctors who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with urinary and reproductive disorders are called Urologists.  They treat diseases affecting the kidneys, bladder, prostate gland, and the sex organs. They work closely with nephrologists, endocrinologists, and oncologists whose specialties complement each other.  Within the discipline, Urologists can have sub-specialization in pediatric urology, neurourology, renal transplantation, urologic oncology, reproductive male or female infertility, and erectile dysfunction or impotence.

Urologist Duties and Responsibilities

  • Diagnose suspected diseases in the urogenital organs and tract of children and adolescents using diagnostic tools, biopsies and lab tests as required.
  • Diagnose patients with the use of fluoroscopes to help determine the extent and nature of disorders or injuries in the urinary tract and kidneys
  • Administer treatment using dialysis machines, diathermy, cystoscopes, catheters, radium emanation tubes and other similar equipment as required.
  • Identify and isolate infectious organs of urologic disorders.
  • Perform the necessary surgery to excise cancerous growth in urogenital organ tissues.
  • Prescribe urogenital tract antiseptics and antibiotics.
  • Keep abreast with developments in urogenital disease management, surgical technique and medication.

Urologist Skills and Specifications

  • Must have excellent analytical and diagnostic skills
  • Must have adequate knowledge in the administration of urogenital diagnostic tools and procedures.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and people management skills in dealing with patients and hospital staff
  • Must have excellent communication skills

Urologist Education and Qualifications

  • A doctor with a state license to practice as a doctor is basic
  • A PhD in Urology or specialization thereof is basic.

Urologist Salary

Categorized under doctors and surgeons with specialization, the median salary for Urologists in 2008 as gathered by the Medical Group Management Association’s Physician Compensation and Production Survey stood at $339,800 annually, considered one of the highest paying professions.