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Dr. John P. Gearhart is a Professor and the Director of Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Specialty – Dr. Gearhart currently focuses on the following issues:

  • children born with major congenital birth defects, including the bladder exstrophy-epispadias condition, ambiguous genitalia, and childhood urinary cancers
  • the evaluation and treatment of the bladder muscle, nerve supply, and collagen content of the exstrophied bladder
  • long-term follow-up studies of patients born with ambiguous genitalia
  • new techniques to evaluate the prognosis and long-term outlook for children with childhood kidney tumors
  • reconstruction of children who have undergone previous failed bladder exstrophy closures

Dr. Gearhart is also involved in long-term outcome studies with Dr. William Reiner of the Department of Child Psychiatry concerning the bladder exstrophy condition.

Languages – English, Spanish

Education – Dr. Gearhart received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta.

Other – Dr. Gearhart has been on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins Hospital for 25 years and was recently awarded an honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Great Britain for his contribution to pediatric surgery in the field of bladder exstrophy. He has authored more than 265 scientific papers and authored or edited two books.