McMaster Children Hospital
1200 Main St. West HSC 4E19
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5
Sarah Dion- Robertson (Administrative Assistant)
Phone: (905) 521-2100 ext. 73777
Bethany Easterbrooke (Research Coordinator)
Phone: (905) 521-2100 ext. 76692
Mandy Rickard (Nurse Practitioner)
Phone: (905) 521-2100 ext. 73580
Natasha Brownrigg (Nurse Practitioner)
Phone: (905) 521-2100 ext. 73070
Luis H Braga MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McMaster University.
Research Director, Urology Residency Program, McMaster University.
Pediatric Urologist, McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University.
Dr. Luis Braga received his medical and residency training in Surgery and completed a Masters and Doctoral degree in Health Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. After completing a 2-year Pediatric Urology fellowship in France with Professor Paul Mitrofanoff, as well as a 3-year clinical and research Pediatric Urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Braga joined McMaster University’s Department of Surgery under the division of Pediatric Urology in 2008. He finished his Masters in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2010 and is currently the Research Director of the Urology Residency Program and the director of the McMaster Pediatric Surgery Research collaborative. Besides his full time position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, he also holds a cross Appointment in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In addition, he has a very busy clinical practice as a pediatric urologist at the McMaster Children’s Hospital. Dr. Braga serves as a reviewer for 10 different Journals and has published extensively in his field, with more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and book chapters.
Dr. Braga has raised the bar for clinical research with his groundbreaking studies on prenatal hydronephrosis and long-term outcomes of hypospadias repair, in addition to studying novel interventions for management of cryptorchidism and lower urinary tract dysfunction.
He is the Principal Investigator of the ALPHA trial, a multicenter placebo controlled trial designed to determine the effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis in reducing the number of febrile urinary tract infections in infants with prenatal hydronephrosis. Thus far, almost 100 patients have been recruited for this study, which is set to finish in 2016. His most recent RCT comparing group versus individual urotherapy for Bladder Bowel Dysfunction (BBD) has just been published in the April issue of the Journal of Urology. He also leads 2 other randomized clinical trials: the BTV trial, which compares an educational bladder training video to standard urotherapy teaching for management of BBD; and the EXPRESSO trial, an expertise based surgical trial evaluating scrotal versus inguinal orchidopexy techniques.
Dr. Braga has recently led an international task force with the aim to standardize quality of reporting on hypospadias repair based on the STROBE statement, as well as to establish patient important outcomes. (HOLD - Hypospadias Outcomes Long-term Database).
Since his arrival at McMaster University, Dr. Braga has received approximately $520,000 from many organizations including PSI, CIHR, CUA and MSA for his various studies.