Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Luis Braga

MD (Brazil), PhD (France), MSc (McMaster)

Assistant Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

McMaster Children Hospital
McMaster University
1200 Main St. West HSC 4E19
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5

Administrative Assistant:
Sarah Dion-Robertson
(905) 521-2100 ext. 73777

Academic Interests

Prospective studies in Pediatric Urology focusing on surgical outcomes, such as hypospadias repair, pyeloplasty and laparoscopic surgery. Multi-center randomized clinical trials across Canada such as the pilot Antibiotic prophyLaxis versus Placebo for infants diagnosed with Hydronephrosis Antenatally (ALPHA Trial) that is underway.

Selected Publications

  1. Braga LH, Pace K, DeMaria J, Lorenzo AJ: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Robotic Assisted Versus Traditional Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty for Patients with Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction: Effect on Operative Time, Length of Hospital Stay and Postoperative Complications. European Urology 2009; 56: 848-858. PA
  2. Braga LH, Bagli DJ, Lorenzo AJ. Placebo controlled trials in pediatric urology: a cautionary view from an ethical perspective. Journal of Pediatric Urology 2010; 6: 435-42. PA
  3. Braga LH, Lorenzo AJ, Suoub M, Bagli DJ. Is Statistical Significance Sufficient? Importance of Interaction and Confounding in Hypospadias Analysis. Journal of Urology 2010; 184 (6): 2510-5. PA
  4. Braga LH. Assessing outcomes in Pediatric Urology. Guest Editorial. Journal of Urology 2011; 185 (6): 2021-2. PA
  5. Kim S, Braga LH, Pemberton J, DeMaria J, Lorenzo AJ. Duplicate presentations in two top pediatric urology meetings. Journal of Pediatric Urology Mar 2011 (Epub ahead of print). SRI
  6. Braga LH, Pemberton J, Demaria J, Lorenzo AJ. Methodological concerns and quality appraisal of contemporary systematic reviews and meta-analyses in pediatric urology. Journal of Urology 2011; 186 (1): 266-72. PA
  7. Braga LH, Farrokhyar F, Bhandari M. Practical Tips for Surgical Research - Confounding: what is and how to deal with it? Canadian Journal of Surgery 2012;   55(2):132-8. PA
  8. Lorenzo AJ, Braga LH, Zlateska B, Leslie B, Farhat WA, Bägli DJ, Pippi Salle JL. Analysis of Decisional Conflict among parents that consent for their son's hypospadias    repair: Single Institution Prospective analysis of 100 couples. Journal of Urology;    2012 . Co PA
  9. Braga LH, Mijovic H, Pemberton JP, Kim S, DeMaria J, Lorenzo AJ. Role of Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in Infants with Antenatally Detected   Hyrdonephrosis? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics 2013 (in press). PA        
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