Mission and Strategy

Kan lab seeks to understand why early elementary schoolchildren experience a high rate of bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms in order to improve treatment and prevention strategies. The team uses qualitative, epidemiologic and community-based study design to capture the social, cultural and medical factors in this environment, combining an academic and advocacy mindset. The goal is to develop preventive health education strategies that are part of standard curriculum in classrooms and pediatricians’ offices everywhere.

What is pediatric voiding dysfunction

5-10% of neurologically normal schoolchildren present with daytime and nighttime lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). It adversely affects their quality of life and contributes to school absenteeism. Referrals for LUTS  contributes to upto 40% of pediatric urology subspecialty clinic patient volume. Treatment of LUTS is termed as urotherapy. It is non-invasive and involves education on healthy lower urinary tract (LUT) function with individually tailored recommendations on behavioral and lifestyle modifications. Most children get better with just urotherapy and rarely require any further investigations or medications. 

Areas of focus

areas of focus



Pediatric stone disease


Currently enrolling

Want to be involved in our 'Happy Healthy Bladder' study?

Email us at hhbladderstudy@stanford.edu

Lab News

December 2021

Bladder Bootcamp team receives funding from San Jose Auxiliaries for Children

October 2021

Congratulations to the Bladder Bootcamp team for winning 'Dahlia team award' for FY-21Q4!

Team lead(s): Kathleen Kan, Denise Stines, Kreev Joundi

September 2021

Congratulations to Gunjan Agrawal for receiving the Resident scholars travel award to WSAUA 2021

September 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Kan for being named Assistant Program Director for Urology Residency Program!

Read more here

May 2021

Bladder bootcamp picked up by San Jose Auxiliaries for their annual fundraiser event