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Dianne E. Sacco, MD

  • Co-Director, Kidney Stone Program
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dianne Sacco is the Director of the Kidney Stone Program at the MGH. She is also on the Board of Directors for the New England Section of the American Urological Association and the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Ureteral abnormalities
  • Kidney stone disease
  • Pediatric Stone Disease
  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Ureteroscopy / Laser lithotripsy
  • Percutaneous Treatment of Stones (PCNL)
  • Laparoscopic renal surgery
  • Bladder stones
  • Endourology
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Urology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dianne Sacco was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She completed her medical school training at University of Vermont College of Medicine after obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Washington. She completed her preliminary General Surgery and Urology Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She currently is the Director of the Kidney Stone Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Vice Director of the MGH Urology Residency Program, and was chosen to participate in the AUA Leadership Program for 2010-2011. She is also on the Board of Directors for the New England Section of the American Urological Association and the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists. She specializes in adult and pediatric kidney and bladder stone disease: ESWL (extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy), ureteroscopy, laser lithotripsy, complex stone procedures, diagnostic evaluation of ureteral and renal urothelial abnormalities, laparoscopic removal of benign non functioning kidneys, and percutaneous stone procedures (PCNL).

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Research is focused on technological innovations in kidney stone disease.

Obtained a CIMIT grant to work with computer engineers in the development of a GPS guidance system for stone surgery.

here is a focus on the use of the BackStop polymer in stone disease to prevent retropulsion of stones when treating them with a laser. This thermosensitive polymer was trialed in animals by us and now with the FDA approval in place, will be utilized in patients to enhance kidney stone surgery.

Other areas of focus are on infectious complications from stone disease and their prevention as well as the natural history of stone disease as seen through stone composition over time in recurrent stone formers.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Please refer to PubMed for full list of publications.

Sacco D, McDougal WS, Schwarz A: Preventing migration of stones during fragmentation with thermo sensitive polymer. J Endourology. 21(5):50-3, 2007, May.

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News & Events

  • Doctor Discusses How to Prevent Kidney Stones

    Is there any hope in preventing kidney stones? Dianne Sacco, MD, sheds some light on the condition and offers prevention tips. One of them for the New Year is staying and/or getting into good physical shape.



Mass General Urology Associates
15 Parkman St
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-3760
Fax: 617-726-6131

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