Photo of Jack S. Elder, MD

Jack S. Elder, MD

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children


Accepting New Patients

E-mail me Request a second opinion


Dr. Elder is Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He manages all aspects of pediatric urology, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, and treatment of adults with pediatric urologic disorders.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Undescended testis; inguinal hernia/hydrocele; adolescent varicocele
  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgery of the urinary tract
  • Penile abnormalities (hidden penis, penile torsion, penile curvature, phimosis)
  • Hydronephrosis/UPJ obstruction/megaureter/posterior urethral valves
  • Ureterocele/Ectopic ureter
  • Vesicoureteral reflux/urinary tract infection
  • Daytime incontinence, bedwetting
  • Transitional Urology (pediatric urological conditions that affect young adults)
  • Cosmetic urology
  • Newborn circumcision
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital|Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Urology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Provider Gender


Jack S. Elder, MD, FACS, is chief of pediatric urology, Mass General. Dr. Elder received an MD with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and was vice president of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed general surgery training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a residency in urology, including chief resident, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Elder completed pediatric urology fellowships at Johns Hopkins and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was director of pediatric urology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital for 21 years, and tenured Carter Kissell Professor of Urology at Case Western University School of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Elder was appointed chief of urology and chief of pediatric urology, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI.
Dr. Elder was the pediatric urology section editor of The Journal of Urology from 1998-2007. Currently, he is on the editorial board of European Urology, Pediatric Surgery International, BJU International, Annals of Urology, and International Scholarly Research Notices. Dr. Elder served as president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and the American Academy of Pediatric Urologists. He was the chairman of the first American Urological Association Pediatric Vesicoureteral Reflux Guidelines Committee, and was the facilitator of the second AUA Reflux Guidelines Committee, which published updated recommendations in 2010. He also is the section head, pediatric urology, AUA Online Robotic Surgery Handbook and is an annual reviewer for the European Association of Urology Paediatric Urology Guidelines. Dr. Elder has been visiting professor or visiting surgeon at 55 U.S. and international medical centers. Dr. Elder has > 160 peer-reviewed publications, edited or authored 6 books, 150 book chapters, and writes the pediatric urology section of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. He is listed in Boston Magazine 2016 and 2017 Top Docs.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Elder has made significant contributions to numerous pediatric urological conditions, including management of undescended testicles, medical and surgical management of adolescent varicocele, treatment of vesicoureteral reflux, evaluation and management of antenatally detected hydronephrosis, and the application of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to pediatric urological malformations. In addition, he has a strong interest in health outcomes research pertaining to pediatric urological conditions and procedures, including UPJ obstruction, UTI, testicular torsion, varicocele, stone disease, nephrectomy, and partial nephrectomy.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Select Publications:

  • Sammon J, Trinh QD, Elder JS: Pediatric nephrectomy: incidence, indications, and utilization of minimally invasive techniques. J Urol 2014, 191: 764-770.
  • Sukumar S, Roghmann F, Sood A, Elder JS: Correction of UPJ obstruction in children: national trends and comparative effectiveness. J Endourol 2014; 28: 592-598 .
  • Ghani KR, Trinh QD, Elder JS: Robotic nephrolithotomy and pyelolithotomy with utilization of the robotic ultrasound probe. Int Braz J Urol 2014; 40: 125-126.
  • Elder JS, Shapiro E: Posterior urethral valves. In: Holcomb GW III, Murphy JP, Ostlie DJ (eds), Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery, 6th Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2014, p. 762-772.
  • Sood A, Trinh Q-D, Elder JS: Incidence, admission rates, and economic burden of pediatric ED visits for UTI. J Pediatr Urol 2015; 11:246.e1-8.
  • Kapoor V, Elder JS: Simultaneous bilateral robotic-assisted procedures in children. J Robot Surg 2015; 9: 285-290.
  • Elder JS: Urologic Disorders in Infants and Children. In: Kliegman RM, et al (eds), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 20th edition, Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2016, p. 2554-2604.
  • Suson KD, Wolfe-Christensen C, Elder JS: Practice patterns and outcomes of pediatric partial nephrectomy in the United States. J Pediatr Urol 2015; 11: 271.e1-5
  • Sood A, Li H, Elder JS: Treatment patterns and disparities in inpatient surgical management of testicular torsion in boys: a population-based study 1998-2010. BJU Int 2016
  • Elder JS: Surgical management of the undescended testis: recent advances and controversies. Eur J Ped Surg 2016; 26: 418-426.

News & Events


Pediatric Urology
55 Fruit Street
Warren 11
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-5631
Fax: 617-726-2167
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623
Phone: 617-724-5631
Fax: 617-726-2167
Newton-Wellesley Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic
2014 Washington St
6 South
Newton, MA 02462
Phone: 617-724-5631
Fax: 617-726-2167

Back to Top