Background

Sameer Mittal, MD, MSc, FAAP, is an attending pediatric urologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and assistant professor of urology and surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

After growing up in a suburb of New York City, Dr. Mittal received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in biology and biochemistry. He obtained a master’s degree and medical doctorate from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his urologic surgery residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and then completed his pediatric urology surgical subspecialty training here at CHOP’s Division of Urology. In addition to surgical training, Dr. Mittal obtained training in clinical research at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mittal has approached medicine with a focus on what is important to the patient and their family. “I will always strive to work with families to understand the problem so that we can come to a solution together,” he says.

As an active member in multiple professional societies, such as the American Urological Association, the Societies for Pediatric Urology, the Society for Fetal Urology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Mittal focuses on the most up-to-date treatment options. “Pediatric urology has changed dramatically over the last two decades and it’s my goal to provide every child with the best treatment options tailored to them,” he says.

His research interests are broad within the field of pediatric urology and have included work in minimally invasive urologic reconstruction, hypospadias, pediatric oncology, differences in sex development and pediatric stone disease. In addition, he has focused heavily on data analytics to investigate care delivery and how quality improvement can ensure evidence-based medicine is being utilized for all of our patients.

“As a proud father, I am acutely aware of the stress involved with knowing your child needs medical care and possibly having to undergo surgery,” says Dr. Mittal. “My hope is that every parent knows that I will treat their child like my own. Seeing my patients thrive and get better is what gives me the strength and passion to do this job.”

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Internship

General Surgery - NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Residency

Urology - NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Fellowship

Pediatric Urology - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MS in Physiology and Biophysics - Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Minimally invasive surgery
Hypospadias
Urologic oncology
Cost-effective care
Quality improvement

Publications

Papers

2019

Mittal, S., Sharmayne S., Srinivasan, A (2019). Working toward opioid-free post-operative pain management in pediatric urology. AUANews, Vol 12 (9)

2018

Halpern, J. A., Oromendia, C., Shoag, J. E., Mittal, S., Cosiano, M. F., Ballman, K. V., . . . Hu, J. C. (2018). Use of Digital Rectal Examination as an Adjunct to Prostate Specific Antigen in the Detection of Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer. J Urol, 199(4), 947-953.

2017

Stone, B. V., Shoag, J., Halpern, J. A., Mittal, S., Lewicki, P., Golombos, D. M., . . . Lee, R. K. (2017). Prostate size, nocturia and the digital rectal examination: a cohort study of 30 500 men. BJU Int, 119(2), 298-304.

Halpern, J. A., Shoag, J. E., Mittal, S., Oromendia, C., Ballman, K. V., Hershman, D. L., . . . Hu, J. C. (2017). Prognostic Significance of Digital Rectal Examination and Prostate Specific Antigen in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Arm. J Urol, 197(2), 363-368

Shoag, J., Savenkov, O., Christos, P. J., Mittal, S., Halpern, J. A., Askin, G., . . . Barbieri, C. E. (2017). Vasectomy and Risk of Prostate Cancer in a Screening Trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 26(11), 1653-1659

2016

Mittal, S., & Lee, R. K. (2016). How Should the Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence Be Determined in a Female Population? Eur Urol, 69(2), 265-266.

Halpern, J., Mittal, S., Pereira, K., Bhatia, S., & Ramasamy, R. (2016). Percutaneous embolization of varicocele: technique, indications, relative contraindications, and complications. Asian J Androl, 18(2), 234-238.

Halpern, J. A., Lee, U. J., Wolff, E. M., Mittal, S., Shoag, J. E., Lightner, D. J., . . . Lee, R. K. (2016). Women in Urology Residency, 1978-2013: A Critical Look at Gender Representation in Our Specialty. Urology, 92, 20-25.

Shoag, J., Halpern, J. A., Lee, D. J., Mittal, S., Ballman, K. V., Barbieri, C. E., & Hu, J. C. (2016). Decline in Prostate Cancer Screening by Primary Care Physicians: An Analysis of Trends in the Use of Digital Rectal Examination and Prostate Specific Antigen Testing. J Urol, 196(4), 1047-1052

Shoag, J., Mittal, S., Halpern, J. A., Scherr, D., Hu, J. C., & Barbieri, C. E. (2016). Lethal Prostate Cancer in the PLCO Cancer Screening Trial. Eur Urol, 70(1), 2-5

Shoag, J., Mittal, S., Hu, J. C. (2016) Reevaluating PSA Testing Rates in the PLCO trial. NEJM. 374(18), 1795-1796

Halpern, J. A., Al Hussein Al Awamlh, B., Mittal, S., Shoag, J. E., Hu, J. C., & Lee, R. K. (2016). International Medical Graduate Training in Urology: Are We Missing an Opportunity? Urology, 95, 39-46.

2015

Shoag, J., Halpern, J., Eisner, B., Lee, R., Mittal, S., Barbieri, C. E., & Shoag, D. (2015). Efficacy of Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening: Use of Regression Discontinuity in the PLCO Cancer Screening Trial. JAMA Oncol, 1(7), 984-986.

2012

Vora, A., Mittal, S., Hwang, J., & Bandi, G. (2012). Robot-assisted simple prostatectomy: multi-institutional outcomes for glands larger than 100 grams. J Endourol, 26(5), 499-502.

Posters and Presentations

2020

Bladder Exstrophy with normal appearing phallus and duplicated urethra: variants in EEC. Katherine Fischer, Sameer Mittal, Rakesh Joshi, Jaishri Ramji, Pramod Reddy, Aseem Shukla, Douglas Canning. Society for Fetal Urology June 2020 (Presentation).

Factors Associated with Upgrading on Re-Biopsy in Active Surveillance: Data from PURC. Ruchika Talwar, Brian Friel, Leilei Xia, Sameer Mittal, Claudette Fonshell, John Danella, Serge Ginzberg, Bruce Jacobs, Thomas Lanchoney, Jay Raman, Eric Singer, Marc Smaldone, Jeffrey Tomaszewski, Edouard Trabulsi, Robert Uzzo, Daniel Lee, Alan Wein, Thomas Guzzo. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Any intervention after Pyeloplasty: the incidence, etiology and outcomes. Aznive Aghababian, Sameer Mittal, Lauren Dinardo, Dana Weiss, Christopher Long, Aseem Shukla, Arun Srinivasan. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

When Pyeloplasties Fail: A Critical Analysis of Minimally Invasive Redo Repair After Failed Pyeloplasty. Aznive Aghababian, Sameer Mittal, Lauren Dinardo, Dana Weiss, Christopher Long, Aseem Shukla, Arun Srinivasan. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Non-palpable testis within a spigelian hernia: identification and laparoscopic orchiopexy. Brendan Waldoch, Sameer Mittal, John Weaver, Gary Nace, Arun Srinivasan. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Quantifying glans width changes with and without testosterone in patients undergoing hypospadias repair. Sameer Mittal, Sarah S. Christianson, Nathan Hyacinthe, Connie Tan, Dana Weiss, Greg Tasian, Jason Van Batavia, Steve Zderic, Aseem Shukla, Thomas Kolon, Arun Srinivasan, Douglas Canning, Mark Zaontz, Christopher Long. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Opioid-free postoperative pain management protocol in outpatient pediatric urologic surgery: Implementation and results. Sameer Mittal, Ravindra Sahadev, Seo Lee, Sharmayne Siu, Erica Gale, Natalie Plachter, Aseem Shukla, Arun Srinivasan. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Is the RENAL nephrometry score reproducible and predictive for pediatric renal tumors? Sameer Mittal, Alexander El-Ali, Jay Shah, Brendan Lawton, Susan Back, Christopher Long, Thomas Kolon. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Podium)

Does ketorolac administration during hypospadias surgery increase unplanned encounters in the immediate postoperative period? Sameer Mittal, Anisleidy Fombona, Nathan Hyacinthe, Dana Weiss, Thomas Kolon, Aseem Shukla, Douglas Canning, Arun Srinivasan, Mark Zaontz, Christopher Long. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Presentation)

Deferring gonadectomy in patients with Turner syndrome with a genetic Y component is not a safe practice. Sameer Mittal, John Weaver, Sharmayne Siu, Denise Gruccio, Jason Van Batavia, Arun Srinivasan, Christopher Long, Louisa C. Pyle, Vaneeta Bamba Thomas Kolon. American Urologic Association / Society of Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting May 2020 (Podium)

Clinical and Genetic Features associated with Y chromosome material in Turner Syndrome. Alison O'Neill, Meredith Hanrahan, Sameer Mittal, Denise Gruccio, Sharmayne Siu, Elaine H. Zackai, Thomas F. Kolon, Amanda Ackermann, Vaneeta Bamba – Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Scientific Meeting 2020 (Presentation)

R.E.N.A.L. Nephrometry for Pediatric Nephron Sparing Surgery. Alexander El-Ali, Sameer Mittal, Juan Calle Toro, Jay Shah, Brendan Lawton, Thomas Kolon, Christopher Long, Susan Back – Society of Pediatric Radiology Annual Conference 2020 (Presentation)

Quantitative MRI Biomarkers in Pediatric Nephron Sparing Surgery. Alexander El-Ali, Sameer Mittal, Kathleen Boyer, Christopher Long, Lisa States, Susan Back, Dmitry Khrichenko, Suraj Serai – Society of Pediatric Radiology Annual Conference 2020 (Presentation)

Simplified robot-assisted laparoscopic ureterocalicostomy for failed pyeloplasty. Aznive Aghababian, Sameer Mittal, John Weaver, Dana Weiss, Christopher Long, Arun Srinivasan, Aseem Shukla – 4th Annual North American Robotic Urology Symposium 2020 (Video)

2019

Quantifying glans width changes with and without testosterone in patients undergoing hypospadias repair. Sameer Mittal, Nathan Hyacinthe, Connie Tan, Dana Weiss, Gregory Tasian, Jason Van Batavia, Steve Zderic, Aseem Shukla, Thomas Kolon, Arun Srinivasan, Douglas Canning, Mark Zaontz, Christopher Long – 3rd Annual Hypospadias World Congress of the Hypospadias International Society 2019 (Podium)

Application of the modified Cecil-Culp repair in the treatment of penile amputation during neonatal circumcision. Sameer Mittal, Katherine M. Fischer, Douglas Canning, Jason Van Batavia – Society for Fetal Urology 2019 (Presentation)

Massive urinary ascites as a presenting sign for anterior urethral valves (AUV). Sameer Mittal, Sarah Christianson, Ashanda Esdaille, Mark Zaontz, Aseem Shukla – Society for Fetal Urology 2019 (Presentation)

2018

Surgical management of short phallus in adolescents born with bladder exstrophy/epispadias. Saman S. Talab, Sameer Mittal, Moneer Hanna – American Urologic Annual Meeting 2018 (Podium)

2017

Identifying differential mRNA and miRNA expression patterns in dilated and collapsed seminiferous tubules reveals unique “niche” for spermatogenesis in men with severe forms of infertility. Sameer Mittal, Anna Mielnik, Alexander Bolyakov, Peter N Schlegel, Darius Paduch – American Urologic Annual Meeting 2017 (Podium)

Pilot study results using Fluorescence activated cell sorting of spermatozoa from testis tissue. Sameer Mittal, Anna Mielnik, Alexander Bolyakov, Peter N Schlegel, Darius Paduch – American Urologic Annual Meeting 2017 (Podium)

Utility of digital rectal examination (DRE) in detection of clinically significant prostate cancer: age and prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based analysis. Joshua Halpern, Clara Oromendia, Michael Cosiano, Jonathan Shoag, Sameer Mittal, Karla Ballman, Andrew Vickers, Jim Hu – American Urologic Annual meeting 2017 (Podium)

Invited Lectures

2020

Mittal S. “EEC Primer for the Pediatric Anesthesiologist”. 12th Operative Workshop on Exstrophy – Epispadias Complex, Ahmedabad, India, 2020.

Awards and Honors

2019, 3rd Annual Hypospadias World Congress of the Hypospadias International Society, Clinical Prize
2018, New York Section’s Resident Essay Meeting / Valentine Medal Award, Third Place
2017, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Distinguished House Staff Award
2017, New York Section’s Resident Essay Meeting / Valentine Medal Award, Third Place   
2016, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology Prize Paper, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting
2014, New York Section’s Resident Essay Meeting / Valentine Medal Award, Second Place  
2012, William C. Maxted Award
Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars Program
Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Ad hoc reviewer

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
European Urology

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Urological Association
Societies for Pediatric Urology