Specialties and Expertise
- Robotic Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
- Vesicoureteral Reflux
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Kidney Stones
- Neurogenic Bladder
- Undescended Testes
- Undescended Testicle
- Inguinal Hernia
- Prune Belly Syndrome
- Posterior Urethral Valves
- Circumcision Complication
- Circumcision In Newborn
- Meatal Stenosis
- Horseshoe Kidney
- Duplex Kidney
“In the operating room, your child is my child.”
Video Visits / Telemedicine Appointments
At the Institute for Pediatric Urology and the Komansky Children's Hospital, our top priority remains the care of our pediatric patients. Our pediatric urology team is here to serve you and your family. During the COVID-19 crisis, we are emphasizing the use of Video Visits to provide a safe, effective, secure and convenient way to provide care. Video Visits allows us to continue to fulfill our mission to provide best-in-class care for all of our patients.
New and existing patients will have access to our doctors and nurse practitioners through a computer or mobile device. Our patients and families will receive instruction to a unique, secure, and private link to access the Video Visit session.
Nearly all of our visits are being performed virtually at this time. The Video Visit will determine if an in-person office visit is needed.
Please call our office at (212) 746-5337 to schedule a private Video Visit today.
Click on the links below for more information and instructions on how to inititate your Video Visit.
As the former Director of Pediatric Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Dr. Akhavan is one of the country’s most experienced pediatric robotic surgeons. With robotic surgery, Dr. Akhavan strives to optimize patient outcomes while minimizing discomfort, length of hospitalization, and time to return to normal activities. While Dr. Akhavan offers both minimally invasive and open surgery options for all disorders of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitals, Dr. Akhavan has particular expertise in robotic surgery for infants and children with disorders associated with hydronephrosis, including vesicoureteral reflux and ureteropelvic junction obstruction. Dr. Akhavan is also one of only a few providers in the country with expertise in complex robotic reconstruction, including robotic mitrofanoff appendicovesicostomy and bladder neck reconstruction for children with incontinence secondary to neurogenic bladder from spinal cord injury or spina bifida.
Additionally, as the former co-director of the Johns Hopkins Fetal Surgery Program, Dr. Akhavan has unique experience performing fetal surgery for patients with lower urinary tract obstruction, and offers counseling to expectant parents with hydronephrosis and other fetal urological anomalies. Finally, as the former co-director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Kidney Stone Program, Dr. Akhavan has had extensive experience managing complex kidney stone cases in infants, children, and adolescents, and offers all forms of stone treatment.
Dr. Akhavan attended the Horace Mann School, and then graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, followed by medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his general surgery and urology residencies at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, followed by a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he was also an instructor in Pediatric Urology. Dr. Akhavan then became an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, where he developed and directed their program in Pediatric Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and also co-directed the Programs in Fetal Surgery as well as Pediatric Kidney Stone Surgery prior to joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. During his time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Akhavan was recognized as a Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine. Dr. Akhavan sees patients at the Upper East Side campus.
What our patients are saying about Dr. Akhavan:
"Dr. Akhavan is truly amazing!! He is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. His expertise will ease your mind that your child is in the absolute best care possible. He genuinely cares about his patients. I highly recommend him if you are searching for a pediatric urologist. You will not be disappointed." - Beth K. via Google Reviews
"He made me feel comfortable as a parent he explained things so I could understand what was going on with my son.. Thanks to Dr. A my son has had no problems and his surgery was two years ago. He is a wonderful man and a wonderful doctor." - Lauren B. on Aug 23, 2017 via Healthgrades
"Great With his care of my daughter...takes the time to listen to my concerns. Easy to talk too not only in office but outside as well. Thank you Dr. A" - Natilee R. via Facebook on October 2, 2017
"Dr. Akhavan is an amazing doctor. Not only is he friendly and able to ease the worry of the children he treats, but he goes above and beyond to make sure that the parents understand what they need to know, and answers questions thoroughly, in terms that people with or without medical knowledge could decipher. He goes out of his way to make himself accessible, and is the epitome of what a doctor should be in terms of his expertise in his field as well as his professionalism and compassion. Highly recommend him for parents looking for a pediatric urologist for their children! He WILL do great things as his career progresses, and I will be proud to say he treated my son and that we had the privilege of knowing him." - Erin C. via Google Reviews
"My 18 month old has been seeing him since she was about 6 weeks old. He is amazing! He is beyond knowledgeable and very confident! I have no doubt my child is in great hands!!" - J.H. via Google Reviews
- Pediatric Urology
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Assistant Attending Urologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Assistant Professor of Urology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2007
- B.A., Columbia College-Columbia University, 2002
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.
- AETNA - HMO
- AETNA - PPO
- Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
- Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
- Affinity Access
- Affinity Health Plan
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
- Fidelis Care
- GHI - CBP
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
- Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
- Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
- Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
- Rockefeller University - Trustmark
- United Empire
- United Healthcare
- United Healthcare - Community Plan
- United Healthcare Compass
- VNSNY CHOICE - HMO
- WellCare of NY