The research interests of Patricio C. Gargollo, M.D., are in methods that advance the treatment of patients with complex genitourinary conditions.
- Complex genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Gargollo specializes in surgery for complex congenital urologic conditions including bladder and cloacal exstrophy, cloacal anomalies, neurogenic bladder and spina bifida. He has served as a principal investigator in a national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trial looking at newborns with spina bifida, and is currently leading a multicenter trial studying the outcomes of patients with bladder exstrophy. While at Texas Children's Hospital, Dr. Gargollo was the director of complex reconstruction and was responsible for the care of all patients with the above conditions.
- Minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Dr. Gargollo has served as the director of minimally invasive pediatric urology surgery at Children's Medical Center Dallas and co-director of this same post at Texas Children's Hospital. He has innovated multiple surgical procedures including hidden incision endoscopic surgery (HidES) and was the first surgeon in the United States to publish a paper looking at robotic surgery for urinary continence. He was previously the surgical director of the Texas Children's Hospital Simulation Center and was awarded the Denton A. Cooley Surgical Innovation Grant to study emergency situations in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. Currently Dr. Gargollo studies the application of robotic surgery to complex reconstruction.
- Fetal surgery. Dr. Gargollo serves on the fetal team at Mayo Clinic, consulting and assisting in the care of fetal patients with urology issues including hydronephrosis, posterior urethral valves and other genitourinary abnormalities. Dr. Gargollo and Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., are working on animal and 3-D models to simulate new surgical procedures for various fetal conditions.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Gargollo hopes that through his research and improving technology (including advances in simulation and robotics), patients with complex genitourinary conditions will have outcomes better than what was previously possible.
- Editor, The Hendren Project, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics, 2017
- Denton A. Cooley Surgical Innovation Grant, Texas Children's Hospital Auxiliary and Texas Children's Hospital Department of Surgery, 2015
- Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas, D Magazine, 2013
- Super Doctors, Texas Rising Stars, Texas Monthly, 2013