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Dr. Luis Braga received his medical and residency training in Surgery and completed a Masters and Doctoral degree in Health Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. After a 1-year Pediatric Urology fellowship in Rouen and Lyon (France) and a 3-year Clinical and Research Pediatric Urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Braga joined McMaster University’s Department of Surgery under the Division of Pediatric Urology in 2008. He finished his Masters in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2010 and is currently the Research Director of the Urology Residency Program and the ​Director of the McMaster Pediatric Surgery Research ​Collaborative. Besides ​he is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and holds cross Appointments in the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact ( HEI), and Pediatrics. In addition, he has a very busy clinical practice as a pediatric urologist at the McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Braga is an editor for the Journal of Pediatric Urology, serves as a reviewer for 10 different Journals and has published more than 150 articles and book chapters. He is currently the Principal Investigator of 4 RCTs. Dr. Braga led an international task force with the aim to standardize quality of reporting on hypospadias repair based on the STROBE statement, as well as to establish patient important outcomes and currently continues this work on the board of the  Hypospadias International Society (HIS).

Since his arrival at McMaster University, Dr. Braga has received approximately $520,000 from many organizations including PSI, CIHR, CUA and MSA for his various studies.

Research Interests

  • Prenatal hydronephrosis.
  • Hypospadias repair outcomes.
  • Evidenced-Based Pediatric Urology.
  • Cryptorchidism.
  • Bladder bowel dysfunction (BBD).

Featured Publications

  • McGrath M, Jegatheeswaran K, Braga LH. Medusa's Curls: Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction Secondary to Multiple Long Intraluminal Polyps. Urology. 2019; 130:138-141.
  • Gnech M, Lovatt CA, McGrath M, Rickard M, Sanger S, Lorenzo AJ, Braga LH. Quality of reporting and fragility index for randomized controlled trials in the vesicoureteral reflux literature: where do we stand? J Pediatr Urol. 2019;15(3):204-212.
  • Dekirmendjian A, Braga LH.  Primary Non-refluxing Megaureter: Analysis of Risk Factors for Spontaneous Resolution and Surgical Intervention. Front Pediatr. 2019; 7:126.
  • Braga LH, Farrokhyar F, McGrath M, Lorenzo AJ. Gubernaculum Testis and Cremasteric Vessels Preservation During Laparoscopic Orchidopexy for Intra-Abdominal Testis: Effect on Testicular Atrophy Rates. J Urol. 2019; 201(2):378-385.​
  • Wong NC, Braga LH. Open ureteroureterostomy for repair of upper-pole ectopic ureters in children with duplex systems: is stenting really necessary? J Pediatr Urol. 2019; 15(1):72.e1-72.e7​.


  • MD, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • MA, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • PhD, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • MSc, McMaster University​​​



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