About the Researcher

Dr. McNamara is a pediatric urologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She completed a 6-year urology residency at Duke University followed by a one-year fellowship in cancer survivorship and reconstructive urology at Duke University. Upon completion of this fellowship, she then completed a 3-year pediatric urology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. During that time she obtained her Masters in Public Health and completed a Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard. Upon completion of her training, she accepted a position at Boston Children’s Hospital to assist with the spina bifida center, to perform complex reconstructive cases, and to help with transitioning care of adolescent/young adult patients with complex urologic conditions.

While both her clinical and research interests are primarily focused on the spina bifida population, she is also interested in other urologic conditions such as exstrophy, posterior urethral valves, disorders of sex development and complex hypospadias that need to be followed into adulthood. She first became interested in Transitional Urology during residency and spent her research time in fellowship developing projects to better understand the health care needs and utilization in this young adult population. She has done both qualitative and quantitative research studying health care transition and has looked at outcomes in surgery using both local and national databases. Dr. McNamara is passionate about establishing a transition program at her home institution. With her unique training in both adult reconstructive urology and pediatric urology, she is building fruitful collaborations with adult reconstructive providers to ensure that her patients get the care they need to lead productive and healthy lives.



  • English

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Researcher Areas

  • Health Services Research
  • Quality Measurement and Improvement

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  1. McNamara ER. Pain Management and Opioid Use for Outpatient Pediatric Urology-Are we Ready for a Paradigm Shift? J Urol. 2019 05; 201(5):874-875. View abstract
  2. Chow JS, Paltiel HJ, Padua HM, McNamara E, Dickie BH. Contrast-Enhanced Colosonography for the Evaluation of Children With an Imperforate Anus. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Jan 29. View abstract
  3. McNamara ER. Commentary to "Who, where, and why are patients lost to follow up? A 20-year study of bladder exstrophy patients at a single institution". J Pediatr Urol. 2018 08; 14(4):364. View abstract
  4. Trout AT, Chow J, McNamara ER, Darge K, Ramirez Grueso R, Munden M, Rothan SM, Navarro OM, Tijerín Bueno M, Bove KE, Chikwava KR, Heider A, Hicks MJ, Somers GR, Zhang B, Dillman JR. Association between Testicular Microlithiasis and Testicular Neoplasia: Large Multicenter Study in a Pediatric Population. Radiology. 2017 11; 285(2):576-583. View abstract
  5. McNamara ER, Swartz JM, Diamond DA. Initial Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Newborns. Urology. 2017 Mar; 101:1-8. View abstract
  6. Ajay D, McNamara ER, Austin S, Wiener JS, Kishnani P. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Incontinence in Children with Pompe Disease. JIMD Rep. 2016; 28:59-67. View abstract
  7. Kurtz MP, McNamara ER, Schaeffer AJ, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. Association of BMI and pediatric urologic postoperative events: Results from pediatric NSQIP. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug; 11(4):224.e1-6. View abstract
  8. McNamara ER, Kurtz MP, Schaeffer AJ, Logvinenko T, Nelson CP. 30-Day morbidity after augmentation enterocystoplasty and appendicovesicostomy: A NSQIP pediatric analysis. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Aug; 11(4):209.e1-6. View abstract
  9. McNamara ER, Schaeffer AJ, Logvinenko T, Seager C, Rosoklija I, Nelson CP, Retik AB, Diamond DA, Cendron M. Management of Proximal Hypospadias with 2-Stage Repair: 20-Year Experience. J Urol. 2015 Oct; 194(4):1080-5. View abstract
  10. McNamara ER, Austin S, Case L, Wiener JS, Peterson AC, Kishnani PS. Expanding our understanding of lower urinary tract symptoms and incontinence in adults with pompe disease. JIMD Rep. 2015; 20:5-10. View abstract
  11. Madden-Fuentes RJ, McNamara ER, Nseyo U, Wiener JS, Routh JC, Ross SS. Resolution rate of isolated low-grade hydronephrosis diagnosed within the first year of life. J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Aug; 10(4):639-44. View abstract
  12. McNamara ER, Madden-Fuentes RJ, Routh JC, Rouse D, Madden JF, Wiener JS, Rushton HG, Ross SS. Evaluation of cold ischemia for preservation of testicular function during partial orchiectomy in the rat model. J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Aug; 10(4):593-7. View abstract
  13. McNamara ER, Sullivan J, Nagaraj SK, Wiener JS, Kishnani PS. Neurogenic bladder dysfunction presenting as urinary retention in neuronopathic Gaucher disease. JIMD Rep. 2015; 15:67-70. View abstract
  14. McNamara ER, Webster GD, Peterson AC. The UroLume stent revisited: the Duke experience. Urology. 2013 Oct; 82(4):933-6. View abstract
  15. Madden-Fuentes RJ, McNamara ER, Lloyd JC, Wiener JS, Routh JC, Seed PC, Ross SS. Variation in definitions of urinary tract infections in spina bifida patients: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2013 Jul; 132(1):132-9. View abstract
  16. McNamara ER, Scales CD. Role of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in evidence-based clinical practice. Indian J Urol. 2011 Oct; 27(4):520-4. View abstract
  17. McNamara ER, Donatucci CF. Newer phosphodiesterase inhibitors: comparison with established agents. Urol Clin North Am. 2011 May; 38(2):155-63. View abstract
  18. Barnett ED, Pelton SI, Cabral HJ, Eavey RD, Allen C, Cunningham MJ, McNamara ER, Klein JO. Immune response to pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines in otitis-prone and otitis-free children. Clin Infect Dis. 1999 Jul; 29(1):191-2. View abstract