Bradley Schwartz, D.O.,F.A.C.S Bradley Schwartz, DO,FACS
Professor of Surgery - Division of Urology
Director, Center for Laparoscopy, Endourology and Stone Disease
Administrative phone:  217-545-7362
Patient Appointment Phone:  217-545-8000
Academic fax:  217-545-7305
Clinical fax:  217-545-7305


Clinical Interests

  • Robotic Surgery – DaVinci Robotic system (Intuitive, St. Johns Hospital)
  • Kidney sparing surgery, renal sparing surgery, Nephron Sparing Surgery
  • Kidney, Ureter and Bladder stones
  • ESWL (Lithotripsy)
  • Ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
  • Laparoscopy of the Adrenal Gland
  • Laparoscopy of the Kidney for Kidney cancer and obstruction
  • Robotic surgery for Kidney cancer
  • Robotic Surgery for UPJ Obstruction
  • Robotic surgery for Pelvic Prolapse (Sacrocolpopexy)
  • Saline (Bipolar) prostate surgery

Research Interests

  • Resident Education
  • Surgical skills assessment and simulation
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy
  • Kidney stones
  • Device development
  • Laparoscopic and robotic renal surgery


Dr. Bradley Schwartz is a professor of surgery (Urology) at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Urologic Laparoscopy and Endourology. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy, da Vinci robotic surgery, and stone disease.

In 1986, he received a chemistry degree (cum laude) from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas, he continued his career in the United States Army where he eventually achieved the rank of Colonel (which he holds now in the US Army Reserves). He completed his surgical and urologic residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. Schwartz completed fellowship training in endourology and laparoscopy at the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to joining the faculty of SIU, he served as the Director of Endourology and Laparoscopy at Tripler Regional Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Director of the North Texas Center for Laparoscopy and Endourology.

He has served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Surgery at F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco and Associate Professor of Urology at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Schwartz has received regional and national awards for research and scientific presentations. He has authored over 80 original scientific publications and numerous textbook chapters. He has presented more than 200 scientific papers at national and international meetings.

Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His research interests include laparoscopy and stone disease and medical devices.  He was recently awarded 2 patents by the USPTO for devices he has been working on for the past decade.  His extensive experience with various and complex stone treatments makes him unique in the region and Midwest in his comprehensive approach to urinary stone disease.

Since robotic surgery is relatively new and many urology departments in the country are still learning robotic surgery, Dr. Schwartz has been committed to educational excellence and has designed a comprehensive residency program incorporating robotics. Since robotics has not become a part of all urology programs, Dr. Schwartz prepares his graduating residents to be proficient in robotic surgery.  He travels throughout the country teaching robotic procedures to other surgeons.  He remains one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the Midwest.

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