Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, is Professor and Chairman of the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Coburn is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and he earned his medical degree in 1982 from New York University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and then pursued fellowship training at Baylor as an American Foundation for Urologic Disease Scholar.

​Dr. Coburn served as Chief of Urology at Ben Taub Hospital from 1990 until 2012, focusing his clinical and research interests in the areas of urologic trauma, genital and urethral reconstructive surgery, and sexual and reproductive dysfunction.
He was the urology representative on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, where he served as chair of the Advocacy & Health Policy Committee and a member of the Executive Committee from 2014-2020. Dr. Coburn is a past president of the Society of Genito-Urinary Reconstructive Surgeons and is a former chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for urology. He currently serves as Vice President of Education at Baylor’s St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Coburn is the recipient of many awards for his educational and clinical work, including the Robertson Presidential Educator Award for lifetime achievement in educational leadership at Baylor College of Medicine.


Talks by Michael Coburn, MD, FACS

Priapism: A Management Enigma

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, Professor and Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Chair of the Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses priapism and the American Urological Association’s (AUA) guidelines on managing the illness. He gives an overview of priapism, outlining differences between ischemic, non-ischemic, recurrent, primary, and secondary priapism, and discusses a range of contributing risk factors. Next, Dr. Coburn reviews study data on the different qualities of ischemic and non-ischemic priapism, explaining that the latter often is chronic and characterized by less rigidity in the penis, while ischemic priapism tends to be characterized by a fully rigid, very painful erection which contains abnormal cavernous gases. He then discusses treatment recommendations for various forms of the disease, ranging from oral medication for intracavernosal-caused priapism to complex specialty treatment for priapism related to underlying medical conditions. Dr. Coburn concludes by recommending that physicians use the AUA guidelines to create a treatment algorithm for priapism, making sure that if a deviation is made that it is well documented and explained.

Read More

Pediatric Urologic Trauma: Kids Are Different

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, clarifies the unique anatomic risk factors and physiological responses present in cases of pediatric trauma. He details the management and clinical assessment of trauma in the kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra, and genitalia in the pediatric patient, using unique case examples, and also emphasizes the importance of properly reporting suspicions of abuse.

Read More

Management of High Grade Renal Trauma

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, discusses decision-making for urologists consulted in kidney trauma cases. He defines indications for active observation, nephrectomy, and non-operative interventions, as well as practical techniques for gaining vascular control and reconstruction.

Read More

Urethral Strictures Guidelines Update

Michael Coburn, MD, FACS, highlights key points from the 2016 American Urological Association (AUA) male urethral stricture guidelines. He also brings attention to certain controversial statements and evidence-based treatment approaches in special circumstances.

Read More

Join the GRU Community

- Why Join? -