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Brian Richard Matlaga, M.D., M.P.H.

Brian Richard Matlaga, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Director, The Stephens Center for Stone Disease
  • Professor of Urology


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Endourology, Kidney Stones, Urology more

Research Interests

Epidemiology of stone formation; Pathophysiology of stone formation; Minimally invasive surgical techniques; Kidney stones; Metabolic stone disease; Urinary calculi; Urinary stone disease; Endourology; Urology more

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1800 Orleans St.
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

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Dr. Brian Matlaga is a Professor of Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and also serves as the Director of the Gerald and Helen Stephens Center for Stone Disease at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.  Dr. Matlaga received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and his Medical Degree and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University.  He then completed his internship in surgery and residency in urology at Wake Forest University; his subsequent fellowship at Indiana University was supported by an American Foundation for Urologic Disease Research Scholarship. 

 Dr. Matlaga is an internationally recognized expert in the medical and surgical management of patients with urinary stone disease.  This expertise is built on his academic investigations of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of stone formation, as well as into the advancement of minimally invasive surgical techniques.  A frequent contributor to the medical press, Dr. Matlaga’s research has received both national and international awards; in 2014, he was the recipient of the Endourological Society’s Arthur D. Smith Endourology Lectureship, which was given in recognition of accomplishments in the first ten years of his career. 

 Dr. Matlaga is an independently funded investigator, and presently is the Principal Investigator for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Urologic Diseases in America project.  Dr. Matlaga sits on numerous editorial boards as well as advisory committees and guidelines panels for the American Urological Association, the American Board of Urology, the Endourological Society, and the National Institutes of Health.  He recently served as Vice Chair of the American Urological Association’s Surgical Management of Stones Guidelines and has also served as Task Force Chair for the Examination Committee of the American Board of Urology. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Academic Urologists as well as the Endourological Society. 

Dr. Matlaga works closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine that manages its global presence.  Dr. Matlaga is Chair of the Research Committee of Johns Hopkins Medicine International.  In addition, he is a Medical Director and oversees the patient care, educational, and research activities of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, a joint venture between Johns Hopkins Medicine and Saudi Aramco that is based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as Hospital Moinhos de Vento, Johns Hopkins’ affiliate in Brazil. more


  • Director, The Stephens Center for Stone Disease
  • Professor of Urology

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Tulane University School of Medicine (1999)


  • Urology; Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2004)


  • Endourology; Indiana University School of Medicine (2006)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology (Urology) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Matlaga’s research aims to better understand the pathophysiology and epidemiology of urinary stones and to advance the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques in treating them.

Clinical Trial Keywords

Kidney Stones

Clinical Trials

Trial Comparing Three Different Devices for Kidney Stone Removal During Percutaneous Surgery

Selected Publications

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Matlaga BR, Meckley LM, Kim M, Byrne TW. “Management Patterns of Medicare Patients Undergoing Treatment for Upper Urinary Tract Calculi.” J Endourol. 2013 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Matlaga BR. “Editorial Comment on de la Rosette et al.” J Endourol. 2013 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Semins MJ, Matlaga BR. “Management of urolithiasis in pregnancy.” Int J Womens Health. 2013 Sep 30;5:599-604. eCollection 2013. Review.

Semins MJ, Matlaga BR. “Kidney stones and pregnancy.” Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2013 May;20(3):260-4. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2013.01.009. Review.

Knoepp LR, Semins MJ, Wright EJ, Steele K, Shore AD, Clark JM, Makary MA, Matlaga BR, Chen CC. “Does bariatric surgery affect urinary incontinence?” Urology. 2013 Sep;82(3):547-51. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2013.04.042. Epub 2013 Jul 9.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Minimally Invasive and Endourology Fellowship

Activities & Honors


  • Best Poster Award, 105th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association, 2010
  • Best Poster Award, 104th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association, 2009
  • Resident Teaching Award, the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, 2008
  • Best Overall Paper Award, 24th Annual World Congress of Endourology, 2006
  • Outstanding Graduate Scholar, American Urological Association Foundation Research Scholar Program, 2006
  • Outstanding Research Scholar, American Foundation for Urologic Disease, 2004
  • Outstanding Resident Surgeon Award, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 2004
  • Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, Praecis Pharmaceuticals/American Urological Association, 2003
  • Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award, 2003
  • Second Place Award (“Percutaneous water-cooled radiofrequency ablation of renal cell carcinoma”), 3rd Annual North Carolina Urology Residents Seminar, 2003
  • Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, Praecis Pharmaceuticals/American Urological Association, 2002
  • Second Place Award (“A novel technique of local anesthesia for extensive prostate biopsy”), 2nd Annual North Carolina Urology Residents Seminar, 2002
  • Second Place Award (“Epithelioid leiomyoma”), 1st Annual North Carolina Urology Residents Seminar, 2001


  • American Urological Association
  • American Urological Association, Mid-Atlantic Section
  • Endourological Society
  • Society of Engineering and Urology

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