Brian Minnillo, MD

Brian Minnillo, MD


He completed a robotic-assisted laparoscopic research fellowship at Boston Children’s, a Harvard Teaching Hospital. This opportunity provided him with a unique experience at a leading robotics surgery center where he acquired practical surgery skills using the Da Vinci Robotic system.

Dr. Minnillo specializes in treating benign and malignant diseases of the prostate, kidney, bladder, penis and ureter. This includes robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery for cancer treatments, no-scalpel vasectomy for men desiring contraception, and laser treatment of kidney stones. He also performs implantation of an inflatable penile prosthesis for men who have trouble maintaining erections.

Dr. Minnillo enjoys managing female pelvic medicine. He treats pelvic organ prolapse with robotic-assisted vaginal vault suspension surgery. He also focuses on overactive bladder, incontinence, and recurrent urinary tract infections by using conservative management (medication and behavioral therapies) and surgical therapy (botox injections, neurostimulation, and more). Dr. Brian Minnillo is passionate about establishing a caring and trustworthy relationship with both is male and female patients.


2016 Genesis Healthcare, San Diego, CA
2011 - 2016 University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Urology Resident
2010 - 2011 University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Surgery Resident
2009 - 2010 Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard, Boston, MA
Robotics Research Fellowship
2005 - 2009 Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Akron, OH
Medical Student
2003 - 2005 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Research Assistant
1999 - 2003 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Physical Therapy, BS
Summa Cum Laude


2016 American Urological Association Board – pass July 14th, 2016, oral pending
2011 United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) step 3 – pass
2008 United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) step 2 CS and CK – pass
2007 United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) step 1 – pass

Peer Reviewed Publications


  1. Minnillo BJ. Maurice MJ, and Abouassaly R. Few modifiable factors predict readmission following radical cystectomy. Can Urol Assoc J. July-Aug 9(7-8): E439-46. 2015.
  2. Ferry EK, Minnillo BJ, Maurice MJ, Abouassaly R, Zhu H. Trends of systemic therapy use for renal cell carcinoma in the United States. Urology. June 85(6): 1399-403. 2015.
  3. Hwang YJ, Minnillo BJ, Kim SP, Abouassaly R. Assessment of healthcare quality metrics: length-of-stay, 30-day readmission, and 30-day mortality for radical nephrectomy with inferior vena cava thrombectomy. Can Urol Assoc J. March-Apr 9(3-4): 114-21. 2015.
  4. Kohut RM Jr, Minnillo BJ, et al. Changes in adjuvant therapy utilization in stage I seminoma: are they enough to prevent overtreatment? Urology. Dec. 84(6): 1319-24. 2014.
  5. Minnillo BJ, Horowitz A, Finelli A, et al. Does gender influence morbidity or mortality in the surgical treatment of renal masses? Can Urol Assoc J. May 8(5-6): E311-6. 2014.
  6. Aslani A, Minnillo BJ, Johnson B, et al. The impact of recent screening recommendations on prostate cancer screening in a large health care system. J Urol. June 191(6): 1737-42. 2014.
  7. Rowe CK, Franco FB, Barbosa JA, Minnillo BJ, Retik AB et al. A novel method of evaluating ureteropelvic junction obstruction: dynamic near infrared fluorescence imaging compared to standard modalities to assess urinary obstruction in a swine model. J Urol. 188(5): 1978-85. 2012.
  8. Minnillo BJ, Barbosa JA, et al. Development and initial validation of a disease specific quality of life survey for children with vesicoureteral reflux. J Urol. 187(5): 1828-33. 2012.
  9. Yao DF, Weinberg AC, Penna FJ, Huang L, Freilich DA, Minnillo BJ, et al. Quality of life in children with vesicoureteral reflux as perceived by children and parents. J Pediatric Urol. 7(3): 261-5. 2011.
  10. Penna FJ, Chow JS, Minnillo BJ, et al. Identifying ureteropelvic junction obstruction by fluorescent imaging: a comparative study of imaging modalities to assess renal function and degree of obstruction in a mouse model. J Urol. 185(6): 2405-13. 2011.
  11. Marchini GS, Hong YK, Minnillo BJ, et al. Robotic assisted laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation in children: case matched comparative study with open surgical approach. J Urol. 185(5): 1870-5. 2011.
  12. Minnillo BJ, Cruz JA, Sayao RH, et al. Long-term experience and outcomes of robotic assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty in children and young adults. J Urol. 185(4): 1455-60. 2011.
  13. Sandy NS, Ziniel S, Nguyen HT, Minnillo BJ, et al. Assessment of parental satisfaction in children undergoing voiding cystourethrography without sedation. J Urol. 185(2): 658-62. 2011.
  14. Rowe CK, Minnillo BJ, Bauer SB, and Nguyen HT. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic augmentation enterocystoplasty with antegrade continence enema. J Endourology, Videourology. 25(2). 2011.
  15. Rowe, CK. Minnillo BJ, and Nguyen HT. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic bilateral ureteroureterostomies. J Endourology, Videourology. 24 (3). 2010.
  16. Nguyen HT, Hurwitz RS, DeFoor WR, Minevich E, Mortensen JE, Novak-Weekley SM, Minnillo BJ, Elder JS. Trimethoprim in vitro antibacterial activity is not increased by adding sulfamethoxazole for pediatric Escherichia coli urinary tract infection. J Urol. 184(1): 305-10. 2010.


  1. Minnillo BJ, Marchini GS, and Nguyen HT. Robotic-Assisted Intravesical Ureteral Reimplantation. 151. In: Pediatric Robotic and Reconstructive Urology, 1st Edition. John Wiley and Sons, 2012.


  1. Minnillo BJ, Maurice MJ, et al. Modifiable factors fail to predict readmission following cystectomy. Amer Urol Assoc. May 2014.
  2. Waissbluth AS, Minnillo BJ, Sandy N, et al. Development of a proficiency-based skills training curriculum for robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Amer Urol Assoc. 2010.
  3. Minnillo BJ, Rowe CK, Nguyen HT. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic augmentation enterocystoplasy and antegrade continence enema stoma. 1st World Cong Ped Urol May 2010.
  4. Minnillo BJ, Penna FJ, et al. A prospective randomized controlled trial assessing the use of aerosolized intraperitoneal bupivacaine in reducing postoperative pain in children undergoing laparoscopic surgery: preliminary results. Podium AAP 2009.
  5. Meier PM, Nguyen HT, Penna FJ, Minnillo BJ, et al. plasma Levels of pupivacaine after aerosolized intraperitoneal administration in young children. Amer Soc Anesthesiology 2009.
  6. Hilliard J, Minnillo BJ, Krenicky J, et al. Sputum in cystic fibrosis: preliminary evaluation of in vitro digestive methods using representative outcome measures. Cystic Fibrosis Conf 2004.

Surgical Education / Training

Intuitive Surgical: Certified da Vinci® Robotics Trainer – Hackensack, NJ

  • Organized and led Children’s Hospital Boston Robotics Training Program
  • Trained 15 international surgeons, 8 surgical residents, multiple students and nursing staff on the robotics system setup, live swine procedures, and inanimate models.
  • Tested resident and attending learning curves on the da Vinci® Robot and FLS model

Computer analysis of surgical motion during robotics - Johns Hopkins Research Initiative.

Personal Interests

  • Married to my wife, Andrea, for 8 years
  • Father of 3: Lenora, Marcella, and Carlo
  • Golf, hiking, caddy, fishing, cooking, and cycling
  • Grew up with 3 brothers playing sports and working in our family restaurant together

Encinitas - Coast Urology

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La Jolla - Coast Urology

9850 Genesee Ave.
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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