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Venkata Jayanthi, MD, Division Chief



laparoscopic surgery, hypospadias, vaginoplasty, "intersex" conditions, complex urinary reconstruction


Dr. Rama Jayanthi is chief of the Department of Urology at Dayton Children’s, as well as chief of urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is also a clinical professor of surgery in the Department of Urology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Jayanthi is a full time pediatric urologist with expertise in all aspects of the medical and surgical management of genitourinary problems including such diverse conditions as urinary tract infections, hydronephrosis, urinary incontinence, hypospadias and intersex conditions. He is a strong proponent of laparoscopic correction for kidney abnormalities, as well as primary reflux. Most recently, he has been collaborating with the anesthesia department to develop a spinal anesthesia program as a means of doing surgery without the need for general anesthesia.  He and his wife are empty nesters and are passionate fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey club and the Columber Crew soccer team.  

Dr. Jayanthi received his medical degree from the Ohio State University and completed his urology residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He then completed his pediatric urology training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.


Meet Dr. Jayanthi

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education and training

  • medical school: Ohio State University
  • internship: University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • residency: Urology, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York
  • fellowship: Pediatric urology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • board certification: Urology

awards, honors and organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • ​American Association of Pediatric Urologists
  • American Medical Association
  • American Urological Association
  • American Urological Association, North Central Section
  • Society for Pediatric Urology
  • European Society of Pediatric Urology
  • American Association of Clinical Urologists
  • Ohio Urological Society
  • Central Ohio Pediatric Society 
  • Pediatric Urology Midwest Alliance
  • Board Member; Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

pediatric urology is full of conditions that can be treated and afterwards can lead to a normal, healthy life. There are many children who have problems with things that we all take for granted, such as having urinary control or being free from infections.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

I like the people who work here. They are committed to giving the best care possible.

Dayton Children's is special because...

it is a free standing children's hospital which is dedicated to giving care to the children of the region.

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We saw Dr. J and he was very thorough and timely and took great care of my son. He answered all of our questions and we left feeling confident and happy with the care we received from the entire staff in the urology clinic. My son and I even talked during and after our visit about how nice every one was and how quickly we were able to complete our appointment! Thanks for all you do Dayton Children's!

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Dr. Jay is one of the best doctors I have ever had....and I have had a lot of doctors in my lifetime. He is the most caring and compassionate person...they say you have "career people" and "job people"....I have known Dr. Jay for 19 years and I knew from DAY ONE that he is 1000% a "career doctor." I am so thankful to have found him and have him play a part in helping me get and stay healthy...and getting to where I am today and accomplish everything I have to this day. I can't say enough GOOD about Dr. Jay and again I am so grateful to him for everything he has and continues to do for me to help me stay healthy and live a happy, successful life!

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Hi, yes, Dr. J was very, very nice. He had a wonderful bedside manner. He was very concerned and is doing what he can to get this taken care of as quickly as possible. I would definitely recommend him.

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This was one of the absolute best doctors I've seen. He was personable, made me feel comfortable, was gentle with my son, and obviously knew and was an expert in the topic we were there to discuss. I was very confident walking out. In fact, that was the first thing I said to my husband.

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