J. Rene Frontera, M.D.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Bladder cancer, Kidney cancer, Kidney stones,  Laparoscopic surgery, Prostate cancer, Robotic surgery, Urinary tract infection

Education & Training

Dr. Frontera joined Michigan Institute of Urology in 2001. Born in Barcelona, Spain and raised in Puerto Rico, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1981 and earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1985. He completed a one-year internship in General Surgery followed by two more years of surgery residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1988, and completed his Urology Residency at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1991.

After finishing his urologic training, Dr. Frontera became Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Wayne State University (WSU) where he joined the teaching faculty as a full-time staff member. He was appointed Chief of the Urology Service at Detroit Receiving Hospital and was active in the Detroit Medical Center affiliated hospitals where he served as a member of the academic faculty until 1997 when he left the department to join private practice. During his tenure at WSU he also served as Director of the Endourology and the Urologic Trauma sections of the Department of Urology.

Dr. Frontera is Clinical Program Director of Wayne State University’s Urology Residency program at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

He is Chair if MIU’s QA Committee and member of the Stone and Cancer Committees.

His hobbies include music, travel, and history. He and wife, Julie, are the proud parents of Andrew, Marlene, Mariana and Alex and have three grandchildren, Sebastian, Margaux and Luci.

Certifications & Memberships

He has been board certified in the specialty of urology by the American Board of Urology since 1994.

He has published articles, chapters and lectured in these fields. He has been a member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons performing Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery since 1991 and Robotic Surgery since 2004.

Dr. Frontera is a member of the following organizations: American Urological Association, American Urological Association North Central Section, Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Endourologic Society and the Society of Robotic Surgery.


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