He then moved to the United States and pursued further training in urology from 1959 to 1963. In 1961, he completed his qualifications for practicing in the United States from the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). He pursued further training at New York Polyclinic Medical School and Hospital, which he completed in 1964. As part of his advanced training, he did clinical and laboratory research in urological cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research from 1963 to 1964 at Columbia University.
Dr. Granato is a clinical and surgical urologist who has been licensed in New York since 1964 and certified by the American Board of Urology since 1971. From 1972 - 1985 he did about 800 vaginoplasties and phalloplasties. He trained his son, Roberto E. Granato, in the techniques, but the latter did not adopt that speciality.
Patients include: Diane Kearny, Renee Richards, Eleanor Schuler, Jeanne Hoff.
- Roberto C. Granato. “Surgical approach to male transsexualism”. Urology. 1974 Jun;3(6):792-6. PMID: 4836347
- Andrea James. “Vaginoplasty with Roberto C. Granato, Sr”. Transsexual Road Map. www.tsroadmap.com/physical/vaginoplasty/roberto-granato.html.