The Section of Urology’s Fellowship Program officially commenced in July 2003 with the first fellow Gary Chien, MD. Since then, the Endourology fellowship has grown dramatically. Currently, two fellows are trained annually with large surgical volume, animal based research and prospective clinical database outcomes research. Initially a one-year Society of Endourology fellowship-certified program, the current fellowship is a two-year commitment to be certified by the society.

Our minimally invasive uro-oncology team is approved by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) to train one fellow per year with a two-year commitment. Both clinical and bench research are required for certification.


The candidate must

  • Have completed an ACGME-accredited or foreign urology training program
  • Have a valid license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
  • Be fluent in English

Previous laparoscopic skills and experience with manuscript writing and publication, as well as statistical analysis, is highly suggested.

Goals and Objectives:

Training includes all aspects of urologic oncology, laparoscopy and robotic surgery. More specifically, the fellow will be exposed to the following procedures:

  • Robotic radical prostatectomy
  • Robotic radical cystoprostatectomy
  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic renal tumor ablation (RFA, cryotherapy)
  • Laparoscopic nephroureterectomy
  • Laparoscopic pyeloplasty
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Open radical cystectomy with neo-bladder reconstruction
  • Open retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  • Open radical prostatectomy
  • Open radical/partial nephrectomy
  • Complex urologic oncology reconstruction