Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Urology

Endourology Fellowship


The endourology fellowship is a program with clinical, operative and research components. Starting in July 2017, there are one of three ways to complete the program:

LengthProgram Title

Case Requirements

(minimum number of procedures to be completed by end of fellowship)

Two YearsEndourology Fellowship (traditional program)60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 60 percutaneous renal cases, & 100 laproscopic/robotic cases
One YearCertificate of Advanced Clinical Training - Laparoscopy/Robotic-Assisted Surgery100 laproscopic/robotic cases
One YearCertificate of Advanced Clinical Training – Endourology/Stone Disease60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 30 percutaneous renal cases, & 10 shock wave lithotripsy cases

Regardless of which option the fellow pursues, the clinical element will train fellows in endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery for endourological conditions, stone disease, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. In addition to ureteroscopic and percutaneous management of stone disease, a strong emphasis is placed on robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic and robotic assisted partial nephrectomy, and robotic cystectomy.  The fellow will also participate in laparoscopic and robotic reconstructive cases, including pyeloplasty and ureteral reimplantation. A small component of the clinical experience will consist of office-based procedures in the urology clinic. 

The fellow is required to participate in clinical research. The Department of Urology maintains a strong database of laparoscopic and endourology procedures to produce abstracts and manuscripts for international research meetings and high-impact journals. In collaboration with program directors and residents, the fellow is expected to produce approximately five clinical manuscripts per year.

The fellow works primarily with Dr. Robert B. Nadler, Professor of Urology and Director of Robotic, Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Urology. The fellow also supplements the surgical practice of Dr. Kent Perry, Associate Professor of Urology.

Previous fellows have gone on to successful careers in both academic and specialized private practice settings.


All applicants to the fellowship programs must register for the Match through the American Urological Association. For more information or to apply,* visit the Endourology fellowship website or contact:

Robert B. Nadler, MD
c/o Kelly Ross

303 E. Chicago Ave., Tarry 16-705
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 503-3238

* Successful completion of a five or six year accredited program in urology is a prerequisite.

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