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Fellowships

Fellowships provide advanced sub-specialty urologic training following the completion of five or six years of urology residency. The Department of Urology offers fellowships in the following subspecialties:

 Andrology

This one-year program enhances trainees’ knowledge of medical and surgical management of male sexual, endocrine and reproductive health.

Our goal is to train physicians who will be leaders in both andrology and urology. As a department, we strive to train physicians who are superior clinical care providers and who pursue thoughtful research initiatives to help advance men’s health for the growing and aging male population.

By program completion, fellows will have the expertise needed to provide comprehensive, contemporary subspecialty care and to organize a multidisciplinary approach to male sexual dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction and male infertility care.

The fellow will participate in clinics and operative procedures with co-directors Robert Brannigan, MD, and Nelson Bennett, MD, FACS,and assist with office-based procedures, including:

  • Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration
  • Testicular biopsy
  • Testicular sperm extraction
  • Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate
  • Seminal vesicle aspiration
  • Vasectomy
  • Duplex doppler penile ultrasound
  • Testosterone pellet insertion
  • Intercavernosal injections
  • Intralesional injections (collagenase and verapamil)
  • Penile deformity assessment
  • Biothesiometry

Throughout the year, fellows will master the following the core andrology cases with incrementally increasing autonomy:

  • Micro-TESE
  • Microsurgical vasectomy reversal
  • Vasectomy
  • Microsurgical varicocelectomy
  • Transurethral resection of the ejaculatory ducts
  • Orchiectomy
  • Orchiopoexy
  • Hydrocelectomy
  • Spermatocelectomy
  • Penile fracture repair
  • Plaque incision/excision and grafting
  • Penile prosthesis insertion
  • Penile plication
  • Priapism shunting

Fellows are expected to attend weekly Andrology Conference, weekly departmental Urology Grand Rounds and weekly departmental Pre-Op Conference. Additionally, the fellow will attend multidisciplinary conferences for female and male reproductive specialists and collaborate with reproductive endocrinologists in a clinical setting. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research with opportunities to present abstracts at national conferences and publish in high-impact journals.

Our prior graduates have outstanding records of accomplishment during and after completion of their fellowship training. Over two-thirds of graduates from our program currently hold academic appointments as andrology subspecialists within their respective academic departments.

How to Apply

All applicants must have successfully completed a five- or six-year accredited program in urology.

To apply, send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation and USMLE transcripts to:

Robert E. Brannigan, MD & Nelson E. Bennett, MD
c/o Kelly Ross
676 N. St. Clair St., Arkes 2300
Chicago, IL 60611

Applications accepted: January through March (deadline 3/31/21)

Interviews conducted: April through June

For more information, contact Kelly Ross at 312-694-6083.

 Endourology

Fellows may elect a one or two year training program to learn advanced endourologic and laparoscopic procedures.

The endourology fellowship is a program with clinical, operative and research components. Previous fellows have gone on to successful careers in both academic and specialized private practice settings. Starting in July 2017, there are three options to complete the program:

Endourology Fellowship (traditional program)

  • Length: Two years
  • Case requirements: 60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 60 percutaneous renal cases and 100 laparoscopic/robotic cases
  • Twelve months of research, spread over the two years of training

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Training - Laparoscopy/Robotic-Assisted Surgery

  • Length: One year
  • Case requirements: 100 laparoscopic/robotic cases

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Training – Endourology/Stone Disease

  • Length: One year
  • Case requirements: 60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 30 percutaneous renal cases and 10 shock wave lithotripsy cases

In all three programs, the fellow will be trained in endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery for endourological conditions, stone disease, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. A strong emphasis is placed on ureteroscopic and percutaneous management of stone disease, as well as robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic and robotic assisted partial nephrectomy and robotic cystectomy. Fellows 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.

In collaboration with program directors and residents, the fellow is expected to produce approximately five clinical manuscripts per year. 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.

Fellows work primarily with Kent Perry, Jr., MD.

How to Apply

All applicants must have successfully completed a five- or six-year accredited program in urology. Applicants must register for the match through the American Urological Association. For more information and to apply, visit the Endourological Society website or contact Kelly Ross at 312-694-6083.

 Endourology – Complex Stone Disease Fellowship

This one-year fellowship program enhances trainees’ knowledge of the surgical and medical management of complex stone disease.

The goal of the fellowship is to train endourologists to improve the care of patients with complex stone disease and BPH. During the fellowship year, trainees will master Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP), which is a state of the art minimally invasive procedure.

Fellowship faculty member Amy Krambeck, MD teaches the work up and medical management of stone disease, including significant surgical experience with percutaneous renal access, advanced percutaneous nephrolithotomy techniques, advanced ureteroscopy, and HoLEP.

The fellowship includes 20% research under the guidance of the faculty and with the resources at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

By program completion, fellows will have the expertise to independently provide expert-level endourological care to patients.

Fellows will join the urology housestaff at weekly didactic conferences, including urology grand rounds, pre-operative conference, and a fellowship-level endourology conference.

How to Apply

All applicants must have successfully completed a five- or six-year accredited program in urology in North America. Applicants must be eligible for permanent physician licensure in the State of Illinois.

All applicants must register for the AUA Endourology Match, and complete the Endourological Society application.

To apply, email application materials listed below to Kelly Ross.

  • Endourological Society application
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcripts reflecting scores for Steps 1, 2 CS, 2 CK, and 3.
  • Please request three letters of recommendation, and ask that your references email their letters to Kelly Ross. Letters emailed by applicants will not be accepted.

 Adult Congenital Urology

This one-year fellowship program enhances trainees’ knowledge of medical and surgical management of congenital genitourinary conditions. 

This novel post-urology residency fellowship program is focused specifically on care for patients with congenital genitourinary conditions. The field of congenital urology requires a skillset that draws from both pediatric and adult reconstructive backgrounds to manage the complex needs of these patients. This is the first fellowship designed and dedicated to this population of pediatric patients surviving into adulthood

Under the leadership of Northwestern’s program director and adult reconstructive surgeon Dr. Stephanie Kielb and pediatric urologist Dr. Diana Bowen, the fellow will learn to care for patients with these conditions:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Cloacal exstrophy
  • Bladder exstropy/epispadias
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Posterior urethral valves
  • Anorectal malformations (imperforate anus, rectourethral fistula)
  • Sacral agenesis
  • Tethered cord
  • VACTERL
  • Vaginal agenesis (Meyer-Rokintansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome)
  • Differences of sexual development
  • Vasicoureteral reflux
  • Etopic ureter
  • Duplicated ureter
  • Hypospadias

  • Pediatric urologic cancers (Wilms, rhabdomyosarcoma)
  • Other congenital genitourinary conditions

The fellow will gain experience in numerous surgical procedures for congenital patients including:

  • Open and robotic augmentation cystoplasty
  • Mitrofanoff/Monti/Mace catheterizable channels
  • Bladder neck reconstruction
  • Fascial sling procedures
  • Artificial sphincter placement
  • Upper tract reconstruction
  • Ureteral reimplant
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Stone management

In addition, the fellow will learn office procedures including channel cystoscopies, botulinum toxin injection, urethral bulking procedures,  and performing complex videourodynamics. He or she will gain clinical experience in both the pediatric and adult spina bifida clinic, Transitional Adult Congenital Genitourinary (TRAC) clinic , and the Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s. 

The fellow will gain experience managing complex prolapse and incontinence in both congenital and non-neurogenic patients, as Dr. Kielb is also board certified in FPMRS. In addition, Dr. Bowen is co-founder of the Gender Pathways Program at Northwestern, the fellow may participate in gender-affirming surgeries if desired.

Northwestern Medicine’s multi-specialty academic center along with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago provide exceptional learning environments. Fellows will learn in state-of-the-art facilities in both hospitals. Furthermore, the fellow will have access to the research resources in the Department of Urology, Northwestern University, and Lurie Children’s Pediatric Urology Division.

Application Requirements:

  • Expected completion of 5 or 6 year U.S. or Canadian urology residency program in 2022 or 2023
To apply, please submit the following documents to Kelly Ross: 

Request 3 letters of recommendation from references, to be sent to Kelly Ross by your references  

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