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Urology Fellowships

Endourology and Robotic Surgery

The Division of Endourology and Robotic Surgery sponsors a one-year fellowship in endourology and laparoscopic robotics. This fellowship, which is recognized by the Endourology Society, is a one-year clinical and research fellowship that intends to provide training in all aspects of endourology including ureteroscopy, percutaneous kidney surgery, as well as DaVinci robotic surgery. Research has recently focused on the use of fibrin glue in urology, ureteral healing and the development of new laparoscopic surgical procedures. Many graduates from this program have entered a career in academic medicine; however, all interested urology residents are encouraged to apply.

To do so, please send a letter of interest and forward three letters of recommendation, CV and copy of endourology application to Dr. Thomas Turk at:

Urology Department
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 216-8152
Fax: (708) 216-6585
E-mail: tturk@lumc.edu

The fellowship is directed by Dr. Thomas Turk. who is fellowship trained in endourology. The fellowship consists of a large volume of operative cases. Approximately 300-400 cases are done every year and the approximate volume is:

  • Percutaneous procedures: 100
  • Ureteroscopic procedures: 150
  • ESWL procedures: 25
  • Laparoscopic robotic procedures: 150

Current Fellow:

Edward Capoccia

Edward Capoccia, MD
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

The Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Division at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) is a comprehensive multidisciplinary training program, supported by the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology. As of 2013, the fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME.

The mission of FPMRS Fellowship Program at LUMC is to train academic leaders in urogynecology and advance the science of the discipline, provide meaningful education and outstanding clinical care.

Learn more about the program at the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery website.

Male Pelvic Health and Genitourinary Reconstruction

The Division of Male Pelvic Health and Genitourinary Reconstruction sponsors a one-year fellowship in voiding dysfunction, genitourinary reconstruction, and sexual health. The fellowship is a one-year clinical and research fellowship that intends to provide training modern management of male voiding dysfunction, urethral reconstruction and sexual health. Training will include medical and surgical management of bladder outlet obstruction, urethral stricture disease, artificial urinary sphincters, and penile prostheses.  Research has recently focused on sexual health, genitourinary reconstruction, prosthetics, and urinary microbiome. 

All interested urology residents are encouraged to apply.

To do so, please send a letter of interest and forward three letters of recommendation, CV and a copy of Men's Pelvic Health application to Dr. Ahmer Farooq at:

Urology Department
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 216-3155
Fax: (708) 216-6585
Email: afarooq@lumc.edu

The fellowship is directed by Dr. Ahmer Farooq with co-directors Dr. Chris Gonzalez (Chairman of Urology) and Dr. Kevin McVary (Director of Male Pelvic Health Center).  The fellowship consists of large volumes of operative cases including urethroplasties, penile prostheses, artificial urinary sphincters, and minimally invasive procedures for bladder outlet obstruction.

Current Fellow:

Ryan Dornbier, MD

Ryan Dornbier, MD
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Medical School: Saint Louis University

Urologic Oncology

Hiten Patel

Loyola's Urologic Oncology fellowship is designed to prepare excellent surgeons, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in academic Urologic Oncology. Currently five fellowship-trained Urologic Oncologists on the faculty bring broad-ranging backgrounds, interests, and extensive prior training to the fellowship program. Loyola University Medical Center, Loyola Gottlieb Hospital and the Edward Hines VA medical center are a high-volume regional and national referral center for comprehensive genitourinary cancer care.

Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally in clinical research, translational research and clinical trials. The Loyola Urologic Oncology Fellowship is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO).

Program Details

The Faculty

The clinical urologic oncology faculty includes Drs. Gopal N. Gupta, Robert C. FlaniganMarcus L. Quek, Michael Woods, and Alex Gorbonos. Collectively, they possess a wealth of clinical training and expertise, including the most current open, laparoscopic, robotic-assisted laparoscopic and ablative techniques. Each faculty member is actively engaged in clinical and/or translational research as evidenced by the impact of Loyola publications and grants awarded to current faculty members.

Loyola urologic oncology faculty are well represented in national and international committees and are actively involved at the highest level of organizational urology. In addition, we are part of the Alliance Clinical Trials network and the Southwest Oncology Group.  

Educational Objectives

The Fellowship aims to provide comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of urologic malignancies, as well as the tools to evaluate and contribute to the research in this field. Specifically, you will acquire advanced expertise in the multidisciplinary management of urologic cancers, including the ability to apply the critical principles of radiation oncology, medical oncology, urologic imaging and pathology. You will also acquire advanced understanding of the biology of urologic malignancies through clinical experiences, self-directed learning, the Urologic Oncology curriculum, and research endeavors. Fellows will learn the important aspects of study design, biostatistics, clinical trials, data analysis, scientific methodology and laboratory research. These objectives are consistent with the goals of the SUO accrediting body

Program Structure

The Fellowship is a minimum of two years, with the first year dedicated to research and the second year to clinical training.  Fellows are given junior faculty privileges and are extensively involved in the education of the Loyola Urology residents.

  • In the first year, you will initiate a research project(s) under the guidance of a research mentor(s). The aims are to acquire research skills that can be applied to a career in academic Urologic Oncology and to make impactful contributions to the care of patients with urologic cancers.  You will also have one day of clinical practice.
  • The focus of the second year is development of surgical skills and clinical acumen. The surgical training is intensive and includes hands-on experience in open surgery, laparoscopy, robotic and energy-ablative techniques. One day each week is spent in the clinic, learning the intricacies of the multidisciplinary management of urologic cancers.

Throughout the two-year program, you will play an active role in tumor board conferences and the didactic lecture series, as well as the multidisciplinary cancer conference. These conferences provide a framework for learning the biology of urologic cancers and a stimulus for further investigation.

The Fellowship Program Director is Gopal N. Gupta, MD, FACS, who oversees the clinical and didactic components of the training program. 

How to Submit Your Application for a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology

Apply for the Fellowship in Urologic Oncology by March 1 the penultimate year of your residency. Before starting the fellowship, you must have taken or be registered to take the qualifying portion (Part I) of the American Board of Urology (ABU) exam OR be board certified by the ABU.

To apply, please send the following documents to gogupta@lumc.edu and sdisalvo@lumc.edu:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Reference: This includes a letter of support from your program director attesting to the anticipated completion of your urology training and an additional letter from a faculty member recommending you for the fellowship.

Current Fellow (2020-2022):

Hiten Patel

Hiten Patel, MD MPH
Residency: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: Johns Hopkins

Incoming Fellow (2021-2023):

Goran Rac

Goran Rac, MD
Residency: MUSC
Medical School: MUSC