Robotic Urologic Oncology & Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

The Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology offers five positions in the Robotics Urologic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship, two of which are available through the Endourological Society match. The positions are a 12-month commitment July 1, 2024 – July 30, 2025 where the fellows will learn under the tutelage of world renowned faculty, including Drs. Inderbir Gill, Mihir Desai, Monish Aron, and Rene Sotelo. The fellows will also have an opportunity to work with Drs. Andre Abreu, Amir Lebastchi, Andrew Hung, Mike Nguyen, Jamal Nabhani, and Jullet Han. Fellows will work directly with faculty primarily at Keck Hospital of USC and Verdugo Hills Hospital and at select satellite locations, including Los Angeles General Medical Center and Garfield Medical Center.

The fellows will undergo an intensive clinical and surgical curriculum, and be trained in a breadth of robotic approaches to urologic oncology as well as benign conditions. The fellows will also be trained in MRI/TRUS fusion prostate biopsies and focal therapies, including High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and cryoablation for prostate cancer. In addition, the fellows will receive training in Aquablation, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot utilizing automated tissue resection for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH. Each fellow is expected to participate in over 250 cases over a one-year period.

Numerous teaching/educational opportunities, whether in the operating room, at resident teaching conferences, M&Ms, or Grand Rounds, are also available.

There are also abundant opportunities for clinical research, as the department currently holds IRB-approved clinical databases for all urologic malignancies — an important resource for fellows interested in clinical outcomes research. For those who with basic science interests, the department has several basic science investigators who are currently doing research on various aspects of urologic oncology. Fellows will also have access to a fully equipped small- and large-animal laboratory for preclinical projects if desired.

The fellows are appointed as junior faculty (Clinical Instructor) through Keck Hospital of USC. Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in the United States or Canada and must be eligible for medical licensure through the California Medical Board.

Fellows will conduct clinical cases primarily at Keck Hospital of USC and Los Angeles General Medical Center. Fellows will also be expected to conduct cases at select satellite locations.

Interested applicants should click the link above and submit your CV, three letters of recommendation and an updated surgical log by March 1, 2023. We typically invite applicants for interviews in March and May for a fellowship start date in July of the following year.

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Our institution does not have the ECFMG “Recognition Status” for the enrollment year of August 2025, therefore we will not be able to accept J1 Visa holders at this time.


Fellowship Directors

Monish Aron, MD, MCh
Mihir M. Desai, MD
Inderbir Gill, MD, MCh

Assistant Program Director

Jullet Han, MD

Fellowship Coordinator

Alissa L. Diaz, MEd