Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Title Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Categories Fellowships
Location Boston, MA
Job Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a 651 bed tertiary referral center located in Boston, Massachusetts.   BIDMC is also a major teaching partner of Harvard Medical School.


The Division of Urology is considered one of the areas foremost programs in robotic urologic surgery and GU oncology.  A robust multidisciplinary approach to GU oncology is the backbone of our practice, which includes weekly multidisciplinary clinics in both kidney and prostate cancer as well as a weekly GU tumor board which combines the resources of medical oncology, GU oncology, radiology, pathology and radiation oncology.   Currently 2 fellowship-trained urologists perform high volume robotic surgery and another fellowship-trained urologist performs high volume endourology cases.  Our team has hosted the New England Robotic Teaching Course in Urology since 2009.   BIDMC currently has 2 dual-console robotic systems.


Clinical Training:


1-year Advanced Clinical Training Program (Laparoscopy/Robotics):


The advanced clinical training program is a one-year program that is recognized by the Endourological Society, and provides exposure to high volume minimally invasive urologic surgery, with an emphasis on GU oncology cases.   We have the area’s largest experience with intracorporeal urinary diversion and also regularly perfom robotic RPLND and other complex extirpative and reconstructive cases.  Exposure to complicated benign robotic reconstruction cases is also provided (robotic simple prostatectomy, pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplant, robotic pyelolithotomy).    As we are an area referral center for kidney cancer, an especially high volume of minimally invasive and open kidney cancer cancer cases is typical, including robotic partial nephrectomy, open partial nephrectomy, laparoscopic cytoreductive nephrectomy, and caval thrombus cases with IVC reconstruction.


The fellow is included in our teaching mission as we have 3 rotating residents on service from the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Urology program.  The fellow is expected to guide residents through cases after an introductory period on service.  In addition to his/her surgical responsibilities, the fellow functions as a junior attending by running a resident clinic one half day per week and taking call as an attending approximately one night in 6 and one weekend in twelve.  Additional call as an attending is possible depending on the situation.


Research Opportunity:  The fellow has ample opportunity to contribute to our research mission during the year.  We have a clinical research team lead by 2 attending urologists and also consist of 3 full-time research staff (1 clinical trial specialist, 1 research coordinator, 1 research assistant).   Multiple IRB-approved ongoing databases provide opportunity for clinical research and we are active participants in several multi-center studies.  About ½-1 day per week of dedicated time for clinical research is provided in order to compliment the clinical activities.  Our research program focuses on several areas including evaluating health-related quality of life after kidney and prostate surgery, active surveillance in prostate and kidney cancer, and evaluating new technologies and techniques in minimally invasive GU surgery.  Our program has partnered with several other institutions for multi-center clinical studies including Johns Hopkins, Maine Medical Center, Lahey Hospital, and University of Washington among others.   The fellow is strongly encouraged to ask new questions and bring new ideas to our research program, which will be supported.


Previous and Current Fellows


Fellow Academic Year Position
Ignacio San Francisco, M.D. 2009-2010 Chief of Urology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Peter Chang, M.D. 2012-2014 Urologist, BIDMC, Director of Prostate Cancer Program
Ostap Dovirak, M.D. 2014-2015 Urologist, Virginia Urologic Associates, Newport News, VA
Arjun Khosla, M.D. 2015-2016 Urologist, Urology Health Specialists, Philadelphia, PA
Marc Manganiello, M.D. 2016-2017 Urologist, Lahey Institute of Urology, Beverly MA
Joan Delto, M.D. 2017-2018 Current Fellow



Contact Name Andrew A. Wagner, M.D.
Contact Email,
Region North America
Job Address

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

330 Brookline Avenue Rabb 440

Boston, MA 02215

Country United States
Phone 617-667-2898
Fax 617-667-2897