Hackensack University Medical Center Department of Urology

Title Hackensack University Medical Center Department of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Hackensack, NJ
Job Information

Medical Center Overview:

Hackensack University Medical Center is a teaching and research institution affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. The medical center is a tertiary referral center and the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Located in northern New Jersey, the institution is less than 10 miles from New York City. The Department of Urology has evolved into one of the most active and diversified centers for minimally invasive urologic surgery in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area.Hackensack University Medical Center has an established reputation as a world class institution in the area of laparoscopy and robot-assisted surgery. The medical center was one of the first robotic surgery training centers in the United States and became the first in the world to acquire 3 da Vinci™ Surgical Systems. At present, the institution has 5 da Vinci Systems, which includes 2 da Vinci Si Systems for clinical use and 3 for training and research (1 da Vinci Si System, 1 da Vinci S System, 1 da Vinci Standard System). The medical center has multiple operating rooms with state of the art OR1 technology, which provides the ideal operating room layout for performing laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures. Each operating room has high definition imaging systems and high-tech multimedia applications for audio and video recording and communication (telemedicine).

Clinical Training:
A 2-year Endourology Fellowship: The fellowship is a two year program that is recognized by the Endourological Society, and provides highly specialized and comprehensive training in all aspects of minimally invasive urology. The goal of this fellowship is to provide graduates with with a balance between clinical and research activities. The fellow will incorporate endourology, laparoscopy, and robot-assisted surgery into their armamentarium of surgical skills through a training program that emphasizes hands-on involvement in clinical cases. Time will be equally distributed between clinical work and research activities during both years.

A 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 highly specialized and comprehensive training in all aspects of minimally invasive urology. The focus of this program is to provide the trainee with a hands-on approach to robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Dedicated time for clinical research is provided in order to compliment the clinical activities.

The main focus of the clinical training is in advanced laparoscopy, robot-assisted surgery, and complex endourology through a large volume and variety of surgical cases. The fellow is thoroughly trained in robot-assisted surgery (prostatectomy, partial/radical nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, pyeloplasty, cystectomy, ureteral reconstruction, adrenal surgery), laparoscopy (partial/radical nephrectomy, donor nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, adrenalectomy, ureteral reconstruction), endourology (ureteroscopy, percutaneous renal surgery, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy), and other minimally invasive procedures (including renal cryoablation and high intensity focused ultrasound [HIFU] of the prostate). A strong emphasis is placed on training in all aspects of robotic and laparoscopic oncology including extirpative and reconstructive procedures.

The trainee actively participates in all aspects of clinical care such as diagnosing and evaluating patients, performing surgery, and post-operative care. In addition, an integral part of the training involves working with urology residents and medical students on a daily basis, as well as organized teaching activities including weekly grand rounds, visiting professor conferences, and teaching postgraduate minimally invasive training courses.

The subspecialty training offered in this fellowship provides an exceptional experience that will prepare the graduate to be a future leader in minimally invasive urologic surgery. In addition, the comprehensive curriculum and hands-on clinical experience will provide the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in academics or community practice.

Research and Laboratory Facilities:
A portion of the trainee’s time will include clinical or laboratory research. Our department’s clinical research efforts focus on developing novel laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques, and evaluating new technologies. An additional research focus is in the area of outcomes research using validated mechanisms and evidence-based medicine. Weekly dedicated research time is allocated in order to enrich the experience of the fellow and provide an opportunity for scholarly pursuit.

Laboratory research facilities include the David and Alice Jurist Institute for Research, which is a five-story, 55,000 square-foot building that houses and consolidates the medical center’s ongoing research activities into one location. This modern research center unites the medical center’s scientists and physician-investigators that are engaged in a number of national and international multi-center trials. The top floor of this facility houses the state of the art minimally-invasive and robotic surgery training and research center containing three da Vinci Surgical Systems. This center is fully equipped for animate and inanimate training and for conducting translational animal research studies. The fellow will have full access to the animal laboratory facility and research center for conducting research studies.

In addition, Hackensack University Medical Center has partnered with several local institutions and is involved in ongoing research projects. The fellow can be involved in current projects and new endeavors with investigators at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (Newark, NJ), Rutgers University-Newark Campus, (Newark, NJ), and Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ).

The trainee is appropriately supervised during clinical and laboratory research, and will present the results of their work at national and international meetings.

Previous and Current Fellows

Fellow Academic Year Residency Program
Ilya Volfson, M.D. 2005-2006 UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Stuart Kesler, M.D. 2006-2007 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
Grant Disick, M.D. 2007-2008 Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY
Jayant Uberoi, M.D. 2008-2009 Boston University Medical Center, MA
Jennifer Yates, M.D. 2009-2011 Brown University School of Medicine, RI
Samay Jain, M.D. 2011-2012 Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Contact Name Program Director: Ravi Munver, M.D., Co-Director: Michael Esposito, M.D.
Contact Email ravi.munver@hackensackmeridian.org
Region North America
Job Address
Hackensack University Medical Center Department of Urology
360 Essex Street
Suite 403
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Country US
Phone (551) 996-8090
Fax (551) 996-8221