Hackensack University Medical Center Department of Urology

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

Hackensack University Medical Center


Medical Center Overview:

Hackensack University Medical Center is a teaching and research institution affiliated with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University as well as Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. The medical center is a tertiary referral center and the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state of New Jersey. It is the flagship hospital of the multi-hospital Hackensack Meridian Health System that is composed of 16 hospitals. Located in northern New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center 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 areas of robot-assisted surgery and laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery. The medical center was one of the first robotic surgery training centers in the United States and became the first hospital in the world to acquire 2 da Vinci™ Surgical Systems in 2000, and 3 da Vinci™ Surgical Systems in 2002. At present, the institution has 5 da Vinci Systems, which includes 4 da Vinci Xi Systems and 1 da Vinci SP (single port) System for clinical use. In addition the medical center has robotic systems for training and research. The medical center has multiple operating rooms with state of the art OR1 technology, which provides the ideal operating room layout for performing robotic and laparoscopic 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 1-year Advanced Clinical Training Program (Robotics/Laparoscopy): 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.


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 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.

The main focus of the clinical training is in advanced robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgery, as well as complex minimally invasive surgery, and new technology 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, reconstructive 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, laser therapies for BPH, 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 Seton Hall University, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University-Newark Campus, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

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 Yr Residency Program
Ilya Volfson, M.D. 2005-2006 Rutgers-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 School of Medicine, NY
Jayant Uberoi, M.D. 2008-2009 Boston University School of Medicine, 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
Leonard Glickman, M.D. 2014-2015 Lenox Hill Medical Center, NY
Ganesh Sivarajan, M.D. 2015-2016 New York University School of Medicine, NY
Gerald Portman, M.D. 2016-2017 Yale University School of Medicine, CT
John Stites, M.D. 2017-2018 Maimonides Medical Center, NY
Johnson Tsui, M.D. 2018-2019 Lenox Hill Medical Center, NY
Bethany Desroches, M.D. 2019-2020 Baylor College of Medicine, TX


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