Indiana University Medical Center Department of Urology

Title Indiana University Medical Center Department of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Indianapolis, IN
Job Information

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urology (Laparoscopic / Robotic Surgery)

Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis



This one or two year fellowship involves comprehensive training in all aspects of minimally invasive urology in a high volume tertiary care center. It is recognized by the Endourological Society since 2004 and allows for the two-year fellows to graduate with a Masters of Science degree in clinical research from Indiana University. If there are no suitable candidates for the two-year fellowship, applicants will be considered for a one-year clinical training program. The focus of this training will be on all aspects of advanced laparoscopic and robotic urological operations, with ample opportunities for various clinical and basic science research projects in the field of minimally invasive Urology. To ensure adequate training, there is only one MIS fellow at any time. The fellow’s weekly schedule is equally distributed between surgical training and research during the entire duration of the fellowship. This schedule ensures no break in surgical training and allows long-term research projects for the two-year fellows. All fellow activities are related to surgical training and research.  Former fellows have been very successful in academic or community practice positions of their choice.



Applicants must have obtained an unrestricted medical license in Indiana and must have completed residency/fellowship in the US or Canada. Overseas applicants may be considered occasionally only if they are fully funded by their institution.


Clinical Exposure

The fellow will predominantly work with Dr Sundaram, but is also encouraged to work with other faculty members for a wider operative experience if there are specific training goals. Drs. Koch, Gardner and Bahler also have high volume practices in robotic surgery. The annual volume of laparoscopic and robotic surgery in IU Urology is over 500. There is a wide range of both upper and lower urinary tract laparoscopic / robotic operations during the fellowship, including partial nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, donor nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, adrenalectomy, various ureteric reconstructions, prostatectomy and lymph node dissection. The fellow will also be exposed to the retroperitoneal approach. The fellow will initially function as the first assistant in laparoscopic / robotic operations, and as training progresses, will assume the role of co-surgeon under the supervision of Dr Sundaram. Training in the operating room will focus on both technical skills and strategic thinking, so the fellow will be competent to perform advanced laparoscopic / robotic surgery independently upon graduation from this fellowship.


Fellows function as junior attending urologists at Eskenazi Hospital (Indianapolis) two to four times each month to supervise residents in the operating room as well as urology clinics. The fellow may help with chief resident back up home call on weekends less than once a month.

Research Opportunities

Throughout the fellowship, the fellow will be assigned numerous clinical and basic science research projects. From the conception of research ideas, drafting of study protocols, data collection, statistical analysis and writing manuscripts, there are ample opportunities in every step of proper research. The fellow will also help to coordinate research projects by residents and medical students. Research projects often involve collaboration with researchers from other departments in IUPUI or Purdue University.

The IU Urology departmental databases are well maintained by a team of dedicated research administrators to support clinical research. Weekly research meetings with Dr Sundaram provide adequate guidance on research activities, ensuring good progress for every research project. Fellows are strongly encouraged to present their research work at various local and international meetings, and to publish them in major peer-reviewed urology journals. A fully equipped animal laboratory is available at IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus.

Education Training

An advanced laparoscopic training facility is managed by the Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery fellow for the purpose of training of medical students and urology residents. Third- and fourth-year medical students are offered a month-long elective in urologic laparoscopy, and the fellow is closely involved with their education and clinical research. The da Vinci surgical systems and simulators are used predominately by urologists.

Salary and benefits

The annual salary and benefits for fellows in the Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program are equivalent to that of a senior resident/fellow at IU School of Medicine. More information about salary and benefits are available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.  Annual educational allowance is available for travel to meetings when the fellow presents his/her research.


How to Apply

This fellowship participates in the Endourological Society fellowship match program. Details and application forms are available at

Applications should be submitted along with a CV and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Chandru Sundaram at The fellowship coordinator, Tina Hedges may be reached at


List of Past MIS Urology Fellows

Academic Year Fellow Residency Program
2003 – 2004 Jonathan Bernie, MD UC San Diego
2004 – 2005 Vlad Bargman, MD UMDNJ / New Jersey Medical School
2005 – 2006 Michael Lipke, MD SUNY Stony Brook
2006 – 2007 Carl Gjertson, MD Columbia University, NY
2007 – 2008 Amanjot Sethi, MD Boston University
2008 – 2010 Michelle Lerner, MD Indiana University
2010 – 2012 Steven Lucas, MD UT Southwestern, Dallas
2012 – 2013 Keng Siang Png, FRCS National University of Singapore
2013 – 2015 Clinton Bahler, MD Indiana University
2015 – 2016 Steven Kheyfets, MD Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
2016 – 2017 Cheuk Fan Shum, FAMS (Urology) National University of Singapore
Contact Name Chandru P. Sundaram, M.D.
Contact Email
Region North America
Job Address

535 N. Barnhill Drive, Suite 4
Suite 420
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5289

Country US
Phone 317-948-3098
Fax 317-944-0174