New York Medical College – Department of Urology

Title New York Medical College – Department of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Valhalla, NY
Job Information

Cindy Christiano   email:

Minimally Invasive Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Endourology: Two-year Fellowship-level training in endourology, laparoscopic and robotic oncology, transplant, and research.


Majid Eshghi, M.D., Director of Endourology Fellowship
John L. Phillips, M.D., Co-director

Rafik A. El-Sabrout, M.D.
Ashutosh Kaul, M.D.
Sensuke Konno, Ph.D.

Overview of Program
The fellowship program is a two-year postgraduate program designed to train urologists in advanced Laparoscopy and Endourology. This program integrates clinical and research work in stone disease, urologic oncology, reconstructive surgery, BPH, transplant donor nephrectomy, pediatric laparoscopy-endourology, robotic surgery, and ablative techniques including RFA and cryosurgery. In addition, basic science research labs are available, and the fellow will be encouraged to design his/her own experiments or join an ongoing experiment and work in collaboration with the Director of Research. The facility contains dry labs and simulators for laparoscopic skills training as well as a vivarium for IRB approved research protocols.  The onsite basic science lab is staffed by a full time dedicated urologic researcher. There is also access to nearby industry sponsored surgical training facilities for laparoscopic and robotic skills training.  Westchester Medical Center and the adjoining Maria Ferreri Children’s Hospital are equipped with the latest state of the art surgical equipment (DaVinci S Robot, Greenlight, Holmium, CO2, YAG laser).


The fellowship program places a strong emphasis on urologic laparoscopic and robotic oncology. The fellows are trained in a graduated method to become experts in all aspects of robotic oncology, radical and simple prostatectomy, salvage prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, and partial nephrectomy. The fellow can expect to become facile with three and four-arm posterior and anterior prostatectomy approaches, mechanics and engineering of the DaVinci platform, and techniques to facilitate development of a career in robotic surgery.


The fellow will be working closely with 8 fulltime attending and 3 voluntary staff faculty and will be an active participant in the operating room and will perform and assist in various endourologic, laparoscopic and robotic cases.


Available Program Resources

  • Westchester Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital at WMC
  • Joseph C. Addonizio Lithotripsy Center
  • Medical Education Center at New York Medical College
  • Animate and Inanimate Lab for Endoscopic–Laparoscopic training
  • Alumni Anatomy Laboratory at New York Medical College
  • Adult and Pediatric Robotic Surgery
  • Brachytherapy and Cryotherapy
  • STORZ Modulith SLX


Clinical Volume
Clinical volume

Percutaneous procedures 80+
SWL – Shockwave Lithotripsy (Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Imaging Lithotripsy) 700
Ureteroscopic Endoureterotomy/ Endopyelotomy 25+
Ureteroscopy procedures 200+
Laparoscopic Adrenal Surgery 8+
Transplant Kidney Endourology (open, ureteroscopic, percutaneous) 30+
Holmium/Greenlight transurethral prostatic surgery 30+
DaVinci Prostaectomy 80+
DaVinci Partial Nephrectomy 20+
DaVinci Cystectomy 10+
Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy 35
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy/Adrenalectomy 30+
Laproscopic Cystectomy Urinary Diversion/Prostatectomy 8
Cryosurgery/RFA 10+
Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty 7
Pediatric Laparoscopic orchiopexy/ Pyeloplasty, re-implant, varicocelectomy, nephrectomy 80+


In addition, the fellow will be involved in resident and student teaching. The fellow will be encouraged to give talks and didactic sessions and will be an active participant in the weekly teaching conferences.



On campus housing
There is no on campus housing available. The fellow will be responsible to find his/her own accommodations.

Previous Graduates of Fellowship Program
Previous Graduates of Fellowship Program

Year of training Last Name First Name Medical School Urology Residency training
7/1/2001-6/30/2002 Samadi Albert SUNY Downstate New York Medical College
7/1/2002-6/30/2003 Pedraza Roberto Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
7/1/2003-6/30/2004 Rajamahanty Srinivas Sri Venkateswara University New York Medical College
7/1/2004-6/30/2005 Amukele Samuel Columbia University M.D. & M.P.H. Long Island Jewish Medical Center
7/1/2005-6/30/2006 Butani Rajen Boston University School of Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
7/1/2006-6/30/2007 Chang Mark Jefferson Medical College Thomas Jefferson University
7/1/2007-6/30/2008 Arsanjani Amir Oregon Health Sciences University University of California San Diego
7/1/2008-6/30/2009 Davalos Mauricio The Albany Medical School New York Medical College
7/1/2009-6/30/2010 Dawud Lankford Meharry Med College New York Medical College
7/1/2010-6/30/2011 Dawud Lankford Meharry Med College New York Medical College
7/1/2011-6/30/2012 Michael Degen SUNY Downstate Medical College Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
7/1/2012-6/30/2013 Michael Degen SUNY Downstate Medical College Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014 Amanur Rahman Dhaka Medical College New York Medical College/General Surgery 09-11
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015 Amanur Rahman Dhaka Medical College New York Medical College/General Surgery 09-11
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016 Ariel Schulman SUMNY Stony Brook School of Medicine Maimonides Medical Center, Division of Urology


College Director Majid Eshghi, M.D



Laparoscopy & Endourology Fellowship at WMC 

  •   Percutaneous Nephrostomy, nephrolithotomy
  •   Holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP)
  •   Living donor transplant nephrectomy
  •   Complicated Ureteroscopic procedures (UPJ, TCC)
  •   Endoscopic management of complicated upper tract pathology
  •   Adult and pediatric laparoscopic procedures
  •   Endourology management of complicated kidneys transplants
  •   Pediatric Endourology and Laparoscopy
  •   Adult and Pediatric Robotic Surgery
  •   Cryosurgery
  •   Advanced bowel reconstruction for urological procedures
  •   Shockwave Lithotripsy (Ultrasound and Fluoroscopic Imaging Lithotripsy)



  •   Tertiary care center: High risk pregnancy, Transplant, Neonatal, Cardiothoracic, Burn
  •   General Urology
  •   Minimally Invasive: Advanced Laparoscopy and Endourology: Holmium Laser, Da Vinci Robotics, Cryosurgery
  •   Advanced Oncology: Neobladder, Orthotopic pouch, Vascular Bypass
  •   Advanced Infertility: Microscopic Vasovasostomy, Varicocelectomy
  •   Dedicated cystoscopy and urodynamics suite, Pelvic Reconstruction
  •   General urology clinic once weekly
  •   Level 1 Trauma


Westchester Medical Center Attending Staff:

  •   Muhammad Choudhury, M.D.
  •   Majid Eshghi, M.D.
  •   John L. Phillips, M.D.
  •   Gerald Matthews, M.D.
  •   M. David Schwalb, M.D.
  •   Sean Fullerton, M.D.
  •   Paul F. Zelkovic, M.D.
  •   Christine Kim, MD
  •   Fernando Ferrer, MD
  •   John Makari, MD
  •   Miriam Harel, MD
  •   Lori Dyer, MD
  •   Denton Allman, M.D.
  •   Rafik A. El-Sabrout, M.D.
  •   Michael Grasso, III M.D.
  •   Ashutosh Kaul, M.D.
  •   20+ Voluntary Staff

Candidate Requirements
The Endourology Fellowship requires candidates to submit:

  1. C.V.
  2. evidence of ACGME-approved residency training
  3. permanent US citizen status

To achieve credentialing from the Society of Endourology, successful fellows must upon completion submit:

  1. Completed case logs from fellowship period
  2. IRB protocol prior to the start of the 2nd year
  3. First author paper to the Society of Endourology by April 1 of the 2nd year
  4. Evidence of second or lower author on at least 3 (three) papers prior to June 30 of the 2nd year
Contact Name Program Director: Majid Eshghi, M.D. ; John Phillips, M.D. , Cindy Christiano
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New York Medical College

Department of Urology
40 Sunshine Cottage

19 Skyline 1S-B48

Valhalla, NY 10595

Country US
Phone 914-594-2440
Fax 914-594-2431