University of Pennsylvania

Title University of Pennsylvania
Categories Fellowships
Location Philadelphia, PA
Job Information

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Description of Program


Goals and objectives

Our goals and objectives for the fellowship follow the current fellowship that we have currently in place that is to:
1. Train annually a urologic surgeon to be highly proficient in robotic urologic surgery
2. Encourage participation and completion of ongoing research projects related to robotic urologic surgery and minimally invasive urologic surgery techniques
3. This person should completed a urologic residency where laparoscopy is being performed in adequate volume


The fellow will be integrated into the urologic robotic surgery practices of 2 urologic surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania.  The fellow will be expected to participate in as many cases as possible with both surgeons.  He/she will be involved in the perioperative and postoperative care of these patients.  He/she will also be involved in the training of Penn Urology residents during their participation in robotic urological surgery.  He/she will lead new research and continue ongoing research projects pertaining to robotic surgery within the division.  The fellow will also participate in research related to training on both the live and simulated systems.

Surgeons with whom the fellow with work and expected volumes

The principal preceptor is David Lee, MD.  Dr. Lee completed his fellowship with Dr. Ralph Clayman and Dr. Tom Ahlering where he was involved with one of the pioneering experiences of robotic prostatectomy at UCI Medical Center.  He is Chief of Urology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Director of the UPHS Robotic Training Center, Director of Robotic Urology Surgery and the Director of the current Robotic Urologic Fellowship at Penn Urology.  He has performed more than 5000 robotic prostatectomy cases and routinely performs around 400 prostatectomy cases per academic year.  The fellow will operate with Dr. Lee 2 days per week.

Also having trained with Drs. Clayman and Dr. Ahlering, Dr. Phil Mucksavage is an assistant professor of urology and attending urologist at Pennsylvania Hospital.  He is well trained in robotic surgery and joined the Division in July 2012.  He performs a wide variety of robotic procedures including radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, as well as having an active stone practice.  The fellow will operate with Dr. Mucksavage 1 day per week at Pennsylvania Hospital.

All totaled we expect that our faculty will perform nearly 500 robotic urological cases lending a depth and breadth of cases that will be unmatched by any other fellowship program site.

Research opportunities

We are maintaining a comprehensive database of all robotic surgery that is being performed within the Penn Health System to study and track clinical outcomes of our patients.  We also have a dedicated research nurse to perform database management and maintenance, obtaining consents, and perform IRB protocol management.  We are also very excited about the development of a tissue banking protocol to collect from our urological cancer patient’s tumor tissue, serum and urine for use in various basic science research projects.  We have ongoing collaborations with our departments of medical oncology, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, bioengineering (specifically robotics), and biostatistics in which the fellow can participate to explore the areas of his or her interest.

Percent of the time fellow with spend in surgery, with patients, on research activities, teaching and performing administrative duties

The fellow will spend 3 days per week performing robotic surgery with the above mentioned attendings.  He/she will spend one day in clinic with Dr. Lee.  He/she will have one day per week at the VA Hospital acting as an attending.  During the OR times the fellow will have mainly console time as the tableside assistants are dedicated PA’s.  Minimal table side assisting will be performed by the fellow at the very outset of the fellowship so that they become comfortable with this very important aspect of the procedure.  The fellow will have occasional teaching duties for medical students and will act to teach the residents during robotic procedures.

Materials required for application

The applicant will provide:
1) Current Curriculum Vitae
2) Recent residency case log (last 1 to 2 years)
3) 3 letters of recommendation

Contact Name David Lee M.D.
Contact Email
Region North America
Job Address

University of Pennsylvania
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Division of Urology
39th and Market St MOB
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Country US
Phone 215-662-8699
Fax 215-243-2060