University of Toronto – Division Of Urology

Title University of Toronto – Division Of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Toronto, Ontario
Job Information

Fellowship in Endourology, Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic-assisted surgery

Description of Training The University of Toronto Endourology, Urologic Laparoscopy, and Robotic-assisted surgery fellowship is a comprehensive 2-year program that provides clinical and research training in both endourology and minimally-invasive urologic surgery. As well as training in all aspects of contemporary endourology, fellows will be involved with the medical management of stone disease through the Provincial Kidney Stone Prevention Clinic, and will gain experience with advanced laparoscopic and robotic assisted laparoscopic procedures. These include nephrectomy, donor nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, adrenalectomy, and robotic assisted radical prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy and pyeloplasty. We serve as a provincial tertiary referral centre for complex stone disease, laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery. Our centre is also one of only 3 shock wave lithotripsy units in the province of Ontario.

The Fellowship will consist of 2 years, with one year primarily focused on endourology and the other year focused primarily on advanced laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery.  Clinical research occurs through-out the fellowship.

Duration of Training Fellows are required to have completed a recognized 5 or 6 year Urology Residency with the appropriate certification.

Laboratory Facilities and Research Supervision Clinical databases are available to allow prospective outcome studies on 2,500-2,800 shockwave patients per year, as well as all patients treated endourologically, laparoscopically and robotically. Both basic science bench-space and a fully equipped animal vivarium are available. A Ph.D. is available to supervise specific projects, in areas ranging from biomaterials, infection, and metabolic stone disease. Supervision is also available for those wishing to pursue an M.Sc. in clinical epidemiology, and fellows are expected to participate in ongoing clinical trials, as well as in the development of new trials. Fellows are expected to submit abstracts to annual meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication.

Clinical Responsibilities The Fellow will participate in a wide range of endourologic, laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgical procedures and round on these patients, with the senior resident, in the post-operative period. He or she will be involved with both the surgical and medical assessment of patients through the clinics at The St. Michael’s Hospital Kidney Stone Centre. Fellows will not routinely be expected to take night or weekend urology call,  unless the urology residents are not meeting their on-call requirements. Fellow will assist with renal transplants as well during the course of fellowship.



Annual Clinical Volume (approximate)
Percutaneous procedures 100 – 150
Ureteroscopic procedures 250 – 300
Shock Wave Lithotripsy 50 (out of 2500 treatments per year)
Laparoscopic procedures 120 – 160
Robotic Assisted surgery 80 -100
 Percutaneous renal cryotherapy 10 – 20


Previous Graduates of the Fellowship Program

Fellow Year Completed Program Email
Dr. Peter Incze 1998  
Dr. Michael Weir 1999
Dr. Kenneth Pace 2001
Dr. Solieman Bilgasem 2002  
Dr. Peter Cybulski 2003
Dr. Joel Dagnone 2004
Dr. Brian Blew 2005
Dr. Luke Fazio 2006
Dr. Alix Perks 2007
Dr. Trevor Schuler 2008
Dr. Andrew Ray 2010
Dr. Joshua Wiesenthal 2011
Dr. Michael Ordon 2013
Dr. Kirsten Foell 2014  
Dr. Andrea Lantz 2014
Dr. Steph Tam 2015
Dr. Keith Barrett 2016
Dr. Tarek Alzahrani 2016
Dr. Abdulaziz Althunayan 2016


Contact Name Dr. Kenneth T. Pace (Director), Dr. Jason Y. Lee, Dr. Michael Ordon
Contact Email
Region North America
Job Address

University of Toronto
St. Michael’s Hospital, Division of Urology
61 Queen St. E., Ste. 9103Q
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2T2

Country Canada
Phone 416-867-3695
Fax 416-867-3675