Wake Forest School of Medicine – Department of Urology

Title Wake Forest School of Medicine – Department of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Winston-Salem, NC
Job Information

Endourology/Stone Surgery and Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery Fellowship

This two-year fellowship — accredited by the Endourological Society — combines training in endourology/stone surgery and laparoscopic/robotic surgery. Fellows will receive certification of fellowship training and will be prepared for a career in academic medicine.

 

Why Wake Forest?

 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a high-volume center and offers the opportunity for significant experience in a wide array of urologic conditions. The urology residency program is one of the leading programs nationwide for index cases in both adult and pediatric urology.

Wake Forest Baptist is considered one of the leading hospitals in North America for treatment of stone diseases with one the highest volumes of stone patients nationwide. The minimally invasive surgery team is made up of experienced experts who have performed many “world firsts” in the field. The department is one of a few in the country using robotic surgery to treat all types of urologic cancer: kidney, bladder and prostate cancer.

The Wake Forest Baptist operating rooms are equipped with the latest technologies for endourology, including digital endoscopic equipment. Training includes animate, inanimate and cadaver facilities. Part of our unique learning environment is the 28,000-square-foot Applied Learning Center, which offers hands-on learning through a fully functional surgical simulation lab and mock operating room, as well as laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical skills training, an anatomical training center and standardized patient assessment examination rooms. The Surgical Skills Lab is designed as part of the National Referral Center for Continuing Education. The monitors, instruments and cameras are identical to the equipment used in the operating rooms at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Clinical Experience

Clinically, fellows obtain advanced experience in all aspects of endourologic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, including:

  • Endourologic surgery, including complex uretero­scopic and percutaneous renal procedures. Fellows are instructed in percutaneous access always performed by Urologist, percutaneous nephrostolithotomy, shock wave lithotripsy, ureteroscopic stone removal, antegrade and retrograde management of patients with ureteral strictures, ureteropelvic junction obstruction and tumors of the renal collecting system and ureter.
  • Metabolic stone disease. The foundations of metabolic evaluation and medical therapy for the prevention of nephrolithiasis are taught.
  • Laparoscopic transperitoneal and retroperitoneal surgery (single port / LESS / single-incision surgery for benign and malignant conditions).
  • Robot-assisted surgery, including a myriad of upper and lower urinary tract benign and malignant procedures. In select cases we perform robotic retroperitoneal, single port / LESS / single-incision surgery.

 

 Research Experience

A minimum of 25 percent of the fellow’s time will be devoted to research activities. Fellows participate in ongoing research projects or develop their own projects through the Department of Urology or the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, recognized internationally for engineering organs and for other novel research. The research experience will involve either clinical or basic science studies, and the fellow will be involved in the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for submission and presentation at national or international meetings.

Learn from Leaders in the Field

Dr. Jorge Gutierrez, professor of urology, directs the program. Gutierrez heads the department’s endourology and stone disease program and is an internationally recognized expert endourology with more than 25 years of clinical experience performing endourological and minimally invasive surgery. He has been assistant editor of the Journal of Endourology and is editor of the Spanish edition of the AUA News. He is a member and honorary member of various urological associations, including the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He serves on the board of directors of the Endourological Society. He is General Secretary of the Confederacion Americana de Urologia, a Latin-American urological association with more than 12,000 members in 24 Spanish- and Portuguese speaking countries. He has trained and mentored several generations of young endourologists.

 

The fellow also works with Dr. Ashok Hemal, director of the department’s minimally invasive surgery program. Hemal specializes in uro-oncology, robotic and pure laparoscopic surgeries. He is principal or co-investigator on several research projects and is well known internationally for his pioneering work in minimally invasive surgery. He has edited several books and more than 350 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is invited as a visiting professor to deliver lectures and perform live surgeries during major conferences around the world. He has been the recipient of many academic distinctions and awards. In 2016, he received the Sushruta Award from the Indian American Urological Association. He currently serves as president of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons.

 

Accreditation

The fellowship is accredited by the Endourological Society.

 

Application Process

Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited urology residency in the United States or Canada and be board eligible. Fellows receive a junior faculty appointment at Wake Forest School of Medicine. One fellow is accepted each year. Prospective fellows must register through the Endourological Society and apply for the Match through AUA at https://internal.auanet.org/secured/endourology/applicant_RF.cfm.

 

After registration, application materials should be forwarded to:

Dr. Jorge Gutierrez and/or Dr. Ashok Hemal

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Department of Urology

Medical Center Blvd.

Winston-Salem, NC 27157

 

Fellowship: 1 Year Endo/Perc

Director: Jorge Gutierrez-Aceves, MD

This one-year fellowship —accredited by the Endourology Society— is designed to prepare fellows for a career in Endourology, laparoscopic urology and stone diseases. Fellows will receive certification of advanced clinical training in Endourology and stone diseases.

Clinical Experience:

The fellow will participate in a wide variety of endourologic procedures including complex percutaneous renal surgery and complex flexible retrograde intrarenal surgery for stones and other pathologies, antegrade and retrograde treatment of upper tract TC tumors, laparoscopic procedures for stone related pathologies and ureteropelvic junction obstruction, and lower urinary tract endoscopic procedures for BPH.

Fellows are instructed in create their own percutaneous access to the kidney. The foundations of metabolic evaluations and medical therapy for the prevention of nephrolithiasis are taught. Through treating patients in both the clinic and hospital settings, the fellow will gain a comprehensive understanding of the management of urologic patients with endoscopic surgery.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a high-volume center and offers the opportunity for significant experience in a wide array of urologic conditions. It is considered one of the leading hospitals in North America for treatment of stone diseases with one the highest stone patients volume nationwide. Research Experience: A minimum of 25% of the fellow’s time will be devoted to research activities.

They will participate in ongoing research projects or will develop their own projects through the Department of Urology or through the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, recognized internationally for engineering organs and many other novel research projects. The research experience will involve either clinical or basic science studies, and the fellow will be involved in the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for submission and presentation at national or international meetings.

Fellowship: 1 Year Lap/Robotic

Director: Ashok Hemal, MD

Description: This one-year fellowship —accredited by the Endourology Society — is designed to prepare fellows for a career in robotic urologic surgery, laparoscopic urology and urologic oncology. Fellows will receive certification of advanced clinical training in robotic, laparoscopic and urologic oncology.

Clinical Experience: The fellow will participate in a wide variety of robotic urologic procedures, from radical prostatectomy and cystectomy to partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and reconstructive procedures. Through treating patients in both the clinic and hospital settings, the fellow will gain a comprehensive understanding of the management of general urology and uro-oncologic patients. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a high-volume center and offers

the opportunity for significant experience in a wide array of urologic conditions. The urology residency program is one of the leading programs nationwide for index cases in both adult and pediatric urology. Research Experience: The fellow will participate in ongoing research projects — or develop his/her own project — through the Department of Urology’s laboratory, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Public Health Sciences, the Center for Genomics or the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The Comprehensive Cancer Center has one of only a handful of Prostate Cancer Centers of Excellence, with approximately 30 federally funded grants in the area of prostate research. The research experience will involve either clinical or basic science studies, and the fellow will be involved in the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for submission and presentation at national or international meetings or both. Approximately 20percent of the fellow’s time will be devoted to research.

Contact Name Ashok Hemal, M.D., Jorge Gutierrez, M.D.
Contact Email ahemal@wakehealth.edu, jgutierr@wakehealth.edu
Region North America
Job Address
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of Urology
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1094
Country United States
Phone 336-716-5690
Fax 336-716-5711