Washington University School of Medicine – Department of Urologic Surgery

Title Washington University School of Medicine – Department of Urologic Surgery
Categories Fellowships
Location St. Louis, MO
Job Information


Washington University offers fellowships in laparoscopic/robotic urology and endourology/stone disease. Salary support for two fellows per year is generously funded by Midwest Stone Institute. Dr. Ralph V. Clayman started the fellowship in 1984. The fellowship has a long tradition of training excellent urologists. Many of today’s leaders in urology are graduates of the fellowship at Washington University.


The current fellowship faculty is:

Clinical Fellowship Director

Robert Sherburne Figenshau, MD

Taylor Family and Ralph V. Clayman, MD Chair in Minimally Invasive Urology

Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology

Washington University School of Medicine



Research Fellowship Director

Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology

Washington University School of Medicine



Laparoscopic/Robotic Fellowship Faculty

Robert Sherburne Figenshau, MD

Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD

Sam Bhayani, MD

Eric Kim, MD

Kefu Du, MD

Gerald Andriole, MD


Endourology/Stone Disease Fellowship Faculty

Alana Christina Desai, MD

Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD

Kefu Du, MD


The current fellowship can be tailored to fit the fellow’s desired experience and post-fellowship career goals. The fellow can choose to do:

Two-year combined fellowship

One-year laparoscopic / robotic

One-year endourology / stone disease


Clinical: The fellow functions as a junior faculty member (Clinical Instructor) with clinical, research, teaching and administrative responsibilities. He/she participates in the attending on-call pool. The fellowship is heavily weighted toward experience in the operating room in advanced robotic, laparoscopic, and endourological procedures. The clinical sites include Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Siteman Cancer Center), Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian North East Hospital and the John Cochran VA Medical Center.  All sites have daVinci robots including Si and Xi systems with dual consoles (total of 6). The fellows have attending privileges. In some cases, the fellows are in a training situation with a faculty mentor and in other situations; the fellows supervise the residents during operative cases. Fellows obtain independent robotic privileges early in their fellowship. In addition, fellows are encouraged to become proficient in obtaining their own percutaneous renal access including experience with renal ultrasonography.

The combined case numbers (excluding the VA) are shown below for 2017


PCNL                   147


Ureteroscopy        651


SWL                       58


Laparoscopic  / Robotic Nephrectomy           38


Robotic Prostatectomy          184


Robotic Partial Nephrectomy           125


Robotic Cystectomy            18


Robotic Nephroureterectomy           13


Robotic Ureterectomy / Reimplant           10


Robotic Pyeloplasty           15


Miscellaneous Robotic Procedures        13


Image-guided Percutaneous Renal Cryoablation           83


Prostate cryoablation            15


Research: Fellows will have access to Washington University Urology Data Repository (UDR) containing databases related to kidney cancer, prostate cancer and stone disease. The UDR has dedicated research staff that includes a full-time statistician.  There is also a fully equipped translational minimally invasive research laboratory that includes animal facilities.  The minimally invasive research laboratory also has a da Vinci robot for training and educational activities. We encourage the fellows to get involved in multidisciplinary research projects.  The fellow is expected to publish and present his/her work at national and international meetings.

Education: Our advanced laparoscopic/robotic dedicated training facility (WUMIS lab) is for training residents, medical students, and post-graduate students. The fellow has an opportunity to be involved with resident and medical student education and evaluation of minimally invasive techniques including 3-D printing and surgical simulation/surgical rehearsal.

All applicants should apply through the Endourology Society Fellowship Match. All fellows who complete the fellowship successfully will receive recognition from the Endourology Society.



Contact Name Sherb Figenshau, M.D.; Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD
Contact Email figenshaur@wudosis.wustl.edu;venkateshr1@wustl.edu
Website http://www.urology.wustl.edu/
Region North America
Job Address

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Urologic Surgery
Urologic Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place Suite C Floor 11
St. Louis, MO 63110

Country US
Phone 314-454-2235
Fax 314-367-5016