Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute’s urology fellowship training programs offer a variety of fellowship opportunities in the following subspecialties, each integrating research and clinical training:

Our fellowship training programs offer a variety of challenging clinical experiences as well as numerous opportunities for basic, translational, clinical and outcomes research and clinical research. The institute’s collegial atmosphere and ample support staff enable fellows to balance clinical and investigative training with family and personal interests outside the hospital.

Urology is a rapidly advancing specialty, and the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute is at the forefront of progress, with strong programs in all of the subspecialty areas. We believe that our fellowship programs are among the best and that they enable our graduates to take their place among tomorrow’s leaders in clinical and investigative urology.

The Urology Fellowship Program brochure and these web pages provide an overview of our program as well as information about living in the Cleveland area.

Living in Cleveland

The city that bears the namesake for Cleveland Clinic is a growing metropolis with excellent quality of life and low cost of living. The city is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Zoo, highly regarded Science and Natural History Museums, and an Art Museum that was recently ranked the second best in the United States. The city also features a world-renowned Symphony Orchestra and Playhouse Square, the second largest performing arts center in the United States. Cleveland is also home to several sports teams including the Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns.

Cleveland is experiencing a renaissance in the restaurant and craft beer scene and has a diverse array of restaurants and bars to visit after work. The city is surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and provides ample opportunity to explore nature. Cleveland is an extremely family-friendly city and provides ample opportunity for significant others, spouses, and children to explore and grow.

History of the Institute

History of the Institute

The Department of Urology has had a long and rich history at Cleveland Clinic. The history of the department dates back to the 1920s with Dr. William E. Lower, one of Cleveland Clinic’s four founders. Dr. Lower was a renowned surgeon known to be one of the first to perform a suprapubic prostatectomy.

Dr. Charles Higgins succeeded Dr. Lower in 1948, and further strengthened the department’s reputation by performing research in kidney stone prevention, urinary diversion in children, and cystectomy for bladder cancer. Thereafter, Dr. Ralph Straffon ushered in a new generation of urologists through the 1960s and helped develop the department into a leader in cadaveric renal transplantation. Dr. James Montie, a renowned urologic oncologist and former resident, succeeded Dr. Straffon as Chairman of Urology in 1983. Dr. Montie’s tenure was followed by Dr. Andrew C. Novick, an esteemed renal surgeon whose contributions to the field of urology include the partial nephrectomy.

Under Dr. Novick’s direction, the Department of Urology underwent tremendous growth and development through its transformation into a team of clinical and surgical subspecialists coupled with a strong basic science infrastructure. This legacy has been furthered by Dr. Klein and our current leadership team who have fostered explosive growth in both the clinical and translational research areas with the development of four basic science laboratories and a committed corps of 46 renowned urologists.

The Department of Urology, housed within the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, offers a full range of urological and kidney care for adults and children. The department’s activities encompass a high-volume practice with challenging clinical cases, extensive basic and translational scientific activities, and in-depth laboratory research within an environment that nurtures the future leaders of its specialties. Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

The Department of Urology provides care in the following subspecialties:

  • Urologic Oncology
  • Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic and Robotic) Surgery
  • Renal and Pancreas Transplantation
  • Prosthetics and Genitourinary Reconstruction
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Endourology and Stone Disease
  • Men’s Health
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Urologic Congenitalism
  • Male Infertility

Research Support

The Novick Center for Clinical and Translational Research supports the research efforts of all members of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Headed by urology and nephrology staff, the center has a research manager, research nurses, study coordinators, database managers and IT support personnel. The center manages a number of clinical trials and 15 disease-specific databases that serve as a source for clinical projects and outcomes reporting.

Biostatistical support is provided through the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and center personnel frequently collaborate with scientists in Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

Collaborative Learning

At the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, our fellows enjoy active collaboration with our residents in clinical, didactic and research endeavors. For example, fellows have the opportunity to work closely with residents on the wards, in clinic and in the operating rooms, which fosters the exchange of ideas and allows fellows to hone their developing skills as physician educators.

Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in weekly and monthly resident teaching conferences, including case presentations, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club and various subspecialty clinical conferences.

Because the urology residency is among the few programs in the country to offer a dedicated year of research, there is ample opportunity for resident and fellow collaboration on clinical and basic science research projects, which in the past have resulted in publications and meeting presentations.

Program Directors

Program Directors

Eric Klein, MD
Eric Klein, MD
Chairman, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Center Director
Jihad Kaouk, MD
Jihad Kaouk, MD
Director, Center for Robotic and Image Guided Surgery
Venkatesh Krishnamurthi, MD
Venkatesh Krishnamurthi, MD
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Sri Sivalingam, MD
Sri Sivalingam, MD
Director, Center for Endourology & Stone Disease at Hillcrest Hospital
Sarah Vij, MD
Sarah Vij, MD
Associate Staff
Clinical Fellows

Clinical Fellows

Ali Aminsharifi, MD

Ali Aminsharifi, MD
Hometown: Shiraz/Fars Iran
Medical School: Shiraz University
Residency: Shiraz University
Fellowship: Advanced Urological Robotic and Laparoscopic

Parursh Babbar, MD

Parursh Babbar, MD
Hometown: Faridabad, India
Medical School: Wake Forest University
Residency: Cleveland Clinic
Fellowship: Male Reconstruction

Samir Derisavifard

Samir Derisavifard, MD
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School At Dallas
Residency: North Shore LIJ Plainview Hospital/Hofstra Northwell
Fellowship: Female Urology

Nicholas Farber, MD

Nicholas Farber, MD
Hometown: Somerset, PA
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Fellowship:Male Infertility

Juan Fulla, MD

Juan Fulla, MD
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Medical School: Universidad de Chile
Residency: Universidad de Chile
Fellowship: Stone Disease and Advanced Endourology

Juan Garisto

Juan Garisto, MD
Hometown: Changuinola, Bocas del Toro
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara
Residency: Panama
Fellowship: Stone Disease and Advanced Endourology

Naveen Kachroo

Naveen Kachroo, MD
Hometown: Nottingham, UK
Medical School: University Of Newcastle upon Tyne
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
Fellowship: Stone Disease and Advanced Endourology

Neil Kocher, MD

Neil Kocher, MD
Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Medical School: Temple University
Residency: Penn State University
Fellowship: Female Urology

Eric Miller

Eric Miller, MD
Hometown: Alturas, CA
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: UCLA
Fellowship: Kidney Transplant

Manesh Panner Selva, MD

Manesh Panner Selvam, PhD
Hometown: Puducherry, India
Bachelors (B.V.Sc &A.H): Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Doctoral (PhD): Madras Veterinary College
Fellowship: Andrology

 Jessica Rueb

Jessica Rueb, MD
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: University of Virginia Medical Center
Fellowship: Female Urology

Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals And Clinics
Fellowship: Urologic Oncology

Matthew Truong, MD

Matthew Truong, MD
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: Urologic Oncology

C. Alex Wilson, MD

C. Alex Wilson, MD
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Medical School: University of TX at Houston
Residency: University of TX at Houston
Fellowship: Advanced Urological Robotic and Laparoscopic

H. Collier Wright, MD

H. Collier Wright, MD
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: Georgetown University
Fellowship: Stone Disease and Advanced Endourology

Past Fellows

Name Current Position
Patricia Zahner, MD Staff, St. Mary Physician Group, Langhorne, PA
Roger Yau, MD Staff, Urology Specialists of the Carolinas
Karen Stern, MD Staff, Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
Neel Parekh, MD Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Nathan Hoy, MD Staff, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Laura Giusto, MD Continence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at Chesapeake Urology Associates in Owings  Mills, MD
Mohamed Eltemamy, MD Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Michael Brooks, MD Assistant Professor with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX
Luay Alshara, MD Assistant Professor of Urology at Albany Medical College/New York. Endourology and Robotic Surgery
Daniel Sagalovich, MD (2017-2018) Faculty, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
Jeremy Reese, MD (2016-2017) Faculty, Foothills Urology Colorado, Golden, CO
Jessica Lloyd, MD (2016-2018) Private Practice, Eugene, OR
Juan Guzman, MD (2016-2018) Staff, Cleveland Clinic Florida
Julien Dagenais, MD (2016-2018) Faculty, The Urology Center of Colorado, Denver, CO
Ryan Nelson, DO (2015-2017) Faculty, Michigan Institute of Urology, Macomb, MI
Matthew Maurice, MD (2015-2017) Faculty, Canton Urology, Canton, OH
Elodi Dielubanza, MD (2015-2017) Faculty, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Henry Okafor, MD (2015-2017) Faculty, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
Daniel Ramierez, MD (2014-2016) Staff, Urology Associates of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Peter Caputo, MD (2014-2016) Faculty, Summit Urology Group, Salt Lake City, UT

Javier Pizarro Berdichevsky, MD(2014-2016)

Faculty, Hospital dr Soto del Rio, Santiago, Chile
Marisa Clifton, MD (2014-2016) Faculty, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA