Overview

Overview

This two-year fellowship program in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery accepts urology residents who have graduated from an ACGME-accredited urology program. The program is jointly accredited by the American Board of Urology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction.

Fellows are given intensive and broad-based clinical, surgical and research experiences with progressive autonomy. They obtain in-depth familiarity with clinical and investigative work that enables them to pursue productive careers in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, specializing in voiding dysfunction, neurourology, female pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and urodynamics. Fellows also gain experience in writing scientific proposals, grants and manuscripts.

 
Curriculum/Training

Curriculum/Training

Clinical Training

Fellows spend time on clinical rotations, participating in outpatient clinics, office procedures and surgery. There are also months dedicated to rotations with urogynecology and colorectal surgery.  Fellows also learn the fundamentals of research. They also have access to the Cleveland Clinic Simulation and Advanced Skills Center, and participate in several advanced wet lab exercises focusing on pelvic anatomy and reconstructive surgical techniques.

Surgical Training

The program offers exposure to a wide spectrum of female and male surgical procedures. On average, fellows perform a total of 300 surgeries per year including:

  • Female and male incontinence
  • Female pelvic organ prolapse repair
  • Transvaginal reconstructive surgery
  • Open abdominal reconstructive surgery
  • Laparoscopic and robotic pelvic reconstructive surgery
  • Complex female urethral reconstruction
  • Neurourology

Didactic Activities

Fellows participate in the following didactic activities:

  • Journal club
  • Urodynamic conference
  • Staff lectures
  • Research reviews
  • M&M
  • Joint Center of FPM&RS meetings with Urogynecology and Colorectal Surgery, which includes journal club, case presentations and research studies
  • Opportunity to participate in most of the general urology departmental educational activities 
Research

Research

Fellows receive training in clinical research with the opportunity for basic science research if desired.  During their first year of training, fellows develop a portfolio of research projects and present their work at SUFU and the AUA. During their second year they finish work on their primary research thesis, which is also presented at local and national meetings.

Fellows have the opportunity to work with clinicians as well as researchers investigating urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract disorders, neurogenic bladder, neuromodulation and stem cell research using animal and other models.

Since 2002, the fellows have initiated and participated in more than 85 IRB-approved studies.  In recent years fellows have been awarded multiple SUFU and AUA grants.

Finally, as part of the fellowship training, fellows are mentored in authoring peer-reviewed and invited publications and presenting their work at national meetings

 
Regularly Performed Procedures

Regularly Performed Procedures

Surgical Procedures

  • Injectable therapy for SUI
  • Neuromodulations
  • Midurethral and fascial slings
  • Transvaginal prolapse repairs
  • Abdominal prolapse repairs
  • Robotic prolapse repairs
  • Transvaginal urethrolysis
  • Urogenital fistula repairs
  • Urethral reconstructions
  • Urinary augmentatios
  • Complex mesh repairs
Faculty

Faculty

Emily Slopnick, MD
Emily Slopnick, MD
Associate Staff
Sandip Vasavada, MD
Sandip Vasavada, MD
Department Vice Chair
Sarah Vogler, MD
Sarah Vogler, MD
Associate Chief of Staff
Cecile Ferrando, MD, MPH
Cecile Ferrando, MD, MPH
Director of Transgender Surgical Services; Program Director, Transgender Surgery & Medicine Fellowship
How to Apply

How to Apply

Up to two fellows are accepted per year. 

Interested applicants must electronically submit applications to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Information about the application and Match process can be found at clevelandclinic.org/education/gme and Applying to Residencies with ERAS website.

Contact Information

Howard Goldman, MD
Howard Goldman, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute
9500 Euclid Ave.,Q10-1
Cleveland, OH 44195
216.445.2267

For any further questions or details, please email the Urology Fellowship Coordinator at [email protected].

Alumni

Alumni

Fellowship alumni

Grad Year Name Current Position
2021 Neil Kocher Private Practice, Premier Medical Group Urology Division, Poughkeepsie, NY
2020 Samir Derisavifard Private Practice, USMD, TX
2020 Jessica Rueb Academic Practice, Prisma Health-USC, SC
2019 Laura Giusto Staff, Chesapeake Urology, MD
2019 Patricia Zahner Staff, St. Mary Physician Group, PA
2018 Juan Guzman Staff, Cleveland Clinic Florida, FL
2018 Jessica Lloyd Private Practice, Oregon Urology Institute, OR
2017 Elodi Dielubanza Staff, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, MA
2017 Henry Okafor Staff, University of Tennessee, TN
2016 Marisa Clifton Staff, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
2016 Javier Pizarro-Berdichevsky Staff, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
2015 Ashley King Staff, Woodlands Medical Specialists, FL
2015 Adrienne Quirouet Staff, Montfort Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
2014 Nitya Abraham Staff, Montefiore Medical Center, NY
2014 Christopher Tenggardjaja Staff, Kaiser Permanente, CA
2013 Maude Carmel Staff, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, TX
2013 Brian Marks Staff, Concord Hospital, NH
2012 Alana Murphy Staff, Thomas Jefferson University, PA
2012 Ryan M. Krlin Staff, LSU Health School of Medicine, LA
2011 Courtney Lee Staff, Urological Surgeons of Long Island, NY
2011 Kamran Sajadi Staff, Oregon Health & Science University, OR
2010 Michael Ingber Staff, Center for Specialized Women's Health, Division of Garden State Urology & Atlantic Medical Group, NJ
2010 Farzeen Firoozi Staff, Northwell Health, NY
2009 Mia Swartz Staff, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, WA
2009 Wesley Kong Staff, El Camino Urology Medical Group, CA
2008 Sarah McAchran Staff, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, WI
2007 Humphrey Atiemo Staff, Henry Ford Hospital, MI
2006 Michael Aleman Staff, Kaiser Permanente, CA
2006 Courtenay Moore Staff, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OH
2005 Adonis Hijaz Staff, University Hospitals, OH
2005 Louis Moy Staff, University of Florida Medical Center, FL
2005 Tara Frenkl Staff, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA
2003 Shahar Madjar Staff, Aspirus Laurium Clinic, MI
2002 Anne Aspera Staff, Kaiser Permanente, HI
2001 Marie Tchetgen Staff, Urology Clinics of North Texas, TX
2000 Matteo Balzarro Staff, Urology Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Italy
1998 Scott Serels Staff, Urology Associates of Norwalk, CT
1997 Howard Goldman Staff, Cleveland Clinic, OH
1996 Randy Fralick Staff, Kaiser Permanente, CA
1995 Raymond Rackley Staff, Cleveland Clinic, OH
1994 J. Christian Winters Staff, LSU Health School of Medicine, LA