Overview

Overview

Hear why our residents chose our top ranked program

Our six-year Urology Residency Program integrates six months of preliminary training in general surgery and nephrology, one-year of dedicated research time, and four-years of focused training in clinical urology and renal transplantation. According to the Doximity Residency Navigator Survey, the Cleveland Clinic Urology Residency Program is one of the top ranked urology residency program's in the nation for reputation, research and size.

Our program offers robust, high volume clinical training in a tertiary care center with countless challenging clinical experiences spanning the breadth of sub-specialties. We also place a strong emphasis on research and offer numerous opportunities for basic, translational, clinical and outcomes research during the dedicated research year as well as throughout residency.

Department Overview

The Department of Urology within the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute offers a full range of urological and kidney care for adults and children. The departmental 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.

All members of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute are committed to maintaining an academic environment that fosters the finest urologic training. Our collegial atmosphere and ample support staff enable residents to balance clinical and investigative training with family and personal interests outside the hospital. Our residents also pride themselves on maintaining this balance and pursuing interests outside urology. This philosophy culminates in graduates with the confidence and skill set to thrive in both general and sub-specialized urological care in either academic or private practice careers.

The Department of Urology provides care in the following sub-specialties:

  • 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 Fertility

History of the Program

The history of the Cleveland Clinic Urology department dates back to the 1890s, when the first nephrectomy in Cleveland was performed by Dr. George Crile. He would later go on to form the Cleveland Clinic with his partner Dr. William Lower, who became the first chairman of urology and a pioneer in suprapubic prostatectomy. The reputation of the department grew in the 1950s with the hiring of Dr. Eugene Poutasse, a pioneer in the field of renovascular surgery and a leader in renal artery bypass. Dr. Ralph Straffon then expanded upon this expertise and grew Cleveland Clinic into the world’s most prolific renal transplantation center of the time. This tradition continued with kidney and transplant urologist and department Chairman Dr. Andrew Novick, who is widely regarded as the father of partial nephrectomy. Since this time, the department has continued to grow and now employs over 50 urologists and leaders in every sub-specialty within urology.

Research at Cleveland Clinic

In addition to providing world class clinical care, Cleveland Clinic maintains a vigorous urological research environment for both clinicians and basic scientists alike. The research tradition at Cleveland Clinic began soon after its inception with pioneering work in the 1930s and 1940s by Dr. Goldblatt and Dr. Paige, whose names are synonymous with the renovascular hypertension models they developed. Dr. William Kolff, pioneer in the field of artificial organs and winner of the Lasker Award, was the first physician to design, build, and use a dialysis machine in humans to treat renal failure. Dr. Novick published over 500 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of renal transplantation and nephron-sparing surgery.

This legacy of highly innovative research continues today with numerous multidisciplinary urological research expertise in areas such as bioengineering and biomechanics, the microbiome, genomic medicine, and public health areas of focus. The Genitourinary Malignancy Research Center within the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, led by prostate cancer expert Dr. Nima Sharifi, regularly produces high-impact manuscripts at the forefront of prostate cancer research.

Academic Overview

Academic Overview

Resident Responsibilities

From the first day following internship, urology residents are entrusted with independently running their own inpatient services, under the supervision of chief residents. Each rotation comprises a different service tailored to a subspecialty of urology. As residents rotate through each service, they work directly with faculty in a preceptorship to gain experience managing urologic disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, our residents rotate at Louis Stokes Veteran Affairs, Fairview Hospital, Avon Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital.

Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs

Residents rotate at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Hospital in both their second and third years of residency. The rotation offers junior residents a chance to run their own procedure and continuity clinics. Residents learn to master the basics of endourology and general urology in the operating room.

1.2 miles from Main Campus

West Side Rotation

This rotation includes operating at Fairview and Avon Hospitals as a first and fifth year resident. Case volume is comprehensive and includes general urology, robotic and laparoscopy, endourology and infertility cases. 

13.6 miles (Fairview) and 21.5 miles (Avon) from Main Campus 

Hillcrest Hospital

Hillcrest Hospital is a community hospital that boasts a high volume of urologic cases. Residents in their third and fifth years of training rotate here together. Daily surgeries include a variety of general urology, robotic, open, endourology and female cases.

10.3 miles from Main Campus

Main Campus

The breadth of our urologic training comes from the Main Campus rotation, where residents spend the majority of their six years. In addition to the inpatient unit and outpatient clinics, residents at each level engage in surgical cases three to four days per week. At the junior level, an emphasis is placed on endourology, male genital surgery, and basic laparoscopy. Residents complete pediatric urology rotations during their second, third, and fifth years. During the later years, focus is shifted toward urologic oncology and reconstructive surgery with a balance of open, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures.

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Rotation

Residents rotate on this unique rotation during the first three years of their residency training. Residents are an integral part of the transplant team, leading a multi-disciplinary inpatient team comprised of transplant nephrology, transplant pharmacy, social work, and transplant surgeons. Residents assist with both living and deceased donor transplants and have the opportunity to participate in organ procurements as well. Transplant procedures are solely performed at the main campus location. 

Call

PGY Call 
 2  5-6 days/month
 3  4-5 days/month
 4  No Call (Research Year)
 5  1 day/month
 6  At home Chief Resident Call

*Call overview for in-house Main Campus call. Regional sites are home call.

Residents participate in education at least twice a week through a series of didactics, which include a weekly chief resident/core-urology curriculum conference, patient management conference, urodynamics conference, oncology journal club, urologic oncology indications conference. The education schedule also includes a monthly journal club, morbidity and mortality review, interdisciplinary oncology conference, and quality and patient safety conference.

Academic Leaders

Cleveland Clinic Urology Residency graduates finish with a diverse set of skills that facilitate successful careers in academia and practice. During the last 10 years, two-thirds of our residents have pursued competitive fellowships, with half of all graduates going on to academic careers. The academic environment in the Department of Urology fosters career development among future leaders in urology, as exemplified by recent graduates going on to fellowship training at institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Northwestern University, Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University, New York University, University of Toronto, and many more.

Resident Resources

Residents are supported through graduate medical education and departmental funding to attend meetings at which they have research projects accepted for presentation. Additionally, there is funding available to provide both academic and operative resources that facilitate resident education. Second year residents and chief residents also receive support to attend a didactic course each year.

Through Cleveland Clinic’s Educational Institute and in collaboration with surrounding academic institutions, highly motived residents have many opportunities to expand their professional expertise beyond that obtained in residency. These optional programs, for which limited tuition assistance is available from the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, are offered to interested residents beginning in the Research and Academic Skills Year (4th) and include:

  • Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP)
    This program, offered at Case Western Reserve University, is a flexible program designed to provide MDs and PhDs in health-related disciplines with rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods coupled with an in-depth mentored investigative experience.
  • Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy (CCLA)
    CCLA is a tuition-free institutional program offering courses designed to enhance competency in key leadership skills, including business and change management, communication, emotional intelligence, finance, professionalism, strategic thinking/planning and talent development. Also available are specialty coursework series in diversity, inclusion and cultural competence, healthcare communication, and quality and patient safety/continuous improvement.

Masters Degrees Available

Several other Master’s-level programs are also available, including:

  • Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management (Baldwin Wallace University and Ursuline College)
  • Masters of Public Health (Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University)
  • Master of Positive Organizational Development (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Master of Adult Education and Development (Cleveland State University)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration in Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership (Ursuline College)

Information on these programs is available on the offering institutions’ websites.

Research and Academic Skills Year

Research and Academic Skills Year

The fourth year of residency is devoted exclusively to protected time to pursue both research endeavors and building of academic skills. During this year, residents have no clinical and only limited call responsibilities. They are devoted full time to a faculty-mentored project or projects in basic, translational or health services research. The academic skills curriculum, led by Daniel Shoskes, MD, is geared toward strengthening resident knowledge and skills on topics including manuscript preparation, grant writing, and presentations.

Basic and Translational Research Opportunities

Lerner Research Institute

The Lerner Research Institute is a complex of laboratories, classrooms, libraries and multimedia centers, has been designed to provide a dynamic center for Cleveland Clinic’s research and education activities. The Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute has several basic research laboratories where residents develop their scientific skills during the 12 months of the fourth year. These include:

  • The Novick Center for Clinical and Translational Research facilitates interaction between researchers and clinicians across the departments of nephrology and urology. It also seeks to promote clinical and translational research and to help assure compliance with all federal and institutional regulations. The center allows for the necessary and efficient pooling of resources within the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Staff members work closely with the Lerner Research Institute to ensure regulations and mandates are followed and to review existing and future clinical studies for soundness, budget and required resources. The Novick Center also provides easy access to bio statistical support for study design, analysis and reporting.
  • The Center for Male Fertility is performing extensive studies on protein expression and reactive oxygen species formation in human sperm and their role in male infertility. Additional areas of investigation include assessment of human sperm function after cryopreservation and methods of improving post-thaw semen quality in cancer patients.
  • The Center for Pelvic Medicine and Surgery Laboratories (Margot S. Damaser, PhD) is recognized nationally as an elite group focused on characterizing the regulatory mechanisms of benign bladder conditions and pelvic floor injury and repair. Areas of investigation include biomechanical properties of the bladder and pelvic floor, diabetic cystopathy, inflammatory diseases of the bladder, and stem cell homing after pelvic injury.
  • The Minimally Invasive and Robotic Research Laboratory is focused on identifying new minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments for urologic disease and transferring these technologies to the operating room. Research areas include intraoperative imaging techniques, transcutaneous CT- and ultrasound-guided surgery, and development of new laparoscopic technologies.
  • The Transplant Research Group performs studies in basic science mechanisms of graft injury and acceptance using mouse models and studies in immune monitoring of kidney transplant patients for risk of acute and chronic rejection. Current basic science studies by the members of the group include investigating the impact of memory CD4 and CD8 T cells on allograft outcome. Also, we’re investigating strategies to improve the efficacy of ATG. The translational studies are focused on the activation of donor-reactive memory CD8 T cells, the development of improvements in the ELISPOT assay for immune monitoring, use of NanoString technology for non-invasive interrogation of markers indicating acute and/or chronic kidney graft injury. Also, we’re investigating the phenotype and activation capability of T and B lymphocytes in patients that currently have kidney graft survival and good function for more than 30 years.

Current Research Residents

The GL4 year of residency is devoted exclusively to research endeavors and building of academic skills. During this year, residents have protected time and are free of clinical and call responsibilities. They are devoted full time to a faculty-mentored research project, as well as to assisting in departmental quality improvement endeavors, as well as educating the medical students, surgery interns, and junior urology residents through lab-based and didactic sessions.

  • Rebecca Campbell, MD
    Research: Next generation sequencing of bladder cancer in various subpopulations
    Principal Investigator(s): Byron Lee, MD, PhD
  • Maxx Caveney, MD
    Research: Transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the pudendal nerve in the recovery of stress urinary incontinence
    Principal Investigator(s): Margot Damaser, PhD
  • Brendan Frainey, MD 
    Research:  Assessing the safety and feasibility of a catheter-free ambulatory cystometry device
    Principal Investigator(s): Margot Damaser, PhD and Howard Goldman, MD
  • Rathika Ramkumar, MD
    Research: Exploring the utility of remote patient monitoring devices in cystectomy patients 
    Principal Investigator(s): Byron Lee, MD, PhD
     

Research Laboratories

Throughout your residency, the following lab rotations are available:

  • Andrology Research Laboratory
    Director: Ashok Agarwal, PhD
    This laboratory focuses on the effect of oxidative stress on embryo development and sperm function; relevance of leukocytes on semen parameters, oxidative stress and DNA damage in semen of infertile patients; and the role of reactive oxygen species on mitochondrial DNA damage and apoptosis of human gametes and its relationship to infertility.
  • Angiogenesis Laboratory
    Director: Tatiana V. Byzova, PhD
    This laboratory is a leader in the area of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Research Program in the lab focuses on the mechanisms of tumor metastasis. Areas of investigations include: tumor angiogenesis, role for circulating tumor cells and their diagnostic value for predicting outcome in prostate and kidney cancer patients, mechanisms of cancer-induced thrombosis, role of circulating platelets in metastasis, discovery of new biomarkers for kidney and prostate cancer.
  • Kidney Stones Laboratory
    Director: Aaron Miller, PhD
    This laboratory is focused on the interactions between the microbiome and urolithiasis. The research program in the lab consists in vitro, in vivo, and clinical arms to explore oxalate metabolism by complex microbial communities, host-microbe interactions associated with oxalate, and the application of high-throughput, multi-omics methods in the development of bacteriotherapies designed to inhibit recurrent stone formation and its complications.
  • Pelvic Medicine and Surgery Laboratories
    Director: Margot Damaser, PhD
    This laboratory is recognized nationally as an elite group focused on characterizing the regulatory mechanisms of benign bladder conditions and pelvic floor injury and repair. Areas of investigation include biomechanical properties of the bladder and pelvic floor, diabetic cystopathy, inflammatory diseases of the bladder, and stem cell homing after pelvic injury.
  • Urothelial Cancer Laboratory
    Director: Byron Lee, MD, PhD
    The Urothelial Cancer Laboratory is focused on understanding how chromatin modifier gene mutations affect urothelial carcinoma initiation, progression, and response to therapy. Chromatin modifiers genes are mutated in the vast majority of urothelial carcinomas. They encode proteins that can alter the configuration of the DNA-histone interface, and mutations in these genes can potentially cause changes in gene expression that support carcinogenesis. Our research utilizes both in vitro and in vivo models of chromatin modifier gene disruption to ascertain its functional consequence in the urothelium. Additionally, we are involved in a number of urothelial carcinoma translational and clinical research projects that utilize the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute’s infrastructure for tissue collection and clinical database management.

Prostate Cancer Laboratories

  • Director: Hannelore Heemers, PhD
    Our laboratory's research program focuses on generating insights into the specific molecular mechanisms by which the androgen receptor drives prostate cancer progression. The long term goal of our group is to develop novel prostate cancer-selective forms of androgen deprivation therapy and to optimize and personalize the administration of available forms of androgen deprivation therapy. These goals are pursues through 2 lines of research that study coregulator-dependent direct mechanisms of androgen action and an SRF-dependent indirect mechanism of androgen action. Central to our research efforts are integrated approaches that combine an understanding of the basic mechanism of androgen-dependent gene transcription, systems biology approaches designed to answer specific questions, and clinical relevance of our research findings.
  • Director: Nima Sharifi, MD
    Our laboratory is focused on steroid metabolism and androgen receptor function as it relates to prostate cancer. The first line of therapy for metastatic prostate cancer is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), which blocks the release of gonadal testosterone and suppresses intratumoral concentrations of the most potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, metastatic disease eventually becomes resistant to ADT. Prostate cancer that progresses in the face of ADT, or castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), is frequently driven by tumors acquiring the capability of making their own DHT. We study how this process occurs. Our most important discoveries include identifying the first mutation in the androgen synthesis machinery that is responsible for increasing DHT synthesis in CRPC and demonstrating that DHT synthesis in patients with CRPC follows a pathway that circumvents testosterone. We are currently applying these findings to the study of CRPC as it occurs in patients.
  • Director: Angela Ting, PhD
    Our laboratory investigates the epigenetic underpinnings of prostate cancer through the use of state-of-the-art genomic, biochemical, and molecular techniques. We are currently focusing on fine-mapping the aberrant DNA methylation patterns in aggressive prostate cancer and leveraging this information to guide functional studies that will identify biomarkers and therapeutic targets for lethal disease.
Institute Leadership

Institute Leadership

Eric Klein, MD
Eric Klein, MD
Chairman, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
Steven Campbell, MD, PhD
Steven Campbell, MD, PhD
Department Vice Chair
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Center Director
Drogo Montague, MD
Drogo Montague, MD
Center for Men's Health
Sarah Vij, MD
Sarah Vij, MD
Associate Staff
Awards & Scholarships

Awards & Scholarships

Cleveland Clinic Urology Diversity Scholarship

The Cleveland Clinic Department of Urology is working to further enhance its environment of inclusion and diversity where all are valued and respected. The Cleveland Clinic believes that a diverse clinical workforce is necessary to meet the needs of underrepresented communities and to allow us to reach our full potential. The promotion of cultural diversity and inclusion is a pillar of the Cleveland Clinic value system.

As an important part of residency recruitment initiatives, we are focused on developing a diverse generation of future health care leaders. The Cleveland Clinic Urology Diversity Scholarship is designed to help facilitate the participation of under-represented minorities in our Urology visiting clerkships to expose students to the exceptional training the Cleveland Clinic has to offer, and to allow candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their potential during a 4 week rotation.

To be eligible for this scholarship, medical students must be in good standing at a US medical school (outside of Northeast Ohio), and completed USMLE Step 1. The definition of underrepresented minorities will be the same as that recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as it relates to the US population.

One Scholarship for the amount of $2500 will be available to support the chosen medical student for rotation with us during July or August of each academic year. This funding can be used to cover application, travel, housing, and other costs.

If you are interested in being considered for the Cleveland Clinic Urology Diversity Scholarship please send the following documents to Elyse Ana Custódio at custode@ccf.org:

  1. CV (include USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 [if applicable] Scores)
  2. Personal statement or letter of interest
  3. One letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty member
Due to COVID-19 we are not hosting away medical students. However, we remain dedicated to diversity and inclusion. If you are a medical student that would like to learn more about our program, please reach out to our program coordinator- Elyse Ana Custódio (custode@ccf.org). 

 

2019 Award Recipients Award
Anna Zampini AUA Quality Summit Travel Award
Benjamin Abelson Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for Humanistic Medicine
Alice Crane Best Poster Renal Transplantation and Vascular Surgery Section - AUA 2019
Andrew Nguyen

AUA Resident Bowl Semifinalist, AUA 2019
AUA NCS Resident Bowl Winner, North Central Section of the AUA

Molly Elmer-DeWitt, Kyle Ericson, Scott Lundy, Anup Shah, Haijing Zhang  2019 Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Innovation Award
Scott Lundy

2018-2019 Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committee Grant
2019 Crile Traveling Fellowship
2019 AUA Best Poster - Infertility Session
2019 SSMR/SMSNA Traveling Fellowship

Kyle Ericson CCF Research Program Committee Grant
AUA North Central Section International Travel Scholar Grant
Doximity Foundation Travel Grant
Faculty appointment as Clinical Instructor of Surgery at CWRU
Molly Elmer- DeWitt ACGME Resident Review Committee for Urology
JJ Zhang

Cleveland Clinic Program Committee Grant
Honorable Mention - AUA Resident & Fellows Contest

Mike Fascelli  Cleveland Clinic Research Committee Grant
Darren Bryk Cleveland Clinic Research Committee Grant
Residents

Residents

Chief Residents

Molly Elmer Dewitt

Molly DeWitt-Foy, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: University of California – San Francisco
Academic Interests: Reconstructive urology, congenitalism, resident education, patient reported outcomes
Hobbies: Running, biking, brewery-hopping (pre-COVID times), hanging out with my really awesome baby + husband + dog
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: East side running trails, my backyard, Cumberland outdoor public pool
Twitter Handle: @mdewittfoy

Kyle Ericson

Kyle Ericson, MD
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Chicago
Interests and Hobbies: all things urology, golf, cooking, running

Scott Lundy

Scott Lundy, MD
Hometown: Seattle
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Washington
Academic Interests: Male Infertility, Microbiome, Stem Cell Biology, Varicocele
Hobbies: Diving, Photography, Being a Dad
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Twitter Handle: @scottlundymdphd

Anup Shah

Anup Shah, MD, MS
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Mechanical Engineering
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 
Interests and Hobbies: medical devices, stem cell biology, pediatric urology, reconstructive urology, LA Lakers basketball, Northwestern football, Stanford football

Haijing Zhang

Haijing "JJ" Zhang, MD
Hometown: San Diego     
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: Duke
Academic Interests: urologic oncology, robotic surgery, surgical innovation
Hobbies: dancing (choreography and instruction), traveling, basketball, boxing
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Rising Star Cafe
Twitter Handle: @DrJJZhang


5th Year Residents

Diego Aguilar

Diego Aguilar Palacios, MD
Hometown: Cuenca, Ecuador
Medical School: Universidad del Azuay Facultad de Medicina
Interests and Hobbies: oncology, robotic surgery, clinical research, medical education, Peruvian Paso Horses, fishing, BBQ & Beer

Darren Bryk

Darren J. Bryk, MD
Hometown: Hollis, NY
Undergraduate: NYU
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Male infertility and Men's Health
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and kids, Die-hard New York Jets and New York Mets fan, movies and TV, running, skiing
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Chagrin Falls
Twitter Handle: @DarrenJBryk

Michele Fascelli

Michele “Mike” Fascelli, MD
Hometown: Seaford, DE
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Academic Interests: reconstructive urology, gender affirmation and surgical outcomes
Hobbies: tennis, baking, video games, reading fiction
Favorite Spots in Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Wade Oval, Holden Arboretum, and any Mitchell's Ice Cream parlor!!
Twitter Handle: @MFascelli

Kshitij Hemal

Kshitj Hemal, MD
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Undergraduate: University of Michigan Ann Arbor 
Medical School: Wake Forest University
Academic Interests: minimally invasive urology, robotic upper tract reconstruction
Hobbies: cricket, tennis, traveling, dogs, peloton
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Edgewater Park, Le Petit Triangle

Prithvi Murthy

Prithvi Murthy, MD
Hometown: Troy, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan 
Medical School: University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Urologic Oncology; Uro-radiology
Hobbies: Racket sports, golf, restaurants, food science 
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: My roof
Twitter Handle: @pbandmurthy


4th Year Residents

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell, MD
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Urologic Oncology
Hobbies: CrossFit, running, biking, playing with my dog, reading, eating (but not cooking...)
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Superior Viaduct
Twitter Handle: @rebeccampbell50

Maxx Caveney

Maxx Cavaney, MD
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Undergraduate: California State University, Chico
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Academic Interests: genitourinary reconstruction, resident medical student education
Hobbies: Strength and conditioning, soccer, video games
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Whiskey Island Volleyball Courts for Outdoors, Larder Delicatessen for food
Twitter Handle: @MaxxCaveney

Brendan Frainey

Brendan Frainey, MD
Hometown:  Elmhurst, Illinois (Western Suburb of Chicago)
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical School: Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Congenitalism, Pediatric Urology and Reconstruction, Neurourology and Urodynamics
Hobbies: Running, Golf, Yoga, Musical theater, Netflix binges
Favorite Spot in Cleveland:  The Van Aken District
Twitter Handle: @bfrains

Rathika Mallpally

Rathika Ramkumar, MD
Hometown: Plano, TX
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Academic Interests: All things urology, health outcomes 
Hobbies: Eating, drawing, soccer, Indian dance, watching my dog sleep
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: North Chagrin Metropark
Twitter Handle: @RathikaRamkumar

3rd Year Residents

Aram Pedram

Pedram Aram, MD
Hometown: Tehran, Iran 
Undergraduate: Iranian School of Talented Students
Medical School: Islamic Azad University, Tehran Faculty of Medicine 
Academic Interests: Kidney/Pancreas transplant, Urology oncology
Hobbies: family (married with 2 children), traveling, nature, soccer 
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Twitter Handle: @pedramAram2

Daniel Gerber

Daniel Gerber, MD
Hometown: Chicago IL
Undergraduate: Colgate University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Academic Interests: Oncology, Robotics, endourology
Hobbies: Golf, hiking, ultimate frisbee, my dogs
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Terrestrial Brewing
Twitter Handle: @danger_ber
 
Daniel Hettel

Daniel Hettel, MD
Hometown:  Whitehouse, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Toledo
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Academic Interests: urologic oncology
Hobbies: golf, working out
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Cleveland restaurant scene/East 4th
Twitter Handle: @DanHettel

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis, MD, MA
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University 
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Genitourinary reconstructive surgery, global and public health, and clinical bioethics 
Hobbies: Triathlons, playing with my dogs, backpacking, and traveling 
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Biking through the metropark trails
Twitter Handle: @KLewisMD

Glenn Werneburg

Glenn T. Werneburg, MD, PhD
Hometown: Hicksville, NY
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Academic Interests: Molecular mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of urologic infection
Hobbies: Running, traveling, oenology
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: West Side Market, Phunkenship
Twitter Handle: @gwerneburg

 Ao Zhang

Ao Zhang, MD
Hometown: Sichuan, China
Undergraduate: Tsinghua University
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Academic Interests: urological oncology, basic science urology research
Hobbies: Hiking
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Twitter Handle: @AoZhangUro


2nd Year Residents

Shree Agrawal
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Reconstructive urology, congenitalism, urologic cancer survivorship, medical and surgical education
Hobbies: Blogging, yoga, exploring the Cleveland food scene, and cooking
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: The Flats near the Cuyahoga river/Downtown, Cleveland Metroparks, discovering new vegan restaurants and farmers’ markets
Twitter Handle: @ShreeAgrawal21

Madison Lyon
Hometown: San Diego, CA  
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Surfing, cooking, snuggling my dog, hiking, harvesting veggies from my garden, pelotoning, and traveling
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Rocky River Reservation - paddle boarding, lake swimming, long bike rides, river-side walks all in one
Twitter Handle: @Madison_Lyon_MD

Patrick Michael
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Academic Interests: Urologic oncology, public health, public policy, healthcare outcomes
Hobbies: Auburn football, Kentucky basketball, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, drinking KY bourbon, and reading about Abraham Lincoln
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Maddie's house
Twitter Handle: @patmichael93
 
Paul Oh
Paul Oh
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Academic Interests: Urologic oncology, infertility, microsurgery, robotics, surgical innovation 
Hobbies: Gym, DC sports, music
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Anywhere when it’s summer
Twitter Handle: @DoctorPaulOhMD
 

Ayodeji Sotimehin, MD
Hometown: College Park, GA
Undergraduate: Emory University 
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Interest and Hobbies: Robotic Surgery, Oncology, Endourology, Healthcare disparities in urology, traveling, cooking, Netflix, ukulele, racket sports


1st Year Residents

Michael Gross

Michael Gross
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Prostate Cancer diagnosis and epidemiology, Partial gland ablation, administrative and claims-based data research.
Hobbies: Cooking, Skiing, Choral Music, The New York Times Crossword, and Travel (In a pre-COVID world)
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Lakefront Nature Preserve
Twitter Handle: @grossmedicine

Eiftu Haile

Eiftu Haile
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Academic Interests: racial disparities in urologic surgery, prostate cancer, post-prostate cancer surgery outcomes
Hobbies: beach volleyball, hiking, trying out new restaurants
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: downtown restaurant scene
Twitter Handle: @eiftu

Ross Liao

Ross Liao
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Academic Interests: Urologic Oncology, Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, Prostate Cancer, Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma
Hobbies: Tennis, Table Tennis, Running, Cooking, Dallas Cowboys Football
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: Edgewater Park, Cleveland Metroparks
Twitter Handle: @rossliao

Jason Scovell

Jason Scovell
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Academic Interests: I am currently interested in kidney cancer and hope to one day improve survival for patients with this disease. I am also passionate about male infertility and reproductive health
Hobbies: Golfing, hiking, and spending time with my wife and two hyperactive but wonderful dogs
Favorite Spot in Cleveland: The Metroparks!
Twitter Handle: @JasonScovell


Past Residents

Where Are They Now?

Former Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Residents reflect on the personal and career impact of their training.

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Name Fellowship Current Position
Daniel Sun (2020)   Community Practice, San Francisco 
Andrew Nguyen (2020)
Clinical Faculty, University of Minnesota
Abhinav Khanna (2020) Urologic Oncology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic  
Alice Crane (2020) Transplant Fellowship, Maryland  
Ben Abelson (2020) Pediatric Fellowship, Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee   
Anna Zampini (2019) Endourology Fellowship, Mt. Sinai, New York
Nitin Yerram (2019) Oncology Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Andrew Y. Sun (2019) Andrology and Male Infertility Fellowship, UCLA - Los Angeles, California
Paurush Babbar (2019) Male Reconstruction Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Hans Arora (2019) Pediatric Urology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern, IL
Yaw Nyame (2018) Urologic Oncology, University of Washington, Washington
Bryan Hinck (2018)
Faculty, University of Minnesota
Daniel Greene (2018)
Private Practice, Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California
Bradley Gill (2018)
Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
Nima Almassi (2018) Urologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Sam Haywood (2017) Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
Iryna Makovey Crescenze (2017)
Female and Reconstructive Urology Fellowship, University of Michigan, Michigan

Chad Reichard (2017)
Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson, Texas

Christine Tran (2017)
Private Practice, Northern Virginia
Sarah Vij (2017)
Male Infertility and Andrology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
Benjamin Cohen (2016)
Private Practice, Baltimore, Maryland
Juan Jimenez (2016)

Private Practice, Cleveland, Ohio
Ganesh Kartha (2016)

Private Practice, Louisville, Kentucky
Catherine Seager (2016)
Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts
Raman Unnikrishnan (2016)

Private Practice, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Chris Brede (2015)
Private Practice, Michigan
Kiranpreet Khurana (2015) Male Reconstructive and Andrology/Infertility, New York University, New York
Greg Lieser (2015)
Private Practice, Texas
Ben Larson (2015)
Private Practice, California
Karin Westesson (2015)
Private Practice, Montana
Kevin Chandler (2014)
Private Practice, New York
Brandon Isaryawongse (2014)
Private Practice, California
Devon Snow (2014) Pediatric Urology, Chicago Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University, Illinois
Yuka Yamaguchi (2014) Male Reconstruction and Andrology/Infertility,New York University, New York
Ina Wu (2014)
Faculty, University of Nebraska
Featured Resident

Featured Resident

IVUmed Medical Mission to Mozambique

Molly DeWitt-Foy, MD

This September I had the great fortune to travel to Mozambique with IVUmed on a medical mission lead by GUKI class of 2012 alumna, Christina Ching, currently Assistant Professor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and Heidi Stephany, Pediatric Fellowship Director at University of California at Irvine.  The trip was a transformative experience for me and a great reminder of how fortunate we are to train and practice the way we do. Not only are there no pediatric urologists in the entire country of Mozambique, but there are only three practicing adult urologists. There is also no fluoroscopy and no pediatric cystoscopes - which is to say, no capacity for placing ureteral stents or for ablating posterior urethral valves. Obstructing ureteral stones suffer in Mozambique get sent to South Africa, and male infants with PUV live with vesicostomies until another option comes along. (We ablated the valves of a nine year old boy when I was in Maputo.)

Although the physicians and nurses with whom we collaborated were grossly under-staffed and under-resourced, they had an extraordinary capacity for optimism and creative problem-solving. The residents there learn how to operate from books and YouTube as often as they do from faculty, and during my stay the entire Mozambican urology team was made up of one newly minted attending and two eager interns.

During the week they spent operating with our team they acquired the ability to manage a host of pathology that previously would have gone untreated. We performed half a dozen first stage repairs of proximal hypospadias, the second stage of which one of the new attendings will complete this spring. We also treated a number of uncommon congenital urologic abnormalities, including multiple children with bladder exstrophy and cloacal anomalies. 

The impact of the procedures we were able to perform was certainly felt and appreciated by the community, but the resulting ripple effect of IVUmed's "reach one, teach many" philosophy I think will resound for years to come. I feel so grateful to have been part of this experience: to have had the opportunity to work with two talented American pediatric urologists and several Mozambican staff, to have met and helped inspiring patients, and to have seen how different the practice of urology can be in a resource poor setting, all of which have reminded me of our common humanity in healing as physicians.

Training at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute has been an incredible gift - not only has it given me the opportunity to receive top-notch surgical training from leaders in the field, but the Cleveland Clinic has connected me with a broad network of remarkable alum, and has afforded me the flexibility and support to pursue my interest in global surgery.

Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

Cleveland, an ethnically diverse mid-sized city located on Lake Erie, features a host of cultural and recreational attractions. Cleveland Clinic is located near the University Circle area, which is the major cultural center in Cleveland. This area also features the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several other museums, and Case Western Reserve University. Downtown Cleveland is approximately 2 miles from the Cleveland Clinic campus.