Overview

Overview

Hear why our residents chose our top ranked program

Our six-year Urology Residency Program integrates one-year 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 the top ranked urology residency program in the nation for reputation, research and size of program.

Our program offers robust, high volume clinical training in a tertiary care center with countless challenging clinical experiences spanning the breadth of subspecialties. 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.

The Residency Program brochure and this page provide an overview of our program, as well as information about living in the Cleveland area.

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. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic’s urology program as one of the top two programs in the United States every year for the past 15 years, with the department garnering the number 1 ranking in 4 of the last 7 years (including 2018-2019).

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 skillset to thrive in both general and subspecialized urological care in either academic or private practice careers.

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 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 subspecialty 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 newly-inaugurated Genitourinary Malignancy Research Center within the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. The center, led by prostate cancer expert Dr. Nima Sharifi, regularly produces high-impact manuscripts at the forefront of prostate cancer research.

Living in Cleveland

Academic Overview

Academic Overview

About the Program

The Cleveland Clinic Urology Residency Training Program is a six-year program integrating one-year of pre-specialty training, one-year of research, and four-years of clinical urology training. Five residents are accepted into the training program each year. The sixth and final year of training is the chief resident year, comprised of administrative, educational, and operative duties.

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, Rainbow Babies Children Hospital, and Hillcrest Hospital. Residents also have opportunities to participate in operative cases at Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals.

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. During the later years, focus is shifted toward urologic oncology and reconstructive surgery with a balance of open, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures. Chief residents focus on perfecting their operative skills in preparation for fellowship or practice, while shouldering the administrative and educational responsibilities for the residency program, as well as supervising inpatient services.

Call is covered by residents in all levels of the program. Specifically, patient care duties require GL-2 residents to spend on average four to five nights per month in the hospital. Whereas, on average, GL-3 residents spend three to four in-house calls per month, and GL-5 residents cover 1-2 calls at the hospital per month.The GL-4 residents on research do not take in-house call or have clinical responsibilities during their protected research time. The GL-6 chief residents rotate supervisory call and serve as backup for the in-house resident.

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 indication conference, as well as a monthly journal club, interdisciplinary oncology conference, and monthly morbidity and mortality review.

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. More information is available at http://casemed.case.edu/CRSP.
  • 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. Information on these programs is available at http://portals.ccf.org/learning.

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.

  • Molly Elmer-DeWitt
    Research: Development of a Novel Prostate Cancer Beliefs Questionnaire and Correlation with Decisional Regret in African American Men Treated for Localized Prostate Cancer
    Principal investigator(s): Dr. Robert Abouassaly MD,MS
  • Kyle Ericson
    Research: Predicting BCG Response: Genomic and Immunogenomic Analysis of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
    Principal investigator(s): Dr. Bryon Lee, MD
  • Scott Lundy
    Research: The Microbiome of Male Infertility
    Principal investigator(s): Charis Eng
  • Haijing "JJ" Zhang
    Research: Molecular mechanism of resistance to androgen-deprivation therapy and Tissue localization of 3BHSD1
    Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Nima Sharifi, MD

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, dihydrotes tosterone (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
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Center Director
Drogo Montague, MD
Drogo Montague, MD
Center for Men's Health
Audrey Rhee, MD
Audrey Rhee, MD
Center Director
Awards

Awards

2018 Award Recipients Award
Nima Almassi Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for Humanistic Medicine
Anup Shah and Nitin Yerram Innovator Award for a device designed to treat urethral strictures
Andrew Sun, Hans Arora, Paurush Babbar, Nitin Yerram and Anna Zampini (PGY5 Class) AUA ACS Young Investigator Award
Abhinav Khanna AUA North Central Quiz Bowl Champion
Alice Crane Best Poster - Renal Transplantation & Vascular Surgery Section - AUA 2018
Brad Gill Best Poster - BPH Section - AUA 2018
Brad Gill Young Investigator Award - AUA North Central Section, November 2017
Brad Gill House staff Educational Grant Recipient, CCF, 2017/2018 Academic Year

Download a list of our resident awards from 1998-2017

Residents

Residents

Chief Residents

Hans Arora

Hans C. Arora, MD, PhD
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University 
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Research 
Interests and Hobbies: oncology, nanoparticles/nanomaterials, drug delivery, health policy, health disparities, medical education

Paurush Babbar

Paurush Babbar, MD
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: scuba diving, Lacrosse, Australian-rules football, yoga, Indian cricket, nature photography, gourmet cooking

Andrew Sun

Andrew Y. Sun, MD
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Interests and Hobbies: cycling, backpacking, eating, military history, shooting sports

Nitin Yerram

Nitin Yerram, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University 
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
Interests and Hobbies: oncology, tennis, movies

Anna Zampini

Anna Zampini, MD, MBA, MS
Hometown: Westboro, MA
Undergraduate: University of Guelph, Ontario Canada
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: reconstructive urology, healthcare management, running, spinning, travel, painting


5th Year Residents

Benjamin Abelson

Ben Abelson, MD
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 
Interests and Hobbies: family (married, two girls), coffee, chocolate, amazing Cleveland restaurants, waterskiing, running

Alice Crane

Alice Crane, MD, PhD
Hometown: Middletown, NY
Undergraduate: UPenn
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Interests and Hobbies: martial arts, music, hiking

Abhinav Khanna

Abhinav Khanna, MD, MPH
Hometown: Old Bethpage, NY
Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine 
Interests and Hobbies: health services and outcomes research, New York Jets football, gardening, bhangra

Andrew Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen, MD
Hometown: Richfield, MN
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota 
Medical School: University of Minnesota 
Interests and Hobbies: urology, video gaming

Daniel Sun

Daniel Sun, MD
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis 
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: Seattle Seahawks, beer, noodles, video games


4th Year Residents

Molly Elmer Dewitt

Molly Elmer-DeWitt, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: University San Francisco, California 
Interests and Hobbies: global/public health surgery, congenital anomalies, education, running, snacks

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, PhD
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin 
Medical School: University of Washington
Interests and Hobbies: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, underwater photography

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, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Duke School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: basic science research, clinical research, urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, dance instruction and choreography, basketball


3rd 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: Jamaica Estates, NY
Undergraduate: NYU College of Arts and Science
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: New York Jets, New York Mets, movies, TV, running, cycling, skiing, medical non-fiction

Michele Fascelli

Michele “Mike” Fascelli, MD
Hometown: Seaford, DE
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Interests and Hobbies: reconstructive urology, endourology, tennis, baking, running, video games

Kshitij Hemal

Sij Hemal, MD
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Undergraduate: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: soccer, cricket, running, traveling, action movies

Prithvi Murthy

Prithvi Murthy, MD
Hometown: Troy, MI
Undergraduate: The University of Michigan
Medical School: The University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: medical device design, surgery in low and middle income countries, home improvement projects, racket sports, international travel and cuisines


2nd Year Residents

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell, MD
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Interests and Hobbies: urologic oncology, genomics, nutrition, medical education, Cross Fit, running, yoga, biking, hiking

Maxx Caveney

Maxx Cavaney, MD
Hometown:  Rohnert Park, CA
Undergraduate: California State University, Chico
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: genitourinary reconstructive surgery, strength and conditioning, crock pot cooking, video games

Brendan Frainey

Brendan Frainey, MD
Hometown:  Elmhurst, IL
Undergraduate:  Boston College
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: neurogenic bladder, urologic oncoloy, and medical education, White Sox baseball, yoga, basketball, cooking

Rathika Mallpally

Rathika Ramkumar, MD
Hometown: Plano, TX
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin  
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine 
Interests and Hobbies: urology, eating, dancing, traveling

Michael Rydberg 

Michael Rydberg, MD
Hometown: North Oaks, MN
Undergraduate: Davidson College
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: oncology, healthcare economics, cost-effectiveness and quality of life, golf, squash, basketball, biking, spending time with my wife and dog


1st Year Residents

Daniel Gerber 

Daniel Gerber, MD
Hometown: River Forest, IL
Undergraduate: Colgate University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Interests: all things Urology
Hobbies: golf, hiking, playing with my dogs, Cubs baseball

 Daniel Hettel

Daniel Hettel, MD
Hometown: Whitehouse, OH
Undergraduate: University of Toledo
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Interests and Hobbies: prostate cancer clinical and basic science research, Urological oncology, General urology, family (married with 3 children), Cleveland sports, beer, yoga, physical fitness 

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis, MD, MA
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University
Interests and Hobbies: urologic oncology, kidney transplantation, public health, and clinical bioethics, rock climbing, running, and playing with my dog

Glenn Werneburg

Glenn T. Werneburg, MD, PhD
Hometown: Hicksville, NY
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Interests and Hobbies: mechanisms of urological infection, microbiome, artificial intelligence, genomics, drug and device development, family, running, enology, travel, nature

Ao Zhang

Ao Zhang, MD
Hometown: Sichuan, China
Undergraduate: Tsinghua University
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Interests and Hobbies: urological oncology, basic science urology research, running, hiking, food


Past Residents

Name Fellowship Current Position
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   
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, NY
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, IL
Yuka Yamaguchi (2014) Male Reconstruction and Andrology/Infertility
New York University, NY
Ina Wu (2014) Faculty, University of Nebraska
Edward Diaz (2013) Pediatric Urology
Chicago Children’s Hospital/
Northwestern University, IL
Faculty, Stanford University
David Kang (2013) Private Practice, North Carolina
Byron Lee (2013) Urologic Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Ryan Mori (2013) Male Reconstruction
Cleveland Clinic, OH
Christina Ching (2012) Pediatric Urology
Vanderbilt University, TN
Faculty, Ohio State University
Mary Samplaski (2012) Andrology/Infertility
University of Toronto, Canada
Faculty, University of Southern California
Michael Lee (2012) Private Practice, Massachusetts
John Klein (2011) Private Practice, Virginia
Armine Smith (2011) Urologic Oncology
National Cancer Institute, MD
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Vairavan Subramanian, Jr (2010) Private Practice, Texas
Anil Thomas (2011) Minimally Invasive / Robotics
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, CA
Faculty, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon
Carvell Nguyen (2010) Urologic Oncology
Cleveland Clinic, OH
Faculty, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Amit Patel (2010) Urologic Oncology
University of Chicago, IL
Pravin Rao (2010) Andrology / Male Infertility
University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Christopher Weight (2010) Urologic Oncology – Mayo Clinic, MN Faculty, University of Minnesota
John Kefer (2009) Andrology/Infertility – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Una Lee (2009) Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty, Mason Clinic, Seattle
Matthew Simmons (2009) Private Practice, Oregon
Hadley Wood (2009) Academic
Cleveland Clinic, OH
Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
Robert Abouassaly (2008) Urologic Oncology
University of Toronto, Canada
Faculty, Case Western Reserve University
Angelo Baccala, Jr (2008) Urologic Oncology
National Cancer Institute, MD
Brian Lane (2008) American Foundation of Urologic Disease Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic, OH
Faculty, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lynn Woo (2008) Pediatric Urology
Vanderbilt University, TN
Faculty, Case Western Reserve University
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.

Where Are They Now

Where Are They Now

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

Christina B. Ching

Christina B. Ching is a pediatric urologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After undergraduate studies at Yale University and medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Christina completed her residency in Urology at Cleveland Clinic. She underwent fellowship training in Pediatric Urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before staring as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2014. Her clinical interests include children with congenital anomalies of their urinary tract such as anorectal malformations and cloacas, along with congenital urinary tract obstruction and hypospadias. She also runs a basic science laboratory focused on understanding urothelial biology, specifically its impact on human susceptibility to urinary tract infections.

When I think back about my residency training in Urology at the Cleveland Clinic, I feel an extreme sense of pride to have spent such a formative time at such a great institution. Becoming a resident in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute (GUKI) is like joining a family. Not only do you obtain world-class training in surgical and medical care, you establish relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the Urology and Nephrology fields. There were multiple highlights for me:

  1. Surgical Exposure: From the standpoint of surgical training, GUKI is unlike any other. The surgical volume, complexity of cases, and diversity of pathology is beyond compare. Due to this fact, the Clinic has access to the most cutting edge technologies and is a playground of innovation. When I was a resident, we were constantly trialing new surgical instruments and diagnostic tools. Being a part of the evolution of urologic care is incredibly unique as a resident.
  2. Research and Fostering of Inquiry: Arguably one of the most important experiences of my residency was the designated research year during the fourth year of my residency. This helped shape my interest in pursuing basic science in my career after residency and fellowship. While successful completion of a project is ideal, just as much emphasis is placed on simply understanding the scientific method and the meaning of hypothesis driven research.
  3. Compassionate Care: One of the finer balances that the Clinic maintains is training competent clinicians who also see the practice of medicine as an art form. It teaches by example as the Clinic treats its own residents and staff with respect and compassion in order to foster the same compassionate care of its patients.
  4. Lifelong Mentorship and Friendship: Feeling the bond of family as a resident in the GUKI residency was both figurative and literal for me as one of the staff members allowed me to move in with her family when I sold my house early in residency and needed a place to live for a few months.These types of bonds are not easily forgotten. As such, I continue to communicate regularly with staff members and co-residents from my days at the Clinic.They are always available for questions on medical care or surgical technique or career advice, but more importantly to support me on a personal level. They continue to mentor and support me – and I hope to some degree the feeling is mutual.

So again, I think about GUKI and feel nothing but pride: pride at being part of this great family as a prior resident; pride at being part of the number one urology program in the country; pride at being acknowledged by some of the most respected Urologists in the world as a former trainee of theirs; pride at having a lasting bond with some of my favorite people in medicine.

As such, I am proud to be an alumna of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic was instrumental in shaping the direction of my career and forming the lifelong relationships I will cherish on a professional and personal level.