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Urology Residency Training Program

We welcome your interest in the Cleveland Clinic Urology Residency Training Program. Our six-year program integrates one-year of general surgery/pre-specialty training, one-year of research, and four-years of clinical urology training. The Residency Training Program brochure and these web pages provide an overview of our program as well as information about living in the Cleveland area.

All department members are committed to maintaining an academic environment that fosters the finest urologic training. Our residency training program offers a variety of challenging clinical experiences spanning the breadth of the discipline, as well as numerous opportunities for basic, translational, clinical and outcomes research.

The Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute’s collegial atmosphere and ample support staff enable residents to balance clinical and investigative training with family and personal interests outside the hospital.

Eric Klein

Eric Klein, MD
Chair, Glickman
Urological & Kidney
Institute

Edmund Sabanegh

Edmund Sabanegh, MD
Chair, Department of
Urology

Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell, MD, PhD
Vice Chair, Glickman
Urological & Kidney Institute
Director, Urology
Residency Training
Program

Drogo Montague

Drogo Montague, MD
Associate Director,
Urology Residency
Training Program

Kenneth Angermeier

Kenneth Angermeier, MD
Associate Director,
Urology Residency
Training Program

Ryan Berglund

Ryan Berglund, MD
Associate Director,
Urology Residency
Training Program

Glickman Tower

The Glickman Tower, home to the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.

The Department of Urology has had a long and rich history at Cleveland Clinic, highlighted by our #2 ranking by U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016. 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.

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. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic’s urology program as one of the top two programs in the United States over the past 15 years, with the department of urology garnering number 1 rankings in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

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
About the Program
2014-2015 Residents

2014-2015 Residents

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)
  • Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy (CCLA)
Case-Based Urology Learning Program and Education

The Case-Based Urology Learning Program (CBULP) is based upon cases covering the most common and important clinical scenarios in urology. The goal of each case is to illustrate the main principles of the disease process and the fundamentals of its clinical evaluation and management. The course offers an online and interactive format to support training of residents in the modern era. A few representative cases are included below for your review. To date, there are over 224 cases available.

This program is developed in collaboration with colleagues at University Hospitals Urologic Institute and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

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.

  • Nima Almassi, MD
    Research: Androgen metabolism and prostate cancer
    Principal investigator(s): Nima Sharifi, MD
  • Bradley Gill, MD, MS
    Research: Stem cell therapy for renal ischemia
    Principal investigator(s): Hui Zhu, MD, PhD and Margot Damaser, PhD
  • Daniel Greene, MD
    Research: Stem cell and interstitial cystitis
    Principal investigator(s): Margot Damaser, PhD
  • Bryan Hinck, MD
    Research: Papillary tip biopsy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy
    Principal investigator(s): Manoj Monga, MD and Robert Fairchild, PhD
  • Yaw Nyame, MD, MBA
    Research: Metabolic syndrome and prostate cancer
    Principal investigator(s): Nima Sharifi, MD
Research Laboratories

Throughout your residency, the following lab rotations are available:

Medical Student Rotation

Medical students can participate in a structured visiting rotation in the department of Urology at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus throughout the academic year. Students are paired with residents in the preceptor model and participate in the same full range of academic experiences, including didactic conferences and patient care in the units as well as operating rooms.

For any further questions or details, please email Mary Ellen Nolder.

Residency

The Cleveland Clinic Department of Urology is currently accepting applications for the residency program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications to the program are made through the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS).

The deadline for completed ERAS applications is September 15th, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic years.

For any further questions or details, please email Mary Ellen Nolder.

Living In Cleveland
Chief Residents
Benjamin Cohen

Benjamin Cohen, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Interests: urologic oncology; Hobbies - cycling, tennis

Juan Jimenez

Juan Antonio Jiménez, MD, PhD
Hometown: Anderson, IN
Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Interests: music, singing, cycling, travel, cooking

Ganesh Kartha

Ganesh Kartha, MD, MS
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Louisville
Interests: research interests-prostate cancer and kidney stone research;
Hobbies - playing bass in the all urology band "Continuous Flow"

Catherine Seager

Catherine Seager, MD
Hometown: Portland, MD
Undergraduate: Haverford College
Medical School: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Interests: pediatric urology, tissue engineering

Raman Unnikrishnan

Raman Unnikrishnan, MD
Hometown: Ashland, KY
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical school: University of Kentucky
Interests: bourbon, music, travel

5th Year Residents
Samuel Haywood

Sam Haywood, MD
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interests: clinical/research – oncology, transplantation; Hobbies - swimming, running, triathlons

Irene Makovey

Irene Makovey, MD
Hometown: Indiana, PA
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Interests: female urology; Hobbies - running, painting, food

Chad Reichard

Chad Reichard, MD
Hometown: Novi, Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Chicago
Interests: oncology; Hobbies - golf

Christine Tran

Christine Tran, MD
Hometown: Chantilly, VA
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Interests: clinical/research: biomedical engineering/novel therapeutics for urologic applications; Hobbies - hiking, nature/landscape photography, cooking

Sarah Vij

Sarah C Vij, MD
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interests: male infertility, quality and patient safety research; Hobbies - indoor cycling, hiking, cooking, Cleveland’s restaurant scene

4th Year Residents
Nima Almassi

Nima Almassi, MD
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Interests: medical education, environmental stewardship

Bradley Gill

Bradley (Brad) Gill, MD, MS
Hometown: Sharon, PA
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Interests: medical education, neuromodulation, medical devices, regenerative medicine, economics; Hobbies - Outdoors, golf, cooking, music

Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene, MD
Hometown: Berrien Springs, MI
Undergraduate: Andrews University, MI
Medical School: Loma Linda School of Medicine
Interests: travel, golf, cooking

Bryan Hinck

Bryan D. Hinck, MD
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
Medical School: Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University
Interests: urology; Hobbies - spending time with my wife and new daughter, road biking, running, home brewing

Yaw Nyame

Yaw Nyame, MD, MBA, MHSA
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interests: urologic oncology, robotic/minimally-invasive surgery, international health and policy, healthcare economics; Hobbies - college football, soccer, running, guitar

3rd Year 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: 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: scuba diving, Lacrosse, Australian-rules football, yoga, Indian cricket, nature photography, gourmet cooking

Andrew Sun

Andrew Y. Sun, MD
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Interests: 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: oncology; Hobbies - 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: reconstructive urology, healthcare management; Hobbies - running, spinning, travel, painting

2nd Year Residents
Benjamin Abelson

Ben Abelson, MD
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Interests: 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: martial arts, music, hiking

Abhinav Khanna

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

Andrew Nguyen

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

Daniel Sun

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

1st Year Residents
Molly Elmer-Dewitt

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

Kyle Ericson

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

Scott Lundy

Scott Lundy, MD, PhD
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Washington
Interests: Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine; Hobbies - underwater photography

Anup Shah

Anup Shah, MD, MS
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Mechanical Engineering
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Interests: medical devices, stem cell biology, pediatric urology, reconstructive urology; Hobbies - 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: basic science research, clinical research, urologic oncology, reconstructive urology; Hobbies - dance instruction and choreography, basketball

Past Residents
  • 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) – Academic – University of Nebraska, Nebraska
  • Edward Diaz (2013) - Pediatric Urology – Chicago Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University, Illinois
  • David Kang (2013) – Private practice, North Carolina Byron Lee (2013) – Urologic Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • Ryan Mori (2013) – Male Reconstruction – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Christina Ching (2012) – Pediatric Urology – Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Mary Samplaski (2012) – Andrology/Infertility – University of Toronto, Canada
  • Michael Lee (2012) – Private practice, Massachusetts
  • John Klein (2011) – Private Practice, Virginia
  • Armine Smith (2011) – Urologic Oncology – National Cancer Institute, Maryland
  • Vairavan Subramanian, Jr (2010) – Private Practice, Texas
  • Anil Thomas (2011) – Minimally Invasive / Robotics – Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, California
  • Carvell Nguyen (2010) – Urologic Oncology – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Amit Patel (2010) – Urologic Oncology – University of Chicago, Illinois
  • Pravin Rao (2010) – Andrology / Male Infertility - University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois
  • Christopher Weight (2010) – Urologic Oncology – Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  • John Kefer (2009) – Andrology/Infertility – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Una Lee (2009) – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction – University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Matthew Simmons (2009) – Private Practice, Oregon
  • Hadley Wood (2009) – Academic – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Robert Abouassaly (2008) – Urologic Oncology – University of Toronto, Canada
  • Angelo Baccala, Jr (2008) – Urologic Oncology – National Cancer Institute, Maryland
  • Brian Lane (2008) – American Foundation of Urologic Disease Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Lynn Woo (2008) – Pediatric Urology – Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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