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Andrology Fellowship Program

The fellowship will focus on all aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of male patients with infertility, sexual dysfunction, and related conditions.  The fellowship is primarily clinical but also affords ample opportunity for the candidate to participate in research activities in the either basic, clinical, or population sciences.  The fellow will be trained in all medical and surgical aspects of male infertility as well as male sexual dysfunction.  The fellow will rotate primarily through two UCLA institutions and participate regularly in a multi-disciplinary Endocrinology/Urology/Andrology clinic at a UCLA third institution.  Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be qualified to perform all gross and microsurgical procedures related to male infertility and sexual dysfunction.  Candidates must be physician graduates of medical (allopathic or osteopathic) school, must have completed a residency in urology in the US, and must have a California medical license.  Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. UCLA assures equal employment opportunity for individuals from historically underrepresented minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans.

Please send a CV and letter of interest to Jacob Rajfer, MD at jrajfer@ucla.edu.

Endourology Fellowship Program

The UCLA endourology fellowship comprises a one year clinical fellowship focused on laparoscopy, endourology, and kidney stone management. The fellow can anticipate 500 cases a year consisting of PCNL, laparoscopy, ureteroscopy, and general urology. 

Not currently recruiting for this fellowship.

Health Services Fellowship Program

Given the current focus on health care value, quality, and cost, there is a well-recognized need for expertly trained clinicians conducting cutting-edge health services research.  Urologic health services research was established as a discipline at UCLA in 1993 with the unique perspective of psychosocial outcomes, health policy, and the translational population sciences in urologic care.  In collaboration with colleagues at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCLA School of Nursing, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, , UCLA Urology has developed an internationally recognized research program that considers comparative effectiveness, medical outcomes, quality of care, health-related quality of life, informed decision-making, epidemiology, costs of diagnosis and treatment, resource utilization, and community-partnered research in urological care in the United States.  The UCLA Urology Health Services Research Group faculty include Drs. Mark Litwin, Christopher Saigal, Sally Maliski, Jim Hu, Karim Chamie, Jonathan Bergman, Stanley Frencher, and others.  Collectively, they have attracted more than $125 million in peer-reviewed R01 and K series research grants and contracts from the NIH, DoD, American Cancer Society, and various foundations.  This research in the translational population sciences ultimately impacts quality of care and cost-efficiency in our nation’s health care system.  The UCLA Urology Health Services Research Group today is one of only a handful of such groups in the United States.

The objective of the fellowship is to prepare postdoctoral scholars for independent scientific careers in academic medicine.  To that end, the training program provides structured, individualized mentoring for the trainees.  The first objective is for each trainee to design and execute a hypothesis-driven research project(s) to be completed during the appointment period.  A second goal is to teach trainees the skills necessary for high-quality presentation of data and concepts, whether abstracts for presentation, manuscript(s) for peer-reviewed publication, or hypothesis-driven grant applications, in preparation for K-awards and eventually R-awards.  Throughout the research training, there is also be extensive career counseling provided by the Program Director and the fellowship mentors to help ensure the success of the trainees in establishing independent research agendas and careers.

Fellows receive formal training in the translational population sciences.  Their work will focus on the conduct of research in areas of health services research, health policy, quality of care measurement, patient safety, medical outcomes assessment, comparative effectiveness, resource utilization, technology diffusion, access to care, and health care costs, for individuals and populations.  Trainees will be required to take didactic coursework in these disciplines and to develop and carry out at least one study entirely generated by the trainee during the research period.  Trainees will pursue a larger effort in didactic training as a means to obtain formal knowledge for a career in health services research.

Imaging, Targeted Biopsy, and Focal Therapy of Prostate Cancer Fellowship

The UCLA Department of Urology is pleased to offer a 1-year fellowship for a physician (graduate urologist preferred), who is interested in urologic oncology and advanced training in contemporary management of prostate cancer.

1-Year Fellowship in Imaging, Targeted Biopsy, and Focal Therapy of Prostate Cancer with Emphasis on Contemporary Management of Prostate Cancer

Mission statement: To train thought leaders in urologic oncology, in a program emphasizing contemporary and future diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. The Fellow will gain advanced knowledge in imaging, targeted biopsy, and focal therapy. Upon completion, the Fellow would take away the skills to initiate a similar program

The UCLA Department of Urology is pleased to offer a 1-year fellowship for a physician (graduate urologist preferred), who is interested in urologic oncology and advanced training in contemporary management of prostate cancer. The fellowship is a new component of the Institute of Urologic Oncology, within the Urology Department on the Westwood campus, and is distinct from our 2-year SUO urologic oncology fellowship. Eligibility for CA license required.

In addition to a busy oncology operative experience, the Fellow would receive in-depth training in targeted prostate biopsy, MRI interpretation, focal therapy, and minimally-invasive interventions for prostate cancer. Participation in the HDR (high-dose rate) brachytherapy program at UCLA, the largest in the U.S., would also be included. Customization of time allocation is possible. The fellowship is supported by ongoing R01 awards from the National Cancer Institute, including our SPORE in prostate cancer.

Recent trends in targeting prostate tumors within the organ--from both a diagnostic and therapeutic standpoint--promise to change management of the disease in the near future. This program would provide the fellow a cutting-edge opportunity to become a leader in MRI-guided fusion biopsies, focal therapies, and Active Surveillance. The fellowship would emphasize the work pioneered at UCLA by Leonard S. Marks, MD.; opportunity for publication abounds.

A multi-disciplinary approach to focal management of prostate cancer has been pioneered at UCLA via cooperative efforts of the Departments of Urology, Radiology, Pathology, and Biomedical Engineering. A unique learning experience is assured via a large volume of clinical material and the multi-disciplinary expertise available. The fellow would join a 15-person effort, from the four disciplines, working to bring prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment into the 21st century.The founding members of this team are shown here.

Collaboration with engineering scientists at the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) would also be available. In the CASIT lab, surgeons have an opportunity to interact with biomedical engineers dedicated to urologic research, laying the fundamentals for new clinical interventions.Targeted prostate biopsyat UCLA is integrated with biomedical engineering at CASIT. Having completed the Fellowship, the individual would possess the technical skills, clinical expertise, and varied contacts needed to build a program of his/her own.

At UCLA more than 1500 targeted / tracking biopsies have been performed, since inception of the program in 2009, making the UCLA program one of the largest in the world. An extensive online database has been built within the urology department, allowing the Fellow an opportunity to study and explore various aspects of targeted prostate biopsy, its role in active surveillance, and the correlations with whole mount prostatectomy specimens. A major multi-disciplinaryresearch effort in focal therapy is underway, following successful completion of pre-clinical work and a Phase I trial. Several videos explaining the UCLA multi-disciplinary work can be foundhere.

Multi-parametric MRI is now performed at UCLA prior to most prostate biopsies; lesions are delineated by Dr. Margolis and his team; targeted biopsies are performed in a special procedure unit in Clark Urology Center where some 10,000 outpatient visits occur annually. Learning MRI interpretation will be part of the Fellowship.

A large clinical and research infrastructure, along with clerical and administrative help, is available in the UCLA Urology Department to support a Fellow's independent projects. Fellows will be assigned office space in the new Wasserman building, which houses the urology department.

The Urology Department is an integral part of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the newRonald Reagan Hospital ("Best in the West"), andthe larger university, which is ranked 12th best overall in the world by Thomson Reuters.The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. UCLA assures equal employment opportunity for individuals from historically underrepresented minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and USMLE Board Scores to: Dr. Leonard Marks at lmarks@mednet.ucla.edu and Ira Sarian at isarian@mednet.ucla.edu

Applications are now being accepted for a position to start July 1, 2019. 

Urologic Oncology Fellowship

UCLA’s Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology, receiving its initial five-year accreditation in 2001. The program is directed by Dr. Arie Belldegrun, Professor of Urology and Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology. Our Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program provides a post-residency training program in all aspects of urologic oncology, including clinical (medical and surgical), clinical-research trials and basic urologic research.

Multi-disciplinary Clinical Management

Each fellow will participate in the ongoing weekly activities of the UCLA Kidney Cancer and Prostate Cancer Programs, specifically being involved in patient evaluation, presentation, discussion with medical oncologists, interaction with protocol nurses and final decisions on treatment and placement on clinical trials.

Surgical Oncology

Two full days each week will be devoted to hands-on surgical expertise in the operating room, where the fellow will become familiar with a wide variety of procedures.

Clinical Conferences

Participation will be required in the following weekly conferences: Urologic Oncology Tumor Board, Kidney Cancer Conference, Urology Grand Rounds, Clinical Trials Working Group. Plus the fellow is also expected to participate in the educational training programs for the residents, including journal club and teaching rounds.


Each fellow will be assigned a basic science project in urologic oncology under the supervision of the corresponding lab director. The fellow will also participate in weekly lab meetings and cancer center research conferences. In conjunction with the research area, each fellow will be given gradual responsibility in grant writing related to his/her lab projects.

Clinical Research

The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in an active program of urologic oncology clinical trials. He/she will assist in planning, designing, writing and conducting the trial, along with the day-to-day follow-up of patients. This will also give the fellow the chance to interact with clinical nurses and study coordinators and assist in the final analysis and manuscript preparation.

Candidates are required to have completed or anticipate completion of a urology residency in an ACGME-accredited program prior to being considered for a position. They must also qualify for California medical licensure. The fellow will be appointed for a two-year period from July 1-June 30, contingent upon satisfactory performance during the initial year. A third year of training may be undertaken at the Department's discretion. Two positions will be offered each year.

Applications are now being accepted for a position to start July 1, 2018.  

If you are interested in applying for a position, please send the completed SUO Application with your cv, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation to:

Ira Sarian 

Residency Coordinator 
Department of Urology 
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine 
300 Stein Plaza, 3rd Floor, Suite 331 
Los Angeles, CA 90095 
Phone: 310-794-8492 
Fax: 310-794-8653 
Email: isarian@mednet.ucla.edu 

PMRS (Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery) Fellowship Program

The section of Female Urology, Reconstructive Surgery and Urodynamics offers two positions for a two year clinical fellowship for qualified candidates who have completed an accredited urology residency. The fellowship focuses on clinical and operative experience in pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics and reconstructive surgery under the supervision of Dr. Shlomo Raz. An extended fellowship is also available for candidates interested in basic science research.Interested applicants should send letters of recommendation and CV to:

Dr. Shlomo Raz
UCLA Department of Urology
David Geffen School of Medicine
200 Medical Plaza, Suite 140
BOX 957366
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7366

Phone: 310-794-8492
Fax: 310-794-8653
E-mail: isarian@mednet.ucla.edu

Additional information regarding this fellowship, including special highlights »

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Renal Transplantation Fellowship Program

An American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) approved fellowship position is available yearly. This post-graduate training program includes two years of experience with clinical renal transplantation, and both clinical and transitional basic science research. The trainee will be closely involved with the pre-operative surgical evaluation, living donor and cadaveric renal transplantation, open and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, management of immunosuppression, management of surgical complications and urologic surgery in patients with end-stage renal disease. A minimum of six months must be devoted to research. The program currently performs approximately 300 renal transplants, about 40 of these in children, and 30 combined kidney/pancreas transplants.

Acceptable candidates must meet all of the requirements for obtaining a medical license in California. Graduates of ACGME approved residency programs are preferred, but highly qualified foreign medical graduates with approved visas, ECFMG certification, fluent English language skills, and equivalent surgical residency training will be considered. Surgeons with an interest in multi-organ abdominal transplantation training should address their applications to Dr. Ronald Busuttil, in the Department of Surgery.

Ronald W. Busuttil , M.D.
Chief, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation
Box 957054
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7054

Applications should include a letter stating the candidate's goals during and after the fellowship, anticipated dates of training, curriculum vitae, and at least one letter of recommendation to:

H. Albin Gritsch, M.D.
Surgical Director, Renal Transplantation
Box 951738
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1738
Fax: 310-794-1666
or email to: hgritsch@mednet.ucla.edu

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Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery

The minimally invasive fellowship offers comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of endourologic and laparoscopic surgery. The fellowship emphasizes the medical and surgical management of complex renal stone diseases. It includes laparoscopic training for donor nephrectomies, partial and radical nephrectomies, renal ablative therapies and radical prostatectomies. The fellowship incorporates training and research at the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), which houses a laboratory for robotic surgery. This division offers a one-year fellowship to qualified candidates who have completed an accredited residency in urology.

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