The University of Chicago is one of the leading academic institutions in the United States. More Nobel laureates have been affiliated with this University than any other institution in the world. The Section of Urology shares in this heritage as a result of the work of Dr. Charles Huggins, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1966 for his discovery of hormone therapy for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The Section of Urology continues this commitment to excellence in clinical practice and basic research. The goals of our residency program are to provide excellent comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of urology and to create an atmosphere for discovery by providing active research. Thus, we endeavor to provide our residents with the best training in clinical urology while enabling them to advance the science of urology through investigation.
Dr. Arieh Shalhav has been chairman of the Section of Urology 2006. During that time, the section has grown tremendously in terms of clinical volume and academic productivity. Surgical volume has tripled, with the number of complex adult and pediatric urology cases having increased even more dramatically. Our research laboratories have been extensively reorganized and enhanced and are now under the direction of Dr. Don Vander Griend, who also serves as director of resident research. Dr. Glenn Gerber has been Residency Program Director since 2007. During that time the residency program has increased in size from two to three residents per year. We are a six year program with the following schedule:
PGY-1 ( Intern year)- 4 months on urology, 7 months rotating surgical areas, 1 month vacation
PGY-2 – 8 months adult urology, 4 months pediatric urology at main campus
PGY-3 – 4 months adult urology main campus, 4 months Jesse Brown West Side VA, 4 months Evanston North Shore campus
PGY-4 - Research year- No call or clinical responsibilities
PGY-5 - 6 months adult urology main campus, 4 months pediatric urology, 2 months Jesse Brown West Side VA
PGY-6 - 8 months adult urology main campus, 4 months Evanston North Shore campus
Our urology clinic is located in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) at the University of Chicago Medical Center. This clinic has 5,000 square feet of space, includes 11 exam rooms, a cystoscopy suite, and separate high end facilities with urodynamics and transrectal ultrasonography. This clinic was designed to allow further growth and to serve the needs of the section. In February, 2005, the Comer Children’s Hospital, a new 155 bed facility, opened. This new hospital is directly across the street from the adult hospital and includes dedicated pediatric operating rooms as well as state-of-the-art neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
Minimally invasive urology - Dr. Shalhav has established the University of Chicago Medical Center as one of the leading minimally invasive urology programs in the Midwest. He and his colleagues have performed more than 15,000 major minimally invasive surgical procedures since 2002, including over 4,000 robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies. Under the direction of Dr. Norm Smith, who joined the University of Chicago in 2010, we have also established a program in robotic assisted radical cystectomy that complements our very large volume open radical cystectomy practice. Dr. Glenn Gerber is the director of endourology and has a large volume kidney stone practice, in addition to the treatment of benign prostatic disease. In pediatric urology, Dr. Mohan Gundeti is one of the country’s leading experts in robotic and minimally invasive surgery in children.
Urologic oncology- Dr. Gary Steinberg is the director of urologic oncology and primarily focuses on the treatment of patients with bladder cancer. He draws patients from throughout the Midwest and annually the University of Chicago performs the most radical cystectomies of any program in the area. Dr. Norm Smith also specializes in the treatment of bladder cancer, as well as renal and prostate cancer. Dr. Gregory Zagaja has one of the largest experiences with robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in the United States having performed over 2,500 RALPs. Dr. Scott Eggener specializes in innovative treatments for prostate cancer, including focal laser ablation, as well as in testis and kidney cancer.
Reconstructive Urology- Dr. Gregory Bales is the director of reconstructive urology at the University of Chicago and has a very large volume practice in prosthetics as well as lower urinary reconstruction. He routinely cares for patients referred from throughout the Midwest with the most challenging reconstructive problems. Dr. Sarah Faris joined the faculty in 2015 and specializes in male and female reconstructive urology.
Pediatric Urology- Dr. Mohan Gundeti has a very large pediatric practice in all areas with special expertise and experience in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. We are actively recruiting for a second pediatric urologist who will likely join the program in the near future.
In 2002, Dr. Arieh Shalhav, who completed his laparoscopic urology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, was recruited from Indiana University to establish a program in minimally invasive urologic surgery. In less than five years, Dr. Shalhav has established the University of Chicago Medical Center as being one of the leading minimally invasive urology programs in the Midwest. He has built both a busy clinical and academically successful program. He and his colleagues have now performed more than 5,000 major minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures, including over 4,000 robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies. He has established both clinical and research fellowships. He also has an active animal research laboratory in which all residents receive training in minimally invasive surgery and in which there are several interesting ongoing research projects including a study on the effects of different energy devices on cavernosal nerve injury.
In 2004, Dr. Gary Steinberg moved his bladder cancer practice from Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital to the University of Chicago campus to head our oncology program. Today our bladder cancer program is one of the five most prominent in the country, generating greater cystectomy volumes than many leading peer institutions.
In 2006, Dr. Brendler stepped down as Chief of Urology, Dr. Shalhav became the interim chief and in April, 2007, Dr. Shalhav was appointed Chief of Urology and established the Fritz and Mary Lee Duda Family Professorship.
In 2006, Dr. Victoria Robinson was recruited to start a bladder cancer research program and our research residents have tremendously benefited from her mentoring.
In 2007, Dr. Glenn Gerber, a senior member of our faculty, was appointed the urology residency program director devoting a significant amount of his time managing the residency program.
In 2007, Dr. Mohan Gundeti joined our faculty as Assistant Professor, after completing his fellowship training in pediatric urology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England in 2006. Dr. Gundeti is rapidly developing a practice in minimally invasive pediatric urology. Our two PGY-5 residents each spend six months in pediatric urology.
In 2008, Dr. Scott Eggener joined the faculty as Assistant Professor after completing a three year urologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Dr. Eggener’s primary focus will be in patients with testis and kidney cancer.
In 2010, Dr. Norm Smith joined the faculty as Associate Professor from Northwestern Medicine to focus on bladder and prostate cancer and minimally invasive surgery.
In 2015, Dr. Sarah Faris joined the faculty as Assistant Professor, after completing her fellowship training in female and male reconstructive urology at the University of Iowa.
Surgical Volume: Our residents are well trained in all areas of urologic surgery. Listed below are average number of cases performed by our most recent graduates for the last two years:
Robotic Procedures: 255
Male Reconstruction: 97
Female Reconstruction: 65
Major Pediatric: 57
2016- Rena Malik- Reconstructive urology fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern
Jamie Kearns- Urologic oncology fellowship, University of Washington
David Hatcher- Minimally invasive urology fellowship, University of Southern California
2015- Josh Cohn- Reconstructive urology fellowship, Vanderbilt University
2014- Fenwa Famakinwa- Reconstructive urology fellowship, University of Minnesota
Charles Chang- private practice- Tacoma, Washington
Pankaj Dangle- Pediatric urology fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
2013- Kyle Kiriluk- private practice, Chicago
Alex Rosen- private practice, Ft Myers, Florida
2012- Tom Jayram- Minimally invasive urology fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
Marcelo Orvieto- academic practice, Chile
Main campus- There are 9 full time urologists on staff at the main campus:
Urologic oncology- Arieh Shalhav, Gary Steinberg, Greg Zagaja, Norm Smith, Scott Eggener
Minimally invasive urology- Arieh Shalhav, Glenn Gerber
Reconstructive urology- Greg Bales, Sarah Faris
Pediatric urology- Mohan Gundeti
Jesse Brown West Side VA- this is a very busy, newly renovated VA Hospital approximately one mile west of the Chicago loop. The Director of Urology is Dr. Roohollah Sharifi and other faculty are full time VA physicians as well as urology faculty from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
Evanston North Shore Hospital- There are 8 full time urologists on staff at Evanston under the direction of Dr. Mike McGuire. Most of the urologists here are fellowship trained, but treat patients with a variety of clinical problems.
Call Schedule- The urology program is committed to providing adequate oversight of all clinical activity by senior residents and faculty at all locations as well as compliance with all duty hour restrictions and regulations. At the main campus, all call is taken from home and residents are on call an average of every 4th night with 2 weekends off per month. Similarly, home call is performed at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital and at Evanston North Shore Hospital with similar frequency and weekends off.
Dedicated Research Year- We are committed to a dedicated research year with no clinical or call responsibilities. This year is entirely devoted to investigation and is supervised by Dr. Don Vander Griend, who is the Director of Resident Research. During the research year, residents generally work with a variety of faculty members at the main campus and at Evanston North Shore Hospital in a mixture of basic and clinical research. Dr. Vander Griend meets with the residents throughout their training to help focus and mentor their research efforts. Our residents have been very successful at getting their work presented at major meetings, such as the annual AUA meeting, as well as at sub specialty meeting such as the World Congress of Endourology, Society of Urologic Reconstruction and Female Urology and the Society of Urologic Oncology. We feel strongly that this experience has been instrumental in helping our graduates match successfully in a variety of fellowship training programs following graduation from residency.