Urologic Oncology Fellowship

Introduction

The Urologic Oncology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center is a two-year program, composed of one year of research and one year of clinical experience, accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology. The research year involves clinical, translational and/or bench research. The clinical year involves a broad experience in all aspects of genitourinary oncology including a hands-on experience in complex and open, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. The majority of the clinical activity is performed at Moffitt Cancer Center and outpatient clinics and surgical centers, however a small fraction of complex operations that require cardiothoracic and/or vascular surgical support are done at the affiliate site Tampa General Hospital.

The Moffitt Cancer Center SUO fellowship was started in 2009 with one fellow per year and subsequently expanded to a two fellow per year program in 2011. The fellowship has five full-time faculty members who comprise the highest surgical volume by department in the institute. The faculty members perform over 700 major operations per year and over 900 endoscopic operations per year.

Moffitt Cancer Center is a NCI designated tertiary cancer referral center comprised of 206 in-patient hospital beds. The cancer center services the South Eastern United States and many Caribbean, Central and South American countries. The Genitourinary Program is a national leader in urologic malignancies with faculty that chair and participate in national guideline committees. Ongoing research within the program includes investigator initiated trials, industry sponsored trials and cooperative group trials.

Tampa General Hospital is a 1,011 bed hospital and the regional trauma center. Typically high-level IVC thrombus cases that require cardiothoracic and/or cardiothoracic surgery support as well as patients with high risk cardiovascular disease will often have operations at this facility. Fellows will undergo credentialing process in order to participate in these complex cases.

Application Process

Graduates of an ACGME (or equivalent) Urology residency training program are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  1. A completed application form
  2. Current CV
  3. A letter of recommendation from the director of your Urology residency program sent directly to our program
  4. Two additional letters of recommendation from physicians of your choice addressed to the fellowship director
  5. Medical school transcripts and (optional) USMLE scores
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Current photo

Submit this information to:

Jackie Campbell, Education Coordinator
Jackie.Campbell@Moffitt.org

Curriculum:

Year 1

The research year is composed of 1 year of clinical, translational, and/or bench research. As per SUO guidelines each fellow is responsible for writing and submitting one clinical trial protocol during their research year.

At the conclusion of the research year, the fellows are embedded into the medical oncology clinic (not to exceed 20% of their overall time). Translational and bench supporting faculty are: Jong Park, PhD, Connor Lynch, PhD, Anna Giuliano, PhD, Nagi Kumar, PhD, George Blanck, PhD, John Koomen, PhD, Shari Pilon-Thomas, PhD

Year 2

The clinical year is composed of 6 week block rotations by surgeon/clinical service leader. Currently there are 3 services comprised of 1-2 surgical faculty members. The two clinical fellows and one chief resident manage each of these services separately covering both clinic and operating room efforts. 6 week rotations are typically comprised of 1-2 days of clinic and 3-4 days of operating. The fellows are responsible for managing their respective clinical service and working closely with supporting junior lever resident staff. Fellows also have the opportunity to operate at Tampa General Hospital for complex surgeries involved cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery.

Didactics

Tumor Conference – Weekly tumor conferences that involve multidisciplinary care discussions and review of current clinical trials.

Morbidity and Mortality – At the conclusion of each 6 week rotation, M&M cases are reviewed followed by short evidence based didactics presented by the fellow or chief resident.

Journal Club – Every other month system-based journal club reviewing the most recent pertinent urologic oncology literature as well as previously published seminal articles. Journal Club is concluded by a short didactic from one of the research fellows.

Invited Professorship – The GU program hosts a yearly invited professorship in Jan/Feb. Invited professors are national and international leaders in urologic oncology presenting novel research. Fellows have the opportunity to meet and interact with the visiting professors and are expected to present ongoing research and challenging cases during the didactic sessions.

Resident Conference – The SUO fellows have the option to participate in the USF residence weekly didactic conference which occurs at Moffitt Cancer Center twice per month. Fellows are expected to give didactic lecture to the residents twice per year.

Faculty

Wade Sexton, MD Program Director, Wade.Sexton@Moffitt.org
Michael Poch, MD Assistant Program Director, Michael.Poch@Moffitt.org
Scott Gilbert, MD
Michael Poch, MD
Julio Pow-Sang, MD
Wade Sexton, MD
Philippe Spiess, MD

Current Fellows

* 2018
Domenic Tang
Juan Chipolino

* 2017
Andrew Leone
Greg Diorio

Past Fellows

* 2016 
Pranav Sharma, Assistant Professor
Department of Urology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, TX
Publications

Kamran Zargar
Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
Publications

* 2015      
Gautum Agarwal  
Mercy Clinic Urology - David C. Pratt Cancer Center
St. Louis, MO

Adam Luchey
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University Hospital
Morgantown, WV

* 2014   
Einar Sverrison
Assistant Professor
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Timothy Kim
Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
Arlington, VA          

* 2013  
David Buethe
Suncoast Urology
Brooksville, FL

* 2012       
Sandhya Rao
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY