Urologic Oncology Fellowship

The Department of Urology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCI) has several training opportunities available for fellows and attending physicians. These fellowships include a Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) accredited two-year fellowship, a three-year T32 urologic research training program, and an international fellowship of six months to two years duration. The primary fellowship is the SUO fellowship, which will be described thoroughly. 

We perform 92% of our oncologic cases minimally invasively. We are particularly proud of our robotic cystectomy program where, for the last nine years, all robotic cystectomies have been performed robotically and, for the last seven years, all urinary diversions have been performed intracorporeally. Our department has a strong clinical database project that facilitates outcomes and quality of life research and meets our institutional requirement for robotic surgical quality assurance. In addition, we have a robotic training program that relies upon robotic surgical simulation and our porcine laboratory.

Our department consists of 5 full-time clinicians and four full-time scientists. Fellowship applicants can choose from 1 of 6 areas of scientific study for a research experience conducive to a successful academic career: 1) molecular & cellular biology, 2) immunology, 3) genetics, 4) pharmacology & experimental therapeutics, 5) cancer prevention and epidemiology, or 6) quality of life/outcomes.

SUO Fellowship

SUO Match Program Resources

The clinical fellowship program at RPCI began in 1982 and became SUO accredited in 2009. SUO Fellows receive training in basic/translational research by conducting research with faculty in the Department of Urology and/or the RPCI Genitourinary (GU) Program. An affiliation agreement with the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (UB) designates RPCI as the primary teaching facility in oncology for the university. 

One fellow spends two years training in all aspects of urologic oncology. In the first year, the fellow receives training in basic/translational research by conducting research with translational scientists in the Department of Urology or other departments at RPCI.

In the second year, clinical training combines training in clinical management and open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery and fellows participate in clinical research projects utilizing the prostate, bladder and kidney databases.

The Department of Urology welcomes applications from Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG). To increase the likelihood of a fruitful training experience and due to the high volume of prior applicants, SUO Fellowship applicants should obtain a minimum USMLE Step 3 score of 200 and spend a two- to four-week rotation at RPCI during which time a formal interview will be conducted. 

Program Director - James L. Mohler, MD 

T-32 Urologic Research Training Program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The overall objective of the program is to train urologic oncology fellows to develop skills and expertise in basic science and translational research.  In addition to their one-year clinical rotation, trainees will enter into two years of full-time laboratory cancer research in one of five areas of scientific study: 1) molecular & cellular biology, 2) immunology, 3) genetics, 4) pharmacology & experimental therapeutics, or 5) cancer prevention & epidemiology.

During two years of protected time, trainees will work under the mentorship of selected faculty from one of these areas.  Preceptors from a variety of disciplines have been selected based on extensive experience in training young investigators. Trainees attend a multidisciplinary course in Oncology that involves lectures in basic science as well as in areas of medical, surgical and radiation oncology.  Also, trainees will be formally educated in biostatistics and the ethical principles of research.  It is our goal to provide training and expertise toward the development of strong basic and translational scientific research skills that will enable trainees to assume productive academic positions in urologic oncology.

If interested, send a letter of intent and your CV to:
James L. Mohler, MD
Associate Director and Senior Vice President for Translational Research
Chair, Department of Urology
Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14222  USA

International Fellowship at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The International Fellowship could vary from six months with no clinical training to two years including one year of clinical training and one year of research training.  The clinical training would follow the calendar year so as to offer the best clinical training experience possible without compromising the clinical training of the two fellows in the clinical year of the SUO accredited fellowship.

Contact information:
Khurshid A. Guru, MD
Director, RPCI Robotic Surgery
Attending Surgeon, Department of Urology
Associate Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14222  USA