Department of Urology | Fellowship Training

Program Description:

The Department of Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the best clinical and research training experience in pediatric urology. Our program was established in 1979 by Dr. Alan Retik. We offer a 3-year fellowship experience for up to two fellows per year. The first two years are dedicated to basic science or clinical research and one year is ACGME-accredited. The third year is ACGME-accredited and devoted to clinical training. The department is staffed by thirteen, pediatric urologists.

Inpatient Clinical Volume:

  • 700 admissions per year
  • 1,200 consults per year
  • 2,800 surgical cases per year

Clinical Facilities:

  • Inpatient services:  Boston Children’s Hospital, Waltham
  • Outpatient locations:  Boston, Waltham, Peabody, Lexington, Weymouth, Norwood, North Dartmouth, Milford and Bedford, NH.

Clinical Faculty:

Carlos R. Estrada, Jr, MD, MBA – Chief
Bartley G. Cilento, Jr, MD, MPH – Program Director
Erin R. McNamara, MD, MPH – Associate Program Director
Stuart B. Bauer, MD
Joseph G. Borer, MD
Marc Cendron, MD
David A. Diamond, MD
Michael P. Kurtz, MD, MPH
Richard S. Lee, MD
Caleb P. Nelson, MD, MPH
Alan B. Retik, MD – Chief Emeritus
Hsin-Hsiao Scott Wang, MD, MPH, MBAn
Richard N. Yu, MD, PhD
Jeanne S. Chow, MD – Uroradiology
Deborah R. Stein, MD – Nephrology

Urological Diseases Research Center:

Rosalyn M. Adam, PhD – Director
Ming Dong, PhD
John Froehlich, PhD
Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
X. Sean Li, PhD
Valérie Schumacher, PhD

Conferences:

  • Pediatric Uroradiology Conference; weekly
  • Pediatric Urology Indications Conference; weekly
  • Pediatric Urology Grand Rounds; weekly
  • Campbell’s Club, Pediatric Urology; bi-weekly
  • Journal Club; monthly
  • Endocrine/Pediatric Urology joint conference; quarterly
  • Clinical Research Meeting; monthly
  • Health Services Research WIP Meeting; weekly
  • Laboratory Journal Club; bi-weekly
  • Laboratory Work-in-Progress meetings; weekly

Residency Training Programs (4-6 residents on service):

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Boston University Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital

Basic Science Research Program Description:

The Urology Research program comprises 6 full time basic science researchers and 4 surgeon-scientists conducting research on a range of topics relevant to urology. The principal investigators receive extramural funding from federal agencies, including the NIH and DOD, as well as foundations and industry. Research projects include: genetic studies of urologic disease, developmental biology of the urogenital tract, pathophysiology of urinary tract obstruction, tissue engineering, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and glycoproteomics to identify urinary biomarkers of urologic disease, physiology of neurotoxins and fundamental studies of bladder and kidney function.

There is now an opportunity for our fellows who choose the basic-science track to obtain a formal degree. The Master of Medical Science in Clinical Investigation (MMSCI) program is designed to provide training for postgraduate clinician-scientists to facilitate successful research careers upon graduation.  New for 2020, the addition of a translational research track will provide in-depth training in contemporary techniques in bench research, as well as strong emphasis on systems biology and omics analysis, in addition to biostatistics and epidemiology. The two-year program combines innovative pedagogical methods with an individual mentored research experience under the direct supervision of a Harvard mentor.

Clinical Research Program Description: Fellows opting to pursue the clinical research track may participate in the Program in Clinical Effectiveness through the Harvard School of Public Health. This program is designed for the clinician seeking to develop quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research, and begins with a summer curriculum in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, decision analysis, and research methodology. The program culminates in a Master of Public Health degree. Current research projects range from health service utilization and disparities in urologic surgery to surgical outcomes research.

Clinical, Translational, and Health Services Research Program Description: Fellows opting to pursue a non-laboratory research experience have a number of areas of concentration from which to choose*. Most of our fellows have completed a Master’s program at the Harvard-Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) during their research years. The longest-running pediatric research training program in the country is the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, a highly-structured, comprehensive two-year program involving mentorship from research faculty across the Harvard institutions, including of the Division of General Pediatrics and Department of Urology at BCH. Several of our pediatric urology fellows have been accepted to this program. Most of our fellows have also completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness through the Harvard School of Public Health, an intensive summer program focused on skills needed for clinical research including epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, decision analysis, and research methodology. Additional areas of interest that various fellows have pursued during their Master’s program include health policy, genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics, and advanced analytics and machine learning. Our fellows have also been accepted into the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Fellowship in Safety and Quality and the HMS Master’s in Medical Education. Without question, pediatric urology fellows at BCH have access to the most wide-ranging, comprehensive selection of intellectual opportunities available in any fellowship in the world.

Recent and ongoing research projects range from translational work on biomarkers and diagnostic testing, to analysis of practice patterns and trends through administrative data analysis, to surgical trials and outcomes, as well as health service utilization and disparities in delivery of urological care. With two full years completely protected for academic efforts, our fellows have the time and resources to truly expand their horizons and master complex topics, and this is consistently reflected in their academic productivity.

Please review link for a list of programs in the Boston/Harvard ecosystem. Program selection is a collaborative process between the fellow and the urology faculty.

*All advanced degrees are pending approval from Department.

Contact Information:

Jill Harris Tucker, Fellowship Program Manager
Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Urology
300 Longwood Avenue, HU-390
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-3341
Fax: 617-730-0474

Email:  jill.tucker@childrens.harvard.edu