Male Genitourinary Reconstructive Urologic Surgery Fellowship Program

The Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery is a regional, national, and international referral center dedicated to disorders of the male urethra and external genitalia. The fellowship is a one year clinical position, designed to provide expertise in adult male reconstructive urology including: urethral reconstruction, hypospadias, rectourethral fistula repair, buried penis repair, Peyronie’s disease, genital lymphedema, surgery for penile and urethral cancer, as well as GU prosthetic cases (AUS, male sling, IPP).

Drs. Alex Vanni and Leonard Zinman are fellowship trained, Co-Directors of the Center for Reconstructive Urologic Surgery. Together we perform >200 male reconstructive procedures per year (more than 150 urethral reconstructions per year). In addition to a large surgical volume, fellows will participate in a weekly reconstruction clinic gaining experience in preoperative decision making and urethral imaging.

Goals and Objectives for Training
This fellowship provides robust exposure to complex male reconstructive urologic and prosthetic surgery. The fellow will attain graduated responsibility in the operating room throughout the year, with the goal of obtaining expertise in the management of adult male reconstructive surgery. Additionally, clinical research, surgical education and mentoring are emphasized.

Clinical Responsibilities
The fellow needs to obtain a Massachusetts medical license and will function as a clinical instructor with hospital staff privileges. The fellow will run an independent clinic approximately 3-4 days per month. The fellow will operate with Drs. Vanni and Zinman 3-4 days per week.

Prerequisite/Eligibility Requirements 

  • Must be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Massachusetts prior to starting fellowship.
  • Admission is contingent upon completion of an ACGME accredited urologic training program.
  • Applicant should have completed all 3 steps of USMLE.
  • Applicant must have 3 letters of support for fellowship. One of these letters must be from his/her current program director.

Research
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research through Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, as well as participate in outcomes studies with the Trauma and Urologic Reconstruction Network of Surgeons (TURNS) database.

Fellows will be expected to submit at least 2 abstracts to a regional or national meeting, and to submit at least one manuscript for peer-reviewed publication. Support is provided for travel to the annual meeting of the American Urological Association.

Teaching
Fellows will supervise residents in the operating room and are expected to participate in weekly departmental conferences.

Program Directors: Alex J. Vanni, MD, FACS and Leonard N. Zinman, MD

To apply, please contact:
Alex J. Vanni, MD, FACS
Department of Urology
Email: alex.vanni@lahey.org
Phone: 781-744-2508
Fax: 781-744-5429