Urology Residency


Program Summary

John A. Libertino, MD, Chairman, Department of UrologyIt is the objective of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center residency program in Urology to provide rigorous training in the art and science of clinical and basic science in Urology. This goal is achieved through a four-year, vertically integrated program in Urology.

The Urology staff is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to training a complete urological surgeon who is prepared for a career in clinical and academic medicine. We attempt to educate our residents so that their technical skills will enable them to manage the most complex of surgical and cognitive problems, and ultimately, mold them into practitioners who provide the best possible care to patients in a setting of kindness and compassion.

The Department of Urology staff consists of 16 full-time, board-certified urologists who attend to busy outpatient practices and perform inpatient and ambulatory surgical procedures. Many patients are referred to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center by their primary urologist for complex operations.

The members of the Department of Urology are widely recognized for their expertise in:

  • Adrenal, bladder, kidney and prostate surgery
  • Continent urinary diversion and neobladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Laser surgery

Affiliated Hospital

Lahey's Urology residency program is enhanced by its affiliation with Children's Hospital Boston, where training opportunities enable residents to work with specialists recognized for providing the best in comprehensive pediatric care. Equipped with 325 beds, Children's Hospital Boston is the largest pediatric medical center in the United States.

The Program

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's urology residency is a rectangular program, with three residents per year. The six-year program is structured as follows:

  • Year 1: Training in the Department of General Surgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
  • Year 2: Training in the Department of General Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Urological Surgery at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
  • Year 3: Research (e.g., basic science, molecular biology) at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to attending all Urology Department conferences, clinical responsibilities include one day of clinic per week and two overnight calls per month.
  • Year 4: Eight months are spent at Lahey, with an emphasis on endoscopic procedures; four months are spent at Children's Hospital Boston,with a concentration on pediatric urology.
  • Year 5: Ten months are spent at Lahey, with a focus on female urology and inpatient consultations; two months are spent at Children's Hospital Boston.
  • Year 6: Twelve month chief residency at Lahey. Under supervision, the chief resident performs major operative procedures (e.g., laparoscopic, oncologic and reconstructive), runs a weekly outpatient clinic and is responsible for organizing teaching conferences.

Education is an integral part of the Lahey experience. Both the medical and surgical divisions sponsor more than 50 regularly scheduled conferences each month. The Department of Urology has a monthly Uroradiology Conference, guest lectures, GU Tumor Board, Journal Club, a Mortality and Morbidity Conference, and an Indications Conference.

The Department of Urology relocated in 2007 to a new wing of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. This new facility includes a dedicated Urology resident workroom, state-of-the art clinical spaces including a Urodynamic Center, Prostate Center and urology conference room. Excellent research resources are available online through the affiliated Tufts Medical Center Health Sciences Library, in addition to the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Richard B. Cattell Memorial Library.

The urology residency experience is both clinically and academically active. Residents are encouraged to conduct clinical research that culminates in publication or presentation at a regional or national meeting. Graduates of the program have been highly recruited for opportunities in private practice, fellowships and academic.