This two-year fellowship—accredited by the Endourological Society—combines training in endourology/stone surgery and laparoscopic/robotic surgery.

Fellows will receive certification of advanced clinical training and will be prepared for a career in academic medicine.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) is a high-volume center and offers the opportunity for significant experience in a wide array of urologic conditions. The urology residency program is one of the leading programs nationwide for index cases in both adult and pediatric urology.

WFBMC is considered one of the leading hospitals in North America for treatment of stone diseases with one the highest volumes of stone patients nationwide. The minimally invasive surgery team is made up of experienced experts who have performed many "world firsts" in the field. The department is one of a few in the country using robotic surgery to treat all types of urologic cancer: kidney, bladder and prostate cancer.

Our operating rooms are equipped with the latest technologies for endourology, including digital endoscopic equipment.

Training includes animate, inanimate and cadaver facilities. Part of our unique learning environment is the 28,000-square-foot Applied Learning Center, which offers hands-on learning through a fully functional surgical simulation lab and mock operating room, as well as laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical skills training, an anatomical training center and standardized patient assessment examination rooms.

The Surgical Skills Lab is designed as part of the National Referral Center for Continuing Education. The monitors, instruments and cameras are identical to the equipment used in the operating rooms at WFBMC.

Learn from Leaders in the Field

Dr. Jorge Gutierrez, professor of urology, directs the program. Dr. Gutierrez heads the department’s endourology and stone disease program and is an internationally recognized expert endourologist with more than 22 years of clinical experience performing endourological and minimally invasive surgery. He is assistant editor of the Journal of Endourology and is editor of the Spanish edition of the AUA News.

The fellow will also work with Dr. Ashok Hemal, director of the department’s minimally invasive surgery program. Dr. Hemal specializes in uro-oncology, robotic and pure laparoscopic surgeries. He is principal or co-investigator on several research projects and is well-known internationally for his pioneering work in minimally invasive surgery. He has edited several books and more than 350 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.