New Endourology Fellowship at UC San Diego

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New Endourology Fellowship at UC San Diego

Dear Colleagues:I am pleased to announce the new UC San Diego Endourology fellowship beginning Summer 2012. Please email ( if you are interested.Sincerely,Roger L. Sur, M.D.Assistant Professor of Surgery Division of Urology UCSD Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center, Director 200 West Arbor Drive #8897 San Diego, CA 92103 619-694-0817 cell 619-290-4758 pager 619-543-6573 fax 619-543-5267 (assistant-Claudia Graff) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The endourology fellowship at UC San Diego will offer fellows an opportunity to complete three major goals. Firstly, they will gain a complete surgical experience and mastery of both routine and complex kidney stone procedures, such as ureteroscopy, shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, urinary diversion stone disease surgery, laparoscopic stone surgery (incuding DaVinci assisted) and on rare indications, open stone surgery.  Regarding pecutaneous surgery, the fellow will gain mastery of gaining percutaneous access without the need for interventional radiology assistance.  Ultrasound assisted percutaneous techniques are also highly encouraged for the fellow’s training.  Benign pathology will also be treated incuding ureteral stricture and ureteropelvic junction obstruction.  Nephron sparing endoscopic techniques will also be implemented for transitional cell carcinoma.    Secondly the fellows will participate in the metabolic clinic at UC San Diego Comphrensive Kidney Stone Center, which is a multi-disciplinary clinic incorporating dieticians, endocrinologists, bariatric medicine and nephrology subspecialties.  Dr. Sur is an Endourology Society fellowship trained urologist who has a complete understanding of metabolic derangements that underlie nephrolithiasis and the fellow will train directly under him during the clinic/outpatient phase of the fellowship. Fellows will understand how to identify risk factors in stone disease and offer patients strategies on prevention, where recurrence is 50% at 5-10 years without prevention.   Lastly, the fellowship will provide the fellow vast opportunity for both clinical and basic science research.  There are numerous IRB approved clinical studies evaluating kidney stone disease from all different facets, such as the role of obesity as well as cardiovascular/peripheral vascular disease in nephrolithiasis pathophysiology.  The center collaborates with other academic centers in multi-institutional studies such as the Rapaflo medical expulsion trial, which Dr. Sur is a co-principal investigator.  The center also benefits from local collaborations with institutions such as Naval Medical Center San Diego, which is currently evaluating the role of statin medications in preventing kidney stone disease.  Basic science will be strongly encouraged for the fellow as we have access to laboratory facilities here at the UCSD School of Medicine.  We currently have an IRB approved study to evaluate the role of Tamm-Horsfall Protein abnormalities and their role in kidney stone formation.  Dr. Argade is our principal basic scientist who is assisting with the basic science aspect of this project.  Other collaborators include the Burnham Institute which is evaluating the role of proteonomic studies in kidney stone disease.  

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