Andrology / Male Reproductive Health Fellowship Training

Male Reproductive Health (Andrology) Fellowships

Fellowships in andrology emphasize the medical and surgical management of all aspects of male reproductive health.  Specifically, these areas include male infertilityfertility preservationmale reproductive endocrinologyerectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, priapism and genital trauma.  From a medical perspective, a fellowship-trained andrologist should be facile at the complex evaluation and management of the infertile couple, male hypogonadism and hormone replacement, and sexual dysfunction.  This includes complex, in-clinic diagnostic testing and imaging for erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease.  Surgically, andrologists perform a broad spectrum of minimally and maximally invasive surgeries, from complex microsurgical reconstruction of the male genital tract to deep pelvic surgery for treatment of certain types of congenital erectile dysfunction.  A large proportion of prosthetic surgery is also the domain of the urologic andrologist, including penile and testicular prostheses.

Why do an andrology fellowship?

Male reproductive health is an exciting and growing field.  Clinically, there is a growing need for urologists who specialize in male infertility and sexual health.  Patients who seek care in this arena often do so electively, and as such are generally motivated and compliant.  The training is intensive and detail oriented, but rarely carries the same intensity as oncology or trauma.  From a research perspective, this field is growing exponentially, with many opportunities for investigation and creativity.

Why not?

Fellowship adds significant time to your overall training. Many fellowships are two years and require significant devotion to research and academic pursuits.  As such, if your goal is to make into the work force and start paying off your medical school debt, a fellowship may not be for you.  Clinically, patients who seek elective care can be demanding, both of your time and attention.  If you think you will have better hours as an E.D. and infertility doctor . . . think again!

Contributing writer: Thomas Walsh, MD

Male Health Fellowships:

Clinical Research Fellowship in Urology and Male Health at Maimonides Medical Center
Program Director: Ridwan Shabsigh, MD,  Link

The mission of this fellowship is to advance biomedical research in urology and men’s health.  The scope includes research in the epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of male gender-specific disorders such as sexual dysfunctions, infertility, hypogonadism, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and incontinence. In addition, the scope includes participation in multidisciplinary interaction with cardiology, endocrinology and behavioral medicine to address urologic and men’s health disorders linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and health risk behavior. 

This position is for 1 year starting July 1 and ending June 30. Qualifications include a physician graduate from a medical (allopathic or osteopathic) school, who has completed a residency in urology in the USA. Such physician shall be a U.S. citizen; national; or permanent resident of the USA. 

Maimonides Medical Center
904 49th St
Brooklyn, NY 11219
phone: 718-283-7746

Baylor College of Medicine 
Program Directors: Larry I. Lipshultz, M.D., and Dolores J. Lamb Ph.D.
Length of fellowship: 1 or 2 years
Clinical/Research: 100% clinical if one year, if two years it is 100% clinical and 100% research
Contact person: Jo Vasquez, Administrative Assistant
Contact phone number: 713-798-6163 or 713-798-6007
Fax: 713-798-6007


Boston Medical Center
Program Directors: Robert Oates, M.D., and Irwin Goldstein, M.D.
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Clinical/Research: 80% clinical, 20% research
Contact person: Robert Oates, M.D.
Contact phone number: 617-638-8485


Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Program Directors: Jay I. Sandlow MD
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Contact person: Tammy Janik, Medical Education Coordinator
Contact phone/FAX: 414-805-0788/414-805-0771


Glickman Urological Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Program Directors: Edmund Sabanegh, Jr.., M.D., and Ashok Agarwal, Ph.D.
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Clinical/Research: 70% clinical, 30% research
Contact person: Edmund Sabanegh, Jr. M.D.


Northwestern McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education
Program Directors: Drs. Robert Brannigan and Kevin McVary
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Clinical/Research: >85%/15%
Contact person: Kelly Ross


The Smith Institute for Urology of the North Shore LIJ Health System
Program Director: Bruce R. Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Contact person: Bruce R. Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Contact phone number: 516-487-2700
Contact Fax: 516-487-2007  


Southern Illinois University
Program Director: Kevin McVary, M.D., and Tobias Kohler, MD
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Contact person: Robin Zorn
Contact phone number: 217-545-3262
Contact Fax: 217-545-7305

Comments from Program Director, Kevin McVary, MD:   What are the strengths of your fellowship program (please provide an idea about the volume and the type of cases that are done at your institution): The modern management of male reproductive and sexual health requires an in-depth knowledge not only of surgery but also of imaging, biopsy techniques, pathology, endocrinology, radiology and basic science. Our andrology fellowship enhances the knowledge and skill in the management of male sexual and reproductive health acquired by a urology trainee. Our program is unique in that the Co-Directors (Drs McVary and Kohler), both international leaders in male pelvic health, work seemlessly together to give the trainee world class, state of the art training in male pelvic health. What do you look for in applicants who apply?Written applications, including a copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation, will be solicited. Appropriate candidates will be interviewed by Drs. McVary and Kohler, and other participating faculty. Applicants will be selected by the faculty committee based on past record of achievement, recommendations, and interview process, without regard to gender or race. What research opportunities are available? The research opportunities at SIU are world class and place our trainees in the upper echelons of their peers. Research opportunities include the entire spectrum from laboratory based translational  investigations, device invention and innovation, clinical trials at the NIH and industrial level, and investigator initiated trials (IIT). Trainee participation is deemed a requirement and best if planned in preparation of his/her arrival at SIU. What career paths have your program's alumni chosen in the past 5 years? Uniformly our fellows pursue academic careers not by fiat, but largely because of the career mentoring and the intellectual enthusiasm which permeates our program. 


Dr. Tobias Kohler (University of Minnesota):Associate Professor of Urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.

Dr. Kenneth Poon (University of British Columbia): Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Dr. Eric Laborde (Louisiana State University in New Orleans): Assistant Professor of Urology at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. 

Dr. Jason Hedges, MD-Ph.D (Oregon Health & Science University): Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in the Department of Surgery. 

Dr. Puneet Masson (Cornell University): Assistant Professor of Urology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. PA.

Dr. Charles Welliver (Albany Medical College): Academic appointment pending as of 1.30.14, but interviewing exclusively at major academic centers.


University of California San Francisco
Program Directors: Paul J. Turek, M.D., and Tom F. Lue, M.D.
Length of fellowship: 2 years.
Contact person: Russ Heiman, Administrative Assistant
Contact email: 
Contact phone number: 415-885-3679
Contact fax: 415-885-7443


Weill Medical College of Cornell University 
Program Directors: Marc Goldstein, M.D.; Peter Schlegel, M.D.; John Mulhall, M.D.; Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D.; Philip Li, M.D.; Matthew Hardy, Ph.D.
Length of fellowship: 2 years
Contact person: Hyacinth Afflick, Manager
Contact phone number: 212-746-5470
Fax: 212-746-0977



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