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Reconstructive Urology Fellowship (GURS)

About the Fellowship

The fellowship consists of one clinical year focused on complex genito-urinary reconstruction which will include urethral reconstruction, ureteral reconstruction, urinary diversion, male incontinence surgery, robotic surgery, fistula (RUF, VVF, vesical, and cutaneous fistula) repair, hypospadias surgery, and scrotal surgery.  The program is largely carried out at the main UC San Diego hospital in La Jolla. We perform a high volume of urethral reconstruction that includes all types of repairs: anastomotic, grafting, flaps, and a combination of techniques. We operate on pediatric patients (teenagers through nonagenarian). We perform a significant number of male incontinence surgeries, many of which are complex and redo cases. An emphasis of the program is exposure to and an experience in robotic surgery, which includes upper tract ureteral reconstruction and benign cystectomy and nephrectomy.

The fellow will interact with, teach, and mentor UC San Diego residents and medical students. They will have an independent clinic once a week where they will be the attending caring for patients and scheduling operative cases independently. The remainder of the week will be in the operating room and clinic. An additional training site will be at the San Diego VA, where we perform bi-monthly reconstructive cases.

Throughout the year, the fellow will participate in academic conferences and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the other UC San Diego faculty. It is expected that the fellow will actively pursue clinical research.


  1. Provide external funding
  2. Generate salary support through clinical billings. This requires full licensure in the state of California.

How to Apply

  1. Applicant must send a cover letter, current CV, and three reference letters supporting their application. One of these letters must be from the residency program director to establish good standing.
  2. Admission is contingent upon completion of an ACGME accredited urologic training program.
  3. Applicant should have successfully completed all 3 steps of USMLE.


Adela Lopez