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Pediatric Urology Fellowship

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Surgical Services, Division of Pediatric Urology, sponsors the Pediatric Urology Fellowship program. The fellowship is fully accredited by the ACGME. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare our trainees for a career as an academic surgeon. The fellowship meets the American Board of Urology requirements to allow graduates to apply for the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Pediatric Urology.

This fellowship program covers a full complement of pediatric urologic issues with particular attention to the areas of genitourinary reconstructive surgery (including microsurgical techniques), laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgery, uro-oncology and fetal urology. The majority of the fellowship related clinical activity takes place at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The program has one or two fellows (we accept one fellow each year) for the duration of two years.

The fellowship comprises a clinical year and a research year. The first year of the fellowship program is dedicated to clinical rotations in Pediatric Urology, The Urogenital Center, The Healthy Bladder Clinic, Urodynamics and the Myelomeningocele Clinic. The fellows also spend time in the various multidisciplinary clinics that exist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The second year focuses on basic science research related to the genitourinary tract; this year is spent in the Pediatric Urology Basic Science Lab under the direct mentorship of Joo-Seop Park, PhD and/or Elizabeth Mann, PhD. The fellow will also be on two weeks of elective in the Pediatric Nephrology service and two weeks of a fellow-chosen elective in Pediatric Surgery, NICU, Colorectal Surgery, or Radiology. During this year the fellow will also have the ability to attend some of the courses in the University of Cincinnati MPH program.

The research year will provide the trainees the opportunity to be directly mentored in basic science research utilizing advanced molecular biology techniques by Dr. Park, who is an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Pediatric Urology and Developmental Biology. Dr. Park has a detailed research curriculum that takes the trainees through the process of creating a hypothesis, experimental design, conduct of the project, and data analysis.

The fellowship has a strong emphasis on didactics. Our conference schedule is below.


  • Clinical Indications Conference (weekly, fellow directed)
  • Pediatric Urology Topic Review (bi-weekly, fellow directed)
  • Pediatric Urology Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Pediatric Urology Radiology Conference (monthly)
  • Urology Basic Science Review (bi-weekly)
  • Clinical Case Management Conference (monthly)
  • Pediatric Urology Journal Club (monthly)
  • Complex Center Conference (monthly)
  • Complex Urology/Colorectal Center Conference (weekly)
  • Combined Complex Urology/Colorectal Center Conference (monthly)
  • UC/CCHMC Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly)
  • Disorders of Sexual Differentiation (DSD) (Pediatric Urology, Pediatric GYN, Pediatric Endocrinology, Clinical Effectiveness, Genetics & Social Work – bi-weekly)

Program Director: William Robert Defoor, Jr., MD

How To Apply

We accept applications from residents in the fourth year of their postgraduate training in an accredited urology program. The Division of Urology at Cincinnati Children’s participates in the fellowship match conducted by the Society of Pediatric Urology (SPU); applicants should download and complete the SPU’s universal application form.

The Urology Fellowship application deadline is February, with candidate interviews conducted shortly thereafter.

For more information on the application process, contact Margo Stover, fellowship coordinator, at 513-803-3736 or

Visit the Pediatric Urology Fellowship site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

W. Robert DeFoor, Jr., MD, MPH
Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program Director
Margo Stover
Pediatric Urology Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 513-803-3736
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