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Pediatric Urology Fellowship

The Pediatric Urology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Urology consists of one year of clinical pediatric urology training and one year of clinical/basic science. The program is an accredited fellowship by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 
The trainee will spend his or her research years conducting ongoing research and will be encouraged to develop his/her own field of interest. The clinical program is centered at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the pediatric hospital at Johns Hopkins that serves a diverse patient population and receives a wide range of pediatric urology cases. 
The clinical rotation involves rotations in outpatient clinic, complex reconstructions/ambulatory surgery, urodynamics, exposure to spina bifida and stone clinic, fetal treatment and pediatric oncology (tumor board). 
Johns Hopkins faculty involved in the training of the pediatric urology fellow includes pediatric endocrinologists, nephrologists, neonatologists, oncologists, neurosurgeons, infectious disease specialists, geneticists, radiologists and pediatric surgeons. See a complete list of our faculty by specialty.
The pediatric urology fellow is expected to attend and participate in weekly educational conferences, didactic teaching sessions, daily management of inpatients with the urology residents and consulting services. 

Core Faculty

Di Carlo, Heather Noelle, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Urology
Director, Pediatric Urology Research
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Bladder Cancer, Bladder Exstrophy, Hernias, Hypospadias, Kidney Cancer, Pediatric Urology, Prostate Cancer, Undescended Testis, Vesicoureteral Reflux

Dodson, Jennifer Lockwood, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Urology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Pediatric Urology, Spina Bifida, Urology, Voiding Dysfunction

Gearhart, John P, M.D.

Professor of Urology
Professor of Pediatrics
Robert D. Jeffs Professor
Director of Pediatric Urology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Ambiguous Genitalia, Bladder Exstrophy, Major Urologic Birth Defects, Pediatric Urology, Urologic Surgery, Urology

Areas of Surgical/Research Training

Research training includes one year of dedicated research time. Fellows participate in clinical and basic science research.

A large biorepository of detrusor smooth muscle cells and urothelial cells from Exstrophy-Epispadias complex patients as well as vesicoureteral reflux patient is available for biomarker analysis. For clinical research, a large prospectively maintained database Exstrophy-Epispadias complex patients is available for surgical, continence, and other outcomes based analysis. Other clinical research includes imaging in VUR patients, LUTS in the pediatric population, Health Related Quality of Life and Disorders of Sexual Development.

In addition, we are also conducting a phase 1 clinical trial (NCT01011777) investigating the use of endoscopically injected muscle derived progenitor cells in exstrophy patients with urinary incontinence.

Surgical training occurs in the second year of fellowship, during which the fellow leads the clinical service.

Surgical and clinical skills are developed in the following areas:

  • Bedwetting (enuresis)
  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Cloacal exstrophy
  • Epispadias
  • Hypospadias
  • Kidney stones
  • Undescended testicle
  • Ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Former Fellows:

2016-2017 - Timothy Baumgartner, MD
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

2015-2016 - Peter Stuhldreher, MD
US Navy, San Diego

2014-2015 - Ezekial Young, MD
Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University SOM

2013-2014 - Heather Di Carlo, MD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University SOM

2012-2013 - Eric Massanyi, MD
Assistant Professor, Northeast Ohio SOM

2011-2012 - Kristina D. Suson, MD
Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital Michigan Pediatric Urology

2010-2011 - Andrew Stec, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina

2009-2010 - Timothy Phillips, MD
Chief of Pediatric Urology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

2008-2009 - Thomas Novak, MD
Chief of Pediatric Urology, Brooke Army Medical Center

2007-2008 - J. Todd Purves, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University

2006-2007 - Amanda North, MD
Associate Professor and Program Director, Montefiore Hospital

2005-2006 - Caleb P. Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor, Boston Children’s Hospital

2004-2005 - Jennifer Dodson, MD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Hospital

2003-2004 - Dominic Frimberger, MD, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, University of Oklahoma

2002-2003 - Yegappan Lakshmanan, MD
Associate Professor and Chief, Children’s Hospital Michigan

2001-2002 - Kirstan Meldrum, MD
Professor and Chief, Michigan State University SOM

2000-2001 - Fernando Ferrer, MD
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Omaha, Creighton SOM

1998-1999 - Linda Baker, MD
Professor, UT Southeastern

1997-1998 - Ranjiv Mathews, MD
Director of Pediatric Urology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

1996-1997 - Richard Silver, MD
Private Practice, New York

1995-1996 - Bruce L. Slaughenhoupt, MD
Associate Professor and Program Director, University of Wisconsin

1994-1995 - Jacob Ben-Chaim, MD
Professor, The Dana Children’s Hospital

1993-1994 - Steven Docimo, MD
Professor and Chief of Staff, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

1992-1993 - Naida Kalloo, MD
Associate Professor, George Washington University

1991-1992 - Dennis Peppas, MD
Professor and Chief, University of Louisville SOM

1990-1991 - Marc Cendron, MD
Associate Professor, Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital

1989-1990 - Charles E. Horton, MD
Professor and Chief, Eastern VA School of Medicine

1988-1989 - Michael P. Leonard, MD
Professor and Chief, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

1987-1988 - Douglas A. Canning, MD
Professor and Chief, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

How To Apply

Eligible applicants are completing a urology residency program and are preferably candidates for the American Board of Urology. We participate in the matching program by the American Urologic Association AUA and the Society for Pediatric Urology. Applications are due in winter or early spring.   

Additional information about the matching process, as well as a general application, is online at the Society for Pediatric Urology.

In addition, those interested in applying to the pediatric urology fellowship program should send curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to John P. Gearhart, M.D.

John P. Gearhart, M.D.
Associate Professor in Pediatric Urology
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
1800 Orleans Street, #7304
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Phone: 410-955-5358
Fax: 410-614-8096

A passing score on USMLE Step II is required for all trainees.
Johns Hopkins’s GME policy applies to all clinical fellows.

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