Program Director

Thomas Lendvay, MD  

Program Overview

Established in 1990, the Pediatric Urology fellowship is distinguished by the broad exposure fellows receive to both complex urologic reconstruction and minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted laparoscopy, in addition to general pediatric urology. The second year is unique in that a fellow is given graduated responsibility as a junior faculty member in conjunction with a research emphasis.

Fellows gain clinical exposure at Seattle Children's, a 323-licensed-bed facility. The Pediatric Urology service is responsible for approximately 1,400 open cases a year, and fellows are actively involved in patient care in the operating room, clinic, and inpatient units. Fellows will also spend some time in patient care at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Year 1 is an ACGME-approved clinical year. The fellow spends the majority of time on patient care responsibilities in the operating room, ambulatory clinic, and inpatient units working with the faculty. Year 2 consists of research with some clinical responsibilities. The second year is, in fact, a junior staff position at the University of Washington with a significant emphasis on a mentored research project. This means that the fellow essentially has his or her own practice during the second year.

During the second year, fellows may engage in basic science or clinical science research. Areas of research include basic research on bladder and urothelial growth in the Bassuk Laboratory and clinical research in the Urology and Neurodevelopmental Departments, with the potential to earn a Masters of Science in epidemiology. Other areas of study have included robotic/haptic research and research in urinary tract infection.

Recent Graduates:

  • 2011 Dr. Ismael Zamilpa – Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
  • 2012 Dr. Micah Jacobs – Associate Professor, UT Southwestern, Fellowship Program Director
  • 2013 Dr. Ruthie Su – Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin
  • 2014 Dr. Ardavan Akhavan – Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Director of Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Center
  • 2015 Dr. Katie Willihnganz-Lawson, Pediatric Surgical Associates, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2016 Dr. Jonathan Ellison, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Length of fellowship: 2 years

Number of fellowships available: 1

Application Requirements

Prerequisites/post-medical school requirements

  • Candidates must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in urology or the equivalent.

Application materials

Optional dinner with the division hosted Sunday evening prior to the formal interview day. A $300 travel stipend will be offered to candidates.

For More Information

Fellowship Program Administrator
University of Washington Department of Urology, Box 356510
1959 NE Pacific St., BB-1121
Seattle, WA 98195-6510

Phone: 206-685-1982
Fax: 206-543-3272
Email