Pediatric Fellowships

Pediatric Urology Fellowship

Program Director

Kathleen Kieran, MD, MS, MME, FACS, FAAP

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 403-licensed-bed facility. The Pediatric Urology service is responsible for 2,000 surgical 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 while under the umbrella of the fellowship faculty.

During the second year, fellows may engage in basic science or clinical science research. Areas of research include quality, safety, health services and clinical research in the Urology and Neurodevelopmental Departments, with the potential to earn a master’s of science in epidemiology. Other areas of study have included late stage effects of childhood malignancy therapy, long-term fertility outcomes in pediatric oncology patients, robotic/haptic technology research and research in urinary tract infection.

Length of fellowship: 2 years

Number of fellowships available: 1 

Recent graduates 

  • 2011: Dr. Ismael Zamilpa – associate professor, University of Arkansas
  • 2012: Dr. Micah Jacobs – associate professor, fellowship director, UT Southwestern
  • 2013: Dr. Ruthie Su – assistant professor, University of Wisconsin
  • 2014: Dr. Ardavan Akhavan – assistant professor, director of pediatric robotic surgery, Cornell University
  • 2015: Dr. Katie Willihnganz-Lawson – Pediatric Surgical Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2016: Dr. Jonathan Ellison – assistant professor, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • 2017: Dr. Jennifer Ahn – assistant professor, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • 2018: Dr. Courtney Rowe – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • 2019: Dr. Claudia Berrondo – assistant professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2020: Dr. Katie Canalichio – Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2021: Dr. Shannon Cannon – assistant professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Application Requirements

Prerequisites/post–medical school requirements

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

Application materials 

  • Society of Pediatric Urology Universal Application
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Interview dates: February 28, 2022, and April 11, 2022*
  • Match date: June 2022

* When interviews are held in person, we host an optional dinner for applicants and division faculty on the evening prior to the formal interview day.

For More Information

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

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