Urologic Oncology Fellowship

The Urologic Oncology Department at Providence Saint John’s Health Center was established in April 2015. The fellowship will be administered jointly by Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute. The fellowship will provide an important training mechanism for urologists interested in learning state-of-the-art minimally invasive robotic surgical techniques and multi-modality care of patients with urologic cancers. The training experience will provide excellent preparation for a career in either an academic or clinical urologic practice. 

Program Director
Timothy Wilson, M.D., Professor and Chair of Urology, Department of Urology/Urologic Oncology

Fellowship Summary

The Fellow will spend twelve months on a clinical Urology and Urologic Oncology service. During this clinical year, the fellows participate in over 300 laparoscopic/robotic procedures, provide care for in-patients including ICU care, and offer continuity of care in the outpatient clinics. We also have an option for a continued second year of fellowship in basic science and/or outcomes research.

The Fellow is responsible for all in-patient care and typically operates three days per week with any one of the two current urologic oncology faculty members. All urologic oncology faculty are Fellowship-trained and members of the Society of Urologic Oncology. The Fellow is currently supported clinically by a dedicated nurse practitioner and a physician assistant.

Completion of this program also mandates that our Fellows present at national meetings, write research papers, get involved with clinical trials, participate in journal clubs, and present lectures to the oncologic community.

Based on current occupancy levels, Fellows would be anticipated to participate in the surgical care and management of approximately 300 laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomies; 50 laparoscopic cystoprostatectomies with urinary diversion; and 75 laparoscopic and robotic nephrectomies. A variety of other endoscopic, endourologic and general urology cases occur throughout the year.

While minimally invasive techniques are an important part of this program, our Fellows are also trained in complex open surgical techniques, such as post-chemotherapy RPLND’s, nephrectomies, open cystectomies and urinary tract reconstructions. Because our Fellows train in a nationally recognized cancer institute, they also have opportunities to participate in many multi-teamed procedures for abdominal and pelvic malignancies. Fellows are also exposed to a multidisciplinary treatment approach to urologic cancers by developing close relationships with radiation oncology, medical oncology, and uropathology.

Interviews for the 2019 Fellowship position are scheduled for January 11, 2018.

Additionally, interviews being conducted for a 2018 two year fellowship for interested candidates.


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Board eligible in general surgery, certified urologist, and eligible for a California medical license. Candidates must be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) - accredited urology program.


  • Current CV
  • Two letters of reference from faculty in your residency training program
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Number of Positions

For 2019, we have a one year clinical/robotic training fellowship.

For 2018, we have a two year fellowship. First year research and second year clinical/robotic training.

Contact Us

For inquires or questions about the program, please contact Program Director Timothy Wilson, M.D., Timothy.Wilson@providence.org or Valerie Zapanta, Urologic Oncology Program Manager at valerie.zapanta@providence.org.