Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program

Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program Overview

The Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) accredited fellowship at UT Health San Antonio is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of urologic cancer surgery, including open, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted techniques. Our goal is to train future leaders and provide the experience needed to become an outstanding urologic oncologist. Our SUO fellowship is a 2-year program with one year of protected research and one clinical year. The program can be tailored to reflect each fellow’s individual clinical and research interests.

Clinical Rotation

The Urologic Oncology fellow will work directly with clinical and research faculty. Fellows will rotate with urology faculty members who have high-volume practices devoted to urologic oncology. Fellow’s surgical experience is a top priority with 4 days per week in the operating room.

Following are the areas of surgical training:

  1. Kidney cancer (Open, robotic and laparoscopic approach): Radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, IVC thrombectomy (Level 0 to IV)
  2. Urothelial cancer (Open and robotic approach): Radical cystectomy, salvage cystectomy, orthotopic neobladder, extended pelvic lymph node dissection, partial cystectomy, pelvic exenteration, radical nephroureterectomy
  3. Prostate cancer (Open and robotic approach): Radical prostatectomy, salvage prostatectomy, salvage pelvic lymph node dissection
  4. Testis cancer: Primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
  5. Penile Cancer: Partial penectomy, total penectomy, radical Inguinal and pelvic lymph node dissection

Research and Education:

The research year provides fellows opportunities in basic science and clinical research. The Department of Urology at UT Health San Antonio has a tradition of excellence in clinical trial research. Currently, there are several clinical trials run by the Department of Urology. Fellows have numerous research opportunities to collaborate with researchers in genetics, pathology, cell signaling, and molecular biology, epidemiology, prevention, biostatistics, and nutrition. Fellows can also complete a master’s degree in clinical and translational science (MSCI) through UT Health San Antonio during the first year of the fellowship. The tuition is covered by the Department of Urology.

The educational component of the program includes lectures and seminars on a variety of oncologic topics covering the spectrum of urologic cancers. The fellow will lead the multi-disciplinary tumor board conference in collaboration with radiology, pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.

Program Director: Dharam Kaushik, M.D.
Program Faculty: Joseph W. Basler, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Liss, Ph.D.
Ahmed Mansour, M.D.
Deepak Pruthi, M.D.
Ronald Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert Svatek, M.D., MSCI


This fellowship is a Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) approved program and as such is governed by its rules and regulations. Applicants to the UT Health San Antonio fellowship program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduation from an accredited ACGME or ICGME residency program in Urology.
  2. Successful completion of the USMLE steps 1, 2 and 3
  3. Able to obtain a Texas medical license

Please feel free to complete the application by visiting the SUO website

Current Urologic Oncology Fellows

Harshit Garg, M.D. (2021-2023)

Furkan Dursun, M.D. (2020-2022)

Christine Ibilibor, M.D. (2019-2021)

Alumni Urologic Oncology Fellows

Karen Wheeler, M.D. (2018-2020)

Deepak Pruthi, M.D. (2016-2018)

Edwin Morales, M.D. (2016-2017)

Ian Thompson, III, M.D. (2012-2013)

For more information about our program, please contact:

Dharam Kaushik, M.D.
Urologic Oncology Fellowship Director
Email: kaushik@uthscsa.edu
Academic Telephone: 210-567-5640

Marsha Guantello
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Email: guantello@uthscsa.edu
Academic Telephone: 210-567-5640