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Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urology
(Laparoscopy/Robotic Surgery)

The one or two year fellowship recognized by the Endourological Society involves comprehensive training in all aspects of minimally invasive urology with an opportunity for the two year fellows to graduate with a masters degree in clinical research from Indiana University. If qualified candidates for a two year fellowship are not available, applicants will be considered for a one year clinical training program. The focus of this training will be all aspects of advanced laparoscopy including robot assisted surgery. Applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted medical license in Indiana and must have completed residency/fellowship in the US or Canada. Annual surgical volume includes over 400 laparoscopic and robot assisted surgeries.

The fellow will function as a junior attending urologist at the County (Eskenazi) Hospital 3-4 times per month, where he/she will supervise residents in the operating room as well as the urology clinics. The fellow's time will be equally distributed between clinical work and research during the entire fellowship. The fellow's annual salary and benefits are equivalent to that of a senior resident/fellow at IU.

The variety of advanced laparoscopic surgery exposes the fellow to all aspects of the urologic laparoscopic surgery including laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, robot assisted prostatectomy with the da Vinci surgical system, adrenalectomy, and other routine renal surgeries. The fellow will work predominately with Dr. Sundaram, but will be an integral part of the Urology Department, working with other faculty during laparoscopic, robotic and endourologic procedures. Dr. Koch performs 4-6 robot assisted radical prostatectomies per week and Dr. Gardner has a practice in advanced robotic surgery. The fellow would therefore be exposed to different techniques during the fellowship. The fellow does not normally have on call responsibilities as a trainee or an attending, but may be requested to assist. Almost all the fellow's time is spent with surgical training, education and research. The University Hospital has two daVinci Si Surgical systems with simulators and another daVinci S system for clinical work. With only 5 residents for eight adult faculty members at the University Hospital, there is adequate surgical volume for the residents and the fellow.

An advanced laparoscopic training facility is managed by the fellow, for training of medical students and residents. Third and 4th year medical students are offered a month long elective in urologic laparoscopy. The fellow is closely involved with their education and clinical research. The fellow does not have outpatient clinic responsibilities at the University Hospital. The da Vinci surgical system is used predominately by urologists.

A fully equipped animal laboratory is available in the Indiana University Medical Center. Several clinical studies are presently in progress. There are comprehensive MIS databases for prostatectomies, renal surgery and adrenalectomies.

Master of Clinical Research: A two year Clinical Investigator and Translational Education (CITE) Program leading to a master of science in clinical research degree through the IU Graduate School, is available to qualified fellows. Our 2013-2015 fellow is presently enrolled in this unique program and is expected to graduate in 2015 with the fellowship and a MS in Clinical Research.

Application Process
Applicants must complete an accredited urology residency in the US before joining the fellowship. This fellowship participates in the Endourological Society fellowship match program. Details and application forms are available at

Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Yearly Volume
Radical Prostatectomy 200
Radical and Simple Nephrectomy 100
Partial Nephrectomy 70
Donor Nephrectomy 40
Adrenalectomy 25
Nephroureterectomy 20
Pyeloplasty 15
Others 30


Indiana University Fellows in MIS:

Academic Year Fellow Residency Program
2003-2004 Jonathan Bernie, MD UC San Diego
2004-2005 Vlad Bargman, MD UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School
2005-2006 Michael Lipke, MD SUNY Stony Brook
2006-2007 Carl Gjertson, MD Columbia University
2007-2008 Amanjot Sethi, MD Boston University
2008-2009 Michelle Lerner, MD Indiana University
2009-2011 Steven Lucas, MD UT Southwestern, Dallas
2011-2012 Keng-Siang Png, FRCS National University, Singapore
2012-2013 Jason Sea, MD University of British Columbia, Canada
2013-2015 Clinton Bahler, MD Indiana University


Application and 3 letters of recommendation are to be mailed to:

Chandru P. Sundaram, M.D.
535 N Barnhill Dr, Suite 420
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5289

Phone: 317 948-3098
Fax 317 944-0174