Urologic Oncology Fellowship

The Urologic Oncology Fellowship program at UCSF offers multidisciplinary training in all aspects of urologic oncology. The program consists of one year of laboratory research and at least one year of clinical urologic oncology. The fellowship program is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology. Society of Urologic OncologyOur basic science research efforts are predominately focused on prostate cancer, bladder cancer and renal cell carcinoma. Several nationally recognized scientists participate in these efforts with considerable funding from the National Institutes of Health. Our prostate cancer program is further supported by one of the few Special Projects in Research Excellence (SPORE) grants awarded in prostate cancer research. In addition to basic science research, opportunities exist for clinical research and outcomes research through the UCSF Urology Outcomes Research Group. Candidates for fellowship have a wide array of research opportunities available to them including androgen receptor biology, genomic alterations, tumor immunology, Phase I evaluation of novel drugs, and biomarker identification and validation. Although not required, previous fellows have successfully received American Foundation for Urologic Diseases (AFUD) grants.

The clinical rotation provides a broad exposure to all aspects of urologic oncology. The fellow participates in the operating room, in outpatient evaluation and management and in conferences. The program offered is multidisciplinary and provides instruction and support for the disciplines of radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology and urologic oncology. The clinical service is very busy and provides an opportunity for the fellow to participate in all types of urologic oncology operative procedures including major open surgery, complex reconstruction and laparoscopic oncology. The majority of clinical work is performed at the UCSF Bakar Cancer Center at Mission Bay, but fellows also participate in oncology cases at the UCSF Parnassus Campus Moffitt Hospital, San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital and at San Francisco General Hospital. Our program is closely tied to departmental activities, and as a result, the oncology fellow is able to benefit from the expertise of the entire faculty.

Application Process

The urologic oncology fellowship is open to persons who have completed a residency program in urology, will be a candidate for certification by the for American Board of Urology, and must be eligible to obtain a California medical license. To determine if you are eligible, please refer to the flowchart here. Applications are due March 1st of each year, 16 months prior to beginning fellowship.

Applicants will be selected through the AUA sponsored matching program.  Please complete the application found on the SUO (Society of Urologic Oncology) website.

Email your completed SUO application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and the UCSF Fellowship Application to:
Maxwell Meng, MD
Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program Director
c/o Katherine Jung.

Please note that while UCSF accepts J1 visa and H1B transfers, it restricts the initial sponsorship of the H1B visa for full time clinical positions per the UCSF ISSO office.

Katherine Jung
[email protected]


Current Fellows

Annika Herlemann, MD, PhD
Clinical Fellow (2018-2019)

Samuel Washington, MD, MAS
Clinical Fellow (2018-2020)

Peter Lonergan, MD
Research Fellow (2019-2021)

Fellows Trained

Renu Eapen, MBBS
Department of Urology
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Austin Health: University of Melbourne
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2016-2017

Michael Leapman, MD
Department of Urology
Yale University
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2015-2016

Hao Nguyen, MD, PhD
Department of Urology,
University of California, San Francisco
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2014-2015

Christopher Welty, MD
Private Practice, NorCal Urology, Oakland, CA
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2014-2015

Clint Cary, MD, MPH
Department of Urology, Indiana University
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2011-2013

Sanoj Punnen M.D.
Department of Urology, University of Miami
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2010-2013

Jared Whitson, MD, MAS
Director of Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2010-2011

Matthew Cooperberg, MD, MPH
Professor of Urology; Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2008-2009

Marc Dall'Era, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, University of California, Davis
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2006-2008

Benjamin Davies, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2006-2008

Cole Davis, MD
Attending, Urologic Specialists, Tulsa, OK
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2009-2010

Tracy Downs, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Vincent Fradet, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery (Urology), Laval University, Québec, QC, Canada
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2007-2009

Gary Grossfeld, MD
Private practice in urology, Marin, CA

Jun Kawakami, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON, Canada

Viraj Master, MD, PhD
Professor of Urology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Maxwell Meng, MD
Professor of Urology, UCSF, CA
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 2001-2003

Phillip Ross, MD
Private practice in urology, Concord, CA

Michael Cher, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Urology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Clinical Oncology Fellow, 1992-1995