The Department of Urology at the University of Virginia has earned a reputation as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. Its uniqueness stems from the “bench-to-bedside” approach to urologic disorders and depth of accomplished academic faculty. The Department ranks among the top echelon of urologic academic research institutions in America, and is highly rated in the US News and World Report. The composition of this clinical Department (not Division) is unique and attests to its commitment to research and teaching. Our faculty have served as presidents of the American Urologic Association, the Society for Basic Urologic Research, the American Fertility Society, the Society for Reproductive Research, and the Andrology Society.

As a result of its international reputation, the Department has been able to attract the highest quality basic scientists, physicians, residents and fellows to pursue its mission of finding cures for urological disorders. Indeed, urologists and scientists from around the world view the Department as a resource for genitourinary research and arrange formal visits by academicians from the European Union and Asia.

Ryan Smith, MD

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Meet Dr. Smith, an Associate Professor from the Department of Urology.  He is co-director of the Andrology Fellowship at UVA, which provides training for future leaders in male fertility and men’s health. He also serves as the Urology Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director for the Urology Residency.

Sumit Isharwal, MD

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Get to know Dr. Isharwal, an Assistant Professor from the Department of Urology as he talks about the Urology Residency Program, the Andrology Fellowship Program, and highlights the educational benefits of being a close-knit department.

Residency Program

The University of Virginia Department of Urology offers a five-year Residency Training Program with two residents being accepted each year. The ten residents participate with the full-time faculty in the daily instruction of our medical students. Residents will perform all surgical procedures and receive extensive teaching in ultrasound, urodynamics, and other state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Andrology Fellowship Program

The University of Virginia Department of Urology offers an Andrology Fellowship that aims to provide the Fellow with the depth of knowledge and surgical skill necessary to provide expert specialty care in the field of Andrology (sexual medicine and male infertility) to the patient.

Oncology Fellowship Program

The University of Virginia has a storied history in the field of Urology. With a recent increase in our oncology faculty and designation of The Emily Couric Cancer Center (EC4) as the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are honored to offer a Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) sponsored training program for the next generation of urologic oncologists.

3rd Year Clerkship Rotation

The University of Virginia Department of Urology welcomes 3rd year students for a three week clerkship rotation for 1-2 students. The student will learn pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment for diseases of the urinary tract, male genital tract, retroperitoneal space and adrenal glands. The rotation allows students to have a broad exposure to urology, both office and operative.

Sub-Internship Information

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Department of Urology welcome visiting 4th year medical students to rotate with us through our Visiting Student Electives Program. Our program provides medical students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work in Charlottesville, while witnessing first-hand our school’s inclusive culture and welcoming environment. There is no tuition charge, and visiting students are allowed to participate in up to 4 weeks of electives.

Diversity & Inclusion

The University of Virginia Department of Urology is dedicated to promoting diversity and building a culture of inclusion and respect toward all individuals of all backgrounds.

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